After steady progress over the last decade, we can now ship to consumers in 39 states. We expect one more state to open soon. A visual overview:
If you'd like to understand why we can ship to some states but not others, or want to know what sorts of restrictions states have installed (and why), we put together a "state of the union" wine shipping summary on the Tablas Creek blog, with states broken down into tiers. Read the article » Download a PDF version »
We are thrilled that the great states of Pennsylvania and Indiana passed solid direct-shipping laws. We have just received our shipping permits, and residents of both states can now order wine or sign up for VINsider Wine Club membership.
2016 has seen a flurry of progress in direct shipping, with shipping bills signed in three important states that had until now prohibited us from shipping to consumers. Pennsylvania and Indiana have already come through. Arizona has announced that they will start issuing permits in early 2017. If you are an Arizona resident and would like a note when we are able to ship there, please join our mailing list and you will be the first to hear.
Unfortunately, we are still waiting for a permit from New Jersey. The state passed a shipping bill in 2012, but the legislation includes a licensing process that did not take into account partnerships like ours that include foreign owners, and we are in limbo without any immediate expectation of progress. If you would like a note when we are able to ship there, please join our mailing list.
Direct wine shipping is growing, but also under constant attack. States without reasonable direct shipping provisions restrict consumer access to thousands of wineries, nearly all of them small, and tens of thousands of wines with productions too small to make it into distribution.
For more information about the issue, or how to get involved in this and other direct shipping debates going on in states like Florida, Pennsylvania and Arizona, visit www.freethegrapes.org.
We are working actively to increase the number of states we can ship wine to (and open for our wine club). However, we are also committed to protecting our consumers from questionable or unscrupulous shipping practices. We only ship to states to which we are allowed by state law, and we mark our shipments clearly as wine. We use UPS and FedEx to ship our wine, and all shipments require an adult signature. If you live in a non-shipping state, we’re happy to help you find local retailers or wholesalers who carry our wine. Want help finding our wines? View our list of distributors, or contact us!
There are several states currently debating direct shipping. Interested in making a difference at the state level? Support Free the Grapes.
The current list of states to which we can ship wine is AK, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY. Interested in knowing as soon as we can ship to you? Sign up for our mailing list!
October 14th - 16th, 2016
Celebrate Paso Robles Harvest Wine Weekend with Tablas Creek. Join us in the tasting room all weekend for a first look at our flagship Esprit de Tablas wines from the vibrant, powerful 2014 vintage. We will kick off the festival Friday night at McPhee's Grill in Templeton (SOLD OUT) with a four-course, four-wine dinner. To be added to the wait-list call us at 805.237.1231 x230 or email email@example.com. On Saturday, join us in the cellar at Tablas Creek for a series of interactive harvest cellar tours throughout the day. Led by Executive Winemaker Neil Collins, guests will sample wines in various stages of the winemaking process and learn about the 2016 harvest and winemaking at Tablas Creek. Tours will be offered 10:30, 12:00, 2:00 and 3:30 (limited to 20 guests per tour; free to all guests). Details & more events »
Each month we feature a wine showing particularly well and offer it at a 10% discount. October's wine is the rich 2014 Patelin de Tablas. Details »
September 28, 2016
Earlier this year, I was flattered to be asked by Decanter Magazine to write an insider's guide to Paso Robles for inclusion in their annual California supplement. My goal was not to recommend wineries, but instead to give potential visitors an idea of some of the other gems of the area: things to do that you might not know about, or that might not appear in a guide book. What fun. The article was published last month: Read More »