Pinot Noir

The Fun Never Stops

The weatherman calls for a series of Pacific storms to begin shortly, dropping what may be 8 – 10 inches of rain on northern hillsides. We’ll see. We certainly need it, as January was the driest on record in many Northern California counties; including San Francisco, which received absolutely zero precipitation in the wettest month …

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Best of Class! 2014 Sonoma County Harvest Fair

With more than 1,000 wines entered, the Sonoma County Harvest Fair’s Professional Wine Competition is always a local favorite. After 3 days of blind tastings the winning wines have been announced and Taft Street is excited to receive eight awards, including three Double Golds and a Best of Class! Best of Class Taft Street Sauvignon Blanc Russian …

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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 …

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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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The Crush is On!

The time is now! The Taft Street harvest for 2012 begins Wednesday, September 5th, when our first grapes arrive. This year the honors go to Russian River Valley Pinot Gris and Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. In another week we’ll be in full swing. So far everything looks good, including the weather report! Winemaker Evelyn …

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Getting Ready

As the fine weather continues, growers and winemakers alike are anxiously awaiting the weeks ahead. In the vineyards, veraison – the period when grapes soften and change color from green to red or yellow – has begun, indicating an early September start of this much anticipated harvest. We just enjoyed our third concert with The …

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