Hot News Blog – Matchbook Wines

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Read the lastest news about our wines and winery!

August 10th, 2020

Red Hot Ratings in the 90’s from Wine Enthusiast

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer


2018 Matchbook Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon 
{ 91 points & Best Buy }

“This is a brawny, full-bodied and firmly tannic wine that’s nevertheless seductive, complex and layered. A dark color and impressions of tobacco, black currant, and sage make it delicious to sip.”
— Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast Magazine”


2017 The Arsonist Red Blend
{ 92 points } 
“This wine is super concentrated and complex in its array of red and black fruit flavors, with subtle oak spices and a rich texture. A blend of Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, it has a mouthcoating effect and a lingering gorgeous finish.” 
—Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

2018 Matchbook Estate Bottled Petite Sirah
{ 91 points }

“This wine is richly flavored and boldly tannic, literally coating the mouth. It is deep and dark in color, packed with blackberry jam and strawberry flavors, with a mouthfeel that is velvety in texture.”
—Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Or get all three in one convenient trio pack – Buy Now »

Watch &  Learn

Enjoy this video overview of Matchbook Wine Company’s Red Wine Program featuring Director of Winemaking, Dan Cederquist, and owner, John Giguiere. Get to know our award-winning wines through our soils, vineyard techniques, and excellent winemaking practices.
Watch Now »

Other recent scores in the 90’s »

July 28th, 2020

Go Nuts on Cheeseboards!

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Matchbook Picnicking Guide: Tip #5


Photo by: @it.zel.m on Instagram

Visit the bulk foods section of your local grocer to load up on cheeses, cured meats, roasted cashews, candied walnuts, or smokehouse almonds! Ask the store’s cheesemonger for suggestions if you’re having a hard time choosing.

 Award-Winning Pairings:

Tip: Our Tasting Room manager, Maureen, likes to add fig spread atop goat cheese for a quick cracker topping – it is to die for!

Shop Local:

Get your cheeseboards and picnic supplies from our friends at A Well Stocked Home. All picnic baskets are 20% off in-store and online! 

A Well Stocked Home is a home & lifestyle store focused on unique decor, kitchen and bar essentials and more. Located in charming downtown Woodland, they are now offering online orders – visit their website at: 

Follow them on Instagram or Facebook for news and updates.

July 23rd, 2020

Color Together, Vol. 3 with Peggy Jo Ackley

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

We are excited to partner with Peggy Jo Ackley, in the newest edition of our Color Together Activity Book. Peggy is a talented illustrator and designer originally from Woodland, California – the hometown of Matchbook owner,  Lane Giguiere! Her garden and nature-themed illustrations are the perfect addition to our books that were designed to keep you busy during this time. We hope you enjoy coloring together with your loved ones while sipping on your favorite Matchbook wines!

Place an order on our online wine store and receive a FREE printed coloring book! OR subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter to receive our FREE weekly download coloring pages.

Click here to receive this week’s FREE Garden-Themed Coloring Page!

About Peggy:

Peggy began her career as a greeting card designer for a small paper company in Illinois. After four years, she started her own studio and began licensing her designs into other product categories such as gifts, fabrics, and housewares. She is probably best known as the illustrator of the “Bitty Bear” book series for the American Girl Company.

Peggy has a great love of pattern and a keen sense of detail, as demonstrated by her fine hand. For her illustration, she usually works to product size, most frequently in gouache or colored pencil, with a subtle ink outline. Favorite subject matter includes sweetly whimsical animals, nostalgic toys, and detailed renderings of flowers and fruits.

Always encouraged by her parents, Peggy has been drawing and painting since age 3. She was born and raised in Northern California and attended the University of California at Davis, and New York University earning a fine arts degree. She currently makes her home in Sonoma County, California.

Visit Peggy’s website:

July 1st, 2020

Sizzling Summer in the 90’s!

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer


Get the barbeque fired up, the picnic table set, and pour a glass of your favorite wine. Many of our favorites have been recently reviewed and are – Hot, Hot, Hot! From rich and luscious to bright and fruity, we’ll have a wine for you and your friends.

Read the reviews below and shop online or come visit us at our re-opened tasting room. Be sure to check out our FAQ post before visiting.

