VINsider News & Updates

Spring 2016 VINsider Shipment

We are pleased to announce the Spring 2016 VINsider Club shipment, highlighted by the 2013 Panoplie. It also includes a library release of the 2011 Esprit de Tablas Blanc, three compelling blends and one single-varietal bottling. The Classic Mix is below; information on the red-only and white-only shipments is on our club shipments page.

Spring 2016 (Classic Mix)

  • 1 bottle of Panoplie 2013 (Our elite wine made from our most compelling lots; 94-95 points Galloni, "serious tenacity...penetrating"; 94-96 points, Wine Advocate, "fabulous richness and depth")
  • 1 bottle of Tannat 2013 (The intensely structured, smoky grape that we introduced into California)
  • 1 bottle of Côtes de Tablas 2014 (Our showcase for the bright spiciness of mountain-grown Grenache fruit; 90-92 Galloni, 90-92 Wine Advocate, "a stunner that over delivers")
  • 1 bottle of Patelin de Tablas Rosé 2015 (A traditional Provencal-style dry rosé that received 90 point ratings from Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate last year)
  • 1 bottle of Cotes de Tablas Blanc 2014 (Our estate-grown white Rhone-style blend showcasing Viognier and our limestone minerality; 90-92 points from both Vinous and Wine Advocate)
  • 1 bottle of Esprit de Tablas Blanc 2011 (A library vintage of our flagship white wine that received 93 points from Wine Advocate, "beautifully clear, detailed and balanced" and 96 points from Decanter)
  • We have complete tasting and production notes of all shipment wines on the Tablas Creek blog.

If you need to your make any changes to your account: update a new shipping address (an adult signature is required) or a new credit card you can email your changes to vinsider@tablascreek.com, call us at 805.237.1231, or update your VINsider information online.

The shipment’s cost of $217.60, plus applicable shipping and taxes, reflects as always a 20% VINsider discount off the retail prices of the wines in the shipment. If you’ve requested to pick up your shipment here at the winery, it is available now.

Red-Only and White-Only Options

We are excited to 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.

VINsider Wine Club Collector’s Edition for 2016

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.  Members who were on the waiting list in 2015 should have received notice of whether they were upgraded or whether they remain on the waiting list.  VINsiders interested in the Collector’s Edition for 2016 should upgrade their membership.  We hope to be able to add members in advance of the fall 2016 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

Earth Day Celebration

You're invited to join us for an Earth Day celebration Sunday, April 24 at Tablas Creek Vineyard. Visit the winery all weekend from 10am to 5pm and learn about our organic and Biodynamic viticulture and limestone soils. Taste the wines from the current VINsider Wine Club shipment, and see our biodynamic sheep, alpacas, donkeys and llama! Tours run daily at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Also, enjoy the high-energy sounds of Bear Market Riot from noon to 3:00 PM on our terraced patio.


Tablas Creek News

Jason Haas: 2015 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year

We were proud to learn that Tablas Creek Partner/GM Jason Haas was voted by his peers the 2015 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year.  His father, our founder Robert Haas, wrote this appreciation on our blog.

Wine Advocate: 15 Wines 90+ Points

In Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 220) 15 Tablas wines topped 90 points, including 2014 Esprit de Tablas (93-96), 2013 Panoplie (94-96), and 2014 Panoplie (95-97). Read the review » More press »

Anticipating El Niño (L.A. Times)

Tablas Creek's preparations for El Niño were featured in an L.A. Times front-page article Friday, November 27th. Read the article » More recent press »


On the Tablas Blog

Spring Cleaning in the Vineyard: How Eliminating Surface Grasses Conserves Water

April 27, 2016
Think of each plant that's growing in a given plot of land as like a wick, with its roots delving into the soil for available moisture. If we had overabundant water, we might want to leave some surface weeds to keep levels more reasonable. Instead, in our California climate, eliminating competition from grasses and other surface plants is an essential part of our ability to dry farm. Tilling in the cover crop also allows the insects and microorganisms in the soil to start breaking down the surface biomass accumulated during the winter growth into nutrients that the vines will draw from in the coming months. Finally, the loosening of the soil creates an insulating layer at the surface that helps conserve the water deeper down.  Read More »