VINsider News & Updates

Spring 2015 VINsider Shipment

We're excited about 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 shipped out the week of March 16th. Will-call members are now able able to pick up their shipments here at the winery.

If you have received a message from us that you need to update your billing or shipping information, you may do so using our VINsider Update Form, by contacting 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.

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.

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 closed our tasting room to the public and dedicated it to our wine club members. VINsiders reserved a time slot (10:30am, 12noon, 1:30pm, or 3pm) and we took each group through the results of the 2014 harvest, our Biodynamic efforts, and a discussion on the impacts of and our reactions to California's ongoing drought.  We finished with a tasting of the wines in the spring VINsider shipment, paired with two small dishes: one for the whites and another for the reds.

Attendees received a day-of-the-event only extra 5% discount on additional purchases of the wines in the shipment. This tasting was open only to VINsiders (free) and their invited guests (2 guest maximum- $15/person). For other events, visit our upcoming events page.

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

En Gobelet Vertical Tasting and Dry Farming Exploration

Since 2007, we have made our En Gobelet exclusively from dry-farmed, head-trained vineyard blocks. The results have been so compelling that we're planning to plant our entire new parcel -- all 55 acres -- in this style over the coming decade. Join us for this vertical tasting of every vintage of En Gobelet, from the 2007 to the newly-blended 2014. We'll also offer, before the tasting, an optional hike led by Viticulturist Levi Glenn through the rugged Scruffy Hill block from which we source most of the wine, and finish with a picnic lunch on our patio. $60 for wine club members and $75 for guests. Reservations are essential; we expect this to sell out. To reserve, email us at events@tablascreek.com or call us at 805.237.1231 ext 30.  Details & More Events »


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

On the Road: a Rhone Pilgrimage

June 24, 2015
By: Darren Delmore
I had the distinct pleasure of tagging along last week on a trade visit to the Perrin family's holdings in the Rhone Valley. Our odyssey began with our thirsty quintet of wine professionals packed into an undersized rental car like foie gras terrine as we traversed from Dijon to Valence. I sat shotgun with GPS in hand and snails in my belly as we watched the landscape change from the sunflowers and Charolais beef pastures of Burgundy to the lavender fields and olive groves of the Rhone. Read More »