Our Team – Matchbook Wines

Our crew is made up of long-time friends we’ve worked with for many years

and new friends we’ve just welcomed aboard.

Our Matchbook family is an integral part of the wines we produce.

Lane Giguiere


Lane grew up in Woodland, California and attended Woodland High School where she met John. After attending Chico State and San Jose State University she returned to Yolo County, married John in 1976, and employed her college education at the Giguiere family ranch driving a tractor, herding sheep and managing the ranch office. In 1983, she and John along with brother-in-law Karl founded R.H. Phillips winery. In the early years Lane worked in the vineyard, managed the winery books, headed the shipping department and hand labeled wine bottles at the kitchen table. In 1996, when the winery went public Lane assumed charge of public relations, hospitality, and sales administration. Lane retired from R.H. Phillips in 2004 to start Crew Wine Company, now Matchbook Wine Company. “I love the energy of the wine business. It’s a product that brings people together and you get to enjoy it with food,” she says. Besides her work Lane enjoys golf, taking road trips with Gigs and running in her Land Park neighborhood.

Favorite Matchbook Wine: No fair! That’s like asking a mother which child is her favorite. I love them all for all different reasons.

John Giguiere


John, wife Lane and brother Karl started R.H.Phillips Winery in 1983 on land that was part of their family farm in the Dunnigan Hills of northwestern Yolo County. Starting as a small family owned vineyard and winery operation the company grew into a 750,000 case producer sourced mostly from estate fruit from their 2,500 acre vineyard which is rare for such a large producer. The company produced such noted brands as Toasted Head, EXP and R.H.Phillips. John helped to take the company public (Nasdaq) in 1995 and oversaw the sale of the company to Vincor International in 2000. John remained with the company after the sale and became the President and CEO for Vincor’s U.S. operations. John left the company in August of 2005 to start Crew Wine Company, now Matchbook Wine Company. John lives in Sacramento with his wife Lane and is an avid San Francisco Giants fan, plays golf and likes to travel.

Favorite Matchbook Wine: Matchbook Tinto Rey

Why: It’s the most complex wine we make. I really like the combination of Mediterranean and Bordeaux varietals; the blend produces the best balance of flavors, texture and weight.

Karl Giguiere


Karl Giguiere was born in Washington state, but grew up on the family farm right here in the Dunnigan Hills. He attended Esparto High School and graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Accounting. A short stint in a large CPA firm convinced him that his heart was in farming and he returned home to take over management of Giguiere Ranch in 1973. Not content with the area’s traditional dryland wheat and sheep farming, he was the first to drill wells and plant vineyards in the area, which lead to the creation of R.H. Phillips Winery in 1983. For the next 22 years, Karl continued to innovate new farming techniques in harvesting, trellising and irrigation while growing the company’s vineyard operation from 10 acres and 1 employee to 2800 acres and a full complement of viticulturists. He retired from R.H. Phillips in 2005 to concentrate on managing the Giguiere Family’s vineyards and olive orchards. When Karl and his wife Vicki are not at the beautiful home they built in the Dunnigan Hills, they are with their family at the beautiful home they built in Mount Shasta.

Favorite Matchbook Wine: Matchbook Tempranillo

Why: It’s spicy, it’s well-balanced, it’s just a good wine.

Pat Kane

President and CEO

Pat Kane joined Matchbook Wine Company in March 2017 as President and CEO. Pat is a seasoned wine & spirits executive that came to us with over 25 years of experience. In his role as President and CEO, Pat will focus on the growth of Matchbook Wine Company for the Giguiere family.

Pat is an old friend and colleague of the Giguiere family from the RH Phillip days. “In the 35 plus years I’ve been doing this, I cannot think of anyone better suited to lead our company than Pat,” says owner, John Giguiere.

Most recently, Pat was National Sales Director for Joseph Wagner’s Copper Cane Wines & Provisions. Pat has extensive experience in national sales and channel management for premium alcohol and wine companies. He has held management positions with multiple wine producers including: RH Phillips, Vincor, Constellation Brands, Heublein, Diageo and Copper Cane Wines. In addition to Pat’s experience with producers, he has held several management positions with Alliance Beverage, a Charmer Sun Belt and Glazers Family joint venture, managing premium wine, spirits and craft beer business across all trade channels. Prior to joining the wine industry, Pat began his career with Beecham Products, now GlaxoSmithKline.

Pat is originally from the Chicago area, but has lived out west for 20 years. When Pat is not busy working, he enjoys spending time with his 4 children, the occasional round of golf or cheering on his hometown, Chicago, sports teams the Cubs and the Blackhawks.

Favorite Matchbook wine: I am an unabashed Chardonnay lover, so my favorite is The Arsonist Chardonnay. With, or without food, it’s a beauty!

Head Winemaker

Director of Vineyard Operations

Vineyard Manager

Cellar Supervisor

Laboratory Director

Assistant Winemaker

Vineyard Administration

Bottling Manager

Central Division Manager

Region Manager, New England

Regional Manager | North Central

Director of National Accounts

Region Manager, Mid-Atlantic

Division Manager | West

Regional Manager | Central U.S.

Division Manager, Southeast

Market Manager, Greater Sacramento Region

West-North Region Manager

Sales Manager, Exports & Specialty Channels

Northeast Division Manager

Barrel Master

Lead Bottling Line Operator

Cellar Operations

Cellar Crew

Cellar Crew

Cellar Operations

Cellar Crew

Cellar Master

Cellar Crew

Art Director

Events and Wine Club Director


Winery Design Consultant

Chief Financial Officer

Compliance Manager

Graphic Designer

Tasting Room Manager

Senior Accountant


Graphic Designer

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