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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 15

Chill & Grill with Dad & Rollin’ Roadhouse BBQ & Whiskey Moonlight Band

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

Oh, the PASTA-bilities! with Che Buono & Acoustic Guitar by Jimmy Ashley

June 29 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sat 13

Che Buono Italian Food Truck & Whiskey Moonlight Band

July 13 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri 19

Cousins Maine Lobster

July 19 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri 02

Che Buono Italian Food Truck

August 2 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat 10

Pollo Inferno & Music by Robbie Thayer

August 10 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri 16

Acoustic Guitar with Jimmy Ashley & Cousins Maine Lobster

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

Let’s TACO-ver a Drink with Masa Guiseria & Whiskey Moonlight Band

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 & Whiskey Moonlight Band

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

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

January 8th, 2019

We’ve Been Stalked! The Wine Stalker Reviews Matchbook

by: Virginia Sandfer

Starting 2019 out with a bang! We love these glowing reviews by wine blogger, Joey Casco, a.k.a. The Wine Stalker. (p.s. We love his hat & shirt, too!)

January Wine Pick: The Arsonist 2016 Red Blend
“The color of the wine is a gorgeous garnet. Even from a distance you get this floralness of rose petals and orange blossoms coming from the glass. Come in closer and there’s aromas of cassis and dark chocolate … I have yet to meet anybody who didn’t enjoy this when they taste it, and it’s my go-to suggestion for a $20 red blend.” Read the full review – click here.

Shop our wine store and buy: The Arsonist 2016 Red Blend and the hat to match: click here.

Tinto Rey 2017 Estate Bottled Verdejo 
“On the nose this is much more floral and far less flinty. There’s aromas of peaches, pears, orange peel, and honeysuckle. It has a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and an uplifting but restrained acidity. There’s flavors of peaches, pears, and kiwi. Then it finishes with kiwi and a little oak.” Read the full review – click here.

Try it! Tinto Rey 2017 Estate Bottled Verdejo, click here.

Matchbook 2016 Estate Bottled Petite Sirah 
“The color of the wine is a gorgeous ruby red. There’s aromas of plums, vanilla, black pepper, and bay leaf. On the palate it’s medium to full bodied with a rich mouthfeel that becomes a cloud of lushness when swirled around in the mouth. The tannins are both sweet and grippy, and the acidity is present but takes a seat in the back. There’s flavors of blackberries, red apple, black pepper, and vanilla. Then it finishes juicy with the tannins tightening their grip.” Read the full review – click here.

Get the Matchbook 2016 Estate Bottled Petite Sirah, click here.

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