Entries by Taft Street

Extreme Conditions

We have already had our second hundred degree heat spell and our second major fire, and it’s not even the 4th of July yet! Spooky. However, early reports from the vineyards indicate a healthy and hearty crop. Melissa and crew are in full bottling mode, working with numerous clients and their packaging needs. It is […]

Pasta with Mushrooms & Prosciutto

There are many reasons to feel blessed by living in Sonoma County. Mushrooms are one. We are especially fortunate to be neighbors of Mycopia, mushroom cultivators who have a drop-in sale every Friday where they offer various exotic varieties at below market prices. Here’s a classic. Try this with a baguette and salad. INGREDIENTS: 1/4 […]

Summer in West Sonoma County

In Sonoma County summer is not just the three months from late June through September. Here we add a month at each end, because the days are warm, the evenings cool, and the grapes keep on getting sweeter. This year is no exception, with early indications that this could well be a bountiful harvest. In […]

Summertime Grill – Gochujang Style

Memorial Day is history, and we have now officially entered grill season. It’s time to clean the grates, break out some charcoal or propane or hardwood, and fire up your cooker. We are going to start the season with a new favorite – grilled pork chops with gochujang barbecue sauce. INGREDIENTS: 2/3 cup apple cider […]

Thinking About Onions

Instead of a recipe this month, I thought I might write about how recipes come about. Last week we celebrated our 36th year in business (Taft Street became a bonded winery on April Fools Day, 1982), and I barbecued some chicken and served it with potato salad. Potato salad needs onions, but I don’t like […]

Glory Days

It really doesn’t get much better than this. A wet April has resulted in lush green hills, and the 70 degree weather with clear blue skies has made Sonoma County even more idyllic than usual (and it’s usually pretty idyllic). In the winery Melissa and her team are tending the new wines, putting them in […]

A Little Street Music 2018

A Little Street Music continues with our seventh season at Taft Street Winery. Join us Sunday’s starting in May for great local music and wonderful wines. Free Events: May 27 – Annie Sampson & Her Band June 10 – Danny Click & The Hell Yeah’s July 8 – Bottle Shock July 22 – The Sorentinos […]

Spring Lamb On The BBQ

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Crank up the BBQ and get ready for another season in front of the grill. We started the season off on Easter with a butterflied leg of lamb with garden herb sauce. INGREDIENTS: 4 cloves garlic Handful of mint, rosemary, thyme Juice from 3 lemons Salt and pepper […]

Aging Gracefully

On April Fool’s Day Taft Street Winery turned 36 years old. A beautiful day it was indeed – an Easter Sunday with clear skies and temperatures in the high 70’s. We celebrated as we usually do – with good friends, good food, and lots of Taft Street wine. In the winery Melissa and team are […]


It’s that time of year again – St. Patrick’s Day will soon be here. Instead of the rather mundane boiled potatoes and cabbage try this variation. It goes well with corned beef and other roasted and grilled meats. INGREDIENTS: 1 pound cabbage, halved and cored 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes ½ cup chopped scallions Butter […]