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07/11/05

Tablas Creek Vineyard welcomes Windrose Farm in Joint Organic Venture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Paso Robles, CA) - Windrose Farm, supplier of heirloom tomatoes and other organic produce to California’s top restaurants and markets, is expanding its operations to Tablas Creek Vineyard. The farm will be utilizing the vineyard’s greenhouses to grow additional produce and plants, and will be operating a farm stand selling seasonal produce. The farm stand will be open to the public beginning in early August 2005; an opening for the media is scheduled for July 14, 2005.

Both Tablas Creek Vineyard and Windrose Farm are organic producers, and the arrangement is a mutually beneficial one. The Tablas Creek greenhouses were standing empty after having outsourced commercial grapevine sales to NovaVine of Sonoma, California, and Windrose Farm was running out of growing space at their eastern Paso Robles location. “It’s a win/win situation for all of us, and we’re thrilled to have them”, says Tablas Creek founder Robert Haas. Barbara Spencer of Windrose concurs, “We're delighted to be here. This is a wonderful way to bridge the divide between the wine people and the farmers.”

The partnership will result in unique food and wine pairing events, the first of which will take place on August 20, when Tablas Creek hosts a pig roast to welcome Windrose Farm and launch the 2003 Tablas Creek Vineyard Syrah.

Windrose Farm is owned and operated by Bill and Barbara Spencer, and has been certified organic since 1993. Their 50 acres east of Paso Robles includes an apple orchard, vegetable fields, and a sheep pasture. The Tablas Creek location will allow them to expand their operation, as well as operate a year-round farm stand. Currently their produce and plants are available for sale at farmer's markets up and down the California coast.

Tablas Creek Vineyard, founded by wine industry pioneer Robert Haas and the Perrin brothers of Château de Beaucastel, produces red and white Rhône varietal wines and blends, including Esprit de Beaucastel and Côtes de Tablas. The vineyard is organically farmed, and relies on hand-harvesting, native yeasts and minimum intervention winemaking.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Jason Haas
Tablas Creek Vineyard
Phone: 805-237-1231
Fax: 805-237-1314
Bill & Barbara Spencer
Windrose Farm
Phone: 805-239-3757
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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 »


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May 29, 2015
The 2007 Esprit de Beaucastel is our highest-rated Esprit to date. It got mid-90s ratings from Robert Parker, Stephen Tanzer, and the Rhone Report, and capped off its year by being named the Wine Spectator's #33 wine of 2010. And we sold most of what we had, fast. We typically keep two year's supply of our Esprit red for our tasting room, so we can show two different vintages to people. Because of its ratings, and because it was so showy, we sold our two years' worth in one year. And I understand why: it was luscious and powerful, with big tannins cloaked by generous fruit and an underlying meaty wildness that kept the wine from coming across as either simple or sweet. I'm sure much of it was drunk within a few months of when it was purchased, and enjoyed. Read More »