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February 19th, 2020

Wine Club Recipe: Sausage & Peppers Flatbread

by: Anna Sargent

We’re warming things up a little this February with our new Sausage and Pepper Flatbread recipe! The balance of spice and crisp pepper flavors pair perfectly with the release of Mossback Chalk Hill Merlot – our first Tasting Room Exclusive! This is one of my favorite recipes so far, for its versatility and for the opportunity to use Christopher Ranch Garlic from my hometown of Gilroy! I highly recommend experimenting with some different balsamic vinegars to add some interesting dimension! I hope you enjoy our brand new Merlot with some excellent food and great company!

Makes: Approximately 5 – 6 servings | Total Prep/Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 1½ red bell pepper, diced
  • 1½ yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 bunch green onion, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 flatbread crust
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 tbsp. Chopped Christopher Ranch garlic
  • 1-2 tbsp. mayo
  • 1-2 tbsp. Matchbook Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Brown sausage in pan, drain excess oil and set aside. In the same pan, heat a tablespoon of oil and cook bell peppers for 2 minutes. Add in garlic and cook for 10 seconds, add in cooked sausage and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Place the sausage and pepper mixture into a bowl. Mix in mayo and set aside.
  4. Brush flatbread lightly with oil and place on a cookie sheet. Toast in the oven for 45 seconds on broil.
  5. Remove bread from oven and top with sausage mixture, Monterey Jack cheese, green onion, and cherry tomato slices. Return to oven and broil for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Plate and enjoy with a glass of Mossback Chalk Hill Merlot.

Tips & Mods:

  • Sharing is caring. Swap out crostini for flatbread to make a shareable snack!
  • Spice it up! Use a spicy Italian sausage or chorizo to add some zing.
  • Want crispier crust? Use a pizza stone instead of a cookie sheet.

Mossback Chalk Hill Merlot is available exclusively in our tasting room!

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


February 14th, 2020

Matchbook & The Arsonist Chardonnay Score 90s!

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

We just received two 90-point reviews from Anthony Dias Blue’s Blue Lifestyle!

 

 

 

2018 The Arsonist Dunnigan Hills Chardonnay
91 POINTSSmooth and creamy with nice depth and balance; rich, complex and subtle with vanilla new oak and ripe – but not heavy – fruit; long and generous. Buy a bottle!

2018 Matchbook Estate Bottled Dunnigan Hills Chardonnay
90 POINTS – 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. Buy a bottle!

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December 16th, 2019

Get Fancy – Thinking Outside the Picnic Basket!

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Matchbook Picnicking Guide: Tip #3

Picnics aren’t just for summer  – the same goes for oysters and a chilled bottle of Chasing Venus Marlborough, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc! Take our word for it, just last week the Matchbook team hosted a fun and festive, oyster shuck employee happy hour! Matchbook Sales Manager, Steve Crosta, took an early morning road trip to Hog Island Oysters to procure a couple of bushels of fresh oysters for the team. The afternoon was spent in the cool air, sipping on wine and throwing back the sweet and fresh taste of Amethyst and Kusshi oysters.

“The 2019 Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc has loads of what you expect from New Zealand – mild aromas and flavors of freshly cut grass coupled with a strong sense of kiwi fruit. Texture is classic, clean, crisp but with a richness and lingering finish you don’t often find with SBs from down under.”

– Steve Crosta, Sales Manager, Specialty & Export

We’ve been wowed by our guests who have been spotted picnicking at our tasting room with fresh oysters, caviar, Spanish paella, shrimp ceviche and sushi they brought in from local restaurants. We encourage you to think outside of the box and order your favorites to-go!

Perfect Pairings:

Beautiful cutting board, knives, and dishes from A Well Stocked Home in Woodland, CA.

Stay tuned for more Matchbook Picnicking tips!


Visit the Matchbook Tasting Room daily from 11am-4:30pm and enjoy a picnic on our beautiful patio with a vineyard view. Warm-up on our heated patio and snuggle up with a blanket from the tasting room!

In collaboration with:

A Well Stocked Home is a home & lifestyle store focused on unique decor, kitchen and bar essentials and more. Located in charming downtown Woodland at 412 First Street. For more info visit www.awellstockedhome.com or follow on Instagram or Facebook.

Mention Matchbook and use discount code: AWSH10 (pronounced “A WASH”) to receive a 10% discount when shopping at A Well Stocked Home.


November 15th, 2019

Holiday Wine Cork Crafts by the Matchbook Crew!

by: Anna Sargent

Put on some Christmas music, fill your mug with Mulled Wine, grab a glue gun and some Matchbook corks – it’s crafter-noon!

