VINsider News & Updates

En Primeur Offering of 2013 Esprit and 2013 Panoplie

On Saturday, December 6th, nearly 200 VINsiders joined Tablas Creek's winemakers for the tenth annual barrel tasting and sale en primeur of Tablas Creek's remarkable red wines from the outstanding 2013 vintage. Offering wine en primeur is a time-honored French tradition most often associated with first-growth Bordeaux estates. In outstanding vintages, valued customers are offered the opportunity to secure a limited quantity of sought-after wines at a special price in advance of bottling and subsequent general release.

Whether or not they attend the tasting, VINsiders may order futures on the 2013 Esprit de Tablas and 2013 Panoplie at the exclusive 30% discount off eventual release price. VINsiders should have received an invitation to the futures tasting and en primeur offering in the mail in early November. A PDF form, which can be scanned or faxed to us, is available to download here. En primeur orders must be received by Monday, December 8th.

Fall 2014 VINsider Shipment

We are excited for the Fall 2014 VINsider Club shipment, highlighted by the 2012 Esprit de Tablas and 2012 Esprit de Tablas Blanc.  The Classic Mix is below; for information on the red-only and white-only shipments, click here:

  • 2 bottles of Esprit de Tablas 2012 (Our flagship red blend, based on Mourvedre, from a classic California vintage; 93-95 Galloni, 92-94 Wine Advocate)
  • 1 bottle of Esprit de Tablas Blanc 2012 (Our flagship white blend, based on Roussanne; 91-94 Wine Advocate; 92-93 Tanzer's I.W.C; 92 Galloni.)
  • 1 bottle of En Gobelet 2012 (Our blend sourced exclusively from dry-farmed, head-trained vineyard blocks; 92-94 Galloni, "gorgeous depth and richness")
  • 1 bottle of Grenache 2012 (Our varietal bottling of the southern Rhone's most important grape, elegant and juicy; 94 Galloni, "superb")
  • 1 bottle of Vermentino 2013 (The zesty, mineral-laced bottling of Sardinia's best-known white grape, perfect for summer; 90 Wine Advocate)
  • We have complete tasting and production notes on the Tablas Creek blog.

The Fall 2014 shipment will ship out the week of September 22nd. Will-call members will be able to pick-up their shipments here at the winery beginning Friday, September 19th.

Now is the time to update your billing or shipping information to ensure on-time delivery of your shipment. You may use our VINsider Update Form, or contact us via email at vinsider@tablascreek.com or by phone at 805.237.1231 x30.

The shipment’s cost of $213.60, plus applicable shipping and taxes, reflects as always a 20% VINsider discount off the retail prices of the wines. 

New: Red-Only and White-Only Options

We are excited to now offer, in addition to our classic mix of red and white wines (and the occasional dry rosé) in each shipment, options for VINsider club members who prefer red-only and white-only shipments.  Like our classic mix, the red-only and white-only options are selected from small-production lots, special blends, and sneak previews.  Current VINsider Club members can select red-only or white-only options on the VINsider Update Form, and prospective new members can choose their preferred color mix when they register on the VINsider Sign-Up Form.

Please note that due to the limited supplies of our library wines, we cannot offer red-only or white-only options for our fall Collector's Edition shipments, although Collector's Edition members are welcome to choose red-only or white-only for their spring shipments.

If you have any questions about our different color mix options, please contact us at vinsider@tablascreek.com or 805.237.1231 x30.

This tasting is open only to VINsiders (complimentary) and their invited guests (up to 4 guests - $15/person). Attendees receive an additional 5% discount on the wines in the shipment at this event only. Contact us at 805.237.1231 x30 or events@tablascreek.com to reserve your preferred time slot or more information. Other upcoming events »

VINsider Wine Club Collector’s Edition Full for 2014

Collector’s Edition members have exclusive access to library vintages of Esprit de Beaucastel wines that we have aged in ideal conditions in our own cellars since the 2003 vintage. Members also receive an increased allocation of our newest Esprit wines. Collector's Edition details »

The Collector's Edition is full for 2014.  Members who were on the waiting list have received notice of whether they were upgraded or whether they remain on the waiting list.  VINsiders interested in the Collector’s Edition for 2015 should upgrade their membership.  We hope to be able to add members in advance of the fall 2015 shipment, and members will be added to the Collector's Edition in the order in which their requests are received. 

Other Wine Club-Related Information:

Events

Paso Robles Rhone Rangers Experience 2/15

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 »


Tablas Creek News

Give Tablas Creek for the Holidays


This holiday season, choose from 5 gift packages, all with shipping included in a gift box. We even have an epicurean pack including our organic estate olive oil that we can ship to all 50 states!  In order to arrive before Christmas, all wine orders must be received by Thursday, December 18th. Details & more gift ideas »

Antonio Galloni 8/14: 30 Wines 90+

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 »


On the Tablas Blog

Assessing the Impacts of Last Week's Rain

December 14, 2014
We're in a peaceful interlude between two significant storms. The sun may be thin and wintery, but it's (mostly) out. The rain that fell on Thursday and Friday is soaking in...I took advantage of this break to get out into the vineyard and take some photos, and was struck by just how much greener it was even than early in the week.  Read More »