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June 6th, 2019

2019 California State Fair Awards

by: Virginia Sandfer


The temperatures and wine scores are heating up in the Dunnigan Hills! Matchbook is coming home with 3 Gold Medals and a handful of 90’s from the 2019 California State Fair wine competition.

Enjoy the fair July 12 to 28. Enjoy the award-winning Matchbook wines all year long!

2019 California State Fair Awards:

  • 2017 Matchbook Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon  – Gold 95
  • 2017 Black’s Station Cabernet Sauvignon – Best of Region &  Best of Class of Appellation DOUBLE GOLD 99
  • 2015 Tinto Rey Estate Bottled Tempranillo – Best of Class of Appellation Gold 95


June 3rd, 2019

Matchbook Dads

by: Virginia Sandfer

We asked Dads at Matchbook to describe their perfect Father’s Day. The responses were the same across the board – a great meal and some wine!

Pat Kane  President and CEO
The perfect Father’s Day “weekend” for me is with my two sons, in Omaha, Nebraska, for the College World Series. This includes dining at one of the fine restaurants in The Old Market while enjoying a glass (or two) of Mossback Chalk Hill Cabernet.

Rob W. Senior Accountant
Spending time with family, watching baseball on TV or at the ballpark. Just soaking it all in while sipping on Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc.


Rob V. Regional Manager, Central U.S.
My Father’s Day is celebrated in three stages. The morning always includes Sunday brunch with eggs Benedict topped with crab meat and paired with Matchbook Chardonnay. The afternoon is spent at the ballpark watching my son, Ian, play baseball. Chances are Tinto Rey Rosé will be in the Yeti tumbler. The evening will include some chillin’ and grillin’ pork tenderloin and veggies paired with The Arsonist Red Blend.

Javier S. | Lead Bottling Line Operator
I like to spend the day with my family at home – throwing some carne asada on the grill and drinking Matchbook Cabernet (and tequila, of course!)


Blake W. | Central Division Sales Manager
I will be spending it with my wife Kelly, my daughters Casey and Hunter and their husbands. The day will be spent on the boat, enjoying some sunshine (hopefully), good conversation and laughs with a cooler full of Tinto Rey Rosé and Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc. We will follow that up with grilled ribeye, wild mushroom risotto, a summer salad, and The Arsonist Red Blend to wash it all down.

Greg G. | Director of Vineyard Operations
Make breakfast with the kids and spend the entire day together. We barbecue steak or ribs with a side of corn, green beans and watermelon. It’s a total summer BBQ! Paired with Tinto Rey Super Tinto Red Blend to complement the tangy BBQ sauce!  

John T. | Director of National Accounts
Wake up early, drink a cup of pour over BRIDGE coffee (my new fave), read the SF Chronicle newspaper front to back, go for a 5-mile run, relax by the pool, then I cook up special family BBQ (cowboy steaks and veggies) to honor me. With all that activity, I go to bed early. It’s the only day I break my rule no drinking on Sunday. My favorite wines of the day: mid-day Tinto Rey Rosé and for dinner –The Arsonist Red Blend.

Ken B. | Regional Sales Manager, Mid-Atlantic
My perfect Father’s Day is brunch with the kids and grandkids. Dogs won’t let us sleep in, ever! Brunch would be eggs Benedict with hash browns. Tinto Rey Verdejo and Rosé followed up with oranges and whipped cream. One day to be spoiled and pay no attention to eating right.

Matt Q. | Graphic Designer
Wake up late to a good breakfast. Hang out with my family. End the day with grilling a good dinner paired with Matchbook Chardonnay.


Jose C. | Cellar Master
I like to drink  The “Red King” so I can celebrate Father’s Day like a king! I pair it with a custom baked pizza with all the toppings – Canadian bacon, pepperoni, arugula, mozzarella and fresh roasted garlic. 

Miguel C. | Cellar Crew 
I spend my Father’s Day at home with my family and a home cooked meal with a chilled glass of an old favorite – Musque Chardonnay.


