The husband and wife team of John and Lane Giguiere and John's brother Karl crafted this exceptional wine. They moved to the Dunnigan Hills in Yolo County just north of Napa in 1973 to save the family farm. They did and then some.
They decided to plant grapes there in 1981. Those were the first grapes ever planted in the Dunnigan Hills. Their wines became an overnight sensation because of their accessibility and value. So successful in fact that they sold the property, which had grown from 10 acres to 1,300 in 2000 and formed Matchbook Wine Company, which they still own today.
The winery is called Matchbook because as a boy, John used to play with matches and that became his nickname. He swears he doesn't play with matches any longer but it's safe to say his wines catch fire.
Our selection is a unique blend of varietals from the Rhone (Syrah), the Languedoc (Durif), and Bordeaux (Petit Verdot) - this type of blending is virtually unheard of in France. How they came up with this blend is a mystery to us, but one taste will tell you they certainly know what they're doing.
California winemakers have been experimenting with non-traditional blends since the 1970's and it seems to us they have figured it out.
It all works to bring a harmonious blend of flavors and textures together from cherry and vanilla, to spice, earth and leather, with flecks of plum and a hint of licorice to finish everything off.
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