Chicken and Cucumber Wraps With Ginger Vinaigrette

With warm weather upon us, outdoor entertaining becomes the rule and informal dishes make it easier on everyone. Here is a go-to plate which does not take too much preparation but delivers big on flavor. Moreover, it pairs well with Taft Street Rose of Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc – two of our summertime favorites.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound shredded chicken breast
  • 8 ounces peeled, seeded and finely sliced cucumber
  • ½ cup neutral oil like corn oil
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 inch minced fresh ginger
  • Pepper
  • 3 sheets whole wheat lavash
  • 36 x 3 inch toothpicks

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine top seven ingredients in large bowl. Divide into fourths and spread over lavash sheets.
  2. Roll each sheet into a roll with the long side in front of you horizontally.
  3. Cut each roll into 12 pinwheels, securing each pinwheels with as toothpick.
  4. Pop the corks on the Rose and Sauvignon Blanc and enjoy!

A Little Street Music 2013

Enjoyed last year’s summer music series? We’re back for a second season and excited about five great acts the last Sunday of each month, starting in May.  This summer’s acts include The Pulsators, It’s a Beautiful Day, Twang Ditty, Bottleshock, and The Sorrentinos.

The events are free. The Tasting Room opens at 11am, with music from 3pm to 6pm. All our Tasting Room exclusives are available for purchase by the glass or bottle. Bring a picnic and enjoy the summer – Taft Street style.

May 26 –  The Pulsators. Rooted in the fertile musical soil of the Sonoma County Wine Country the Pulsators are a five piece band that plays its own brand of music. With a get-up-and-dance kind of orchestration, their music has been defined as a spicy blend of driving blues, New Orleans-funky R&B, rock steady reggae and rock-and-roll. Their music supports an ever-growing legion of faithful fans who keep coming back for more. The Pulsators have been voted a Sonoma County fan-favorite four times in reader’s choice polls given by The Press Democrat.

June 30 – It’s a Beautiful Day Acoustic featuring David LaFlame. Famous for their song “White Bird”, a melancholy ballad that stood out not only for its memorable vocal melody and “seize the day” message, but also for front man David Laflamme’s slow-burning violin solo. Multiple albums were laced with classic cuts such as “Hot Summer Day”, “Bombay Calling,” “Girl With No Eyes”, “Wasted Union Blues”, “Time Is”, “Dolphins”, “Misery Loves Company”, and many more you’ll remember. Today the band performs the music of It’s A Beautiful Day along with newer material, moving effortlessly from an almost folksy sound to ethereal jazz to psychedelic to straight on rock & roll performing selections from three new CDs and over seven of their previous albums.

July 28 – Twang DittyFormed in the summer of 2007 in Sonoma County, Twang Ditty went on to win the local Colgate Country Showdown just a few weeks after they began playing together.  The band strives to pay loving tribute to the traditional country music of the 50s-70s, a time when pure, heartfelt vocals and sparkling guitar licks topped the charts.  From tearful ballads to honkytonk to rockabilly; covering Nashville to Bakersfield and everything in between including the famous “outlaws,” you can expect to hear familiar (and not so familiar) songs of legends like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, and Waylon Jennings, as well as favorites from country queens Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette…just to name a few.

August 25 – Bottleshock. Bottle Shock produces an original sound best described as toe tappin’ music for the mind, body and soul. With a style firmly based in American roots music the band has its own little sound going on. Come have a look and a listen; it won’t take long for you to become SHOCKED!

September 29 – The SorrentinosClassic rock ‘n’ roll with a modern twist, The Sorentinos is a band with a late sixties-era feel, accessible to the hipster kid from the in-crowd and his retired hippie parents too. With singer-songwriter Danny Sorentino and his crew of musicians in California and lead guitarist Steve Lee in London, the Bay Area based group has established itself as a sonic force on both sides of the Atlantic.

 

 

Spring Into…Summer

The big news in the vineyards the last few weeks has been the abundance of  fruit on the vines. It looked like the beginning of a monster vintage. However, it’s always dangerous to predict anything about a grape crop so early in the season, and this year may be no exception. The last week has been a string of midsummer like days, with temperatures soaring into the high 80’s, and it appears this will continue for the next week. Its effect on the crop size is yet to be determined, but the weather has focused everyone’s attention. Another year in the vineyard.

In the winery Evelyn and crew are busy bottling client wines, while tending to our own barrels and tanks. Keeping things topped up will be the order of the day, until final Chardonnay blends will be put together in the weeks ahead.

I have just returned from a successful trip to our New York marketplace, where we have opened a number of new restaurant and wine shop accounts. Paul has been to Louisiana and Texas and will concentrate his efforts in the Southern California market in the weeks ahead. Clayton continues to oversee our successful transition to Morris Distributing in San Francisco and the North Bay Area.

May is the official start of the tourist season and in the days and weeks ahead we expect more visitors than ever enjoying our wines and picnic area. Our annual Spring President’s Club party is scheduled for Saturday, May 11th. On Sunday, May 26th our second Street Music season begins with local favorites – The Pulsators. If you haven’t been to a concert plan on doing so – they are a wonderful way to while away a Sunday afternoon.

You don’t need any excuse to stop by the Tasting Room for a glass of wine and a smile. You are welcome here!

Cheers,

Mike Tierney

President, Taft Street Winery