VINsider News & Updates

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.

Fall 2014 VINsider Shipment Tasting Party Sunday, October 5th

Twice a year, immediately after each VINsider club shipment, we close our tasting room to the public and dedicate it to our wine club members. This fall's event will be Sunday, October 5th.  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 2014 harvest, look back with a little perspective on 2013 and 2012, and taste through the wines in the fall VINsider shipment, including the new 2012 Esprit de Tablas and 2012 Esprit de Tablas Blanc. 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 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

En Primeur Tasting and Futures Offering

On December 6th, all VINsiders are invited to join Tablas Creek's owners and winemakers for our 10th annual En Primeur Tasting and Futures Offering. Taste the 2013 Esprit de Tablas and 2013 Panoplie, discuss the vintage, and enjoy a seasonal dish created to pair with the wines. The $30 cost to attend the event is refundable on any en primeur purchase. Register for one of two sessions (10:30am or 1:30pm)  More information »


Tablas Creek News

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 »

Montana opens to direct shipping

We have received our direct shipping license for the great state of Montana. Residents are now eligible to order wine or sign up for one of our wine clubs. Up next? Massachusetts, where shipping licenses will be issued starting January 1st! More direct shipping news »


On the Tablas Blog

Autumn Vineyard Photo Essay

October 27, 2014
The grapes are all off the vines. The days are shorter, with a lower sun angle....on Saturday, we actually got a few sprinkles. Next weekend we're forecast to see measurable precipitation. It's all hopeful for a vineyard (and a region) struggling under three years of drought. Read More »