Clif Notes

Green House Starts

Originally Posted by Candice Crawford on Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Spring has arrived on the farm. Below are some photos Edie took of our green house starts and the buds that are starting to break on the fruit trees. Is summer here yet?

Greenhouse Starts-Cucumber

Spring Has Sprung

Originally Posted by Efrain Barragan on Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Spring is here and Edie is busy getting the seeds planted on the Farm.  We're planting beans, potatoes, corn, melons, tomatoes and peppers in the garden this spring/summer and we'll be sharing the bounty of our harvest with our local community through CSA boxes.  More to come on this soon!  We'll also post some photos of the garden later this week. 

Edie is trying out some new sustainable farming techniques in the garden.  This week she's getting started on sheet mulching.  This is a great technique for improving nutrient and water retention in the soil and surpressing weed growth (one of our favorite benefits!).

Basically she'll cover the ground with a layer of compost and cover that layer with sheets of cardboard and an inch of recycled forest bark.  The irrigation gets laid down on top of this and is covered with about four inches of forest bark. 

Can't wait to see those seeds sprout!

New Release: Gary's Improv 2007 Zinfandel

Originally Posted by Candice Crawford on Tuesday, March 30, 2010

We are thrilled about the release of our 2007 Gary's Improv Napa Valley Zinfandel. 2007 was a great vintage for Zinfandel and it shows in the quality of the fruit. Our 2007 vintage comes from a 15-year old dry-farmed vineyard located on an alluvial fan just north of St. Helena.

Sarah aged the wine in French Oak barrels for 18 months. The result...enticing aromas of brambly blackberry and cherry with hints of that Zinfandel spice. This wine is only available in our tasting room and online. Friend of Clif Farm wine club members will be receiving it in their next shipment. Cheers!

News from the Farm

Originally Posted by Efrain Barragan on Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hello! Welcome to News from the Farm, news from Clif Family Farm that is. We're excited to share our adventures on the farm, news about our wines and gourmet foods, our favorite recipes and fun happenings in and around the Napa Valley. We're also going to be sharing a lot of great offers and specials on our wines and gourmet foods so keep an eye out for those!

Several of us from Clif Family Winery & Farm will be posting here. Most often you'll hear from me. I'm Linzi and I pretty much get to see a little bit of everything that goes on around here. You may also hear from Jamie (our marketing & tasting room guru), Edie (our wonderful gardener), Sarah (our winemaker extraordinaire) and of course our amazing owners Gary & Kit. We want to hear from you too so please let us know what you think about the blog and post your comments!

As we like to say around here...cheers from our table to yours!

The Folks at Clif Family Winery & Farm

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