wine in capsules

“James Rothschild sent Rossini [composer of ‘Barber of Seville’, ‘William Tell’ etc] some splendid grapes from his hothouse. Rossini, in thanking him, wrote, “although your grapes are superb, I don’t like my wine in capsules.” Rothschild read this as an invitation to send him some of his celebrated Chateau-Lafite, which he proceeded to do.” – Lillie de Hergermann-Lindencrone, “In the Courts of Memory”

Image: The Last Supper, Damian Hirst (1999)