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On today’s podcast you’ll meet Matthieu Mangenot of Domaines Albert Bichot. It was a pleasure to head back to Beaune, France, albeit this time by telephone. 

Matthieu will talk about his background and the wines they sent me (aren’t I the lucky one?). He’ll also touch upon the vineyards of Albert Bichot in areas of the three main appellations of Burgundy – village, Premier Cru and Grand Cru. 

You’ll also hear about some experiences you can enjoy if you plan to visit in the Burgundy Region now that the world is beginning to open up.

 

If you’d like to see the wine I received, click the links:

The 2018 Chablis Domaine Long-Depaquit

The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin “Les Murot”

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Matthieu Mangenot in his element

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Our 2013 trip on the Véloroute (cycle route)

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…one of the many things you can do in the Burgundy region.

There were two reasons that prompted me to reach out to Todd Graff. First, in October  my step-daughter Jackie told me in that her favorite wine is Frank Family Vineyards‘ Cabernet Sauvignon. Then in December, I watched as Todd received “Napa Valley Winemaker of the Year” from the North Bay Business Journal’s Annual Wine, Spirits and Beer Industry Awards.  That solidified my desire to interview him.

Aside from his history in the industry, Todd shared why he chose to travel early on. His wanderlust was further satisfied when he was chosen by Schramsberg Vineyards for a project in Portugal. For the last 18 years he’s enjoyed working with Frank Family and making a good list of wine varieties.

Why is Frank Family Vineyards often chosen as Napa’s Favorite Tasting Room? As the winemaker and General Manager, he has a pretty good idea. He’ll share that opinion.

As you’ll hear, Todd Graff is a casual guy, down to earth, and a bit humble…like most winemakers I interview.  Enjoy the conversation!

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The old winemaking barn is the first thing you’ll see when visiting Frank Family Vineyards

 

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Todd caught contemplating the answer to a question, and the wine he served us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The tasting room Craftsman House from the 1930s

 

Todd developed a taste for sparkling wine during his time at Schramsberg Vineyards. He’s showing off his Brut Rosé as we hung out, literally, on the back porch.