Hot News Blog – Matchbook Wines

Hot News Blog

Read the lastest news about our wines and winery!

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.”


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.”


2018 Matchbook Red Gravel Cabernet Sauvignon

90 points, The Tasting Panel Magazine

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


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


2018 Tinto Rey Verdejo

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.”

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.




June 22nd, 2020

Wine Club Recipe: Stuffed Pasilla Peppers with Cauliflower Lime Rice

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Makes: Approximately 4 servings | Total Prep/Cook Time: 25 minutes


  •  ½ lb. Italian turkey sausage, casing removed
  • ½ lb. lean ground beef
  • 4 Pasilla peppers
  • 1 cup Las Palmas red enchilada sauce
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 4 cups cauliflower lime rice
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese

Cauliflower Lime Rice:

  • 1 head cauliflower, with greens removed
  • 2 tbsp. Matchbook Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ tbsp. lime zest
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Combine turkey sausage and ground beef. Brown in a pan and drain excess oil. Set aside.
  3. Prepare rice: Grate cauliflower to a fine rice-like consistency. Pat dry. In a skillet, sauté withMatchbook Extra Virgin Olive Oil over medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic. Cover and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in cilantro, lime juice, lime zest, salt, and black pepper. Set aside.
  4. Cut peppers lengthwise in half and remove seeds. Place cut side down on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Broil on high for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until lightly blistered.
  5. Fill peppers, layering rice, meat, and 1-2 tablespoons enchilada sauce. Top with a generous sprinkle of cheese. Broil until cheese is melted. Top with cilantro. Enjoy with Mossback Russian River Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir (a tasting room exclusive) or with a slightly chilled glass of Tinto Rey Estate Bottled Tempranillo.

Tips & Mods:

  • Want to go meatless? Swap the meat for black beans & Rotel Chili
  • Want to cut the spice? Use Poblano peppers instead of Pasilla.
  • Short on time? Use a bag of frozen Cauliflower rice and skip grating!
  • Get cheesy! Experiment with different cheese mixtures. Try feta or cotija – or a mix of your favorites.

Want more information about how to join the Matchbook Wine Club? Visit our website, click here.

June 1st, 2020

Matchbook Re-Opening FAQ

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Updated 6/15/20

We’re so happy to see you here! We’re guessing you’re visiting this page because you’re interested in making a reservation on our patio. To view our 2020 events calendar click here. Here are some helpful FAQs that will get you acquainted with our new procedures.


Here’s what it looks like now that we’re back open again. Click here to view!

Phase 3 Video Update. Click here to view! (Updated COVID-19 procedures)

Phase 2 Video Update. Click here to view!

Do I need to make a reservation?
Reservations are required on our Friday, Saturday and Sunday event days. Please call our tasting room at (530)662-1032, ext. 215 to secure a table. We check our voicemail several times a day. The patio is open for seating on Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 11am – 8:30pm and Sunday 11am – 4:30pm. If you get a busy signal or if you’re not able to reach us, please leave a voicemail with your name, phone number, number of people in your party and your desired reservation date and time.

Are you allowing walk-ins?
Yes. We are now open for you to enjoy a wine flight or your favorite bottle: Monday – Thursday, 11am – 4:30pm and Friday, 11am – 3pm – no reservation required. Picnic food and snacks are welcome.

Are you still offering curbside pick-up?
Yes! We will continue to offer our curbside pick-up service Monday – Thursday, 11am – 4:30pm and Friday, 11am – 3pm . You can place your order online or by calling (530)662-1032, ext. 215.

Is there a time limit on my reserved table?
To allow for the maximum number of guests to enjoy our patio in one day, reservations are allotted a two and a half-hour time limit, because of this there will be no room to extend your reservation if you are late. We will do our best to see you within 15 minutes of the start of your reservation time!

Am I required to wear a face-covering or mask?
Masks must be worn from the time of arrival until you are seated at your table. While at your table you may remove your mask and enjoy your food and drink, if you get up from your table to walk to the bathroom, your car, the food truck, or stretch your legs you will need to wear your mask! Masks are not mandatory for our guests under age 2 and are at the discretion of parents/legal guardians for children under age 12. Per Yolo County’s Health Department ordinance.

Can I bring my dog?
Yes, we are now allowing pets on our patio on our non-event days.

Will there be a health screening?
Yes. Upon check-in you will be asked a 4 question health and safety screening:

  • Have you traveled out of the continental United States in the last two weeks?
  • Have you had a fever of 100.6 or more in the last two weeks?
  • Are you experiencing now or have you experienced any of the following symptoms related to the coronavirus in the last two weeks: cough, shortness of breath, fever, loss of taste or smell?
  • Are you ready to enjoy some delicious food and wine? 😄

Why am I required to order food with my wine?
UPDATE as of 6/12/20  – You are NOT required to order food with your wine. You are welcome to simply enjoy our wines and bring your own picnic if desired on our non-event days. 
In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines put in place by Yolo County, our tasting room must operate as a restaurant. For us, this means hosting a food truck on days our patio is open. You are required to place a food order with your wine. Once seated at your table, a tasting room associate will act as your server, taking your food and wine order – just like you were at a restaurant!

Where can I wash my hands? 
We have hand sanitizer stations located at check-in and on the patio.

How are you enforcing social distancing?
Please be aware of signs directing the flow of traffic upon entering and exiting the patio. This will help to keep incoming and outgoing guests socially distanced.

May 8th, 2020

Verdejo Shines Bright!

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Wine Spectator recently featured our 2018 Tinto Rey Verdejo in an April 2020 online article 9 Bright California Wines.”

“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.”

Buy a bottle!