Family Owned & Operated
Family and friends have been working (and playing) together for more than 30 years—and though we might have more gray hair now, we’re still having fun.
Winemaker Melissa Kuhn
After moving to Sonoma County in 2005, Melissa decided to transfer her environmental laboratory skills to the wine industry. She fell in love with the wine industry after working as a lab intern and in 2006 took a permanent lab job at Owl Ridge Wine Services, a custom crush winery with over 30 clients producing Sonoma County wines.
In 2011, Melissa was promoted to Production Manager at Owl Ridge. Working directly under John Tierney, Taft Street’s first winemaker, she ran the winery’s day-to-day operations. In this role, Melissa was exposed to over 20 prominent Sonoma County winemakers including Anthony Austin, Hugh Chapelle, Kerry Damskey, Greg LaFollette, and Ginny Lambrix. By observing and executing their winemaking directions, Melissa learned various winemaking techniques.
Melissa is excited to use her winemaking knowledge to continue crafting outstanding wines as part of the Taft Street Family.
When not at the winery, she enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, kayaking, and camping with her husband and three adult children.
Consulting Winemaker Guy Davis
Guy Davis’ wine roots run deep, reaching back to the age of nineteen when he worked in a French restaurant in Seattle while pursuing an economics degree at the University of Washington.
By 1989, Guy had moved to Sonoma County and started working as the wine buyer for a small mail order wine company specializing in wine from small, boutique wineries. He worked with these “little guys” who couldn’t find a distributor.
Along the way, Guy’s work brought him in contact with creative, artisan winemakers, many of whom possessed the passion of great artists. These small-production, hands-on winemakers became a real inspiration. Determined to learn and master the craft of making wine himself, Guy signed on to work the 1989 harvest at Sky Vineyards, a little winery atop Mount Veeder in Napa Valley.
In 1995, Guy produced his first commercial vintage: 250 cases of old vine Zinfandel from the Russian River Valley. In 1996, he bought his own vineyard in Russian River Valley comprised of 100-year-old Zinfandel vines, and in 1997, crushed his first vintage under the Davis Family Vineyards label.
“In over two decades of learning about, enjoying and making wine, I now believe the winemaker’s craft is no different than any other art form. It is a work of patience, of passion, and a piece of yourself for others to enjoy!”
Since Mike is the oldest in the company he carries the title of President. Mike helps in Sales and Marketing and is the chief cook, bottle washer, and entertainer.
Mike runs the business of the business. Compliance, accounting and banking are in his hands. The Ex Mayor of Santa Rosa and past City Council Member, his talents transcend the mundane business world.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Jake left a career in corporate America to join the family business. Now working along side family and friends, Jake is excited to build the brand and help continue this 30 year adventure.
Kaitlyn is prepared to help you experience Taft Street wines in our tasting room or take advantage of the many things our President’s Club has to offer to its members.
Toby runs our social and community outreach at Taft Street. Be sure to say hi on Facebook or Instagram!
Cristina is our lab tech working with Melissa and Guy on all our Taft Street Wines.
From left to right: Andy Barlett, John Tierney, Mike Tierney, Mike Martini, Arleigh Sanderson, and Martin Tierney