Happy Father’s Day! We hope you enjoy your day with a glass of wine in hand to celebrate.

Visit our tasting room Sunday – Thursday 11am – 4:30pm or Friday & Saturday 11am – 8:30pm to pick up wine for the day. Or give Dad a day off from the grill and join us for a pre-Father’s Day celebration at the Matchbook Tasting Room. Sip wine and enjoy Rollin’ Roadhouse BBQ and live music by Whiskey Moonlight on Saturday, June 15th from 5 – 8pm.


May 29th, 2019

Rain or Shine – Yelpers Gonna Yelp!

by: Virginia Sandfer

On Sunday, May 26th, Hannah D., Yelp Community Manager (Davis) and 36 of the Yelp Elite Squad gathered at Matchbook for what they call a OYE (Official Yelp Event) and boy, did they have a good time despite the pesky rain.

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Featured review by Vedran V. of Dixon, CA:

“It was an uncharacteristically cold and rainy day in the valley, but a couple of sprinkles could not stop us from enjoying (a lot) of Vino and beautiful Vines scenery. And in case you ever wondered when those Yelp ponchos might come in handy, wonder no more. 

Matchbook Winery is about 30-40 minutes away from Davis/Vacaville/Dixon area (depending which route you take), and about the same distance away from Sacramento. I have not heard of Matchbook before, but they have a wonderful property and make some tasty wines, and am so grateful to Yelp for making this discovery. Not only were we treated to a tour of the property, but we also got to taste their Chardonnay right off the tank. One of the owners, John, was our tour guide and was a wealth of knowledge. While I prefer craft beer to wine, I thoroughly enjoyed the detail of information provided. I’ve been to enough wineries and noticed that some winemakers like to get very exclusive with their presentations, but John was very on point and never sounded exclusive or preachy. We tasted 5 of the Matchbook Wines on the tour, and needles to say, I loved all of them. 

The lunch from Mendocino Farms (another 1st for me), was tasty and complimented the wines perfectly. I also loved how they made sure there was something for everyone (vegan/vegetarian/gluten free). Along with Polaroid photo ops, taken personally by our CM, this was an event to remember. 

If looking for that special place, not too far from Davis, look no farther than Matchbook Winery. Their tasting room is wonderful and the wines they make are some of the best in the area. Truly a Napa-like experience, without all the fuss. Thank you Hannah and Yelp for all the work you put into this one and thanks to Matchbook and all the staff for hospitality. Can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon and to come back and enjoy the scenery on a sunny day!”

Read more YEE (Yelp Elite Event – this group likes their acronyms!) reviews and browse over 100 photos from the event. Click here.

Want to add to the buzz? Follow Matchbook on Yelp and tell us about your Matchbook experience! Click here.

May 29th, 2019

Matchbook Tasting Room Events Take Center Stage!

by: Virginia Sandfer

The sound of twangy blues guitar, sassy vocals and the tip-tap of drums echoed over the Matchbook Vineyard as the Blues Dues American Roots band took center stage. The smell of fresh roasted Gilroy-grown garlic wafted from Andes Pizza truck oven while an Italian greeting was shouted out of the bustling Che Buono Food truck window – starting off the night with a bang.

Matchbook debuted its brand new, custom built stage on Friday, May 24th. The 24′ x 16′ stage was designed and built by Matchbook co-owner, Karl Giguiere. The stage rests at the bottom of the sloping green lawn that leads to the tasting room, with the backdrop of rolling hills and vines. Blues Dues rocked the stage playing the likes of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, along with plenty of original songs. Hambone Slim, the front man, wooed the crowd with his superb guitar playing skills and vocals. Hundreds of guests armed with bottles and glasses of wine enjoyed the view of the stage from the comfort of picnic blankets and chairs. The night came to a perfect end as the band finished their last song with the glowing orange sunset sinking behind them.

