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.”
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 2018Dan Berger International Wine Competition. This 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
Introducing Black’s Station 2017 Chardonnay, now 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!
ABOUT BLACK’S STATION
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 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
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.