As an endurance enthusiast (I write the blog Midwest Multisport Life), I’ve always been a fan of Clif Bars and the company’s commitment to being socially and environmentally responsible. I participated in the Clif Bar Meet The Moment Campaign (and won some sweet swag), so I’ve been following their family winery development with lots of interest. It seems fitting that the first wine samples I’ve received to review on my wine blog, 50 States Of Wine, would come from the Clif Family Winery. Though they do bottle their wine, they also have considered us outdoor folks as well, creating the Climber Pouch, with a grab handle and a carabiner hole, for easier transport on bike or on foot. Very cool.
Their lifestyle and interest in wine led Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford to the Napa Valley in 1997. What started as a home in the country has developed into a wonderful adventure in winemaking, and a deeper commitment to sustainability and farming.
In spring 2011 they opened Velo Vino Napa Valley, a wine and cycling destination that brings together their passion for wine, food and cycling in a single location. Built to fuel the adventurer’s soul, Velo Vino is a unique tasting room and retail experience that features Clif Family Wines, food products from the Farm, espresso, Clif Bars and cycling apparel. Cannot wait to visit!
I’ll be reviewing the wines in the next couple of days - whites tomorrow and reds on Wednesday.