David Luning @ Taft Street Sunday July 27!

“A Little Street Music Continues!” We’re excited to welcome David Luning, Sunday July 27, from 3-6pm.

Check out David Luning’s newest video – Whiskey Bottle


Lazyman – July 13, 2014

On July 13, we welcome Lazyman, formally the Steve Pile Band. Lazyman is a Northern California rock band influenced by delta blues, “good” country music, African rhythms and tasty jams. These flavors wrap Steve Pile’s original tunes like bacon around a fig. As Steve Pile Band, they have been playing around the Bay Area for 5 years, as well as with other bands like Tiny Television and Fog Dub.

Summer at the Winery

The summer growing season is now in full swing, with daytime temperatures reaching the 80’s and 90’s; then dropping thirty degrees overnight. This is the pattern that produces world class grapes – one’s that sweeten to maturity while keeping a fresh acidity. Only in Sonoma County (OK, and a few other places as well). It looks like this year is shaping up to be another early and big crop. Most growers are reporting big grape clusters and many of them.

The production staff will take a break from Thursday on this week to celebrate July 4th. In the meantime they are bottling a number of wines for our custom crush clients. Our 2013 Russian River Chardonnay and Pinot Noir will go into the bottle later this month.

Our summer entertainment calendar is full. Last weekend we entertained two groups. With our neighboring wineries we hosted Grill 116, a food and wine pairing where we smoked brisket of beef (check out this month’s recipe in Mike’s Kitchen). On Sunday we enjoyed the music of the fine local band Blue Moon and finished off the brisket. This month it’s Lazy Man (The Steve Pile Band) on July 13th; and The David Luning Band on July 27th. Our concert series – A Little Street Music – has established itself as a mainstay in the West County summer entertainment scene.

This month’s big news on the employee front is the wedding of our Tasting Room manager, Kaitlyn Healy. On July 26 she will wed local all around good guy Patrick Callagy. Do not expect her at the Tasting Room that day!

With summer in full swing there is no reason not to enjoy visiting the fine wineries of the Russian River Valley. The river, the redwoods, the wine…the good life. See you here.



Mike Tierney
President, Taft Street Winery

Taft Street’s Smoked Brisket

Summer means barbeque and there are not many things better than smoked brisket. We usually go with the traditional Taft Street Zinfandel, but on very hot days a well chilled Taft Street Russian River Valley Pinot Gris hits the spot. This was a big hit at our recent “Grill 116” – wine and food pairing event we hosted with our neighboring wineries.


  • 1 beef brisket (5-6 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 6 cups oak or hickory chips soaked in water


  1. Combine chili powder, salt, sugar, pepper and cumin. Rub the mix over brisket, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Set up grill for indirect grilling and heat to low. Place ¼ wood chips on top of heat source.
  3.  Place brisket, fat side up, in an aluminum pan away from heat.
  4. Cook until tender with an internal temperature of 185. Replenish chips every hour for the first 4 hours, and spray meat with the apple juice-olive oil mixture to keep moist.
  5. Remove brisket and let rest for 20 minutes. Slice against the grain, pour the pan juices on top, and serve.

Makes 10 – 12 servings