Harvest Photos!

The time is now! The 2012 Taft Street harvest begins today, and so far, everything looks amazing. Here’s a few early photos with more to come!

Asian Spicy Chicken Meatballs in Lettuce Cups

We served these little beauties at a recent wine/food pairing event involving our neighboring wineries (GRILL 116). INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • ½ cup minced shallots
  • 1 piece sliced bread, soaked in milk, drained and crumpled
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • ½ cup cucumber, cut in matchsticks
  • 2 thinly sliced scallions
  1. Combine 2 tablespoons fish sauce, lime juice, sriracha, and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Combine remaining fish sauce, chicken, shallots, bread, garlic, mint and cilantro in a bowl. Mix until integrated.
  3. Shape mixture into 2 inch balls – you should have 8. Refrigerate for an hour.
  4. Grill or sauté until cooked (4-5 minutes) Wrap each meatball in lettuce leaf, garnish with cucumber and scallion, and serve with dipping sauce.
Serves 4 as an appetizer. These go quite well with the 2011 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc and the 2011 Russian River Valley Pinot Gris.

The Crush is On!

The time is now! The Taft Street harvest for 2012 begins Wednesday, September 5th, when our first grapes arrive. This year the honors go to Russian River Valley Pinot Gris and Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. In another week we’ll be in full swing. So far everything looks good, including the weather report! Winemaker Evelyn White prepared for the harvest by pouring our wine at the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend – Taste of Sonoma, held at the MacMurray Ranch on Saturday, September 1st. This is perhaps Sonoma County’s premier wine showcase, and thousands of oenophiles attended from all over the country and beyond. The Taft Street wines were a real hit, with the 2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and the 2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay especially praised. The fun continues at the winery. We enjoyed our fourth successful concert with the music of the Rhythm Rangers, and will conclude our series by bringing back Bottle Shock on Sunday, September 30th. This week we will host a dinner for the folks of the North Bay Biz Magazine; and on Thursday, September 27th we will roast a whole pig from farmer/vintner Lou Preston in our barbecue smoker for the judges and officials of the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. The following day is the Harvest Fair Awards Dinner, and our concert concludes this very busy month! Be sure to check our my newest recipe: Asian Spicy Chicken Meatballs. If you are in the area swing on by and join the fun. There’s plenty to see, and always a smiling face pouring a happy beverage. Cheers, Mike Tierney President, Taft Street Winery