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Wine Tasting, Friday April 28th from 5pm to 8pm with Che Pizaro.
April 28, 2017 @ 9:00 pm - 12:00 am
Come down to try two of our best-selling wines, both of them perfect pairings for grilled foods and summer fare.
Matchbook Wine Company, Chardonnay (2014)
Category: Still wine — White
Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Geography: California, United States
Appellation: Dunnigan Hills
Alcohol by volume: 13.9%
This elegant Chardonnay from Dinnigan Hills in California offers aromas of ripe pear and honeydew melon that complement toasted oak and a hint of butter. Flavors of fig and honey round off characters consistent with the aromas, with pear delivering across the palate.
Creamy with a rich, full mouthfeel, this wine will soar on its own or pair with a fruit and cheese plate, bruschetta, alfredo over linguine, grilled tuna, savory chicken dishes and grilled marinated shrimp..
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.
Foppiano Vineyards, Sonoma County Petite Sirah Lot 96 (2014)
Category: Still wine — Red
Blend: Predominantly Petite Sirah with Carignane, Zinfandel, and Grenache
Geography: Coastal California, United States
Appellation: Sonoma County
Alcohol by volume: 14.0%
This wine is full of fruit, structure and acidity. The rich aromas of blackberry, currant and freshly baked blueberry pie mirror the round, full flavors in the mouth with a hint of nutmeg and cedar followed by a long spicy finish.
Supple tannins balanced with a strong backbone of acidity and fruit make this wine a great paring with grilled or barbecued beef or pork tenderloin, grilled steaks and hamburgers or even strong cheeses such as Stilton, aged gouda or even the infamous Stinking Bishop.
Giovanni Foppiano arrived in New York from Genoa, Italy in 1855 and traveled to California by way of Panama, settling in Healdsburg in what will become the heart of Sonoma County wine country. Much has happened since then. In 2002, Foppiano hosted the first Petite Sirah symposium at his winery, now run by his son. Following the event, a group was formed whose sole function is to support the marketing and public relations effort for Petite Sirah – this group is better known as P.S. I Love You. Petit Sirah remains the primary focus of the estate.