On the morning of Monday, December 22nd, a serious earthquake struck California’s Central Coast. Centered near San Simeon, the quake measured 6.5 on the Richter scale. The epicenter was about 10 miles from the vineyard.
Tablas Creek did see some damage, but most importantly none of the Tablas Creek staff was hurt, and the facility is undamaged. The structures (office, winery, nursery) are all intact. We are very fortunate, and will be supporting the other members of the Paso Robles wine community who suffered greater losses.
Our wine library, our already-bottled wines, and the vast majority of the wine in tank and barrel was unaffected. Although several tanks moved up to a few feet from their original positions, none collapsed or were ruptured. We did lose about 30 barrels of various sizes, including one large foudre, but our total loss is between 5% and 10% of the 2002 and 2003 vintages. The loss will not affect the quality of the wine.
The tasting room was remarkably unaffected, with glasses still in place on their shelves, and wine bottles still upright. After a precautionary walk-through from a city engineer, we reopened the tasting room on December 23rd, and had a busy and successful holiday season. We completed our winery cleanup and repair by the end of December. We encourage you to come for a visit; we are open for tours and tastings as normal.
We deeply appreciate the letters, calls, and emails from those of you who have contacted us. Our thoughts go out to those who have suffered greater damage, and we will be working with the other members of our wonderful community to rebuild, and to restore the beautiful downtown district of which we are so proud.
We hope you all had a safe and happy holiday season.
Join us for Paso Robles' annual harvest celebration the weekend of October 16th-18th
All weekend: Visit our tasting room for a first look at our newest Esprit de Tablas wines from the 2013 vintage.
Friday night: Enjoy a four-course, four-wine dinner at McPhee's Grill in Templeton. $105/per person; reservations are essential. Details »
Saturday: Our winemakers will be leading interactive harvest cellar tours 10:30, 12:00, 2:00, 3:30 (20 guest limit). Free to all; no reservations needed. Details »
We are pleased to have been included in recent articles in The New York Times (on creative responses to California's drought) and the Washington Post (on our 11 new AVA's) and to see the attention for Paso Robles. More recent press »
We are thrilled to announce that we've received our shipping permit from the great state of Massachusetts. Residents of the Bay State can now order wine or become VINsider Wine Club members. More shipping news »
October 2, 2015
By: Lauren Phelps
I arrived at the vineyard today at 4:00 AM in the crisp morning air to photograph the "night harvest" of one of our last blocks of Mourvedre. Our crew used only head-lamps and the lights from the tractors to harvest which was challenging to photograph and made for some very interesting and rewarding shots. Read More »