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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


Summer in Wine Country

We have settled into our summer weather pattern – warm days and cool nights. The vineyards look great and we may be headed for a third straight high quality year. In fact, our most pressing concern at the moment is low inventory. We have pushed up our bottling schedule to ensure our positions on retailers’ shelves and restaurant wine lists. The 2012 Alexander Valley Merlot goes into bottle next week; followed by our 2013 Russian River Valley Chardonnay; followed by our 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. By summer’s end all our wines should be in good supply.

The big event this month at the winery is the marriage of our Marketing Director Jake Martini to Lizzy Stock in Santa Rosa on Saturday, June 7th. Family and friends  have already started arriving in Sonoma County, where the celebration will be appropriate and much Taft Street wine will be toasted. Cheers to Jake and Lizzy!

May was a busy month for us. I spent a week in the New York area and was pleased to see progress made in both retail outlets and restaurant wine list placements. Mike Martini spent time in the Chicago marketplace and found similar successes. Further, we have just received our May depletion report from Texas, and they experienced their busiest month ever! No wonder we are running out of wine.

This weekend our concert series – A Little Street Music – continues with local favorites Bottle Shock performing this Sunday, June 8th from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Later this month The Blue Moon Band will take the stage (June 29th). Our kickoff performance with the Pulsators was another huge success.

So just don’t sit there in front of your computer – come on down to Taft Street and join the fun. Summer has just begun, but it won’t last forever.

 

Cheers!

Mike Tierney

President, Taft Street Winery

Bring on the Summer

The days are warming up, the vineyards are in bloom, and the feel of summer is everywhere. Growers are cautiously optimistic, and there is even talk of a good crop.

Our new twist on capping machine has arrived and is ready to start next week. It will be a busy summer in the bottling room. Our 2011 Russian River Pinot Gris was released last month; our 2011 Sonoma County Rose of Pinot Noir is available as of today; and our 2010 Russian River Chardonnay and 2009 Russian River Pinot Noir will be released shortly.

Our newly renovated Tasting Room and picnic area has enjoyed a terrific opening month. We hosted the annual spring President’s Club party on May 19th, and over 100 members enjoyed wine and food in our new digs. This past weekend we opened our STREET MUSIC summer concert series with local favorite Bottle Shock. The response was wildly enthusiastic, and we can’t wait for the next concert with bluegrass band Blue and Lonesome – on Sunday, June 24th. May was our best month ever for Tasting Room direct sales!

The Tasting Room is not the only place we are selling wine. We welcome aboard Marc Batlin to our sales team in Northern California. Marc is based on the Peninsula, and will cover San Francisco to the Silicon Valley. Our friends in the South Bay will be seeing more of Taft Street.

With good weather finally here and our Tasting Room area all spiffied up, it’s a great time for a visit. Taste our new releases, play a little bocce ball, and picnic under the trees.

Be sure to check out this month’s recipe: Blondies.

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.