A BEAUTIFUL DANCE AMONG NATURE, ART & SCIENCE
Winemaking at Clark-Claudon is a beautiful dance among nature, art and science. Though the members of our winemaking team are esteemed individual winemakers, together they rise to a whole new level. They share an infectious camaraderie based on mutual respect, drive and a soulful awareness of the dance. Their nature directed winemaking reflects the heritage of Clark-Claudon and assures that each CC wine is a pure, world class expression of season, place and the passion of it makers.
Frederic Delivert came to Clark-Claudon with an impressive resume. Born and raised in France, Frederic earned a Masters Degree with a focus on enology, viticulture & international wine sales and managed the French domains; Domaine Croix Maro & Domaine de la Valmale. Once in the US, Frederic refined his artist expertise at Far Niente, Duckhorn and Hafner before becoming the assistant winemaker at Plump Jack & Cade. While there, he played a prominent role in making many renowned 90-99pt wines.
Beyond his exemplary education, experience and reputation, Frederic’s positive attitude, work ethic and terroir based winemaking philosophy makes him a perfect match for Clark-Claudon.
Jean Hoefliger was born and raised in Switzerland where his initial experience took him from Switzerland to Bordeaux, and South Africa, making wine at the esteemed estates of Chateau Lynch-Bages, Chateau Carbonnieux, and Meerlust. After completing a winemaking and viticulture degree at the Swiss Federal School of Changins, Jean came to California where he spent five years as winemaker for Newton Vineyards raising their wines to world class heights.
Currently he is the GM and winemaker at Alpha Omega along with consulting winemaker Michel Rolland. In addition, Jean consults for a number of local and international wine projects. Jean’s esteem has grown as his wines continue to garner high scores and critical acclaim while his generosity of spirit, passion and down to earth attitude shine above it all.
A graduate of Cal Poly, son-in-law Brian Forgie expected to continue his career as a high school teacher. Instead, shortly after moving to the Napa Valley with his fiancé, Briana Clark, he worked at Miner Family Vineyards and then became the assistant winemaker at Grace Family Vineyards. Then in 2004 Brian was lured into the family business.
Brian brings just the right balance of expertise, family pride, enthusiasm and work ethic to our winemaking team. In addition, Brian is essential in training the third generation at Clark-Claudon.