Just recovering from two weeks on the road, followed by our biggest President’s Club party ever. Over 200 fans of Taft Street gathered at the winery last Saturday to pick up their wine, enjoy the music of local band Bottle Shock, delight on barbeque, and of course taste a variety of Taft Street’s finest. 
Visits to the Massachusetts and Wisconsin markets were both enjoyable and productive. The enthusiasm for the wines, particularly the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir was gratifying, and we opened up dozens of new accounts. The fact that these states are particularly attractive this time of year made it even better.

Just finished Studs Terkel’s WILL THE CIRCLE GO UNBROKEN? Interviews with dozens of Chicagoans about death, aging and the beliefs about the afterlife, this was not your summer beach time reading. Written when Terkel was 89 (he died at 96 in 2008), the book shows the immense diversity of viewpoints and beliefs on very fundamental topics. It took quite a while to finish, as I was only able to read a couple of interviews at a single sitting.

The fact that I am quickly approaching my Medicare years made it all the more appropriate.
Next month will be an adventure. My old friend Andy Bartlett is celebrating a special birthday, and has invited a 100 or so of his cronies to help him celebrate – in Bali! Andy was the catalyst who got us all together at Taft Street the late 1970’s, and was our president from 1982 to 1990. There is a photo of the original gang hanging in the Tasting Room. We all look very 1970’s. Kathy and I will meet our son Matt, Anne and Otto in Singapore and then travel to Bali for a 10 day celebration. Will keep you posted.
This weekend we will host a private party at the winery for three dozen Taft Street aficionados. The kitchen we put in last year has proven to be a real asset, and we have a number of meals/tastings planned throughout the summer months. In fact, I am off to the market now.

Mike Tierney

May Day

The rains have continued and the result is the most verdant spring in recent memory. Frost season is about over and the 2010 vintage year is off to a very good start. We’ll keep you posted.

In the winery, bottling is the main activity – primarily for our custom crush clients. Evelyn is putting together the final blend of our 2009 Russian River Valley Chardonnay – another winner in the works.

Our sales and marketing team (everyone at the winery) has been an active bunch. We poured our wine and the local Fishermen’s Festival (Bodega Bay) and Apple Blossom Festival (Sebastopol); I visited the Denver/Fort Collins while market; Laurie covered SoCal, the Bay Area and Sacramento. This month is more of the same, with visits to Massachusetts and Wisconsin.

The big news at the Tasting Room is our annual President’s Club party, this year to be held on Saturday, May 15th, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Wines will be distributed, music will be provided, tri tips will be barbequed, many corks will be pulled, and a grand time will be had by all. If you haven’t been to one of our club celebrations, you’ve missed a darned good time.

Keep an eye on all the latest goings on at Taft Street by checking our WebFacebook and Twitter sites.

On a final note, I happily report our General Manager Mike Martini has successfully completed a “procedure” correcting a heart perforation. He is back and is as irascible as ever.

Enough for now. Enjoy spring.


Mike Tierney
President, Taft Street Winery

Pesto Popovers

Tired of the same old cheese and crackers to go with your evening glass of wine? Here’s an easy alternative.


  • Butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon pesto
  • 1/3 cup smoked cheddar, grated
  1. Grease a muffin tin with butter and heat for 10 minutes in a 425° oven.
  2. Blend all other ingredients except cheese. Fill the individual tins one-third full with batter. Top with teaspoon of cheese. Cover with batter until two-thirds full.
  3. Bake for twenty minutes at 425°. Serve.

Makes a dozen. Great with any Taft Street wine, especially Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.