That quote came from André Tchelistcheff, America’s most influential winemaker. Born Moscow, fought in the Russian Civil War, nearly died from combat, fled Russia to study oenology, fermentation and microbiology.
As it was quoted from Wine Spectator by James Laube, Kim Marcus and James Suckling,
“I enjoy living,” Tchelistcheff said in a 1986 interview. He lived simply, never trying to build a fortune or own a winery. “I’m not a wealthy man because I never took a chance,” he said. “I was always too European and more willing to stick with my ways rather than take a chance.”
For such humble man, his achievement and contribution to the American wine world is far from ordinary. As for this modest man and his love for the grape, it really takes special care and great attention to transform Pinot Noir from vine to glass as it is no easy fruit to tend to. For that, one goes through hell and back to get the juice.
“I can count the number of great Cabernets I made at Beaulieu only by taking off my socks and shoes, but I can count the number of great Pinot Noirs on one hand with change left over.” – André Tchelistcheff