The Protagonist

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Pascal Marchand

Montreal-born Pascal Marchand studied literature at the Université de Montréal before deciding to immerse himself in the culture of France. After working a harvest in Burgundy in 1983, he fell in love with the region and returned the following year and became the first non-French citizen to enrol at the viticulture and oenology institute in Beaune. Before finishing his studies, he was hired to be the winemaker at Clos des Épeneaux by Comte Armand in 1985. Within a few years, he revived the moribund estate to the point where it became regarded as the best in the region of Pommard. In 1999, Burgundy’s largest producer Jean-Claude Boisset hired him to similarly revive their reputation and he guided Domaine de la Vougeraie to become a top name in Burgundy. By 2006, he formed his own eponymous winery before partnering with Niagara’s Moray Tawse in 2010 to create Maison Marchand-Tawse.


David Eng

David Eng is a filmmaker, actor, musician and writer originally hailing from Toronto, but now based in Montreal. In 2013, he directed the acclaimed web documentary Burgundy Jazz (Radio-Canada/CBC Music), winner of a Digi Award, a Prix Boomerang, a Prix Numix, and nominated for the Canadian Screen Awards, the Prix Gémeaux, the Webby Awards, and the Rockie Awards at the Banff World Media Festival. Besides Burgundy Jazz, he has directed over a dozen short films, including Perfect Pitch, The Audience (Golden Remi Award, WorldFest-Houston), and Notes from the Kuerti Keyboard (2010), which features legendary Canadian pianist Anton Kuerti. In addition to his film projects, Eng is an avid amateur wine aficionado.