Remembering Barolo's Domenico Clerico
Posted: Jul 21, 2017 1:30pm ET
I met Domenico Clerico, who died this past weekend, for the first time in November 2011, at his new winery in Monforte d'Alba, a spacious, modern facility built into a hillside just below the town. I knew his wines—pure, complex expressions of Nebbiolo from some of Monforte's top crus—but had never met the man behind them.
Clerico spoke no English, and my Italian was limited to a few words, yet with his infectious smile, I sensed immediately his warmth, energy and passion for his work.
Luca Roagna crafts pure, expressive wines from vineyards in Barbaresco and Barolo
Posted: Jul 14, 2017 10:00am ET
The Roagna story began in Italy's Barbaresco commune in the 1880s, where the family started producing wine. In 1989, they expanded into Barolo, purchasing the Pira menzioni geografiche aggiuntive (MGA), a 12-acre monopole in Castiglione Falletto. It was there I met Luca Roagna, in his new winery and cellars and where the entire Roagna production is bottled.