The pandemic appears to be at least partially under control, and in some ways life is approaching what used to be normal. But not quite, as the worst drought in decades has brought both a severe water shortage and a continuing threat of wild fires to our state. I live in Healdsburg, where mandatory water rationing has already begun, and no doubt other community water districts will follow.
In the winery, Melissa and crew are carrying on bottling, and vineyard inspections have begun for the upcoming harvest. Mike Martini has finished custom crush contracts, and we expect every tank will be full this fall.
The Orange County Wine Society has just announced the results for its 2021 Orange County Fair Wine Competition. Our 2018 Alexander Valley Merlot won a GOLD MEDAL (90 points), while our 2018 Russian River Chardonnay, 2018 Russian River Pinot Noir, and 2020 Russian River Sauvignon Blanc all won SILVER MEDALS.
After a great concert by Dirty Cello on Memorial Day weekend, we have booked our friend Danny Sorentino for a double concert on July 5th. Ninety minute sets will take place at noon and 2:30 pm, and tickets will be by reservation only. The event is nearly sold out, but you can go online for an update. Danny was on local radio station KRSH this morning, and he and host Andre both described our winery as a friendly and beautiful venue. We agree.
For the next couple of weeks weather forecasters predict perfect picnic weather – temperatures in the mid 70’s with clear skies. Take advantage, call ahead, and come over for a picnic and a glass or two of Taft Street. You’ll be happy you did.
President, Taft Street Winery