Hurry Up and Wait

After a surprisingly mild July (which followed a torrid June), we are exercising an abundance of cautious optimism about our upcoming 40th harvest. Water is a major problem, as is the threat of another heat spike or two. And then there is the fire season. But this is California…we’ll keep you posted. 

The vineyards look good at the moment. We should be pulling in grapes by the end of the month. Cluster counts are normal and grape ripening is on schedule. Melissa and Jeff are out in the vineyards frequently to oversee canopy management and general progress. 

Our distributors around the country are coming back to life, and July should turn out to be our best month on the national level in well over a year. The Tasting Room is continuing its Friday through Sunday scheduling, although we are now welcoming walk ins if we have the room. Take out and curb site deliveries are also options. 

Out July 5th concert with Danny Sorentino was a huge success, so much so that we have scheduled Bay Area favorite Annie Sampson to headline shows on Sunday August 8th. There will be shows at noon and 2:30 pm; reservations are $10 each, and tables for 2, 4 or 6 persons may be reserved. We are just about sold out, so if you are interested and don’t have a ticket yet, please call. 

Influential wine critic Jeb Dunnuck recently published rave reviews of our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Russian River Valley Chardonnay. More to follow. 

Harvest will so be here, with all the trucks, grapes and confusion. Beat the craziness and come visit for a relaxing game of bocce, a picnic and a glass (or two) of Taft Street wine. That’s living Taft Street style! 


Mike Tierney 

President, Taft Street Winery 

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