2015 Sonoma County Harvest Fair

The results of the 2015 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition are in and Taft Street was awarded 10 medals!

Gold Medals

  • Gold Medal 2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
  • Gold Medal 2013 Russian River Valley Syrah

Silver Medals

  • Silver Medal 2014 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc
  • Silver Medal 2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay Garagistes
  • Silver medal 2014 Russian River Valley Pinot Gris
  • Silver Medal 2014 Russian River Valley Rose of Pinot Noir
  • Silver Medal 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
  • Silver Medal 2013 Sonoma County Medallion

Bronze Medals

  • Bronze Medal 2013 Alexander Valley Merlot
  • Bronze Medal 2013 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

Taft Street Corn And Tomato Salad

This time of year fresh corn and tomatoes are abundant. This quick and easy side dish is just a bit different, as it offers some Indian spice flavors to down-home ingredients. We especially like it with our 2014 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc.


  • 3 ears of corn, husked and silked
  • Olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon masala
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Handful fresh cilantro, ripped into bite-size pieces


  1. Heat large skillet until it starts to smoke. Rub corn with oil and cook until charred golden, about 20 minutes. Remove and cool. (You may also bbq corn if convenient.)
  2. Whisk together lime juice, cumin, paprika cardamom, masala, and salt and pepper.
  3. Slice kernels off corncobs and put in salad bowl. Add tomatoes and cilantro. Toss with dressing and taste for seasoning.

Serves 4

In The Thick Of It

It is September 1st and we are in the midst of the 2015 Harvest. The weather is perfect (for harvest time – not for California’s water situation), and we have been at it full bore for over two weeks. The good news is the quality of the grapes appears excellent; winemaker Evelyn White is especially pleased with this year’s Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The downside is the quantity of this year’s harvest is down as much as 30% compared to the two bumper crops which preceded it. Chalk up another singular vintage; we have yet to have had a “normal” harvest in our 33 years in the business.

The cellar crew are not the only ones in high gear. Last weekend, we had our biggest concert ever with the David Luning Band. This weekend is Sonoma County’s premier wine event – Wine Country Weekend. On Friday evening, we will pour at the Sonoma Starlight Tasting, to be held at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville. The next day, Saturday, September 5th, we will be at the Macmurray Ranch Estate Vineyards in Healdsburg for the Taste of Sonoma wine and food affair. Since we have no “off” button we round out our summer concert series with Annie Sampson and Her Band on Sunday, September 6th. Meanwhile, the grapes do not stop coming to the winery.

So don’t be bashful – join in the madness that this time of year brings. Harvest time in wine country, where a good time is had by all!


Mike Tierney
President, Taft Street Winery