Best of Class! 2014 Sonoma County Harvest Fair


With more than 1,000 wines entered, the Sonoma County Harvest Fair’s Professional Wine Competition is always a local favorite. After 3 days of blind tastings the winning wines have been announced and Taft Street is excited to receive eight awards, including three Double Golds and a Best of Class!

  • Best of Class Taft Street Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2013
  • Double Gold Taft Street Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2013
  • Double Gold Taft Street Garagistes Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2013 (Coming Soon)
  • Double Gold Taft Street Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2013
  • Gold Taft Street Garagistes Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2013 (Coming Soon)
  • Silver Taft Street Merlot Alexander Valley 2012
  • Silver Taft Street Pinot Gris Russian River Valley 2013
  • Silver Taft Street Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2013 (Coming Soon)

A big congratulations to our winemaker, Evelyn White, for such an incredible line-up. Be sure to swing by the Tasting Room to sample these wonderful wines.

Local Figs

Grilled Fresh Figs on Rosemary Skewers

We have four fig trees (three too many), and are constantly looking for new ways to prepare figs. This is an easy and delicious way of complementing grilled meat on the BBQ.


  • 4 rosemary stems about 6 -8 inches long
  • 8 medium ripe figs, halved lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons onion/balsamic sauce
  • Pepper


  1. Strip rosemary stems of leaves leaving an inch or so at the tip. Place stems in cold water for 30 minutes. Pat dry.
  2. Skewer 4 fig halves on each stem. Arrange on dish, cut sides up. Brush onion/balsamic sauce on figs.
  3. Grill 2 minutes on each side.
  4. Serve with BBQ chicken, ribs, steak…………….you name it.

Try this with our Russian River Valley Rose of Pinot Noir or Alexander Valley Merlot. YUM!

Harvest 2014

Today (September 2nd) officially starts the 2014 Harvest for Taft Street. We have just brought in 25 tons of Chardonnay – clone 17 – from Saralee Kunde’s Catie’s Corner Vineyard, located west of Windsor near the Sonoma County Airport. The fruit is clean and aromatic and hopes are high for a terrific wine. Pinot Gris from Vino Farms’ vineyard on Eastside Road is due later this week, and Sauvignon Blanc is being tested for sugar levels. Weather forecasts are promising, and it looks like the 2014 Harvest is starting off on the right foot.

Orders are starting to roll in from our new California broker, Vintage Wine Marketing; and it is encouraging to see Taft Street Wine spreading out over the entire state. We have also seen our initial order from our new distributor in Florida, Miami based Antares, Inc.

Welcome back Kaitlyn Callagy from a sweet honeymoon in BoraBora, Tahiti. We’re sure you couldn’t wait to get back!

September marks to end of our summer concert series – A Little Street Music. Bohemian Highway is taking over for McKenna Faith on Sunday, September 14th; and the season finale with feature the Daniel Castro Band on Sunday, September 28th. Concerts are from 3 – 6 pm; admission is free; and wines are available by the bottle and by the glass. This is truly high season in Sonoma County. The harvest is in full swing, the weather could not be better – come share the magic!


Mike Tierney
President, Taft Street Winery