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Report from Tablas Creek on the Paso Robles Earthquake of 12/22/2003

12/31/03

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.

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En Gobelet Vertical Tasting and Dry Farming Exploration

Since 2007, we have made our En Gobelet exclusively from dry-farmed, head-trained vineyard blocks. The results have been so compelling that we're planning to plant our entire new parcel -- all 55 acres -- in this style over the coming decade. Join us for this vertical tasting of every vintage of En Gobelet, from the 2007 to the newly-blended 2014. We'll also offer, before the tasting, an optional hike led by Viticulturist Levi Glenn through the rugged Scruffy Hill block from which we source most of the wine, and finish with a picnic lunch on our patio. $60 for wine club members and $75 for guests. Reservations are essential; we expect this to sell out. To reserve, email us at events@tablascreek.com or call us at 805.237.1231 ext 30.  Details & More Events »


Tablas Creek News

MA Shipping Permit Received!

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 »

Antonio Galloni 8/14: 30 Wines 90+

In August, Antonio Galloni published the results of his annual visit to Tablas Creek, and we were excited to receive such good reviews from this notoriously tough grader. Notes included the 2012 Esprit de Tablas Blanc (92 points; “impeccably refined”), 2011 Panoplie (94 points; "pure elegance"), 2012 Patelin de Tablas (90 points; “a gorgeous wine and a fabulous value”), and the 2012 Esprit de Tablas (93-95 points; "a fascinating Esprit to follow over the coming years"). Read the complete review » More recent press »


On the Tablas Blog

Dry Farming in California's Drought, Part 3: How We Got Here (and Where We Go Next)

May 26, 2015
I was struck by a quote from Tegan Passalaqua, the winemaker at Turley, in a recent article on JancisRobinson.com. In an interview with Alder Yarrow, Tegan said "In a Mediterranean climate like we have, vertical shoot positioning and 3 by 6 vineyard spacing is basically farming hydroponically".

Hydroponic farming, with its overtones of bland supermarket tomatoes, seems an unlikely candidate to provide the intensity and ripeness that a winemaker would expect from California. But in its essence, that the farmer is providing everything that a plant needs to bear fruit, I don't think he's far off. It's worth taking a few moments to understand how grapevines came to be so widely irrigated in California. Read More »