It’s officially Spring when the vineyards begin to sprout leaves and we start tearing them off. This labor intensive, very important step is called crown suckering where surplus shoots are removed from the vine’s cordon. As John Giguiere explains in the video, this is the first step in the season’s canopy management. Removing these unwanted shoots improves quality by reducing the density of the canopy and balancing the season’s crop level.
We love to pair Jenna Wirkner’s delicious appetizer with our Tinto Rey Rosé. The creamy bleu cheese and savory prosciutto pair perfectly with the refreshing stone fruit flavors of the Rosé. Enjoy!
Prosciutto-Wrapped Dates with Bleu Cheese
• 16 fresh dates
• 4 oz. bleu cheese
• 8 thin slices of prosciutto, halved lengthwise
• Matchbook Extra Virgin Olive Oil, to drizzle
• Balsamic glaze, to drizzle
• Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
• Use a small sharp knife to cut a slit in each date. Remove and discard pit.
• Spoon 1 teaspoon of bleu cheese into each date. Press to enclose filling.
• Wrap a piece of prosciutto around each date and place on baking sheet.
• Drizzle with Matchbook Extra Virgin Olive Oil and balsamic glaze.
• Cook for 8 minutes or until desired crispiness.
As winter begins to warm to spring, the Matchbook vineyards are awakening and showing the first signs of the 2018 vintage. Warmer temperatures over the last few weeks combined with moist soils triggered the vine sap to flow, a phenomenon called “bleeding,” by our Director of Vineyard Operations, Greg Giguiere. The flowing sap pushed out the first small buds in our Chardonnay vineyard this week. These small, fuzzy leaves contain all the components of the upcoming growing season – from the shoots and canopies to the clusters and grapes.
The 2018 Matchbook Vineyard bud break looks very promising. It was on the early side of normal with tight buds that are balanced and uniform.
Cheers to a fantastic 2018 growing season and fruitful harvest!
Our 2016 Matchbook Estate Bottled Old Head Chardonnay scored 92 POINTS & BEST BUY from Wine Enthusiast in the April 2018 issue! The glowing review called it a “creamy, yummy and full-bodied wine.”
“This review sets Matchbook Chardonnay ahead of the competition. 92 Points & Best Buy together are relatively unheard of for wines at this price point,” said Matchbook Owner John Giguiere. “This score is especially sweet because it speaks to the quality of wine we are producing here in the Dunnigan Hills.”
We couldn’t agree more with Wine Enthusiast’s flavor and palate description: “It has everything from toasty oak and lemon curd to mild marzipan nuances that interlace with good acidity for a balanced palate and a lingering finish.”
Click here to get a bottle of this “yummy” Matchbook Chardonnay today.