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August 1st, 2018

Barn Owls: Big Beautiful Biocontrol

by: Virginia Sandfer

Greg Giguiere, Director of Vineyard Operations at Matchbook, discusses barn owls and rodent control with the UC Davis Barn Owl Project led by Dr. Sara Kross.

“My family’s been growing wine grapes here since the 1970s, and controlling rodents is a big part of our integrated pest management program,” Giguiere said. “We have 40 owl boxes on the farm. The rodent control is what we’re after, and it’s part of having an integrated system of biodiversity and biological controls to complement the chemical options we have for controlling these types of things.”

Video by: The Western Integrated Pest Management Center

July 26th, 2018

More Than Gold! for 2014 Matchbook Tempranillo – Dan Berger International Wine Competition

by: Virginia Sandfer

Our smooth and seductive Spanish varietal Tempranillo is the new darling of this year’s wine competitions! The 2014 Matchbook Tempranillo was awarded Triple Gold, Best of Class in the 2018 Dan Berger International Wine CompetitionThis is on top of the 94 points Platinum, Best Tempranillo at the 2018 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition. Cheers to scoring more than GOLD!

Here are all the results of the competition:

  • Triple Gold, Best of Class – 2014 Matchbook Tempranillo
  • Gold – 2017 Tinto Rey Verdejo
  • Gold – 2017 Tinto Rey Rose
  • Gold – 2017 Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc
  • Gold – 2016 Black’s Station Cabernet
  • Silver – 2016 Arsonist Chardonnay
  • Silver – 2015 Arsonist Red
  • Silver – 2015 Mossback Cabernet
  • Silver – 2016 Black’s Station Chardonnay
  • Bronze – 2015 Tinto Rey Super Tinto
  • Bronze – 2016 Mossback Pinot Noir

July 24th, 2018

Black’s Station Label Refresh by Artist Steven Noble

by: Virginia Sandfer

Introducing Black’s Station 2017 Chardonnaynow with a newly designed label by internationally recognized illustrator and scratchboard artist, Steven Noble. Matchbook Wine Company is excited to be part of Noble’s list of high caliber clients such as Coors, Exxon-Mobil , JP Morgan and Mercedes-Benz. We hope you enjoy the new vintage and new look of Black’s Station. Available now in our wine store, click here to buy!

Before (2016 Label Design) • After (2017 Label Design by Steven Noble)


Back in the 1800’s …
Due east of Napa, tucked away in northern California’s rolling Dunnigan Hills, is a little town called Zamora. Back in the late 1800’s, folks used to call it Black’s Station. At its height, this hub founded by J.J. Black boasted a hotel, two stores, a jail, blacksmith shops and a town hall. Today we grow our grapes in Zamora and we’d like to think that the wines carry with them the character and frontier-style of the old town.

July 9th, 2018

2018 California State Fair Awards

by: Lane Giguiere

July is California State Fair time. And once again, Matchbook walked away with a bunch of awards at the annual wine competition. Enjoy the fair July 13 to 29. Enjoy the award-winning Matchbook wines all year long!

2018 California State Fair Awards:

  • 2017 Matchbook Rose of Tempranillo – DOUBLE GOLD, 99 Points, Best of Class of Appellation
  • 2016 Tinto Rey Verdejo – Silver, 93 points, Best of Class of Appellation
  • 2016 Black’s Station Chardonnay – Silver, 93 points, Best of Class of Appellation
  • 2015 Arsonist Red Blend – Silver, 91 points, Best of Class of Appellation
  • 2016 Matchbook Chardonnay – Silver, 91 Points
  • 2016 Matchbook Cabernet Sauvignon – Silver, 91 points
  • 2016 Mossback Chardonnay – Silver, 91 Points
  • 2016 Black’s Station Cabernet Sauvignon – Silver, 91 points
  • 2016 Arsonist Chardonnay – Bronze
  • 2017 Tinto Rey Rose – Bronze
  • 2015 Mossback Cabernet Sauvignon – Bronze
  • 2016 Mossback Russian River Pinot Noir – Bronze
  • 2016 Mossback Central Coast Pinot Noir – Bronze
  • 2016 Black’s Station Malbec – Bronze


June 19th, 2018

Summer in the 90’s – Matchbook Scores HOT with Wine Enthusiast

by: Virginia Sandfer

Summer is heating up – and so are our scores in the Wine Enthusiast’s August 2018 Advance Buying Guide. We are surely enjoying this summer in the 90s!

Read our reviews:

90 Points –
2016 The Arsonist Chardonnay (Dunnigan Hills). A toasty, oaky, spicy aroma precedes equally oaky flavors that are nevertheless backed by ripe, juicy pear and ginger notes. These tones expand on the palate and linger on the finish. It’s full-bodied and broad in texture. 

90 points – 2015 The Arsonist Red Blend (California). This is a concentrated and truly dry Bordeaux-style blend that has a blackberry aroma and flavors of black cherry and dark chocolate. Firm tannins and good acidity give it plenty of structure, so it will easily stand up to steaks, chops and ribs. Made from Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. 

91  points –  Matchbook 2014 Estate Bottled Syrah (Dunnigan Hills). Savory aromas of burnt sage and black pepper along with beef, anise and carbon flavors make this an adventurous wine. It’s medium-bodied, not overly ripe or rich and has a tight mouthfeel due to moderate tannin and lively acidity. Editors’ Choice. 

90 points – Black’s Station 2016 Malbec (Yolo County). Dark in color, this full-bodied and firmly tannic wine offers a black pepper tone with just-ripe blueberry and licorice flavors. These notes fan out on the finish and leave a ripe aftertaste. Best Buy.

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