Dissecting Winemaking Decisions with Todd Graff


Dissecting Winemaking Decisions with Todd Graff

Todd Graff is the winemaker & general manager of Frank Family Vineyards in Calistoga, CA.

Frank Family's current success would not exist without his leadership. Todd joined in 2003 and has provided consistency of winemaking, vineyard sources, and leadership in Frank Family’s estate vineyard acquisitions, which are not more than 250 acres in Rutherford, Capell and Carneros. He also has culled relationships with several great growers—Beckstoffer, Sangiacomo, etc. I think Todd has defied the old adage “jack of all trades and master of none.” Todd makes everything from Cabernet/Chardonnay to Pinot, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Zinfandel Port, Late Harvest Chardonnay and 4 different sparkling wines, and he does all of these quite well. Frank Family is the only winery to have twice received “Winery of the Year” from the Connoisseur’s Guide to CA Wine—in 2012 and 2017

In this episode we mention... 
Frank Family Vineyards 
Joseph Phelps 
Frank Family Brut Rosé 
Frank Family Lewis Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay 
Frank Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 
2015 Williams-Selyem Chenin Blanc