In honor of the 2015 "State of the Union" address, we put together a summary on the Tablas Creek blog of what the world of wine shipping looks like, from a winery's perspective, as we enter 2015, with states broken down into tiers based on the cost and ease of doing business there.
With 35 states open to direct shipping, there has been steady progress in the last decade. And there's the potential for more progress soon, with Massachusetts set to start shipping in coming weeks and with opportunities in Pennsylvania, Indiana and South Dakota. But many challenges remain. Read the article » Download a PDF version »
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 thrilled that the great state of Massachusetts finally passed a workable direct-shipping law (thanks, in part, to former New England Patriots quarterback-turned-vintner Drew Bledsoe) that went into effect January 1st, 2015. We are still in the permit application process; if you would like to receive notice as soon as we have the required shipping permits and can open our wine club to MA addresses, please join our mailing list!
Unfortunately, New Jersey, whose legislature and governor passed a direct shipping bill in 2012, has created 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. We are continuing to work on New Jersey; if you would like a note when we are able to ship there, please join our mailing list and you will be the first to hear.
We are working actively to increase the number of states we can ship wine to (and, by the same token 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, IA, KS, ME, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, 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!
Join Tablas Creek and the 50 other members of the Paso Robles Chapter of the Rhone Rangers for the 2015 Paso Robles Rhone Rangers Experience, including a "Rhone Essentials" seminar moderated by Matt Kettmann, Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast Magazine, a Vintners' Lunch from Chef Maegen Loring, a Grand Tasting and a Silent Auction. Details & More Events »
We were thrilled to receive such good reviews from this notoriously tough grader, including 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 »
January 24, 2015
By Robert Haas
Just after Christmas, Jason and I had the fun and honor to be invited to pour Tablas Creek for guests at the last 49ers game of the season. The sparkling new Levi's Stadium has built-in wine bars incorporated into their club boxes, and the team invites eight wineries each week to show their wines to the fans sitting in that section. Read More »