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Family and friends have been working (and playing) together for more than 40 years—and though we might have more gray hair now, we’re still having fun.

Melissa Kuhn

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.

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Mike Tierney

Since Mike is the oldest in the company he carries the title of President. Mike helps in sales and is the chief cook, bottle washer, and entertainer.

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Mike Martini

Mike oversees the custom crush and production facility. Government compliance, reporting, and public policy are all in his hands. The Ex Mayor of Santa Rosa and past City Council Member, his talents transcend the mundane business world.

Jake Martini, Taft Street Winery
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Jake Martini

Following in his father’s footsteps, Jake left a career in corporate America to join the family business. Jake oversees all operations, marketing, and financial management for Taft Street. 

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Kaitlyn Callagy

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.

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Toby Silver

Toby runs our social and community outreach at Taft Street. Be sure to say hi on Facebook or Instagram!

Cristina Lesesne
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Cristina Lesesne

Cristina is our lab tech working with Melissa and Guy on all our Taft Street Wines.

The Founders

From left to right: Andy Barlett, John Tierney, Mike Tierney, Mike Martini, Arleigh Sanderson, and Martin Tierney

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