By the time this posts and you are reading it… you are reading it, right?… my family and I will be traipsing about somewhere in Cornwall. Yes, we have gone and done the crazy, booked a two week vacation across the pond. Two weeks…the 6 of us…together 24-7…no xbox and limited technology (oh the horror!)… pray that we all survive. Did I mention yet that Derek really, really, really, really hates traveling? Yeah, I don’t know what I was thinking, either. Anyway, to make a short story long, the days leading up to the trip were not very pleasant for Derek, so when I asked him for a topic that I could write about before we left, I was essentially told to stick my query where the sun don’t shine. Thankfully, I had in my possession, a short interview that Derek did awhile back about his winemaking philosophies. If you have been reading my blog, much of it will seem familiar as his philosophy informs the content that he provides me. But, you will be getting it straight from him, no verbal manipulation from me. Whether that is good or bad, I leave that for you to decide…
Question: What is your approach to winemaking?
Answer: I ty to allow the property to exhibit itself in the wine. By this I mean I want the wines to have an expression of where they come from, not to taste like everyone else…the winery next door. To accomplish this, I take a very hands-off approach to winemaking, I perform the least amount of manipulation as possible in the winery.
Question: Do you have any personal philosophies?
Answer: Yes, four of them: 1.) Grow good grapes (correct varietals planted in the correct locations and balance the vines) and you will make good wine. 2.) Don’t wait too long to harvest. Late-harvest characters destroy any nuance to a wine. 3.) Don’t over-lumber your wine. Nobody wants a hamster cage in their wine. 4.) A winemaker needs to spend a lot of time in the vineyard.
Question: What are the highlights of your wine-making career?
Answer: This may sound corny but every day is a highlight to me. I absolutely love what I do. My “job” is my passion. I get to spend days outdoors and indoors evenly. I don’t have to dress up or shake a lot of hands. Even the 36-hour-straight days, I love. I learn something new with every day and every vintage. The challenges I look forward to with each vintage and the “newer” terroirs hold exciting discoveries that I get to see evolve in front of me. Napa and Sonoma have been done, not much to learn or do differently there. Numerous great wines and beautiful wineries but… where is the excitement? If I had to pick events, it would be working with Alberto Antonini and having my eyes opened by him in Argentina and Italy. Lastly, seeing my oldest working in the vineyards.
Like I said, short and sweet. And you have no idea how I wanted to insert snarky comments into certain “corny” parts of the interview. But as I promised, no verbal manipulation from me- because now that I’ve used my last reserved post, I’d better not do anything to p*ss him off!
Derek looking absolutely thrilled!
No, not the Caribbean- Cornwall! Notice the sweatshirts…[jetpack_subscription_form]