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Doing Nothing Isn’t Winemaking, Says This Napa Winemaker

July 11, 2019

Chateau Montelena Winemaker Matt Crafton spoke with Vinepair for their latest segment, focusing on his winemaking philosophy as a contrast to the trend of  “minimal intervention” winemaking. Together with hosts Adam and Zach, Matt elaborates on Chateau Montelena’s focus on craftsmanship, and working to ensure he brings out the absolute best qualities found in the winery’s Calistoga fruit. He also highlights why he believes the Napa Valley remains a top tier, vibrant wine region. Listen to the full episode HERE

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