The Holidays Are Upon Us at Clos Du Val
We are excited to soon send out our fall member shipment which includes some wonderful wines to pair with your holiday celebrations. Our 2016 Gran Val Pinot Noir and 2015 Three Graces will be sure to provide a memorable experience with friends and family. We're happy to share below a note included from Clos Du Val President and CEO, Steve Tamburelli.
As I write this, the morning air in the Napa Valley has turned crisp, pumpkins adorn the porches of houses around my neighborhood and the bright sun of summer has given way to the soft Fall light. I look out my window and see the grape trucks delivering the bounty of the harvest to our crushpad – the culmination of a year of work, worry and triumph. Mother Nature took us on a trip down memory lane this year, pausing the string of very warm (hot) summers for an abnormally cool (and quite refreshing!) growing season. This has delayed harvest a couple of weeks but has given the grapes the ability to fully develop flavors on the vine. The quality of the 2018 vintage promises to be stellar!
As is typical at this time of year, our thoughts turn to the year just passed as we sort through the many things that we should take time to be thankful for. There is no shortage of these for me this year. Everyday, I am blessed to come to work with a team that is dedicated and driven to be the best that they can be. Our vineyard and winemaking team continue to raise the bar beyond what seems possible. The wines that they’re producing are not only exciting but can stand up against anything in the world. The entire visitor center and membership teams are helping our guests and Coterie members to create memories that will last them a lifetime (Our new Hirondelle House is certainly worth visiting if you haven’t yet!). Our admin team greets each day with a smile and makes it possible for everyone else to get their jobs done. I thank my lucky stars daily to work with such a group of exceptional people.
The real ‘why’ of what we do however is in the relationships that we can form with all of you and hoping that each interaction with Clos Du Val, whether it be a visit here, a phone call from our team, or a glass of our wine at home or at your favorite restaurant can make that day just a little (or a lot!) better. Our mission here is to ‘Elevate Life’ and that’s what truly drives us day in and day out. I’m thankful and hopeful that our efforts can be a part of making this true for you.
On a personal note, my wife and I became ‘empty-nesters’ this Fall as we dropped our only child (son) off at UC Santa Barbara to start his own voyage. He’s adapted well and is making the absolute most of his freshman year. Mom and dad are getting used to a very quiet house but our chihuahuas seem to be filling the noise void! I’m truly a thankful and very lucky guy.
So, from the entire team at Clos Du Val, please have a happy, healthy and safe Holiday season. Take time to give thanks and to enjoy those around you that make life worth living. Open that special bottle of wine and share it with friends and family. We hope to see you here in 2019!