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Summer at Taft Street


Summer is in full swing here at the winery. The Harvest Band closed out June with bang and A Little Street Music continues its 2015 line-up July 12, from 3-6pm with Twang Ditty. Swing on by, and listen to the music!

A Little Street Music


Early Harvest

With the hot weather continuing the grape harvest for 2014 has begun. The first grapes on the North Coast were picked this week for sparkling wine. The general prediction is maturation is 10 days to two weeks earlier than normal, so by this time next month we should be in full swing. Indications are the crop size will be substantial, but perhaps not as big as the last two bumper harvests.

In the winery our crew is bottling the remainder of our clients’ wines, and should be finished by mid August. This will give us little time to catch our breath before the grapes start arriving.

Taft Street Winery is pleased to announce the appointment of Vintage Wine Marketing as our California sales broker. Based in Napa and under the direction of Steve Ventrello and Faith Henschel-Ventrello, Vintage Marketing presents a portfolio of wines of the highest quality from around the world. They have a sales force which covers the state, and we look forward to a long and profitable partnership.

The 3rd Annual Sunset Magazine Wine Competition recently took place, and more that 2700 wines from around the world were entered. The Taft Street 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir was awarded a GOLD MEDAL. This was the second year in a row one of our wines has been so honored.

Our summer music series, A Little Street Music continues its successful run. The David Luning Band put on a terrific show last weekend, and local favorite Danny Sorentino  and his band perform August 10th. The Wendy DeWitt Trio will contribute to the Labor Day weekend fun with a performance August 31st.

Summer will not last much longer, so now is the time to pack a picnic lunch, play a little bocce, and sip a little Taft Street wine. You’ll be glad you did.

 

Cheers!
Mike Tierney

President, Taft Street Winery

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 hat; and, above all, we continue having the time of our lives doing what we enjoy.

With bottling season well underway, our new packaging is receiving much praise. The Tasting Room exclusives – 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Gris; 2013 Russian River Valley Rose of Pinot Noir; and 2011 Alexander Valley Old Vine Zinfandel – are top of the line in both taste and appearance. Our 2013 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc will be the first release of our distributed wines, which have their own distinct labels. These two lines will be complemented by our “Garagistes” offerings later this year; again, with their own distinct look.

We are super excited about our third season of “A Little Street Music,” which will take place on the 2nd and last Sundays of the month, from May 25th through September 28th. Old favorites like The Pulsators, Bottle Shock, and The Sorrentinos will be joined by The Blue Moon Band, Steve Pile Band, Wendy DeWitt Trio, McKenna Faith Band, and The Daniel Castro Band. This is truly a showcase of Sonoma County musical talent. The concerts take place from 3 – 6pm and admission is free.

Although the recent rains have not eliminated the overall drought picture, they have at long last turned our hillsides bright green. Springtime shows Sonoma County at its best, with delightful weather and smaller crowds. Stop by for a taste of our new releases, bring a lunch and eat in our bocce/picnic area, and get a free charge your electric/hybrid vehicle while you’re here!

See you soon. Cheers!

Mike Tierney
President, Taft Street Winery

A Little Street Music 2014!

A Little STreet Music 2014

Join us for a third season of “A Little Street Music” at Taft Street WInery

A Little Street Music is Back

Enjoyed last year’s summer music series? We are back for a third season with an incredible line-up of nine great acts. Join us the 2nd and last Sundays of the Month, starting May 25 with The Pulsators.

The events are free. The Tasting Room opens at 11am, with music from 3pm to 6pm. All our Tasting Room exclusives are available for purchase by the glass or bottle. Bring a lawn chair, pack a picnic, and enjoy the summer – Taft Street style.

Save the dates for our 2014 music line-up

A Little Street Music – May Recap

What a great way to kick off “A Little Street Music” at Taft Street Winery. Bottleshock packed the house last Sunday afternoon and we found out that our new patio easily accommodates 200 people.  Summer has definitely arrived, providing a great afternoon with great Sonoma County weather, music, and wine.

