Most of us are familiar with Clif Bars. It may even be common knowledge that Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford started the business out of their garage. What is impressive to learn, however, is the wide-ranging lifestyle brand Clif Family has grown into, including an expanded line of healthy food products, Clif Family Winery, Clif Family Tasting Room, the Bruschetteria Food Truck
, and Clif Family Napa Valley artisan food products.
Avid cyclists and adventurers at heart, Gary and Kit were enjoying a cycling trip through Northern Italy when they found themselves relishing in a leisurely meal with fresh organic local food. The desire to re-create that experience through Clif Family Wines is how the food truck was born. As a goal to share great food with the local community, Executive Chef John McConnell has designed a creative menu consisting of farm fresh bruschetta, spiedini, salads, Rotisserie chicken and sweet treats. Much of the food is sourced from the organic Clif Family Farm.
Staying true to their Five Aspirations, Kit and Gary have created a bustling tasting room that brings everything together and welcomes everyone from wine enthusiasts to cyclists to everyone in between. One can order a wine flight, enjoy an espresso, learn about the Clif Family history, stock up on healthy Clif Family snacks, delight in fresh food from the food truck or begin a bike tour of Napa Valley, all from the warm inviting tasting room at the Clif Family Tasting Room in St. Helena.
To learn more about Kit and Gary's adventurous cycling travels through Italy and why they refer to the Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet as the King of the Mountain on our blog site, The Daily Flight.