VINsider News & Updates

Spring 2017 VINsider Shipment

We are pleased to announce the Spring 2017 VINsider Club shipment, highlighted by the 2014 Panoplie. It also includes our luscious dry Dianthus rosé, plus four small-production single-varietal bottlings. The Classic Mix is below; information on the red-only and white-only shipments is on our club shipments page.

  • 1 bottle of Panoplie 2014 (Our elite wine made from our most compelling lots, based on Mourvedre; 94-96 points, Wine Advocate, "purity and elegance"; 93-95 points, Vinous)
  • 1 bottle of Syrah 2014 (Our varietal bottling of the Rhone's most influential grape; 91 points Wine Advocate and 92 points Vinous)
  • 1 bottle of Tannat 2014 (The intensely structured, smoky grape that we introduced into California; 92 points Vinous, "the finest example of this variety that I have had from the New World")
  • 1 bottle of Dianthus 2016 (Our rich, vibrant Mourvedre-based dry rosé that received 92 point ratings from Vinous last year)
  • 1 bottle of Vermentino 2016 (The zesty, mineral-laced bottling of Sardinia's best-known white grape, perfect for spring)
  • 1 bottle of Roussanne 2015 (A varietal bottling of our most important white grape, rich, honeyed and luscious yet vibrant; 91 Vinous)
  • 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, such as updating your shipping address (an adult signature is required) or providing 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 $213.60, 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 is now available.  Shipped shipments went out (unless you made other arrangements) the week of March 20th.  

Annual Barrel Tasting and En Primeur Offering

Each year, wine club members are invited to join Tablas Creek's winemakers for our annual barrel tasting and sale en primeur of Tablas Creek's top wines from the most recent vintage. Offering wine en primeur is a time-honored French tradition most often associated with first-growth Bordeaux estates. 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.

To see the VINsider en primeur 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 2017

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 for our fall 2016 offer 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 2017 should upgrade their membership.  We hope to be able to add members in advance of the fall 2017 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

Esprit de Tablas/Beaucastel Vertical Tasting

Aug 27th, 2017, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
One of the highlights of our year is the day when we taste back through all the back vintages of the red Esprit de Beaucastel/Tablas. (We’ve written up the results of these tastings for our blog most recently in 2014) We are excited to open up this opportunity to our fans. Taste eight vintages of Esprit de Beaucastel and Esprit de Tablas, from our first-ever 2000 to our newly-bottled 2015, and discuss the wine's development over time. We'll conclude the event with a lunch, during which we'll share another recent Esprit vintage.

Seats at this unique opportunity are $80 for VINsiders and $105 for guests, and the event will be limited to 75 people. To reserve, contact our events team at events@tablascreek.com or 805.237.1231 x236.


Tablas Creek News

We can now ship to AZ!

We are excited that we have received our shipping permit for the great state of Arizona. Arizonans can now order wine or join our wine clubMore shipping 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 »


On the Tablas Blog

43" Of Rain: The Good, The Bad, and What It Means for the 2017 Vintage

June 15, 2017
By Jordan Lonborg
As of now I am sure you are all aware of the phenomenal winter we experienced in California. The snow pack in the Sierras is record setting. Lakes and reservoirs are at capacity in the northern two-thirds of the state. Mammoth Mountain is expecting to be open through July (and possibly the entire year). Lastly, our beloved Senior Assistant Winemaker, Chelsea Franchi, will reach her personal goal of skiing 40 days this season (you read that right) even as a weekend warrior. Read More »