Check out the Matchbook crew’s favorite cork crafts for the holiday season.

Cork Tree by Tasting Room Manager, Maureen H.

  • Supplies: corks, Styrofoam or cardboard cone, hot glue, ribbon, and assorted mini ornaments.
  • Directions: Start by gluing corks at the base of the foam tower and work your way to the top. Finish by decorating with ribbon and mini ornaments.

Snowman Wine Charms by Tasting Room Manager, Maureen H.

  • Supplies: wine corks, puff paint, twine, ribbon & jewelry screw eye pins.
  • Directions: Use small dots to create a smiling snowman face and nose. Let dry. Insert screw eye pin at top of the cork. Top with small bow and twine hanger. Add to your favorite bottle of Matchbook wine!

Cork Trivet by Art Director, Aileen M.

  • Supplies: wine corks & Tacky glue
  • Directions: Arrange corks on a flat surface in the pattern of your choice. Use craft glue to adhere. Let dry. Use as a wine bottle coaster or trivet for your Christmas casserole.

*Avoid using hot glue, which may melt when using with hot items.

Cork Bulletin Board by Tasting Room Associate, Wendy M.

  • Supplies: wine corks, hot glue, craft paint or acrylic paint, tacks, and backing of your choice (Wendy used an upcycled cheese tray).
  • Directions: Arrange corks in your holiday design on backing and use hot glue to adhere. Decorate and paint with festive colors. First order of business? Tacking on your grocery list: wine, wine, and more wine!
  • Tip: To get the most mileage out of your corks, cut them in half with a craft knife before gluing.

Cork Wreath Ornament by Wine Club & Events Director, Anna S.

  • Supplies: wine corks, hot glue, acrylic paint and artificial holly berries.
  • Directions: Arrange corks in circle, glue together with hot glue. Use ornament hook or jewelry screw eye as a hanger. Tie on a twine loop to hang. Decorate with a bow, acrylic paint, and artificial holly berries.

Cork Candy Cane Ornament by Accounting Staff, Sydni F.

  • Supplies: wine corks, hot glue, acrylic paint, twine, ribbon and jewelry screw eye pins.
  • Directions: Arrange corks in a candy cane shape, glue together with hot glue. Let dry. Paint every other cork red. Use ornament hook or jewelry screw eye as a hanger. Tie on a twine loop to hang. Decorate with bow.

Are you particularly proud of some of your own “Holiday Cork Crafts”? Share them with us on Facebook or Instagram using #Matchbookwines! We look forward to seeing your creative ideas!

From all of us at Matchbook: Merry CRAFTS-mas to all and to all a good wine!

-Anna Sargent
Events & Wine Club Director

 

 


November 6th, 2019

It’s Soup Season

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Matchbook Picnicking Guide: Tip #2

We’ve partnered with our friends at A Well Stocked Home and Greg Chapman, our in-house foodie and Tasting Room associate, to bring you a series of picnicking tipsThis month we are celebrating SOUP Season!

Fill a thermos with a hearty soup, stew or chili such as butternut squash soup or spicy turkey chili. Baguettes and crackers are easy to travel with – serve alongside your soup. Our go-to is a bowl of Aush Soup from House of Shah! This delicious, tomato-based soup is full of flavor. Made with noodles, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, dill, mint, yogurt and seasoned ground beef, it pairs perfectly with our Tinto Rey Verdejo.

Picnic doesn’t always mean paper! Owners of A Well Stocked Home, Rosemarie and Kelly, encourage you to ditch the paper plates and opt for a decorative ceramic bowl and a wooden serving spoon. Their store lives up to its name and is chock full of beautiful and unique items to personalize your picnic!

Perfect Pairings:

Stay tuned for more Matchbook Picnicking tips!


Visit the Matchbook Tasting Room daily from 11am-4:30pm and enjoy a picnic on our beautiful patio with a vineyard view.

Our partners:

A Well Stocked Home is a home & lifestyle store focused on unique decor, kitchen and bar essentials and more. Located in charming downtown Woodland at 412 First Street. For more info visit www.awellstockedhome.com or follow on Instagram or Facebook.

Mention Matchbook and use discount code: AWSH10 (pronounced “A WASH”) to receive a 10% discount when shopping at A Well Stocked Home.

House of Shah is a fast-casual, modern urban Afghani eatery located at 538 Main Street in Historic Downtown Woodland. Serving Halal kabobs, burgers, and rice dishes. For more info visit www.houseofshah.com or follow on Instagram or Facebook.