It’s spring alright – sunshine and rain and fruit blossoms and weeds and baseball and more. 
We threw our April Fools’ Day anniversary party on Saturday, April 3rd – the only day of the week without pouring rain. More than 125 Taft Street aficianados sipped and feasted on fire grilled beef and lamb, vegetarian lasagna, salad and apple/berry crumble. More than a few corks were pulled, and more than a few cases of our “Heritage” Pinot Noirs went out the Tasting Room door. This will surely become an annual event. 

On the road again this week; for three days I will cover the Denver market. I love Denver – when it’s not snowing. 
Over the next couple of weekends we will pour our wines at two local spring festivals: the Bodega Bay Fishermen’s Festival on April17th and 18th; and Sebastopol’s Apple Blossom Fair on April 24th. Come one and all. 
Just finished a biography of one of West County’s most famous residents – Lowside of the Road: a Life of Tom Waits by Barney Hoskin. This unauthorized book traces Waits’ life from his teenage years in suburban San Diego, to Los Angeles and his notorious residence at the Tropicana Hotel, to New York, and finally to western Sonoma County, where he has resided for the past dozen years. The book is an interesting read; one which nicely points out the conflict between one’s public persona and the “real” person. Can they be fused? On this, Waits is an interesting case study. 
The next big winery event is our President’s Club annual spring party, scheduled for Saturday, May 15th. It’s a great time to taste new releases and sit down with friends over a barbeque. Preparations are underway.