Here are just a few of the photos taken that afternoon.

Stay tuned, on June 24, we welcome Blue & Lonesome, a traditional bluegrass band consists of Ed Neff, Mike Wilhoyte, Larry Cohea, Paul Shelasky and Jeff King. Blue & Lonesome has captured the traditional sound of bluegrass music, incorporating the experience and talents of five of the top traditional players in the business today.

Help us make A Little Street Music a summer tradition. Bring a picnic and we’ll supply the wine. Enjoy the summer – Taft Street Style.

 

Taft Street Introduces – A Little Street Music

Taft Street Winery is excited to announce its summer music series – A LITTLE STREET MUSIC. On the last Sunday of the month from May through August some of Sonoma County’s most popular bands will perform in our outdoor picnic area adjacent to our newly renovated Tasting Room. This summer’s acts include Bottle Shock, Blue & Lonesome, The Smilin’ Iguanas, and The Rhythm Rangers.

The events are free. The Tasting Room opens at 11am, with music from 3pm to 6pm. All our Tasting Room exclusives are available for purchase by the glass or bottle. Bring a picnic and we’ll supply the wine. Enjoy the summer – Taft Street Style.

Help us make A LITTLE STREET MUSIC a summer tradition.

SCHEDULE OF ACTS

May 27, 2012 – Bottle Shock: Bottle Shock produces an original sound best described as toe tappin’ music for the mind, body and soul. With a style firmly based in American roots music the band has its own little sound going on. Come have a look and a listen; it won’t take long for you to become SHOCKED!

June 24, 2012 – Blue & Lonesome: This traditional bluegrass band consists of Ed Neff, Mike Wilhoyte, Larry Cohea, Paul Shelasky and Jeff King. Blue & Lonesome has captured the traditional sound of bluegrass music, incorporating the experience and talents of five of the top traditional players in the business today.

July 29,1012 – The Smilin’ Iguanas: The Smilin’ Iguanas feature a collaboration of three West Sonoma County songwriters, with unique commentaries on life and relationships. The wide ranging songs are delivered with wry humor, strong vocals, and the spirited instrumental interplay of the five piece ensemble.

August 26, 2012 – The Rhythm Rangers: The Rhythm Rangers is a kickass Sonoma County band made up of great players and nice fellas. The Rangers pull from the great Americana songbook, mixing Bob Willis – style western swing with alt – country sounds reminiscent of Merle Haggard, and finishing off with the rockin’ blues in the style made famous by blues great Willie Dixon.

May Flowers

The skies are blue, the weather is warm and the vines are in that important stage of flowering. Warm weather appears to be in store for the next week or so, and growers are cautiously optimistic about this first critical aspect of the growing season.

In the cellar, Evelyn is waiting for our new screw capper, which will signal several months of bottling for custom crush clients. All our 2011 wines that would go into screw tops (Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, and Pinot Gris) are already bottled, so we will have to wait for the 2012 vintage. Evelyn and Mike Martini are in discussion with a number of growers concerning grape sources for the upcoming vintage. Demand is high and stocks are low, and prices are on the rise. Beware!

I just returned from a trip to Massachusetts, where our distributor – Café Europa – continues to do a bang up job, opening new (and good) accounts throughout the state. Mike Martini and Mosha poured our wines at the Sonoma County Vintners’ Association Tasting in Los Angeles, where they reported big crowds and an enthusiastic reception for the wines of Taft Street.

Kaitlyn and crew are gearing up for our spring President’s Club party, the first to be held in our newly redecorated Tasting Room. Later in the month we will begin our first concert series – A Little Street Music.

Be sure to check out my recipe for May: Sraracha Chicken Nuggets.

The season is quickly getting into gear. Come join the fun!

