Matchbook Winery for Why Not Wednesday

Founded in 2005, Matchbook Wine Company is owned and operated by the Giguiere family, John, wife Lane and his brother Karl. Previously they owned and operated R.H. Philips 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 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. After selling R.H.Phillips the Giguiere family started Crew Wine Company, now Matchbook Wine Company. Before joining the Matchbook team, winemaker Dan Cederquist worked at Stag’s Leap and De Loach. Matchbook produces wines meant to explore the terroir of Dunnigan Hills and the California coast. To that end, the team has spent a great deal of time identifying and nurturing just the varieties that adapt well in this environment. Occasionally, a small percentage of coastal fruit is included to intensify natural aromas and flavors. The name Matchbook is a tongue in cheek homage to John and his brother’s childhood when they used to get into trouble for lighting matches and setting off rockets.

This week for #WHYNOTWEDESDAY we have Blake Wolfe Region Manager for Matchbook Wine Company. Blake grew up in a small town outside of Chicago. He attended Northern Illinois University before making the move to Tucson and transferring to the University of Arizona in 1988. Blake spent 16 years in Food and Beverage management, including directing the Food and Beverage divisions of two 4 Diamond resorts. He also had a partnership in a very successful Tucson restaurant. He developed a taste and passion for fine wine, which eventually led to a career move when he went to work for a national wine and spirits distributor. Blake joined Matchbook at its inception in 2006 and is now Regional Manager covering the mid-US. He now resides in the city of Chicago and is thrilled to be back in his home state. When he’s not on the road he enjoys cooking, spending time with his family, and working out just enough to counterbalance his addiction to great food. We are thrilled to have Blake in store this week.



Matchbook Wine Company, Chardonnay :: Reg $15 Sale $13

Six different Chardonnay clones from a sustainably farmed vineyard in Dunnigan Hills (97%) were used in this wine. Clone 809 was cold tank fermented to enhance its Muscat character. The other lots were barrel fermented in French and Hungarian oak (22% new) with periodic battonage. The remaining Chardonnay was sourced from the Russian River Valley (3%) and fermented in stainless steel.

Aromas of baked apples, pineapple, vanilla bean, cream and cinnamon are prominent with undertones of brown sugar, fig and melon. Flavors of caramel apples and creme brulee are balanced by hints of stone fruit and a crisp, mineral finish.

2014 Matchbook Wine Company “Tinto Rey”, Dunnigan Hills – Spanish Red Blend :: Reg $18 Sale $15

Tinto Rey is Spanish for “Red King,” and Tempranillo is the king of Spanish red wines. It’s also the most important varietal in our Matchbook Vineyard. That’s why Tempranillo is the foundation in our unique Mediterranean blend. Rich aromas of blueberry, red fruit and rustic leather stand out as flavors of boysenberry and red currant lead to hints of chocolate truffle and plum. The Tinto Rey is medium-bodied and seamless, with soft-grain tannins and just an edge of zesty tartness weaved in with the sweetness of the fruit.

Matchbook Wine Company Estate Bottled, Dunnigan Hills, CA – Cabernet Sauvignon :: Reg $18 Sale $15

This elegant Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted entirely on our Matchbook Estate in the Dunnigan Hills of California. Every step from vine to the bottle was done on our home turf and under the watchful eye of the Giguiere Family and our winemakers. We are proud to have the 2015 Matchbook Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon join our Estate Bottled Old Head Chardonnay, Syrah and Rose of Tempranillo. This classic Cabernet Sauvignon displays a deep ruby color and offers aromas of toasty oak, tobacco, dark fruit, clove and nutmeg. Juicy, mouth-filling flavors of blackberry and dried cranberry are followed by a lovely, lingering finish with firm tannins and a hint of spicy chocolate.


2014 Matchbook Wine Company “The Arsonist”, Dunnigan Hills, CA – Red Blend :: Reg $25 Sale $20

Petit Verdot ( 52%): The backbone of the Arsonist Red Blend, this thick-skinned grape yields concentrated, tannic wines with lots of color. Aged properly, Petit Verdot rounds out to develop rich, thick, full structured wines. The Petit Verdot for this blend is from our Matchbook Estate Vineyards in the Dunnigan Hills. Malbec (25%) : This deeply colored grape contributes inky dark color, tannins and flavors of plum and dark chocolate to the blend. The Malbec in the 2014 Arsonist Red Blend adds to the richness of the mid-palate and is from our Matchbook Estate Vineyards in the Dunnigan Hills. Cabernet Sauvignon (23%): Drawn from Sonoma County’s historic Chalk Hill region and our very own Matchbook Estate Vineyard in the Dunnigan Hills the Cabernet Sauvignon adds length and depth to The Arsonist Red Blend. Due to its thick skin, Cabernet Sauvignon develops deep blue hues of black fruit with big tannins that allow the blend to develop and age well over the years.


::Saturday Tasting::

Manuel Manzaneque Suarez

Do you buy the same wine over and over again? Are you interested in trying new wine but are afraid of buying something you don’t like? Stop in this Saturday to taste our October Wine Share and get an idea of what the wine share is all about! This is an opportunity for you to try new and learn about new wine that we know you’ll love!

We start sippin’ and tastin’ at 4pm. Hope you can make it! Tag your pics #pickitupatpearl and #Neverabadbottle so we can CHEERS! 



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