Wine wisdom from the source(s)

One of the great perks of being a wine writer is getting to know vintners: winemakers, vineyard managers and winery owners, who tend to be interesting people. Here are some wise words from such folks, none of whom I have yet met, alas:

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

• Vignai da Duline’s Federica Mocchiutti 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.”

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

• 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.”

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

Leave a Reply