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.
Unfortunately, we are still waiting for permits from two states who have recently passed direct shipping bills. South Dakota's is relatively straightforward, but will not take effect until the beginning of 2016. New Jersey's bill 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. We are continuing to work on both states; 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.
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 now open for shipping 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 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, MA, 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 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 6, 2015
I snuck out yesterday morning to get some photos of the ever-diminishing portions of the vineyard that still have grapes on them. One block that I particularly wanted to see was Syrah, given that it was scheduled to be picked in the afternoon. It was looking suitably autumnal: Read More »