Entries by Taft Street

Goodbye Summer, Hello Harvest

With Labor Day weekend upon us, we have yet to see any grapes in the fermenters. This marks the first time in 5 years we have had to wait until September for the harvest to begin. Late spring rains have pushed the harvest back a bit, but things should start rolling next week. We are […]

Tomato Cobbler

Finally tomato season has arrived! It was a bit late this year due to spring rains, but now we see (and taste) an abundance of some of the juiciest and most flavorful fruit this side of grapes. This particular dish would make a great outdoor brunch or lunch. INGREDIENTS: 3 tablespoons butter 1 onion, diced […]

In the Heat Of Things

It is hard to believe but summer is half gone. The hills are “golden,” the Russian River is full of vacationers, and the wineries are starting to gear up for harvest. The weather is wine and human friendly, with warm days and cool nights. Growers report good sized crops, perhaps a week or so later […]

Asian Chicken Salad

With summer in full swing and temperatures on the rise, it is often too hot to cook. Here’s a great way to beat the heat and use leftover bar b que chicken. INGREDIENTS: Salad Dressing 2 tablespoons olive oil ½ cup rice vinegar 1/3 cup hoisin sauce 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, […]

Summer Fireworks

Summer is cracking into high gear as the days get warmer, the crowds get bigger, and everything seems just a touch nicer. We at Taft Street received some welcome news from two of the nation’s top wine competitions. From the Orange County Wine Competition (world’s biggest competition for California wines), we received GOLD MEDALS for […]

Korean BBQ Short Ribs

This weekend we are taking part Grill 116, a BBQ at Taft Street and neighboring wineries. Here’s what we have cooking. INGREDIENTS: ¼ cup sugar ¼ cup soy sauce 1 12 oz can pear juice ¼ cup sesame oil 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger Salt and pepper 2 ½ pounds cross cut, bone-in beef ribs […]

Springtime in Sonoma

The soggiest winter in years has left the green hills awash in wildflowers – truly breathtaking!  As the weather warms and the vines start their annual cycle we find hope in the start of yet another vintage. The pace has definitely picked up in the cellar, as some wines are being prepared for bottling, while […]

Gravlax (Cured Salmon)

I am currently emptying my freezer as I prepare for my annual fishing trip to Alaska. I am stuck with the enviable predicament of having too much salmon. Here is an easy and delicious way to solve that problem. INGREDIENTS: 1 teaspoon pepper, roughly cracked 1 cup dill, chopped 3 ounces coarse sea salt 4 […]

Robert Parker Wine Advocate – April 2019

We’re thrilled to announce our 2017 Russian River Valley Skikos Vineyard Pinot Noir was awarded 92+ points from Robert Parker Wine Advocate.  From Issue No. 242: The 2017 Pinot Noir Skikos Vineyard is pale to medium ruby with a nose of citrus peel, dried flowers, saline and dusty earth with a blueberries, black berries and black cherry core. It’s light to medium-bodied and […]