The crazy weather continues. An inch of rain in the last week of June is unheard of; 100 degree temperatures over the 4th of July weekend are not. The effect on the vines is varied. In some cases the fruit set was uneven; a number of growers have reported shatter in the clusters; yet quite a few growers say their vines are loaded with fruit. We’ll keep you posted.
Two of the most prestigious wine competitions have been completed, and Taft Street did quite well, thank you. At the California State Fair, our 2007 Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir Garagistes won a DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL BEST OF CLASS 98 POINTS; while our 2008 Russian River Valley Chardonnay Garagistes won a GOLD MEDAL 94 POINTS. Our new 2008 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon,2009 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, and our 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Gris all won SILVER MEDALS. At the Orange County Fair our 2010 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc took a GOLD MEDAL; while our 2008 Russian River Valley Chardonnay Garagistes and our 2010 Sonoma County Rose of Pinot Noir took SILVER MEDALS. Winemaker Evelyn White will be pouring the award winning wines at the California State Fair on Friday, July 29th.
Taft Street welcomes Mosha Rastgar to our sales team. Mosha will head up our Southern California direct sales operation. Based in Long Beach, Mosha is an experienced wine professional, and we look forward to his work with us. Our sales team in Northern California is as hot as the weather. June was our best month ever, and Clayton and Diana maintain they are just getting started!
Work has begun on our picnic area expansion. In the weeks ahead we will have a bigger and better area to enjoy our wine. Come join us.
President, Taft Street Winery