We are currently enjoying a respite from one of the wettest winters in memory. More than 50 inches of rain have fallen in most parts of the county, and those places were not even the wettest. However, the vines are in winter dormancy and little damage has been reported. In fact, right now the cherry and plum trees are in blossom, and with the green hills as a backdrop, Sonoma County does not look much better.
The big event in March is the Wine Road’s annual Barrel Tasting, this year on March 3 – 5 and March 10 – 12. Evelyn has come up with a pair of Pinot Noir samples that will show how vineyard and clone selection are integral parts of creating world-class Pinot Noir. One sample will come from the Skikos Vineyard, clone #667; the other from the Winkler Vineyard, clone #23. Both are being aged in new Damy French oak barrels.
Our summer concert series – A Little Street Music 2017 – is shaping up to be a memorable one. Old friends and local favorites Steve Pile, Tom Rigney, Daniel Castro and The Pulsators will be joined by some new faces. We always look forward to these mellow Sunday afternoons, where good wine, good music and good times meet at the picnic area of the Taft Street Winery.
You don’t have to wait until summer to have a good time. Bring some friends and a bite and we’ll supply the wine and bocci court. Hope to see you soon.
President, Taft Street Winery