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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.

October 18th, 2018

A New Generation of Packaging

by: Lane Giguiere

Matchbook Wine Company is excited to introduce a new intriguing and luxurious package design. The new label is a full wrap detailed with a continuous deckled edge. The front panel features a small burn atop Matchbook’s iconic flame, paying homage to the Matchbook moniker.

“After 11 years it was time for a label refresh”, says John Giguiere Owner of Matchbook Wine Company. The Dunnigan Hills winery’s iconic full-paneled, burnt-edged label has been replaced by a sleek wrap label that highlights the Estate Bottled offerings.

The new label is recognizably Matchbook, with a modern twist. The distinct vertical logo has been flipped to horizontal highlighted by a red foil flame. The burnt notch on the upper right remains as an homage to the original burned edge. The label has a “matchstick x” boarder treatment and the Estate Bottled designation is prominently displayed.

The Matchbook brand features four varietals, all grown and farmed by the Giguiere family in the Dunnigan Hills AVA in northern California.

Coinciding with the brand refresh, Matchbook is proud to announce the inaugural release of  Matchbook 2016 Estate Bottled Petite Sirah, along with a fan favorite, Matchbook 2017 Estate Bottled Chardonnay. The 2017 Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon and 2016 Matchbook Estate Bottled Petit Verdot coming soon in 2019.

“We are constantly looking at ways to improve the quality of our vineyards and wines. Tweaking the appearance of our packaging highlights our innovative focus and keeps us current with consumer trends,” states John Giguiere.


About Matchbook Wine Company

East of Napa, Left of Center: The Giguiere family embodies Dunnigan Hills winemaking. In 1981, they pioneered grape growing in this region when they planted their very first vineyard. By 1993, they had succeeded in making the Dunnigan Hills a nationally recognized American appellation. The Matchbook flame is an homage to the Giguiere brothers’ youthful fascination with fire. Today, Matchbook Wine Company produces over 15 wines showcasing the varietals that perform best in our warm, dry climate.

October 16th, 2018

Just 4 Fun! Matchbook Employees Wax Poetic

by: Virginia Sandfer

This month the Matchbook Tasting Room will be celebrating it’s 4  Year Anniversary. Continuing with our theme of 4’s – we asked the Matchbook team to describe their favorite wine. Easy enough right? Here’s the catch … use only 4 words. The results are funny, bold and poetic!

 

Aileen M. | Art Department

Tinto Rey Verdejo:
“Sip, savor, relax, repeat.”

 


Lane Giguiere | Owner

2017 Matchbook Chardonnay
“Love the new label!”

 


Pat Kane  | President and CEO

The Arsonist Red Blend
“There aren’t enough words.”

 


Rob V. | Regional Manager, Central U.S.

  •   “More Scores Since Four Years Ago” -Abe Lincoln (It’s not 4 words but kinda funny)
  •   The Arsonist Red Blend: Jammy, Chewy, Oaky, Delicious!
  •   Tinto Rey Rosé: Tempranillo, Tannat, Verdejo, Yummy!
  •   Top 4 wines in Texas: The Arsonist Red Blend, Matchbook Chardonnay, The Arsonist Chardonnay, Black’s Station Cabernet Sauvignon

Aimee Giguiere | Vineyard Operations

Matchbook Estate Bottled Wines:
“Winning wines made here”

 


Richard P.| Tasting Room

Matchbook Petite Sirah
“such a fine wine.”

 


John T. Director National Retail

The Arsonist Red Blend
“A Star is Born”

Tinto Rey Rosé:
“Pretty Woman. The Wine.”


Ken B. Division Manager – Atlantic South

The Arsonist Red Blend
“The fire in me.”

Discover our The Matchbook Tasting Room’s Top 4 Selling Wines! Click here.

 

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