Clif Notes

New Release: 2009 Rte. Blanc

Originally Posted by Candice Crawford on Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Our 2009 Rte. Blanc Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc released this week. This is a deliciously refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, perfect for a warm summer evening (if summer ever arrives in the Napa Valley!). The fruit comes from organic and sustainably farmed vineyards in Napa's Oakville and St. Helena appellations. Great aromatics of melons, fresh figs and orange blossom and lots of citrus and tropical flavors.

The 2009 was also bottled with our brand new labels. Hope you enjoy what we think is a sophisticated new look!

Available online at www.cliffamilywinery.com and in our tasting room. Stop by for a visit!

Cheers!

Harvest Day at the Farm

Originally Posted by Candice Crawford on Thursday, July 8, 2010

The day has finally come! Today marks the first day of harvest for our Clif Family Farm CSA Box and it is packed to the brim with lots of tasty veggies. This week’s box includes a selection of swiss chard, zucchini, cucumbers, garlic, onions, and a bouquet of fresh flowers. Owner Kit Crawford, gardener Edie Kausch, and property manager Brad Crawford have been hard at work to bring this program to life. We could not be more excited to start the program and can't wait to see what the coming weeks bring.

For more information about the Clif Family Farm CSA Box program, contact Candice Crawford at farm@clifbar.com.

Recipe from the Farm: White Wine Sangria

Originally Posted by Candice Crawford on Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Are you looking for something to do with all the delicious summer fruit that's now in season? A fun way to enjoy a chilled glass of white wine is to spice it up and make a white wine sangria. Sangria is easy to make and perfect for a hot summer day. Our 2008 Climber White makes particulary good sangria since there are abundant citrus and tropical fruit flavors already present in the wine. The added fruit only enhances the flavors and aromas in the wine.

To make sangria, you need fresh fruit, white wine and a jub large enough to hold about 12 cups (96 oz). The wine and the fruit should be on hand, it's the jug that may be difficult to find!

Ingredients

4 bottles Climber White Wine

1 bottle sparkling water

4 peaches

2 limes

2 lemons

2 oranges

Preparation:

Cut the lemon, limes, and oranges into slices. Then squeeze juices from the fruit and place slices in the jug.

Dice peaches and place in jug along with the other fruit.

Pour the wine into the jug along with all the fruit. Let sit overnight or for at least 8 hours.

Serve with sparkling water and ice.

You can also add the fruit as a garnish.

And if you are looking to buy some Climber White for this great recipe, we are offering 1-cent shipping on all UPS Ground Shipments throughout the month of July!

Beauty Shots

Originally Posted by Candice Crawford on Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Check out these photos of our new baby chicks. They are definitely not camera shy!


Save the Date - 2nd Annual Harvest Party

Originally Posted by Candice Crawford on Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer has finally arrived and we are already thinking about Fall!? But yes, it's that time of year to start thinking about harvest. And with so much going on around harvest time, we want to make sure you save the date for our 2nd Annual Clif Family Farm Harvest Party. If you were able to join us last year, you know that we can throw a great party. And this year it's going to be even better as you spend the day touring the farm (including our vegetable garden, olive orchard, honey bees and the site of our soon-to-be-planted vineyard), tasting delicious wines with our winemakers and enjoying a delicious array of foods. Our favorite pizza guys are making another appearance this year!

So if you are looking for a fun way to spend a beautiful fall day in September (September 18th, that is!), then come join us for this great event. Tickets are $75 for the general public and $50 for our wine club members and their friends. A portion of the proceeds from the event go to support our partner, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers. To purchase tickets, please give us a call at 707.968.0625 or email us at winery@clifbar.com.

Hope to see you there!

Meet Bruce

Originally Posted by Candice Crawford on Monday, June 21, 2010

We've been busy putting the final touches on our 2008 and 2009 wines before bottling so we haven't had a chance to tell you about the newest addition to our winemaking team. This Spring, Bruce Regalia joined Sarah on our winemaking team. Bruce comes from an Italian family that appreciated both food and wine. He grew up drinking wine and as he says "always liked to ferment things." That's why we also find him brewing beer, making vinegar, you name it.

Bruce studied plant and soil science in college, focusing on viticulture and began his winemaking career in Mendocino County where he studied under Tom Lane at Navarro Vineyards. From there he moved on to Obester Winery and Duckhorn's Goldeneye where he became winemaker and GM. All that time in Anderson Valley made him somewhat of an expert on Pinot and it's still his favorite varietal. Maybe a Clif Family Winery Pinot Noir?

Bruce now consults for several Napa Valley wineries and we are all thrilled to be working with him. Welcome Bruce!

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