Entries by Taft Street

Seasonal Changes

We are currently experiencing some much needed rain, after an almost record breaking dry February. It was cold during the month, but the low temperatures did not appear to cause much frost damage. Bud break is starting and the vines will be susceptible for weeks ahead. In the winery Melissa and crew are seeing the […]

Spring Anyone?

With blue skies, temperatures in the 70’s, and green fields covered with mustard; it’s hard to believe we are not in the middle of springtime. Historically (and hopefully) we still have a few more rainy days ahead, but the warm weather sure feels good. It’s back to life as we know it in the wine […]

Dal On A Winter’s Eve

Dal, or spiced lentils, is a treat on a winter’s evening, either by itself or as a part of a multi course meal. An added attraction is it is easy to prepare. INGREDIENTS: Vegetable oil 1 cup diced onion I medium sweet potato, peeled and diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon ginger, pee 1 […]


A new year has begun; one full of hope, determination, and willingness to do what it takes to succeed. Although rainfall (and snowpack) remain woefully below average, we at least have the fire season behind us, as light rain continues to keep hillsides damp. Our friends in Southern California have some much needed rainfall in their […]

Quick Pork Parmigiana

With the holiday season behind us, it’s time to simplify, and that includes meals. Here is an easy yet satisfying winter dish that goes particularly well with our newly released 2016 Sonoma County Merlot. Serves 6 – 8 INGREDIENTS: ½ cup dried breadcrumbs ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 pound boneless pork, sliced and pounded […]

Back to Kinda Normal

With the devastating fires now a not very distant memory, life is slowly returning to early winter routine. The rainy season has started, thankfully without any downpours allowing for mudslides. In the winery, all the wines have fermented, and bottling has started up again. Budgets and plans for 2018 are being addressed. After a lull […]

Halibut – Mango Ceviche

I have a freezer full of halibut, the result of a fishing trip to Alaska last summer (I’m going again this summer). My favorite recipe is simple, delicious, and a natural with a glass of Taft Street Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc or Rose. INGREDIENTS: 1 ½ pounds skinless halibut fillets, cubed ¼ cup lime juice […]

Tragedy Strikes at Harvest Time

It was already shaping up to be a very weird year. After drought-ending rains which lasted well into spring, the weather turned perfect, and the grapes were doing well in a very temperate summer. Then came the heat; for five days temperatures soared well over 100 degrees (it hit 112 three times at my house […]

Rice ‘N Eggs ‘N Cheese

I almost always have leftover rice when I cook it, and I get tired of always making fried rice the next day. Here is an alternative that makes a tasty substitute for hashbrowns. INGREDIENTS: 2 cups cooked rice 2 eggs 1/3 cup grated cheese Salt and pepper Butter for frying COOKING INSTRUCTIONS: Turn on broiler. […]

Mignonette Sauce

Last weekend I did one of my favorite things in the whole world. I had a friend swing by Tomales Bay and picked up a sack of Hog Island oysters, made some mignonette sauce, cracked open several frosty bottles of 2016 Taft Street Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc, and sat around with friends enjoying the […]