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Much can be said about the wine business – but being dull is not one of them. The usual vagaries – fickle weather, soil fertility, pestilence, changing consumer tastes – are all expected parts of the game. Add to these a pandemic along with its severe economic consequences, catastrophic climate threats, (e.g. Western US drought), and new international military misadventures.

Never have we need quality wine more than now. Fortunately, the 2021 harvest produced top notched wines across the board. We have already released two of them. Our 2021 Russian River Valley Rose of Pinot Noir is perhaps our finest rose ever. Pale pink, a refreshing mix of raspberry/strawberry, and a lip-smacking finish make this a go-to wine. Our 2021 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc continues our successful run with this variety. It is no accident that this is the top selling wine in our Tasting Room. Crisp fruit and floral overtones make this a versatile beverage – by itself as a cocktail or as a complement to fish and fowl entrees. I like it with a cold apple and sliced cheese.

We have also just bottled our 2021 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, our latest effort of Taft Street’s top selling varietal. It is being introduced to the marketplace as I write.

Our 40th Anniversary is just around the corner. With social restrictions in flux, we have created several alternate celebrations. The staff will meet this week to finalize out plans, and we will keep you posted via our web site and email list. Here’s some oldies but goodies.

With pandemic restrictions easing, more people are taking advantage of our picnic facilities. We encourage you to pack a lunch, try our new releases, and perhaps enjoy a game of bocce (we have just refurbished our court).


Mike Tierney
President, Taft Street Winery

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