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September 11th, 2020

Wine Club Recipe: Coffee Rubbed Lamb Chops with a Cherry Red Wine Reduction Sauce

by: Anna Sargent

This September we reached out to our favorite local chefs for our Wine Club recipe. Chefs Jenny MacDonald and Albert Bach of Don Chuy’s Tacos and La Tabla have created a delicious recipe that  pairs perfectly with our new vintage of our 2019 Mossback Russian River Pinot Noir, featured in this month’s club trio. We are so grateful to the talented chefs for taking time to create this recipe for us. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!

Feeds: 2-3 people   |   Prep/cook time: 45 minutes



  • 2 lbs. lamb shoulder chops
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup instant coffee crystals
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. each of fresh Italian parsley, mint, oregano, minced
  • 3 tbsp. Matchbook Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  1. Put lamb on a plate, season well with salt and pepper. Let rest and come to room temp. Combine brown sugar, coffee, garlic, herbs and olive oil in a bowl. Rub mixture generously over the lamb.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare and measure out all ingredients for the sauce before you start to cook the lamb.
  3. Heat a cast iron (or heavy-bottomed skillet) on med high heat with a splash of Canola or Vegetable oil. Sear the lamb on both sides (2-3 min per side).
  4. Remove from pan, set on a baking sheet, and place in the oven. Cook time will vary depending on size of chops, check after 5 minutes. Use a thermometer to check the meat -120 degrees for med-rare, or 130 degrees for medium. Let rest.



  • Canola oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small or 1/2 large shallot, minced
  • 1 cup Mossback Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
  • 1 cup fresh (or jarred) pitted cherries
  • 1 cup beef stock, homemade if possible
  • Pinch or two of flour (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • Kosher salt & black pepper


  1. With the pan still over medium-high heat, add another splash of canola oil (if needed), add garlic and shallot, stirring consistently.
  2. Add Mossback Russian River Pinot Noir and cherries. Let reduce – smashing the cherries slightly while scraping the bottom of the pan to release the flavors, stir until the wine has almost completely evaporated. Add beef stock and let reduce/thicken. You may choose to add a pinch or two of flour while constantly stirring, to aid in thickening.
  3. When the sauce is at your desired consistency, finish by adding the butter and stirring to incorporate. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour sauce over cooked lamb and enjoy with roasted potatoes and vegetables for a full meal!

About the Chefs:

Chefs Bert Bach and Jenny MacDonald, owners of Don Chuy’s Tacos, have become a staple in Yolo County and beyond, serving their authentic Mexican cuisine at a variety of events. Chef Jenny is professionally trained and passionate about high quality, local, seasonal ingredients, and loves to prepare them in a rustic, but elegant style. Bert was originally inspired by his abuelo (grandfather) who was a taquero (taco maker) in Guadalajara for decades before coming to the US and teaching his sons and grandsons his trade.

Jenny and Bert are also passionate about a wide range of food beyond Mexican cuisine. La Tabla is their high-end catering brand, providing various types of cuisines for any occasion – whether it be an upscale multi-course dinner party, an at-home cooking class, a fun cocktail  party, or a sophisticated buffet. La Tabla comes from a Spanish word referring to a chopping board, or cutting board, traditionally cut from tree trunks. This name was inspired by bringing people together over wonderful food, AND WINE!

For more details on Don Chuy’s Tacos, check out their website here. For more information on La Tabla, visit their website here!


Want more information about how to join the Matchbook Wine Club? Click here!

August 21st, 2020

The Crush Bunch: It’s a Family Affair

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Pictured: John, Greg, and Karl Giguiere enjoying a Matchbook Tasting Room food truck event.

The Matchbook Wine Company family farming lineage dates back five generations. The Dunnigan Hills vineyards were previously inhabited by the Giguiere family’s sheep ranch. Today, thousands of acres are covered in wine grapes, olive trees, and onsite winery production facilities. The family legacy is continued through the leadership of Karl Giguiere and husband and wife team, John and Lane Giguiere.

Adding to the family efforts is Karl’s son, Greg Giguiere, who serves as Director of Operations and daughter, Aimee Giguiere heading the Vineyard Administrative team. The Giguiere family is no stranger to hard work, which is why you’ll see Greg’s son, Declan, and Aimee’s daughter, Andrea, out in the vineyards taking sugar samples and helping out with other harvest needs. Another important member is Aimee’s husband, Brian Villegas, serving as Vineyard Manager.

 You’ll often find John and Lane’s niece, Sofie Brown, working at the winery during her breaks from Occidental College. Sofie is a welcome member of both the admin office and the production team.

Pictured: Sofie topping barrels during in the Summer of 2019

The family succession doesn’t end there, we have several families working on the Matchbook Vineyard and Winemaking team. This year we wanted to highlight these folks as they buzz around fulfilling all the tasks that a busy harvest season demands. The added family dynamic enhances the already tight-knit culture at the winery.

