The Tablas Creek Vineyard Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a blend of mostly Manzanilla and a few Mission olives, grown on our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard. We have roughly 100 trees that line our roads. We harvest these trees by hand in late November each year, our last harvest of the vintage. Depending on the year, we get between 25 and 50 gallons of oil.
The fruit was harvested into half-ton picking bins and transported to Pietra Santa Winery in Hollister, California. Pietra Santa is an artisan producer of olive oil as well as wine, and their facility is certified organic. Most appealing for us, they use stone grinding wheels to crush the olives into pomace. First, the olives are sorted and moved by conveyor belt up to where they will be washed: Then, the olives are washed vigorously in water, and crushed under the stone wheels. The liquids are decanted from the solids, and then the oil separated from water-based fluids using a centrifuge. The oil was brought back to Tablas Creek, allowed to settle clear for two months, and bottled by hand.
Our olive oil is certified Extra Virgin by the California Olive Oil Council.
Join us for the Paso Robles Wine Community's biggest celebration! We'll pour Esprit de Beaucastel at Friday's Reserve Event and a range of new releases at Saturday's Grand Tasting. And all weekend we'll have special wines open at the winery and will be taking tours to visit our herd of sheep, alpacas and donkeys. Sunday 11am to 1:30pm enjoy Chef Jacob Lovejoy's small plates, free with a tasting. Details & more events »
In May, we're featuring our 2011 Cotes de Tablas Blanc at a 10% discount. In 2011, our Viognier crop was cut by 80% due to spring frost, leaving a tiny, intense yield of less than one-half a ton per acre. The resulting wine is rich and tropical, with stone fruits and honey, but at the same time firmly dry, with a very long, saline & mineral finish. Details »
May 15, 2013
Take a look at the seven-line entry of Frank Schoonmaker, America’s foremost wine expert and author in 1964, about terroir. His association, rather than the "somewhereness" the wine exhibits, is more of a taste of dirt, neither elegant nor elevated: "somewhat unpleasant, common, persistent”. My, how things have changed. More »