If you feel like you’re as far from being a wine expert as Lady Gaga is from being a high school football coach, going to Clif Family Winery in St. Helena is a good warm up. No one at this winery, which was started by the Clif Bar people, will make you feel like you know less about wine than you do nuclear physics. Everyone here is incredibly friendly and will joke about their granola bar origins during wine tastings (don’t miss the rosé). They also serve great flatbreads and lamb meatballs. Buy a few bottles and drink them in the sun on the back patio - and maybe grab a few Clif Bars for the road on your way out.
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