“What a beautiful event! We loved playing at Matchbook (as we always do) and this show was special because we had the honor of using their awesome professional outdoor amphitheater stage! As musicians, it is so great to have the right amount of space and lighting to let us create a top quality show. Matchbook is on our list of favorite venues to perform. The staff and patrons are always friendly and the vibe is the best! We can’t wait to come back!”

– “Hambone Slim”, Blues Dues American Roots Band

Be sure to catch one of our epic sunsets this summer! The events calendar is chock full of live music and tasty food truck events. Don’t miss out  – see the full 2019 list here.

April 4th, 2019

Wine Club Recipe: Warm Leek Salad with Oil-Cured Olives and Eggs

by: Anna Sargent

This April we chose to do something a little different for our quarterly Wine Club recipe. We teamed up with the author of The Davis Farmer’s Market Cookbook, Ann M. Evans, to bring you a delightful Spring dish that pairs wonderfully with The Arsonist 2017 Estate Bottled Chardonnay– a personal favorite of mine. I’m grateful to the talented Ann Evans for taking time to create this recipe for us and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do!

Makes: 4 – 6 servings Prep time: 20 minutes


  • 2 bunches leeks (6 large or 12 baby leeks)
  • ½ cup Matchbook Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup oil-cured black olives, pitted and chopped, about ¼ cup
  • 1 hard-boiled egg, chopped (we used our local source – fresh eggs from winemaker Dan Cederquist’s chickens)


  • Trim the ends of the leek greens, leaving 5 inches of green intact. Trim off the roots. For large leeks, cut in half lengthwise. For baby leeks, leave whole. Rinse well.
  • Steam the leeks until fork tender (2 to 5 minutes).
  • Make the dressing: Stir olive oil, mustard and vinegar together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Remove leeks from steamer and hold under cold water for a few seconds. Drain and transfer to an oval platter, arranging them so that they are all facing the same direction. Cut down crosswise through the leeks every 1 to 1½ inches.
  • Pour the dressing over the leeks while they are warm. Sprinkle with chopped egg and olives. Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!

“The crisp and slight pungency of the leeks blend nicely with the buttery saltiness of the olives and sweet creaminess of the boiled eggs. These flavors provide a spectrum of flavor that is balanced out beautifully by a cool sip of The Arsonist Chardonnay. Pair with a grilled chicken thigh and you’ve got yourself a meal!”

– Matchbook team member and in-house taste tester, Ken Lazzaroni.


  • For an additional kick, add grated Pecorino Romano cheese, a dash of sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.
  • Make it a meal – pair with a grilled chicken thigh or a savory lamb chop.
  • Add two generous spoonfuls of leek salad to butter lettuce cups and serve as an appetizer!





Ann M. Evans

The award winning Davis Farmers Market Cookbook celebrates America’s favorite farmers market’s 40th anniversary. Author and market co-founder Ann M. Evans invites you to shop and cook through the seasons in Northern California, or anywhere with a Mediterranean climate. The foreword by restaurateur Alice Waters of Chez Panisse highlights the importance and fun of shopping at a farmers market. The cookbook features 75 recipes organized by season in the same manner as a meal is served, beginning with appetizers, salads and soups, followed by main courses and side dishes, and ending with desserts.

For more than forty years, Ann M. Evans, former mayor of Davis, California, has helped to bring healthful eating to an ever-growing audience through her professional work with local and state governments, school districts and nonprofit organizations. In keeping with her philosophy that all children deserve a local and delicious school lunch and will benefit from garden-based learning, the net proceeds from the sales of The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook are dedicated to the Davis Farmers Market Alliance program in the schools, Davis Farm to School.

Purchase The Davis Farmer’s Market Cookbook in the Matchbook Tasting Room throughout the month of April.

Wine Club Member Price: $16.95 | Regular Price: $26.95

Not a member of our wine club? We’d love to have you! Email me at to sign-up!

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