If you don’t know very much about wine or the Barolo region, you should visit Chiara Boschis. Her visits are chock full of information; she will take you all the way from the roman times to the present, giving you a full history of the region. Chiara is one of the “Barolo Boys” (yes, I know she is a woman), and along with the Barolo Boys she was part of the revolution that turned Barolo into a world wide phenomenon. In addition to her educational visits, another good reason to visit with her is her incredible energy. Her passion for what she does is incredible and her positive energy is contagious.
“I don’t always do the things that earn the most money, I try to do what is right for the region”
Her winery is located in the town of Barolo, and her vineyards are spread out through the region. She produces the “normal” line up, ranging from dolcetto to barolo. Her wines were recently rated by Antonio Galloni, and she received 96 points for her Barolo Via Nuova, 96 points for her Barolo Cannubi and 94 points for her Barolo Mosconi.
I enjoy reading wine books, browsing the pictures, learning about grape varieties and wine regions. The newest addition to my wine book collection is “Labor of Love” by Suzanne Hoffman.
I actually had the pleasure of meeting Suzanne at a dinner last summer. At the time I was working with Silvia Altare at her winery. We met up with many other winemaker women at a restaurant in Barolo. Chiara Boschis, Silvia Altare, Marta Rinaldi and a few other women were there. The only man at the table was Suzanne’s husband, and at the end we were joined by Enzo Brezza.
Suzanne’s book is about all the women in winemaking. So may families in Piemonte now have only women running the show at the wineries. And “Labor of Love’ highlights the women in these winemaker families. These women will carry on the work and traditions going forward and I am really excited to see what’s in store for the future.
Territoriet does a good job of gathering wine people, and this time was no different. Veslemøy, part of the Moestue group, had organized for Chiara and Claudia to come and show their wines. The theme for the night was “Femmes Fatales”, which is fitting as these women are strong characters in Piemonte.
Chiara Boschis is located in Barolo and she was part of the Barolo Boys revolution in Piemonte. She is a wonderful person, a very good winemaker and very fun to be around. I reccommend visiting with her at her winery.
I am less familiar with Claudia Ciglitui, but I do know her wines. Claudia is located in Barbaresco and I hope to visit the winery and learn more about the wines and the family this summer. You can read more about them on their website.
Lineup from my last visit to the Cantina
The visit with these wonderful winemakers was too short as always, but they are very busy, so I am grateful for any amount of time spent with them.
The wines they “showed” that night included Barbera from both producers as well as a few Barolo and Barbaresco.
From Chiara Boschis:
- Barolo Cannubi 2009
- Barolo Cannubi 2005
- Barolo Via Nuova 2006
- Barolo Via Nuova 2007
- Barolo Via Nuova 2008
From Claudia Cigliuti:
- Barbaresco Serraboella 2012
- Barbaresco Via Erte 2012