The Taft Street story began in the 1970s, when John Tierney and friend Mike Martini began making wine in Mike Tierney's garage on Taft Street. The reputation of the "garagistes" wines (referring to small lots of cult wines produced by Bordeaux winemakers in garages) spread, and family and friends bonded Taft Street Winery on April Fool's Day, 1982, in the Russian River Valley town of Forestville. Today Taft Street focuses on making wines from the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations, as well as from nearby vineyards in Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley. Their goals have not changed from their garagiste roots: make the highest quality wines; sell them at a fair price and most of all, have fun in the process.
Taft Street wines are considered “the smartest buy in the Russian River Valley.” Under the direction of the winemaker Evelyn White, Taft Street maximizes the special characteristics of Russian River Valley fruit.