Our Wines

Sweet Wines

In vintages which allow it, we produce small amounts of sweet wines using the vin de paille process.  This traditional technique begins with laying ripe (but not overripe) bunches of carefully hand-picked grapes on straw to dehydrate in the sun.  When the grapes have reached the desired concentration, they are moved to the cellar, pressed and fermented slowly in oak.  The result is sweet wines with richness, balance, and a freshness unusual among dessert wines. 

We make three different vin de paille-style wines.  Our Vin de Paille is a blend of four white Rhone grapes: Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, and Viognier.  Our 100% Roussanne Vin de Paille "Quintessence" is made from a single barrel of the most intense Roussanne.  And our 100% Mourvèdre Vin de Paille "Sacrérouge" is, we think, the only wine of its kind made anywhere in the world.

Events

Harvest Wine Weekend

October 14th - 16th, 2016
Celebrate Paso Robles Harvest Wine Weekend with Tablas Creek. Join us in the tasting room all weekend for a first look at our flagship Esprit de Tablas wines from the vibrant, powerful 2014 vintage. We will kick off the festival Friday night at McPhee's Grill in Templeton with a four-course, five-wine dinner. For reservations, call us at 805.237.1231 x230 or email events@tablascreek.com. On Saturday, join us in the cellar at Tablas Creek for a series of interactive harvest cellar tours throughout the day. Led by Executive Winemaker Neil Collins, guests will sample wines in various stages of the winemaking process and learn about the 2016 harvest and winemaking at Tablas Creek. Tours will be offered 10:30, 12:00, 2:00 and 3:30 (limited to 20 guests per tour; free to all guests). Details & more events »


Tablas Creek News

Chimney Fire Update

The Chimney Fire is over 85% contained and well to our west; all roads are open to us. Our tasting room is open and harvest proceeding as normal. Cal Fire update » Visiting »

September Featured Wine: 2015 Patelin de Tablas Blanc

Each month we feature a wine showing particularly well and offer it at a 10% discount. September's wine is the juicy 2015 Patelin de Tablas BlancDetails »

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

On the value -- and peril -- of waiting two years for Mourvedre

August 30, 2016
Last month, we hosted a vertical tasting of nearly every Mourvedre we’ve ever made. Mourvedre is our most important grape, the lead grape in the Esprit de Tablas every year, and the grape of which we have the most planted acres, at 27. To put that number in perspective, it accounts for 26% of our 105 planted acres and about 5% of the total Mourvedre acreage in California.  Read More »