We've visited Tablas Creek a half dozen times or so, and have always enjoyed the wine and the experience. On our last visit we were fortunate enough to have Tedde pour for us. She is a delight, and we spent an hour discussing the wines and how best to pair them with food. We purchased a good many of the wines we tasted.
Our favorites include Côtes de Tablas, Panoplie, Esprit de Beaucastel, and Esprit de Beaucastle Blanc.
On a previous visit we toured the vineyard with Deanna, who provided an excellent demonstration on how to graft canes of new grape varieties onto existing vines. Her explanation of how Tablas Creek utilizes the dry farming technique was very interesting.
We very much enjoy the wine offerings at Tablas Creek and there is one caveat to be aware of if you live outside of California and intend to join their wine club. Different states have different laws regarding wine shipped into their state from California. These laws can prevent some wineries from shipping to the end consumer in some states.
One of the loopholes to this is if you purchase wine while you are physically at the tasting room, which allows for a one-time shipment of up to two cases (this is for shipping to Arizona, your state laws may differ). However, this does not work for wine club memberships. On a previous visit to Tablas Creek we had signed a card that should have allowed our wine shipment to be sent. We found out 3 months after our credit card had been charged, that the management at Tablas Creek determined that they could not in fact ship our club wine. Fortunately we found this out just before our most recent visit and were able to sign more documentation to have it shipped. Some wineries understand the wine laws better than others, but our card should never have been charged three months in advance. Fortunately we were able to work it out.
We do recommend you visit Tablas Creek to enjoy the wine and the beautiful property.
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