Cheers,

Mike Tierney
President Taft Street Winery

Events

Spike’s Awesome Hotcakes – A Little Street Music

Our A Little Street Music free outdoor live concert series 2020 season finale!

Bring some friends and join us on Sunday, September 6 for Spike’s Awesome Hotcakes. Tasting Room opens at 11am with music 2-5pm. Free admission. Bring your favorite  lawn chair and be sure to pack a picnic. Enjoy wines by the glass or bottle, and please no outside alcoholic beverages.

Bohemian Highway – A Little Street Music

A Little Street Music, the free outdoor live concert series at Taft Street Winery is back!  We’ll keep the music, wine and good vibes flowing every other Sunday from May through August.

Bring some friends and join us on Sunday, August 23 for Bohemian Highway. Tasting Room opens at 11am with music 2-5pm. Free admission. Bring your favorite  lawn chair and be sure to pack a picnic. Enjoy wines by the glass or bottle, and please no outside alcoholic beverages.

The THUGZ – A Little Street Music

A Little Street Music, the free outdoor live concert series at Taft Street Winery is back!  We’ll keep the music, wine and good vibes flowing every other Sunday from May through August.

Bring some friends and join us on Sunday, August 9 for The THUGZ. Tasting Room opens at 11am with music 2-5pm. Free admission. Bring your favorite  lawn chair and be sure to pack a picnic. Enjoy wines by the glass or bottle, and please no outside alcoholic beverages.

Daniel Castro Band – A Little Street Music

A Little Street Music, the free outdoor live concert series at Taft Street Winery is back!  We’ll keep the music, wine and good vibes flowing every other Sunday from May through August.

Bring some friends and join us on Sunday, July 26 for the Daniel Castro Band. Tasting Room opens at 11am with music 2-5pm. Free admission. Bring your favorite  lawn chair and be sure to pack a picnic. Enjoy wines by the glass or bottle, and please no outside alcoholic beverages.

Attila Viola & The Bakersfield Boys – A Little Street Music

A Little Street Music, the free outdoor live concert series at Taft Street Winery is back!  We’ll keep the music, wine and good vibes flowing every other Sunday from May through August.

Bring some friends and join us on Sunday, July 12 for Attila Viola & The Bakersfield Boys. Tasting Room opens at 11am with music 2-5pm. Free admission. Bring your favorite  lawn chair and be sure to pack a picnic. Enjoy wines by the glass or bottle, and please no outside alcoholic beverages.

Annie Sampson & Her Band – A Little Street Music

A Little Street Music, the free outdoor live concert series at Taft Street Winery is back!  We’ll keep the music, wine and good vibes flowing every other Sunday from May through August.

Bring some friends and join us on Sunday, June 28 for Annie Sampson & Her Band. Tasting Room opens at 11am with music 2-5pm. Free admission. Bring your favorite  lawn chair and be sure to pack a picnic. Enjoy wines by the glass or bottle, and please no outside alcoholic beverages.

Dirty Cello – A Little Street Music 2020

A Little Street Music, the free outdoor live concert series at Taft Street Winery is back!  We’ll keep the music, wine and good vibes flowing every other Sunday from May through August.

Bring some friends and join us on Sunday, June 14 for Dirty Cello. Tasting Room opens at 11am with music 2-5pm. Free admission. Bring your favorite  lawn chair and be sure to pack a picnic. Enjoy wines by the glass or bottle, and please no outside alcoholic beverages.

The Whiskey Family Band – A Little Street Music 2020

A Little Street Music, the free outdoor live concert series at Taft Street Winery is back!  We’ll keep the music, wine and good vibes flowing every other Sunday from May through August.

Bring some friends and join us on Sunday, May 24 for The Whiskey Family Band. Tasting Room opens at 11am with music 2-5pm. Free admission. Bring your favorite  lawn chair and be sure to pack a picnic. Enjoy wines by the glass or bottle, and please no outside alcoholic beverages.