2011 Orange County Fair Wine Competition

More awards for Taft Street! At the Orange County Fair Wine Competition, Taft Street was awarded one gold medal, two silvers, and three bronze medals!

California State Fair Wine Competition

Another great showing at the California State Fair! Our 2007 Garagistes Pinot Noir was awarded 98pts, Double Gold, Best of Region – Red North Coast Appellations, and Best of Class – North Coast Appellations! A few other Taft Street wines also took home some hardware:

The California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition is the oldest and most prestigious wine competition in North America. The competition is open to all California bonded wineries selling retail and each year, thousands of California wines are entered into the competition for the chance to win one of many coveted awards from the State Fair’s panel of expert wine judges.

Truffle Mac & Cheese

At the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience last week this recipe from Chef Michael Farrell at Bistreaux at the Maison Dupuy Hotel won a Gold Medal for Lagniappe (something extra). It’s fun and easy.


Cream Base:

  • 5 cups shallots
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 16 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 2 qt heavy cream
  • 1 oz cognac
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cheese Mix:

  • Grate equal parts
  • Smoked gouda
  • Parmaggiano Regiano
  • Monterrey jack
  • 1lb cooked penne pasta
  • Truffle Oil
  1. In a medium saucepan, sauté shallot until golden and add cognac, cream, mascarpone, salt and pepper. Mix well until mixture comes to a boil.
  2. In a sauté pan, add the cream mix and the warmed cooked pasta. Set in a serving dish, drizzle with truffle oil and melt the grated cheese under the broiler.

Serves 8. 2009 Russian River Valley Chardonnay hits the spot with this!

Rain Rain Go Away

We’ve had a good wet winter, the reservoirs are full, so it’s time to dry out. But no, Mother Nature has decided to mix things up a bit. May was cooler and wetter than usual; not the greatest of starts for the 2011 vintage. However, it is still early, and there will be lots of sun between now and harvest (we hope).

In the cellar bottling season is well underway, with our 2009 Alexander Valley Merlot scheduled for release later this summer. We will also bottle our 2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, in anticipation of release next year, after we have depleted our newly released 2009 Russian River Valley Chardonnay.

For Fathers’ Day, in conjunction with our neighboring wineries in the west county we will offer a wine/food pairing – our 2007 Russian River Valley Zinfandel with pulled pork sliders. Also in June is our annual Shareholders’ Meeting, being held at our home in the Dry Creek Valley.

Just returned from New Orleans, where we participated in the 19th annual Wine & Food Experience. Our wines were a big hit with both restauranteurs and the public, and Taft Street has a real presence in the Louisiana wine market.

June is a particularly good time to visit us in the Tasting Room. Summer crowds have not yet arrived in mass, the temperatures remain comfortable, and all of the summer wines have been released. Join us as we welcome in our overdue summer.


Mike Tierney
President, Taft Street Winery