Yesterday was my first time at a wine tasting! Had an experience through @ifonly and got to chose a private food and wine pairing at @cliffamily Winery in Saint Helena, benefiting @mealsonwheelsamerica San Francisco.
They made everything vegetarian for us, and we agree - this is the best veg food we’ve had the entire time living in CA. They have a bruschetteria food truck outside their tasting room and everything that came in was made with quality local ingredients and made to perfection. The wines were unique, and though I arrived as not the biggest wine person, this experience showed me that some wineries are taking different approaches to how they make things. Troy, our wonderful somm, explained to us about their aging process, about how they’re trying to do something new in the wine world that has done the same thing over and over. We took two of the Sauvignon blancs home and were stunned about how light and refreshing their Chardonnay was. The reds were incredible, we wound up taking home a petit syrah that had amazing fruity and earthy notes. I always assumed reds were just for meat, but this veg girl is a changed person now.
J has worked in high end food service before so I expected this to be familiar to him, but he was beaming the whole time and afterwards said it was one of the most incredible experiences of his life. I know it’s the same for me, it truly was a surreal experience.
From Candace greeting us to all the smiles and amazing folks bringing out equally incredible food, we felt both like royalty but also like family. Absolutely amazing experience and I couldn’t have asked to share the day with anyone better. We’re already looking at weekends to return, and other unique @ifonly experiences to share with our loved ones. •
Thank you, IfOnly and Clif Family team! Once in a lifetime experience and I’m still feeling that joy today. #ifonlyexperience #napavalley #californiawine #eatlocal #mixedcouple #onceinalifetime