Happy New Year!

Whereas the last days of 2014 were noted for welcomed rain and mild temperatures, 2015 began with icy and dry conditions. The vines are not threatened by the days of frost as they are dormant this time of year; more people are worried about their citrus trees. The hills have turned a brilliant green, local reservoirs have almost filled to capacity, and the annual pruning of the vines is well underway. However, the Sierra snowpack remains scant, so our overall drought conditions are still very much with us.

This week it is back to business as usual in the cellar. Bottling will begin, with several clients’ wines scheduled; as well as our own 2014 Rose of Pinot Noir and our 2014 Pinot Gris, both from the Russian River Valley appellation.

Last year turned out to be our best year for direct to consumer sales. We hope and plan to continue having a strong presence both in the Tasting Room and online. However we are not forgetting out distribution network; and it is back to business for our sales team, with trips planned in upcoming weeks to Florida, Boston and Southern California.

The major event on the horizon in the Tasting Room is the 23rd Annual Winter WINEland, being held January 17th and 18th. The Wine Road presentation will feature over 140 wineries offering limited production wines, new releases, and special surprises. Come join the fun!

The folks at Taft Street hope all have a safe and enjoyable 2015!

Mike Tierney
President, Taft Street Winery

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