The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition results are in and Taft Street took home three silver and two bronze medals:

The Public Tasting is Saturday, February 19, 2011 at Fort Mason, San Francsico.

Happy Garagistes New Year

Very best wishes from the folks at Taft Street for a healthy and prosperous New Year.

To knock off the year with some pizzaz, during January we offer three of our Garagistes wines for the price of two. Order a bottle of our 2006 Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir Garagistes and our 2007 Russian River Valley Chardonnay Garagistes, and choose another bottle at no cost!

The last year was a challenging one, and we have emerged in 2010 a leaner and more efficient business. Our new website has been warmly received, and online orders are quickly becoming an integral part of our sales.

In the vineyards pruning is underway on early maturing grapevines (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir). In the winery all is very quiet at the moment as our production facilility shuts down until January 4th. When we start up again it’s barrel maintenance and preparation for February bottling.

In the office Mike Martini uses the quiet time to finish out the year’s books and to finalize the budget for 2010. A busy and productive time for Mike.

In the Tasting Room Kaitlyn and Greg are seeing the last of the Holiday visitors and are preparing for January’s Russian River Wine Road event – Winter Wineland – January 16th and 17th.

Just to prove we are growing older but not up, I am writing this State of the Street in Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan – famous for its powder snow, brought on by non-stop Siberian blizzards. After a wonderful Christmas with family in Shanghai and a week of arctic living in the Northern Pacific, it’s back to Shanghai for a couple of days. Then to a fabled land called Sonoma, where green is the color of winter.

I am very much looking forward to 2010. Our challenges are known; our team is in place; and all of us at Taft Street feel this is the year will will reap the benefits of our planning and hard work.

Thanks to all for your terrific support. We hope to see you often this year.


Mike Tierney

SF Chronicle Wine Competition Best of Class

The results of the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition are in! Sixty-three professional wine judges from throughout the United States evaluated 4,913 wines from over 1,500 wineries across the country and Taft Street’s 2008 Russian River Valley Chardonnay was a Best of Class and Judges’ Choice Winner!

This is the second Best of Class award for the 2008 vintage. It was awarded a Gold Medal and Best of Class at the 2009 Sonoma County Harvest Fair last October.

Clam Chowder Taft Street Style

We will be serving this for Winter Wineland. Come on by for a taste.


  • 1 1 pint shucked clams (or 2×6.5 ounce cans minced clams)
  • 4 ounces bacon, diced
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • ½ cup cream
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon saffron threads
  • salt and pepper
  1. Drain clams; reserving liquid. Add enough water to liquid to measure 2 cups. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan crisp bacon; dice and set aside. Add reserved liquid, potatoes, onion and celery to fat in saucepan. Cook about 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in clams, 2 cups of milk and cream. Stir remaining 1/2 cup of milk into flour; stir into chowder.
  4. Cook 2 minutes. Add Worcestershire sauce, saffron, salt and pepper. Sprinkle bacon on top.

Try this with 2007 Russian River Valley Chardonnay Garagistes or 2006 Mendicino Ridge Pinot Noir Garagistes. You’ll be glad you did!