On the morning of Monday, December 22nd, a serious earthquake struck California’s Central Coast. Centered near San Simeon, the quake measured 6.5 on the Richter scale. The epicenter was about 10 miles from the vineyard.
Tablas Creek did see some damage, but most importantly none of the Tablas Creek staff was hurt, and the facility is undamaged. The structures (office, winery, nursery) are all intact. We are very fortunate, and will be supporting the other members of the Paso Robles wine community who suffered greater losses.
Our wine library, our already-bottled wines, and the vast majority of the wine in tank and barrel was unaffected. Although several tanks moved up to a few feet from their original positions, none collapsed or were ruptured. We did lose about 30 barrels of various sizes, including one large foudre, but our total loss is between 5% and 10% of the 2002 and 2003 vintages. The loss will not affect the quality of the wine.
The tasting room was remarkably unaffected, with glasses still in place on their shelves, and wine bottles still upright. After a precautionary walk-through from a city engineer, we reopened the tasting room on December 23rd, and had a busy and successful holiday season. We completed our winery cleanup and repair by the end of December. We encourage you to come for a visit; we are open for tours and tastings as normal.
We deeply appreciate the letters, calls, and emails from those of you who have contacted us. Our thoughts go out to those who have suffered greater damage, and we will be working with the other members of our wonderful community to rebuild, and to restore the beautiful downtown district of which we are so proud.
We hope you all had a safe and happy holiday season.
You're invited to join us for a weekend-long Wine Festival celebration Friday, May 20th through Sunday, May 22nd. Friday, we're pouring at the RESERVE event from 4:00-6:30 then hosting a winemaker dinner at Bistro Laurent with wines from Beaucastel and Tablas Creek at 7:00. On Saturday at the Paso Robles downtown park we'll be joining the Paso Robles wine community for the Grand Tasting from 12:00 to 4:00. Sunday at the vineyard we'll have "brunch style" bites starting at 10am and live music with Shawn Clark Family Band from 12:00-3pm.
We were proud to learn that Tablas Creek Partner/GM Jason Haas was voted by his peers the 2015 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year. His father, our founder Robert Haas, wrote this appreciation on our blog.
In Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 220) 15 Tablas wines topped 90 points, including 2014 Esprit de Tablas (93-96), 2013 Panoplie (94-96), and 2014 Panoplie (95-97). Read the review » More press »
April 27, 2016
Think of each plant that's growing in a given plot of land as like a wick, with its roots delving into the soil for available moisture. If we had overabundant water, we might want to leave some surface weeds to keep levels more reasonable. Instead, in our California climate, eliminating competition from grasses and other surface plants is an essential part of our ability to dry farm. Tilling in the cover crop also allows the insects and microorganisms in the soil to start breaking down the surface biomass accumulated during the winter growth into nutrients that the vines will draw from in the coming months. Finally, the loosening of the soil creates an insulating layer at the surface that helps conserve the water deeper down. Read More »