2017 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Golds!

The Sonoma County Harvest Fair is the largest regional wine competition in the United States.  This year, Taft Street took home two Double Golds and three Gold Medals!

All of these wines are available in the Tasting Room and online or join us October 6-8 for the 43rd annual Grand Tasting.


Cold Asian Noodle Salad with Russian River Sauvignon Blanc

Cold Asian Noodle Salad

With the hot days of harvest upon us, it’s time to plan a few meals that provide ease, can be (partially) made ahead, and are literally cool. Here’s an old standby.


  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1 pound fresh egg noodles
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • pepper
  • ½ cup thinly sliced scallions


  1. Cook pasta to al dente in a big pot of salted water (be careful not to overcook). Drain and rinse with cold water. Chill.
  2. Peel cucumber, slice lengthwise, and deseed with a spoon. Thinly slice.
  3. Whisk together sesame oil, sugar, soy sauce, ginger, rice wine vinegar and pepper in a bowl. Stir in cucumber.
  4. When ready to serve, add chicken and sauce to noodles and mix thoroughly. Garnish with scallions and serve.

Serves 4 with a bottle of Taft Street Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc

The 2017 Crush is On!

It’s hot today (109° in Healdsburg), and it will be hotter tomorrow (111°). Not exactly a picture-perfect start for Harvest 2017, but things should cool down a bit by Labor Day. This heat wave on top of a long, warm summer should mean an early and big crop. We brought in some Pinot Noir for rosé a few days ago, and our first big loads of Chardonnay start arriving tomorrow. The roads of Sonoma County now have more trucks laden with grapes than rental cars full of tourists –such is September.

Winemaker Melissa Kuhn has been visiting vineyards in recent weeks, checking sugar and acid levels and organizing logistical plans for grape deliveries. Coordination is especially crucial in seasons such as this one, when it appears many of the vineyards will ripen at the same time. Speaking of deliveries, Taft Street welcomes Graham Steven Callagy into the world. Kaitlyn gave birth to this 7 pound, 9-ounce charmer on August 30 – her 5th day of maternity leave. Mother and child are home and doing great.

This weekend marks the conclusion of another concert season at Taft Street. A Little Street Music 2017 finishes up with local band Soul Fuse on Sunday, September 3 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. We are thrilled to be able to gather together top local musicians, our own winery fans and the general public – it’s something in which we take great pride. We are already discussing the lineup for 2018.

September starts the high season in wine country. Grab a hat, bring a picnic, sit it our shaded patio area, play bocce ball, listen to live music (September 3), and chill. We look forward to seeing you!


Mike Tierney

President, Taft Street Winery