We are recovering from a very busy Memorial Day weekend in the Russian River Valley, when people took advantage of warm weather, vaccinations, and a need to enjoy and reserved all our spaces for the weekend. With the state of California easing restrictions even further starting June 15th, we expect attendance to maintain at a brisk rate. At the moment we plan to continue a reservation only tasting program, albeit with a bit more seating until the pandemic is completely in the rear view mirror. We will be here for online orders and curbside pickup Friday through Sunday.

Yesterday we held our first concert in over a year, and Dirty Cello were a great hit. We will meet this week to see how we can continue to entertain our guests with local musicians. We will announce our plans after we balance safety needs and our love of music.

Dirty Cello @ Taft Street Winery
Dirty Cello @ Taft Street Winery

All is not rosey in wine country, however. Year two of a drought is causing concern among growers, as dry weather and an accompanying shortage of water is not a good combination. And then there’s the threat of fire…

In the winery Melissa and her staff are doing bottling for clients and finishing fermentations on the remainder of the 2020 vintage wines. In addition they have been devising protocols for the upcoming vintage, whereby we will be using guidelines we have developed to produced truly unique Taft Street wines.

With fine weather ahead and the pandemic (hopefully) on the wane, it’s time to gather in small groups and enjoy some outdoor socializing. There’s no better place than the backyard at Taft Street, where the trees have grown to maturity – as have the wines. See you here soon.


Mike Tierney
President, Taft Street Winery

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