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The Grape Nation Episode 110: Matt Crafton, Winemaker Chateau Montelena

May 9, 2019

During a recent visit to New York, Chateau Montelena Winemaker Matt Crafton visited Sam Benrubi’s  The Grape Nation and joined him on the podcast, “Episode 110 Matt Crafton, Winemaker, Chateau Montelena.” Throughout the interview, Matt highlights his passion for “creating things that make people happy,” the history of the estate, the iconic Judgment of Paris, the winery’s new spring releases and the evolution of Chateau Montelena under his leadership.  It is terrific to listen to and gives you a personal take on what it’s like to be a winemaker at an iconic estate – and why he inevitably decided to pursue wine. Full episode is HERE

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