Scallop Ceviche in Chilled Tomato Soup

Tomatoes are still in season and warm weather will be with us for the next month or so. A good way to enhance any occasion is to serve this refreshing “shooter.” We served this recently and it was a crowd pleaser.


  • 1 pound scallops
  • ¼ red onion, minced
  • 4 limes, juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 2 pounds ripe tomatoes
  •  2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 basil leaves, torn into bits


  1. For ceviche, mix top 5 ingredients in bowl and let sit for 4-5 house. Scallops will become opaque as they “cook” in the lime juice.
  2. For tomato soup, place next 4 ingredients in a blender and puree. Then run the soup through a food mill to extract seeds and skins. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours.
  3. In small cups place a tablespoon of ceviche and cover with 2 ounces of cold soup. Garnish with basil leaves and serve.

Makes 12 shooters

Goes really well with icy cold Taft Street Rose or Sauvignon Blanc.

Harvest News / Harvest Fair

It is October 1st and all the grapes have been crushed – the earliest harvest we remember. Our numbers were down a bit (10% – 15%), but the lack of volume was compensated by the quality of the grapes. Winemaker Evelyn White was delighted with the chardonnay and pinot noir especially; each being fully mature, free from rot, and each possessing multi-layered flavors. We are looking forward to seeing the progress these wines make in the months ahead.

This weekend is the annual Sonoma County Harvest Fair, and once again Taft Street was a winner. We entered 10 wines in the competition, and each won a medal:


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


  • 2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay Garagistes
  • 2014 Russian River Valley Pinot Gris
  • 2014 Russian River Valley Rose of Pinot Noir
  • 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
  • 2014 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2013 Sonoma County Medallion (Bordeaux blend)


  • 2013 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2013 Alexander Valley Merlot

The Harvest Fair Tasting takes place this weekend, October 2-4th, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

October is always a busy month for us. Besides the Fair and the harvest, we celebrate the end of the season with parties for our President’s Club and friends of the winery. We’ll be taking part in tastings in the Lake Tahoe area, I’ll be in the Boston market for a week, and Jake will visit Louisiana. Just to keep us all hopping, we have appointed the Henry Wine Group as our California distributor. The Henry Wine Group is an established and well-respected player in the California marketplace, and all indications point to a long and beneficial partnership.

October is perhaps the finest month in Sonoma. The days are still warm, the big crowds have thinned down a bit, and the excitement of the harvest is still in the air. Kaitlyn and her staff are ready to make you visit a memorable one –relaxed, tasty and fun. Come join us.


Mike Tierney
President, Taft Street Winery