Saamjang

I am currently on a Korean barbeque jag, and this spicy sauce is an integral part of the experience. Plus, you can use it on most grilled meats. A stand-up wine like our Alexander Valley Merlot or a well-chilled glass of Rose of Pinot Noir would complete the experience.

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ cup sliced scallions
  • 3 tablespoons doenjang (fermented soy bean paste)
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang (red chile paste)
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

In a bowl whisk ingredients together. The sauce can be made up to three days ahead, Cover and refrigerate; bring to room temperature before serving.

Let The Games (And Harvest) Begin!

While the world awaits festivities to begin in Rio this week, the wine world is getting ready for Harvest 2016. The first grapes were picked last week for sparkling wine, and we at Taft Street will soon finish bottling and begin preparations for an earlier than usual harvest. Indications are the crop looks healthy and slightly larger than normal, though not up to the bumper crops of 2013 and 2014.

After our biggest June ever in Tasting Room sales, Kaitlyn and crew came in with our biggest July sales ever! Word has gotten out about those terrific wines being made here, the informal and friendly manner of our staff, and our wonderful music series – A Little Street Music. This month we present The THUGZ (The Hippie UnderGround Zone), a cosmic rock group and big time local favorite(August 14); and One Grass Two Grass, a mountain string band(August 28). Our season ends with Annie Sampson & her band, a wildly popular rhythm and blues outfit. It has been a great season thus far!

As we get ready for harvest it is also time to begin the fall market visits. I’ll be in the Bay Area this week and will get to Atlanta later in the month. Next month it’s off to New York and points east.

With harvest approaching the pace is quickening. If you are in the area it’s a great time to witness first hand what it takes to create what’s in your glass. Come on by and enjoy a glass of the fruits of our labor!

Cheers!

Mike Tierney
President, Taft Street Winery