Taft Street Tasting Room

Time to Get Ready

With temperatures about to climb to the 100 degrees mark for the umpteenth time this summer, folks in the winery are starting to get nervous. This feeling deepened when we learned a neighbor is planning to pick for rose next week. With a full schedule of bottling lined up for August, things may get hectic sooner than we hoped.

In the Tasting Room, Kaitlyn and staff are welcoming the summer crowds. August will be a big month for Kaitlyn, as we have three concerts, a Taste Route #116 Wine Club Appreciation event, and the start of her maternity leave!

Speaking of concerts, we are bracing for a huge crowd for the August 13th appearance of local favorites The Pulsators. Later in the month, on August 27th the Michael Capella Band will be seen at Taft Street for the first time. We have the pleasure to present Texan singer/songwriter Jamie Lin Wilson for a special show on Sunday, August 20th. With all these events we just hope the grapes will slow down a bit in their ripening!

So there you have it – a typical crazy summer. The skies remain blue, the picnic area is ready, and the wine is cool. We just need you to complete the picture.


Mike Tierney
President, Taft Street Winery

Watermelon Salad

Watermelon, Feta, And Mint Salad

In the last few years, this simple salad has become a summertime staple. Just remember; the better the ingredients, the better the results.


  • 3 pounds seedless watermelon, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, plus zest from ½ the lemon
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon for drizzle
  • ¼ cup mint leaves, chopped
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Put watermelon in large bowl. Add lemon juie, zest, oil and mint. Toss until evenly mixed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Transfer salad to a serving dish and top with feta. Sprinkle remaining zest, olive oil and a few grinds of fresh pepper. Serves 4 – 6.

If you are lucky enough to possess some Taft Street 2016 Russian River Rose of Pinot Noir, you have yourself a feast. However, the Taft Street Chardonnay or Taft Street Sauvignon Blanc will not disappoint.