Karl, Aimee & Husband, Brian Villegas, & Greg Giguiere

Pictured: Karl & Aimee Giguiere, Brian Villegas & Greg Giguiere at the 2020 crush ceremony.

Pictured: Andrea (Aimee’s Daughter) & Greg Giguiere, taking sugar samples for the 2020 harvest.

Mikayla Callen Ruvalcaba, Laboratory Director & Laboratory Assistant, Samuel 

Adan & Petro Gallo | Cellar Crew

David Moreno Jr. & Sr. | Bottling Crew

Not pictured, but certainly appreciated:
Maria & Kevin L.| Bottling Crew
José & Christian Cardenas | Cellar Crew

What is ‘Crush’? A term that loosely describes the entire harvest season. Crush begins when the grapes are picked and continues through processing and fermentation until the last wine is safely in a barrel or tank.

Check out our team in action on the first day of our 13th Annual CRUSH, click here to watch the video.

August 10th, 2020

Red Hot Ratings in the 90’s from Wine Enthusiast

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer


2018 Matchbook Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon 
{ 91 points & Best Buy }

“This is a brawny, full-bodied and firmly tannic wine that’s nevertheless seductive, complex and layered. A dark color and impressions of tobacco, black currant, and sage make it delicious to sip.”
— Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast Magazine”


2017 The Arsonist Red Blend
{ 92 points } 
“This wine is super concentrated and complex in its array of red and black fruit flavors, with subtle oak spices and a rich texture. A blend of Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, it has a mouthcoating effect and a lingering gorgeous finish.” 
—Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

2018 Matchbook Estate Bottled Petite Sirah
{ 91 points }

“This wine is richly flavored and boldly tannic, literally coating the mouth. It is deep and dark in color, packed with blackberry jam and strawberry flavors, with a mouthfeel that is velvety in texture.”
—Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Or get all three in one convenient trio pack – Buy Now »

Watch &  Learn

Enjoy this video overview of Matchbook Wine Company’s Red Wine Program featuring Director of Winemaking, Dan Cederquist, and owner, John Giguiere. Get to know our award-winning wines through our soils, vineyard techniques, and excellent winemaking practices.
Watch Now »

Other recent scores in the 90’s »

July 28th, 2020

Go Nuts on Cheeseboards!

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Matchbook Picnicking Guide: Tip #5


Photo by: @it.zel.m on Instagram

Visit the bulk foods section of your local grocer to load up on cheeses, cured meats, roasted cashews, candied walnuts, or smokehouse almonds! Ask the store’s cheesemonger for suggestions if you’re having a hard time choosing.

 Award-Winning Pairings:

Tip: Our Tasting Room manager, Maureen, likes to add fig spread atop goat cheese for a quick cracker topping – it is to die for!

Shop Local:

Get your cheeseboards and picnic supplies from our friends at A Well Stocked Home. All picnic baskets are 20% off in-store and online! 

A Well Stocked Home is a home & lifestyle store focused on unique decor, kitchen and bar essentials and more. Located in charming downtown Woodland, they are now offering online orders – visit their website at: 

Follow them on Instagram or Facebook for news and updates.

July 23rd, 2020

Color Together, Vol. 3 with Peggy Jo Ackley

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

We are excited to partner with Peggy Jo Ackley, in the newest edition of our Color Together Activity Book. Peggy is a talented illustrator and designer originally from Woodland, California – the hometown of Matchbook owner,  Lane Giguiere! Her garden and nature-themed illustrations are the perfect addition to our books that were designed to keep you busy during this time. We hope you enjoy coloring together with your loved ones while sipping on your favorite Matchbook wines!

Place an order on our online wine store and receive a FREE printed coloring book! OR subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter to receive our FREE weekly download coloring pages.

Click here to receive this week’s FREE Garden-Themed Coloring Page!

About Peggy:

Peggy began her career as a greeting card designer for a small paper company in Illinois. After four years, she started her own studio and began licensing her designs into other product categories such as gifts, fabrics, and housewares. She is probably best known as the illustrator of the “Bitty Bear” book series for the American Girl Company.

Peggy has a great love of pattern and a keen sense of detail, as demonstrated by her fine hand. For her illustration, she usually works to product size, most frequently in gouache or colored pencil, with a subtle ink outline. Favorite subject matter includes sweetly whimsical animals, nostalgic toys, and detailed renderings of flowers and fruits.

Always encouraged by her parents, Peggy has been drawing and painting since age 3. She was born and raised in Northern California and attended the University of California at Davis, and New York University earning a fine arts degree. She currently makes her home in Sonoma County, California.

Visit Peggy’s website: