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Wine - Syrah - Clif Family

Clif Family Winery released their first vintage in 2006. Founders of Clif Family Wines, Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford have always enjoyed good wine and found inspiration to start a winery during extended bike tour stops at villa estate wineries in Northern Italy.

Gary is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo California. Incidentally, another Napa winery founder, Gary Andrus of Pine Ridge Vineyards began a sporting store in San Luis Obispo in the late 1960s/early 1970s on Higuera Street called Mountain Sports. Gary sold this store in 1975, the new owners changed names then to The Mountain Air and eventually moved the store to a small shopping center on Marsh Street where it continues to operate (and is often frequented by Cal Poly students and the local community). And Gary Erickson worked at this store for several years in the late 1970s.

Twelve years after graduating Cal Poly, Gary began Clif Bars, finding inspiration after chewing/chocking down unappetizing energy bars while on a 175 mile bike ride with his friend. He named this energy bar after an eponymous hero in his life – his father, Clifford.

All of their wines are made at a nearby custom crush facility. The grapes used in their wines are sourced from vineyards that are generally farmed organically. Their philosophy is that blended wines make great wines and as a result all of their wines contain several varieties. They make several whites and the rest are made from red varieties.

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