Blog Post By Meg Barkley
Napa Valley Hospitality, Virtually
As we all adjust to new realities, there’s never been a better time to reflect on sweet memories spent with family and friends. Whether it be a last-minute backyard get-together around the grill, with a glass of Rose in hand, or a relaxing Sunday Supper sharing a bottle of Zinfandel and good conversation, hospitality weaves through as the common thread.
Hospitality has always been at the heart of what we do at Clif Family and though it has evolved, it is still alive and present in what we do every day.
Our Farm Manager Tessa and team are preparing the summer garden on the farm while giving tips and advice for those of us starting our own Victory Gardens. She shared some lovely tomato starters with the team. Green Zebra, Sun Gold and Purple Cherry tomatoes will soon be the main feature in future summer patio salads.
Our GM Linzi has been hosting virtual book club gatherings, special events and other get-togethers with her friends on Zoom. In advance of the virtual get-together and if they live locally, she may hand deliver a picnic basket of Clif Family snacks and Clif Family wine to their doorstep. Or she’ll ship a care package of wine and food in advance so that everyone can share the experience together.
Winemaker Laura Barrett has been sharing her expertise and love of wine through some Virtual get-togethers. She virtually walks guests through our Cold Spring Vineyard followed by a tasting of Clif Family Wine and Artisan Food Products. Gatherings of friends celebrating milestones or business groups looking to connect remotely have been enjoying an escape to the Napa Valley from the comfort of their own homes.
Our Hospitality and Marketing team are enjoying weekly themed Cocktail Happy Hours adding festive costumes to the mix. Candice and Samantha host Friday evening gatherings while sharing their cocktail tips. How to make the perfect French 75 while donning a Beret and Mustache was a favorite theme.
I unwind while baking in my kitchen with Clif Family products. I wrap up doorstep gifts for my friends to let them know I’m thinking of them. An Olive Oil cake with Clif Family Meyer Lemon Marmalade or a batch of Peanut Butter Cookies with Clif Family Solar Grown Cacao Honey Spread, adorned with backyard flowers and a recipe.
The Clif Family team would like to bring a little bit of Napa Valley hospitality to your home. Join us every Tuesday as we share our Sip & Savor Virtually with Clif Family video series. Each segment, our Wine Educator, Brien O’ Brien will introduce a new “Clif Family Tasting Kit” featuring wine, food, recipes and tutorials on how to host an interactive and engaging Virtual Happy Hour.
We are looking forward to a day in the near future when we can raise a glass to toast together.