Summer at the Winery

The summer growing season is now in full swing, with daytime temperatures reaching the 80’s and 90’s; then dropping thirty degrees overnight. This is the pattern that produces world class grapes – one’s that sweeten to maturity while keeping a fresh acidity. Only in Sonoma County (OK, and a few other places as well). It …

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Happy 32nd Birthday!

It was 32 years ago, on April Fools’ Day in 1982, when Taft Street Winery opened its doors in the Russian River Valley town of Forestville. As they say, the rest is history. Family and friends, including younger generations, continue making wines from local vineyards; we continue sharing our products at the drop of a …

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Chicken and Cucumber Wraps With Ginger Vinaigrette

With warm weather upon us, outdoor entertaining becomes the rule and informal dishes make it easier on everyone. Here is a go-to plate which does not take too much preparation but delivers big on flavor. Moreover, it pairs well with Taft Street Rose of Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc – two of our summertime favorites. …

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Spring Into…Summer

The big news in the vineyards the last few weeks has been the abundance of  fruit on the vines. It looked like the beginning of a monster vintage. However, it’s always dangerous to predict anything about a grape crop so early in the season, and this year may be no exception. The last week has …

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Winter in Wineland

After a very wet December, winter in Sonoma County has turned cold and dry. It is time for pruning in the vineyards, and getting the early white wines bottled. Our 2012 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Sonoma Country Rose of Pinot Noir, and 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Gris will soon be in the …

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Garlic Tart

Fall is upon us, and heartier dishes with red wine fit the bill. Here’s a festive vegetarian dish that works with a number of red wines – I particularly like the 2009 Dry Creek Syrah. 2009 Dry Creek Syrah. INGREDIENTS 12 ounce puff pastry 3 head garlic, peeled 1 tablespoon olive oil 1tablespoon balsamic vinegar …

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