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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!

March 20th, 2019

Matchbook is Open LATER for the Summer!

by: Virginia Sandfer

You heard it right! The Matchbook Tasting Room is getting ready for the summer and extending its hours on Fridays and Saturdays! Summer Sunset Hours will begin Friday, May 3rd and run through Saturday, September 28th. The Matchbook summer line-up includes a variety of food trucks with amazing cuisine and musical talent.

“We have some great events planned throughout the summer. There will be a mix of fan-favorite bands and food trucks as well as some new ones that we’re very excited about!”
–Wine Club Manager & Event Director, Anna Sargent.

Customers can enjoy tastings for $10 at the Matchbook tasting room bar or on the spacious patio overlooking the picturesque vineyard and rolling hills. Wine is also for sale by the bottle. During warmer temperatures, the misting system will be on to cool down the patio.

Bring your beach chairs and picnic blankets to take advantage of “the best seat in the house” – the gorgeous, green lawn!

“I’m excited to serve our guests while they enjoy a bottle of wine on the patio, watching the beautiful sunset. I hope our customers take advantage of our new late hours and make Fridays and Saturdays at Matchbook a repeat occasion!” –Tasting Room Manager, Maureen Henderson.


Sat 04

May the Fourth Be With You! with Don Chuy’s Tacos

May 4 @ 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri 10

Mamma Mia! with Flour Dust Pizza & Jimmy Ashley Acoustic Guitar

May 10 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri 24

Blues Party with Blues Dues & Che Buono Italian!

May 24 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat 01

Kado’s Asian Grill – Asian Fusion

June 1 @ 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Fri 07

Masa Guiseria – Authentic Mexico City Style Tacos

June 7 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat 15

Chill & Grill with Dad & Rollin’ Roadhouse BBQ Food Truck

June 15 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat 22

Have a Claw-some Summer! with Cousins Maine Lobster & Matchbook Wines

June 22 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat 29

Acoustic Guitar with Jimmy Ashley & Farmland Street Food Truck

June 29 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fri 19

Cousins Maine Lobster

July 19 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri 16

Acoustic Guitar with Jimmy Ashley & Cousins Maine Lobster

August 16 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat 24

Masa Guisería – Authentic Mexico Tacos

August 24 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri 30

Kado’s Asian Grill – Asian Fusion

August 30 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat 07

Acoustic Guitar with Jimmy Ashley & Farmland Street Food Truck

September 7 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri 13

Che Buono Italian Food Truck

September 13 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat 21

Masa Guisería – Authentic Mexico City Style Tacos

September 21 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri 27

Cousins Maine Lobster

September 27 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat 09

Veterans Day with Veteran Owned & Operated Rollin’ Roadhouse BBQ Food Truck

November 9 @ 11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Click here to view the full 2019 schedule »

Matchbook provides a family-friendly atmosphere – all are welcome to join, but to enjoy wine, you must be 21 years or older.  

We love dogs, and welcome them leashed during our regular business hours, but please due to the popularity of our events we cannot accommodate furry, four legged friends during the Summer Sunset evenings.


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February 1st, 2019

Matchbook Party Dip Recipe

by: Virginia Sandfer

Whether you’re a die-hard New England Patriots fan, a long-time Los Angeles Rams fan or you’re just in it for the commercials – there’s one thing all sides can agree on, Matchbook Party Dip is a delicious Super Bowl winner! Creamy, savory with an added kick of spice that pairs perfectly with our Matchbook Estate Bottled Petit Verdot.

“First thing you get is the smoothness and texture of the cheese married with the spicy sausage. The heat ramps up at the end of the palate which is reciprocated by the dominant, spiciness of the Petit Verdot. This is a big wine that begs for a powerful tasting counterpart and this dip does the trick!”  

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

We like to make our wine club recipes quick and easy and this one’s no different. This recipe calls for a few simple ingredients and will be done in 30 minutes!

Makes: Approximately 5 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes


    • 1 pound ground spicy pork sausage
    • 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomato and green chiles, drained
    • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
    • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
    • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
    • 2 oz. fresh cilantro, chopped
    • 1 baguette or blue corn tortilla chips


  • Cook sausage in a large skillet, stirring until browned. Drain excess oil.
  • Stir together sausage, diced tomato and chiles, cream cheese, cayenne pepper, lemon juice and 1-ounce of cilantro.
  • Spoon into a 1-quart baking dish.
  • Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until bubbly.
  • Garnish with remaining cilantro and serve with baguette slices or blue corn tortilla chips.
  • Pairs perfectly with a rowdy Super Bowl party and our Estate Bottled Matchbook Petit Verdot!

Tips & Mods: 

  • Bake dip in small ramekins to serve as individual appetizers.
  • Cutting carbs? Use fresh carrot and celery sticks in place of bread.

Visit our wine store to buy a bottle of Matchbook Estate Bottled Petit Verdot. Click here.

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

January 25th, 2019

Matchbook Old Head Chardonnay Awarded 90 Points & Best Buy from Wine Enthusiast Magazine!

by: Virginia Sandfer

The March issue of Wine Enthusiast will feature our 2017 Matchbook Old Head Chardonnay with a 90-Point score and a Best Buy rating!

This is great, great news at the very beginning of the vintage. Once again: a huge thanks to our winemaking team for crafting such a fabulous wine; and another big thanks to vineyard crew for raising the bar on Dunnigan Hills Chardonnay. 

Get a bottle of Matchbook Estate Bottled Old Head Chardonnay, click here!

Full Review: Matchbook 2017 Estate Bottled Old Head Chardonnay (Dunnigan Hills). This medium-bodied wine is subtle on the nose, but opens up on the palate to rich fruit and spice flavors that coat the tongue. It is balanced toward the soft side, but with underling acidity to balance the richness. Best Buy. — Jim Gordon

January 21st, 2019

San Francisco Chronicle Awards Matchbook 11 Silver Medals!

by: Virginia Sandfer

The results from the San Francisco Wine Competition are in! Below are our silver medal award winners!

Click wines below to visit the Matchbook Wine Store.

2017 Matchbook Old Head Estate Bottled Chardonnay
2016 The Arsonist Chardonnay
2016 Matchbook Estate Bottled Petite Sirah
2016 The Arsonist Red Blend
2017 Black’s Station Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 Mossback Russian River Valley Chardonnay
2017 Black’s Station Estate Bottled Malbec
2016 Mossback Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
2015 Tinto Rey Estate Bottled Super Tinto
2015 Tinto Rey Estate Bottled Tempranillo
2017 Tinto Rey Estate Bottled Verdejo

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