Vintner-speak: Wisdom from winemakers

Nobody knows wine like the people who make the good stuff. Here’s a bit of wisdom from them on certain topics:

Magrini• Vignai da Duline’s Federica Magrini (left) on why she doesn’t put “organically farmed” on her labels:  “Why would we list what we don’t put into our wines? We think non-organic farmers should have to put on the bottle the fertilizers and pesticides that are additional to the wine.”

• Cape Mentelle’s Simon Burnell on cork closures: “Open a case of wine after several years and you can have 12 different wines.”

Moueix• Chateau Petrus’ Christian Moueix (left) on pairing: “More important than the food pairing is the person with whom you drink the wine.”

• Banfi’s Philip di Belardino on bottle variation: “Wines are like children. You don’t know what they are going to say in front of company.”

• Niepoort’s Dirk Niepoort on “wasting” too many good bottles in one evening: “The greatest enemy of a good wine is a better one.”

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