Host Dan O’connor
Matchbook Wines began in the rolling pastures of Dunnigan Hills in 2004. Dunnigan Hills, one of California's newest AVA's is located in northern California, east of Napa Valley. It was first planted to grapes in the late 70's when John and Lane Giguiere returned home from college to save their family's wheat and sheep farm. Realizing that the wheat market could no longer sustain their farm financially, and that sheep are really not that smart, the couple planted Dunnigan Hill's original vines. These vines would be the foundation of RH Phillips Winery and the famed Toasted Head Chardonnay. Years after selling the RH Phillips label, John and Lane returned to Dunnigan Hills to begin a new venture: Matchbook Wines.
Matchbook Winery is a small, family owned winery focusing on the production of high-quality, yet affordable wines that rival the world's best.
Daniel O'Connor began working with John and Lane in 2016, and after years of working for much larger, more corporate wine companies, he has found a home. Dan's passion for wine began early in the restaurant business as he worked to earn his graduate and undergraduate degrees. He lives in Boston's North End and represents John and Lane's interest here on the East Coast.
During our tasting and seminar, We will focus on "Old World Wines in the New World," discussing the history of the grape varietals that we will taste and their roots in France and their success in California.