VINsider News & Updates

Spring 2015 VINsider Shipment

We're excited for the Spring 2015 VINsider Club shipment, 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 will ship out the week of March 16th. Will-call members will be able to pick-up their shipments here at the winery beginning Tuesday, March 17th.

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 $200.80, plus applicable shipping and taxes, reflects as always a 20% VINsider discount off the retail prices of the wines.

Save the Date: Spring Shipment Tasting April 19th

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, April 19th we'll be closing the tasting room to the public and dedicating it to our wine club members. We'll ask VINsiders to reserve a specific time slot (10:30am, 12noon, 1:30pm, or 3pm) and we'll take each group through the results of the 2014 harvest, our Biodynamic efforts, and a tasting through the wines in the spring VINsider shipment. We will serve a small dish to pair with the whites and another with the reds.

Attendees also receive a day-of-the-event only extra 5% discount on additional purchases of the wines in the shipment. This tasting is open only to VINsiders (free) and their invited guests (2 guest maximum- $15/person). Contact us at 805.237.1231 or email events@tablascreek.com to reserve a time slot.

Fall 2014 VINsider Shipment

The Fall 2014 VINsider Club shipment is highlighted by the 2012 Esprit de Tablas and 2012 Esprit de Tablas Blanc.  The Classic Mix is below; information on the red-only and white-only shipments is on our club shipments page.

  • 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.

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 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 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

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

Toasting the 49ers "Appellation 49"

January 24, 2015
By Robert Haas
Just after Christmas, Jason and I had the fun and honor to be invited to pour Tablas Creek for guests at the last 49ers game of the season. The sparkling new Levi's Stadium has built-in wine bars incorporated into their club boxes, and the team invites eight wineries each week to show their wines to the fans sitting in that section. Read More »