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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.


January 2nd, 2019

Why Petit Verdot?

by: Lane Giguiere

Introducing Matchbook Estate Bottled 2016 Petit Verdot

“Petit Verdot is extremely responsive to Matchbook’s soil type and growing conditions. Remarkably the vines can appear to be depleted yet the fruit is flavorful with intense dark color making it both a fun and challenging grape to farm.” -Greg Giguiere, Director of Vineyard Operations

Petit Verdot bottle
  • Thought to be one of the first varieties originally planted in Bordeaux by the ancient Romans
  • It is one of Bordeaux’s classic varietals but gradually fell out of favor due to difficulty in obtaining ripeness; hence the name Petit Verdot which means “little green one”
  • Shows its true potential in warm regions on well-drained, gravel-based soils
  • The grape has thick skin and a natural acidity which adds tannin, color, floral aromas, spicy flavors and a minerally finish
  • Valued for yielding concentrated, full-bodied wines that are age-worthy
  • Dense flavors of plum, violets and mocha layered over tart cherry and blueberry. Strong tannins are tamed by an appealing fruit sweetness

“Petit Verdot could be Dunnigan Hills’s best varietal. Yes, it has firm tannins and gives great structure to wines, but ours also shows beautiful aromas of violet and great fruit expression of blueberries. Depth, structure, aroma and flavor- this wine has it all. ”-Dan Cederquist, Head Winemaker

Buy a bottle: click here to visit the Matchbook web store.


December 17th, 2018

Matchbook Tasting Room: Meet Anna & Maureen

by: Virginia Sandfer

Meet Matchbook’s Tasting Room Management Team

Anna Sargent 
Events & Wine Club Director

Anna has served as the Matchbook Assistant Tasting Room Manager for over a year and has been promoted to Events and Wine Club Director. Always positive, helpful and resourceful, Anna pairs perfectly at Matchbook!

Anna was born and raised in Gilroy, CA. In 2017, she received her BA in Business Administration with a Concentration in Entertainment and Tourism Management from CSU Fullerton. Anna moved to Woodland after graduation, immediately fell in love with Matchbook Winery, and jumped at the chance to be the Tasting Room Assistant Manager in 2017. While going to school in Orange County, she attended the Disney college program and worked at Disneyland for three years. It was there she found her passion for helping create memorable experiences for park visitors – something she enjoys doing now for the Matchbook tasting room clientele. Anna loves all forms of entertainment from music to movies to video games. She especially enjoys them with a tasty glass of wine, beer or cider.

Favorite wine: Tinto ReySuper Tinto Red Blend
Favorite thing about the holidays: Sharing great food and wine, swapping stories and watching Christmas movies with family members you haven’t seen in a while.
When I’m not drinking wine, you can find me: Hanging out in Woodland or Winters – usually at other wineries, breweries and restaurants – enjoying everything that our beautiful Yolo County has to offer.


Maureen Henderson 
Tasting Room Manager

Matchbook is excited to welcome Maureen Henderson as Tasting Room Manager. Maureen, a former restaurant manager and beverage manager, brings an excellent customer service background and years of food and wine knowledge to the team. Say hello to her next time you stop by the tasting room. She looks forward to meeting you!

Maureen was born and raised in Southern New Jersey, just across the bridge from Philadelphia. She seemingly spent her entire life gaining a wealth of experience in the beverage and hospitality biz. She started in the restaurant industry at 16 years old at a classic New Jersey diner. She left after ten years to gain experience in the corporate restaurant setting at Seasons 52. In her five years there, she worked her way up from server/bartender to Service Professional to Beverage Manager. In the middle of her time at Seasons she squeezed in two years at Canada Dry Delaware Valley, learning all about the soft drink industry. Maureen joined Matchbook at the end of 2018 to manage the winery’s hospitality. Maureen lives in Plumas Lake with her husband Mike, a pilot in the Air Force, and their two daughters Camryn and Remi. She loves crafts, painting projects with her kids and all the Philadelphia sports teams.

Favorite wine: Matchbook Petite Sirah (Newbies have to stick together!)
Favorite thing about the holidays: Christmas Lights – driving around and seeing everyone’s houses lit up!
When I’m not drinking wine, you can find me: Crafting – wreaths, painting, art projects with my kids!

Get to know the Matchbook team, click here!


November 27th, 2018

Matchbook Mulled Wine Recipe

by: Virginia Sandfer

Keep warm and toasty with a mug of Matchbook Mulled Wine. This a perfect after dinner drink to serve at your holiday gatherings. Add your own personality by serving in festive glassware or garnishing with a festive twist.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Martinelli’s Gold Medal 100% Pure Cider (not sparkling)
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle Matchbook Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 3 star anise

Garnish (optional):

  • 2 medium oranges, peeled and sliced
  • 8-10 cinnamon sticks

Directions:

Combine the cider, Matchbook Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Garnish with orange slices and cinnamon sticks and serve in festive glassware.

Hostess  Tip: Use a slow cooker to keep wine warm throughout your party. Keep on “low” or “warm” setting.

Got leftovers? Refrigerate for later and add your favorite sparkling drink, and a few slices of fresh apples to make a holiday sangria!

Visit our wine store to buy a bottle of Matchbook Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon. Click here.


October 18th, 2018

90 Points & Editors’ Choice from Wine Enthusiast for Super Tinto!

by: Virginia Sandfer

 

 

Wine Enthusiast calls the Tinto Rey 2015 Super Tinto Red Blendbig and bold … yet easy to drink … with oodles of black fruit aromas” in the December 2018 Buying Guide. We are pleased to add this 90 to  the “oodles ” of 90 point scores received this year.

Read the Full Review:

90 Tinto Rey 2015 Super Tinto Red Blend (Dun­nigan Hills). This wine is big and bold yet still easy to drink. It has oodles of black fruit aromas, dense fruit flavors and generous dashes of spicy, smoky oak. The texture is firm enough to offer balance, yet is silky enough to remain enjoyable.
Editors’ Choice. —J.G.

Enjoy a bottle! Click here to shop our wine store.


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