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Gary Erickson, Owner & Founder

Gary has been cooking and baking since high school under the watchful eyes of his mother and grandmother. He began Kali's Sweets and Savories (named after his grandmother) in 1986 as a small bakery making calzones and gourmet cookies. Kali's went on to become Clif Bar & Company, the leading maker of organic energy food and drinks. Gary's love of food and wine began with his cycling trips through Europe. A day of cycling would inevitably end with a long meal and a great bottle of wine. The European's connection with their food was an inspiration for what would later become Clif Family Winery & Farm. Whether it's cycling in the French & Italian Alps or a mountain bike ride on his Napa Valley property, good food and wine are always part of the adventure. When he's not busy running his two companies, Gary can be found at home, cooking eclectic dishes for his family or playing jazz trumpet.

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Kit Crawford, Owner & Founder

Kit inherited a passion for natural food from her mother and father who instilled in her the value of growing your own food and caring for the natural resources of the land. At Clif Family Farm, Kit has fun creating meals for family and friends from the organic fruits and vegetables that she grows on the Farm. Kit's interest in wine began when she worked at a popular artisan pasta, wine and cheese shop in San Francisco and expanded when she and Gary purchased a home and farm in the Napa Valley. Kit has a passion for animals and raises chickens and turkeys on the farm. Kit plays a very active role in her local and global community. As a St. Helena High School parent, she is very active in fundraising activities for the local community. As President of Clif Bar Family Foundation, she is responsible for the fiscal oversight of the foundation and its programs.

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Linzi Gay, General Manager

Born and raised in S. Helena, Linzi left Napa Valley to study business at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo. After graduation she was hired by Clif Bar & Company as a brand manager, eventually moving on to the innovations team.
Linzi left Clif Bar in 2004 to move back to the Napa Valley with her husband. Deciding to shift her career to a path in the wine industry, Linzi became a brand manager at Foster's Wine Estates where she managed several of their icon brands. She then worked for several winery, brewery and packaged goods clients in various roles before reconnecting with Gary and Kit in the early stages of Clif Family Winery. She formally joined Clif Family Winery in 2007 and became General Manager in 2009.
Linzi brings a true love of food, wine and organic gardening to her position at Clif Family. When she's not working she loves to cook, write, cycle and most importantly, spend time with her two young children.

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Laura Barrett, Winemaker

Laura Barrett joined Clif Family as Winemaker in November of 2014, bringing her passion for wine and her life-long love of science to the Clif Family Winery portfolio.
Laura received her undergraduate degree from The University of Vermont where she received a BS in Chemistry. Looking to put her degree to use for more than just lab work, she decided to pursue a career in winemaking. Her first step along this path was a job with Stony Ridge Vineyards, a small wine producer located on Waikeke Island in New Zealand.
After deciding that winemaking was the career she wanted to follow, Laura returned to the United States and pursued a Masters in Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis where she was quickly recognized as an up and coming winemaker. While studying at UC Davis she received the prestigious La Reve Foundation scholarship, awarded to female Viticulture and Enology students with outstanding academic standing.
After graduating from UC Davis, Laura became Assistant Winemaker at Fisher Vineyards where she worked for five years under the direction of celebrated consulting winemaker Mia Klein. In this role she learned to appreciate and understand the nuances of Napa Valley Cabernet.
Aspiring to move into a head winemaker position, Laura took a position with Casey Flat Ranch and spent the next seven years developing the wine program for this Capay Valley producer.
As Winemaker, Laura brings her keen scientific knowledge, attention to detail and creative inspiration to the Clif Family Winery portfolio. Laura developed the final blends for Clif Family Winery's 2014 vintage wines and with the 2015 vintage assumes responsibility for the entire winemaking process.
Laura lives in St. Helena and in her free time enjoys hiking around the Napa Valley and spending time with her two young children.

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John McConnell, Executive Chef

John McConnell's cooking career spans several noteworthy restaurants and food-centric cities. Most recently, he served as the Executive Chef for Hillstone Restaurant Group, a position that afforded him the opportunity to work in New York City, Santa Monica, Washington D.C. and East Hampton, NY. Through his experience with Hillstone, John strengthened his business acumen and skills in restaurant management. Prior to working for Hillstone, John was Chef de Cuisine for Michelin-star rated Campton Place Hotel in San Francisco. He was Chef de Cuisine at Terra Restaurant in St. Helena for three years before that.
John credits his grandmother with instilling in him an appreciation for food and cooking. When she would visit him growing up in Oklahoma, her passion for family and for cooking wholesome, from-scratch meals was infectious. Years later, while attending Iowa State University for Chemical Engineering, John felt a calling to the culinary arts. He enrolled at the New England Culinary Institute in 2004. After graduating with honors, John accepted an internship at Terra and moved to wine country.
John brings his passion for local food sourcing and seasonal ingredients to Clif Family Winery. He lives in the Napa Valley with his wife, Claire (also a chef), and their three young daughters.

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Efrain Barragan, Director of Marketing & DTC

Growing up in St. Helena, Efrain was destined to work in the wine industry. As a teenager he worked alongside his father tending a vineyard on Pritchard Hill. While most of his friends played, Efrain spent his weekends learning how to grow grapes and make wine. By the time he was 21, he had held almost every job in the wine industry; from production to sales and everything in between. After graduating from Sonoma State University with a degree in marketing, he honed his marketing skills working for a number of small wineries in the Napa Valley until he found his dream job at Clif Family. Efrain joined the Clif Family team in the summer of 2010. As an avid cyclist, foodie and adventure seeker, Efrain feels right at home at Clif Family.

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Meg Barkley, Director of Hospitality & Wine Club

Born on the Bayou, Meg hails from Louisiana where she grew up on her Grandfather's farm, spending time playing in the dirt, canning vegetables or cooking with her family. Wanderlust struck as Meg completed her Bachelor of Liberal Arts/Art History degree at Louisiana State University. She lived in Paris, Nantucket, Hyde Park, Dallas, Tucson & Mountain View before landing in Napa Valley.Meg a.k.a. the Motivational Goddess grew up in the wine industry at Robert Sinskey Vineyards, joining the Clif Family team in the Fall of 2013 as Director of Hospitality & Wine Club. When not at Velo Vino, she's usually traveling, hiking, cooking or hunting for the perfect meal with her husband, John. Follow Meg @napafoodie

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Brad Crawford, Property Manager

Born in Canada but raised in California, Brad returned to Canada at the age of 18 to work on his uncle's farm. He worked on the family farm for ten years, cementing his appreciation of working the land and developing a green thumb that would continue throughout his career. In 1994 he moved his family back to California to be closer to family and in 1997 was asked by his sister Kit to become the Clif Family Farm Property Manager. When not at the farm, Brad enjoys tending to his own garden, family gatherings and can often be found leading the annual turkey harvest with Gary.

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Colby Eierman, Consulting Gardener

Colby has been working with Clif Family Winery & Farm since Fall 2010, helping us develop our new garden, CSA program and sensory garden at out tasting room. Colby has extensive experience in farm and garden design and management working with Copia, Benziger Family Winery, Medlock Ames Winery and many other wineries and restaurants with a focus on local and sustainable farming. Colby has a Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture from UC Santa Cruz. In Spring 2012, he will release his first book titled "Fruit Trees in Small Spaces".