It’s all over – even the shouting. Harvest 2013 ended for us last Friday, October 27th. Few expected the size and quality of the crop, a replica of 2012. When picking started in late August growers and winemakers alike were concerned that much of the harvest would happen at once, causing strain on equipment and tank space. However, the weather cooled down and top quality grapes kept coming and coming.
The parties kept coming as well. On Saturday, October 28th we celebrated the end of harvest by hauling out the smoker and cooking up 30 racks of spice rubbed ribs. This past weekend we participated in The Wine Road’s annual Wine and Food Affair by pairing our Russian River Chardonnay with crab chowder.
I am currently on a flight back from New York City, where I have spent my time visiting accounts in Westchester, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Long Island. I was able to enjoy the Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village (amazing!), and stood at the finish line at the NYC Marathon. Just 18 years ago I ran the NYC Marathon with Team Taft Street, where were the first (and only) winery team to cross the finish line.
Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season are quickly approaching, and the question which pops into everyone’s mind is, “Which wine, red or white?” The answer is BOTH. The turkey and side dishes will be enhanced our 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Gris and our 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Come on by the winery and stock up; we’re in good supply.
Best wishes for Thanksgiving.
President, Taft Street Winery