The last week of 2017 was certainly one for the books. I spent the week exploring all around California (Sonoma, Pleasanton, Monterey, SF) with my family having an absolute blast! During our time in Sonoma, my guy and I stole a few family members and headed over the hill towards St. Helena to finally go visit one of our favorite wineries – Clif Family Winery. I’ve been drinking Clif wines for months now and have yet to be let down. I figured since I would be up in wine country it made sense to stop by and drink some of my favorite wines. My experience was phenomenal!
We walked in the door and were happily greeted by Troy, the assistant manager, who was about to show us the best time. Seriously, if you go make sure to say hi. He is such a gem! Anyway, the tasting room is also a little store where you can buy various Clif jams, nuts, chocolates, and obviously wine. After exploring around the shop we sat down in the gorgeous front room for a tasting and food pairing.
Troy started us off with some sparkling wine and continued to have us taste two whites and two reds. The ’16 Rte Blanc was hands down my favorite. It is a Sauvignon Blanc that is filled with hints of passion fruit, green apple, and peach – So delicious. My second favorite was a bit of a shocker to me. I’m definitely more of a white wine gal over red, so when I loved the ’14 Kit’s Killer Cab it was a fantastic surprise. This cab was exceptional and when I say exceptional, I mean we all bought a few bottles to bring home. This Cabernet Sauvignon is filled with aromas of black fruits and a burst of sweet tannin. It was a huge crowd pleaser both at the tasting and back home for dinner that night.
While we tasted our wines we also enjoyed a food pairing. Boy oh boy does the Clif team have this whole food pairing figured out. They have this adorable food truck that makes scrumptious bruschetta. They use seasonal ingredients from the Clif Family Farm to create an ever-changing menu of bruschetta to pair with each wine.
They can even do gluten free and/or vegetarian options if you let them know in advance! Our bites included porchetta, beef brisket, and funghi. I had to refrain from asking for seconds, it was just so good!!! The food truck sits right outside the tasting room and it was slamming with business the entire duration of our stay. (Fun fact – their food truck can even drive down to SF to parties. I definitely made my BF make note of that for my b-day next year hehe.)
Our time ended with some more shopping around the store to purchase some of the yummy curry cashews and caramel sea-salt balls we sampled. And of course, we bought plenty of wine to bring home. I will definitely be having a glass this week to reminisce on our wonderful time. Next time you are in the Napa Valley area I highly suggest taking a pit stop at Clif Family Winery, located right on main street in St. Helena. Maybe I’ll see you there 😉