VINsider News & Updates

Fall 2015 VINsider Shipment

We are pleased to announce the Fall 2015 VINsider Club shipment, highlighted by the 2013 Esprit de Tablas and 2013 Esprit de Tablas Blanc. It also includes a library release of the 2011 Esprit de Tablas and three small-production wines.  The Classic Mix is below; information on the red-only and white-only shipments is on our club shipments page.

Fall 2015 (Classic Mix):

  • 1 bottle of Esprit de Tablas 2013 (Our flagship red blend, based on Mourvedre, from a wonderful, low-yielding vintage; 92-94 Galloni, 92-94 Wine Advocate)
  • 1 bottle of Esprit de Tablas 2011 (A library vintage of our flagship red blend that has been showing particularly well recently; 93 Wine Advocate, 93-95 Rhone Report, 93 Galloni)
  • 1 bottle of Esprit de Tablas Blanc 2013 (Our flagship white blend, based on Roussanne; 90-93 Wine Advocate)
  • 1 bottle of En Gobelet 2013 (Our blend sourced exclusively from dry-farmed, head-trained vineyard blocks; 91-93 Galloni, "impresses for its pure power and intensity")
  • 1 bottle of Grenache 2013 (Our varietal bottling of the southern Rhone's most important grape, intense and juicy)
  • 1 bottle of Grenache Blanc 2014 (A varietal bottling of the white Rhone grape we introduced to California, zesty and mineral-laced)

Shipments are scheduled to ship out from the winery Tuesday, September 29th.  Now is the time to make any updates so that your shipment is delivered without incident. If you need a later ship date, have a new shipping address (an adult signature is required), a new credit card, or are planning to attend the tasting party or visit in the fall and would like to pick-up your wine instead, please let us know. We can accept changes no later than Friday, September 11th. 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 will be available beginning Friday, September 25th.

Fall Shipment Tasting October 4th

One benefit of the VINsider Wine Club is the opportunity, after each semi-annual shipment, to taste the wines in the shipment, learn what new projects we've been working on, and spend some unhurried time with the Tablas Creek winemakers and management. On Sunday, October 4th, we'll close the tasting room to the public and dedicate it to our wine club members. VINsiders can reserve one of four visit times (10:30am, 12noon, 1:30pm, or 3pm) and we will take each group through the progress of the harvest, look back with a little perspective on 2014 and 2013, and present a guided tasting through the wines in the fall VINsider shipment. We will serve small bites to pair with the wines.

This tasting is open only to VINsiders (complimentary) and their invited guests (up to 4 guests- $15/person). Attendees will receive an additional 5% discount on the wines in the shipment at this event only. Contact us at 805.237.1231 x36 or events@tablascreek.com for reservations or more information. For other events, visit our upcoming events page.

Spring 2015 VINsider Shipment

The Spring 2015 VINsider Club shipment is highlighted by the 2012 Panoplie. It also includes two other limited-release blends and three small-production varietal wines.  The Classic Mix is below; information on the red-only and white-only shipments is on our club shipments page.

  • 1 bottle of Panoplie 2012 (Our elite wine made from our most compelling lots; 94-96 points Galloni, "a thing of beauty"; 92-94 points, Wine Advocate)
  • 1 bottle of Tannat 2012 (The intensely structured, smoky grape that we introduced into California; 91-93 Galloni; 90-92 Wine Advocate, "a beauty")
  • 1 bottle of Côtes de Tablas 2013 (Our showcase for the bright spiciness of mountain-grown Grenache fruit; 90-92 Galloni, 89-91 Wine Advocate)
  • 1 bottle of Dianthus 2014 (Our rich, vibrant Mourvedre-based dry rosé that received 91 point ratings from Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, and Connoisseur's Guide last year)
  • 1 bottle of Grenache Blanc 2013 (A varietal bottling of the rich, textured white Rhone grape that we introduced to California)
  • 1 bottle of Vermentino 2014 (The zesty, mineral-laced bottling of Sardinia's best-known white grape, perfect for spring)

The Spring 2015 shipment shipped out the week of March 16th. Will-call members are now able able to pick up their shipments here at the winery.

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 2015

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 2014 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 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 Harvest Wine Weekend

Join us in the tasting room all weekend for a first look at our flagship wines: 2013 Esprit de Tablas and 2013 Esprit de Tablas Blanc.
Friday night: Enjoy a four-course, four-wine dinner at  McPhee's Grill in Templeton. Seats at the dinner are $105/per person (inclusive of tax and gratuity) and reservations are essential. Details »
Saturday: join us in the cellar at Tablas Creek for a series of interactive demonstrations. Demonstrations will be ongoing from 10am - 3pm and are free to all guests. Details »


Tablas Creek News

MA Shipping Permit Received!

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 »

Antonio Galloni 8/14: 30 Wines 90+

In August, Antonio Galloni published the results of his annual visit to Tablas Creek, and we were excited to receive such good reviews from this notoriously tough grader. Notes included 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

Veraison 2015 Suggests an Early September Start to Harvest

July 23, 2015
Although we've been distracted by the more unusual occurrence of last weekend's summer rainstorm, this week also has provided the annual milestone of veraison. Veraison marks the point where the grapes stop accumulating mass and start accumulating sugar (and, more noticeably, change color from green to red). It is one of the landmarks of the season, not least because it marks a point roughly six-weeks before the onset of harvest.  Read More »