VINsider News & Updates

Fall 2016 VINsider Shipment

We are pleased to announce the Fall 2016 VINsider Club shipment, highlighted by the 2014 Esprit de Tablas and 2014 Esprit de Tablas Blanc. It also includes a library release of the 2012 Esprit de Tablas, two 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.

  • 1 bottle of Esprit de Tablas 2014 (Our flagship red blend, based on Mourvedre, from one of our greatest vintages ever; 93-96 Wine Advocate, "a full bodied, voluptuous, and sexy beauty")
  • 1 bottle of Esprit de Tablas 2012 (A library vintage of our flagship red blend, based on Mourvedre, from a classic California vintage; 93-95 Galloni, 92 Wine Advocate, 92-93 Tanzer's I.W.C)
  • 1 bottle of Esprit de Tablas Blanc 2014 (Our flagship white blend, based on Roussanne, from one of our greatest vintages ever; 92-94 Wine Advocate, "complete and rich ... impressive")
  • 1 bottle of En Gobelet 2014 (Our blend sourced exclusively from dry-farmed, head-trained vineyard blocks; 93-95 Vinous, "wild, highly complex")
  • 1 bottle of Roussanne 2014 (Our varietal bottling of the southern Rhone's most ageworthy grape; 89-92 Wine Advocate; 90-92 Vinous)
  • 1 bottle of Cotes de Tablas Blanc 2015 (Our showcase for Viognier in a vintage where Viognier yields were down 55%; rich, textured, and elegant)
  • 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 $220.00, 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 now available.  Shipped shipments went out the week of October 18th.  

2015 Barrel Tasting and En Primeur Offering

Wine Club members are invited to join Tablas Creek's winemakers for our annual barrel tasting and sale en primeur of Tablas Creek's remarkable red wines from the outstanding 2015 vintage. Offering wine en primeur is a time-honored French tradition most often associated with first-growth Bordeaux estates. In outstanding vintages, valued customers are offered the opportunity to secure a limited quantity of sought-after wines at a special price in advance of bottling and subsequent general release.

On December 3rd, about 200 Tablas Creek wine club members joined Tablas Creek's winemakers at one of two sessions (10:30am or 1:30pm) to taste the 2015 Esprit de Tablas, 2015 Esprit de Tablas Blanc, and 2015 Panoplie from barrel, discuss the vintage, and enjoy a seasonal dish created to pair with the wines. The $30 cost to attend the event was refundable on any en primeur purchase.

Whether or not they attended the tasting, VINsiders may order futures through the week of December 5th at a futures-only 30% discount off release price. For a downloadable/faxable order form, click here.

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. 

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Five Holiday Gift Packages & more

At Tablas Creek, we want to help you celebrate the holiday season in style. We have several ways in which you can give the gift of Tablas Creek, including five special holiday gift packages (on which we include no-charge shipping to any of the 39 states we can ship to), Tablas Creek gift cards, gift VINsider memberships and more.  Shop Holiday Gifts »


Tablas Creek News

Vinous: 28 Wines 90+ Points

In Antonio Galloni's Vinous (Sept. 2016) 28 Tablas wines topped 90 points, including 2014 Esprit Blanc (93), 2013 Panoplie (95), 2014 Patelin de Tablas (91) and 2014 En Gobelet (93). Read the review » More press »

Tablas Creek wins 2016 California Green Medal for Sustainability

The CA Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance awarded Tablas Creek one of four 2016 Green Medals for leadership in sustainability. Our practices »

November Featured Wine: 2012 & 2013 Esprit de Tablas 375ML

Each month we feature a wine showing particularly well and offer it at a 10% discount. November's wine are the half-bottles of 2012 & 2013 Esprit de TablasDetails »


On the Tablas Blog

The Shepherd and His Flock- Q&A with Nathan Stuart

December 1, 2016
By Suphada Rom
Tablas Creek has a thriving animal program that is an essential piece of the organic farming practices here at the vineyard. We are thrilled to welcome Nathan Stuart, who brings years of animal experience to Tablas Creek and who will be managing and expanding the flock alongside additional responsibilities in the vineyard and winery.  Read More »