Photo by:
@jordantarver and @nicssimpleliving

2018 The Arsonist Chardonnay

91 points, The Tasting Panel Magazine

“Smooth and creamy with nice depth and balance; rich, complex and subtle with vanilla new oak and ripe – but not heavy – fruit; long and generous.”

90 points & Gold, 2020 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition


2017 The Arsonist Red Blend

93 points, Blue Lifestyle

Deep garnet color, soft spice nose, satin smooth texture; juicy and tangy with plum and spice, lush and dense with complexity and layered flavors, long and generous.” –Anthony Dias Blue


2018 Matchbook Old Head Chardonnay

90 points, The Tasting Panel Magazine

“A surprisingly impressive wine at this price; lush and creamy with ripe fruit and notes of vanilla oak; dense and rich but tangy and balanced.”

90 points & Gold, Sunset International Wine Competition


2018 Matchbook Red Gravel Cabernet Sauvignon

90 points, The Tasting Panel

“Deep garnet color; smooth texture, concentrated flavors of plum, blackberry and spice; toasty, rich and dense; long and balanced.”

90 points & Gold, Sunset International Wine Competition


2017 Matchbook Petit Verdot

92 points, Blue Lifestyle

“Rich garnet color, smooth texture, juicy and tangy blackberry fruit, spice, toasty oak and hints of vanilla; stylish and long…” –Anthony Dias Blue


2015 Matchbook Syrah

92 points & Editors’ Choice, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

“This generous, expansive wine tastes rich and concentrated from the first whiff of ripe plums, baking spices and cedar to the lingering, spiced plum finish. It is full bodied, layered and mouthcoating” –Jim Gordon


2019 Chasing Venus Marlborough NZ Sauvignon Blanc

96 points & Double Gold, Sunset International Wine Competition

94 points & PLATINUM, 2020 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition

91 points, The Tasting Panel Magazine

“Smooth herbal nose, exuberant citrus with tangy acidity and racy style; juicy, fresh and lively, clean, charming and long.”


2019 Mossback Russian River Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir

Tasting Room Exclusive

90 points & Gold, 2020 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition

“Melon, soft citrus and strawberry keep coming from start to finish in refreshing fashion. Poolside perfection.”


2018 Mossback Russian River Valley Chardonnay

90 points & Gold, 2020 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition

“Bright red fruit stars in this young and fresh wine. It’s balanced by a a solid acidity.”


2017 Mossback Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

91 points & Gold, Sunset International Wine Competition

90 points & Gold, 2020 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition

“Fresh and clean with soft citrus notes.”


2019 Tinto Rey Rosé

92 points & Gold, Sunset International Wine Competition

91 points & Gold, 2020 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition

“Aromas of strawberry and stone fruit, excellent balance and a long finish.”


2018 Tinto Rey Verdejo

90 points & Gold, 2020 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition

9 Bright California Wines, Wine Spectator

“Light and juicy, this offers a gripping mix of grapefruit and lemon zest flavors, set on a sleek and crisp frame, with a touch of freshly grated ginger lingering.”


2016 Tinto Rey Super Tinto Red Blend

90 points, Blue Lifestyle

“Smooth, toasty and earthy; berry fruit and good balance; juicy and long.” –Anthony Dias Blue


2015 Tinto Rey Tempranillo

91 points & Editors’ Choice, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

“This generous wine is full in body and packed with ripe black fruits wrapped in dark chocolate. Fine-grained tannins give support on the palate and balance the opulent fruitiness.” –Jim Gordon

93 points & Gold, Sunset International Wine Competition

92 points & Gold – BEST TEMPRANILLO, 2020 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition

 Enjoy your summer sipping!


June 26th, 2020

Chasing Venus Scores 91 Points!

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Our Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc was just awarded 91 points in The Tasting Panel Magazine’s July / August issue. This go-to white wine is perfect for summer sipping. Pair it with your favorite warm-weather dishes like grilled chicken, sushi, vegetable pasta, or an herbaceous garden salad. Watch our tasting video below to familiarize yourself with this charming wine.


Get a bottle! Shop our online wine store to experience this bright and lively Sauvignon Blanc! Click here.