While Tablas Creek’s owners’ shared commitment to sustainable practices is commendable, the wines and experience of a visit to Tablas Creek should not be overlooked. As a successful working winery, those who visit have an opportunity to learn about grape growing and winemaking with a front seat view. “There is still a lot of unnecessary mystery about how wine is made and what wineries really do, and we try to demystify whenever we can.” Haas said. Upon entering the tasting room, you will notice the chalkboard which displays the wines currently being poured. There are daily tours at 10:30am and 2pm where you can see all the action of Tablas Creek first hand. You will also see the winery animals at their current grazing location. If you are interested in a custom look at the vineyard and the operations therein, you can set up a private tour. Be it through a vineyard tour, looking in on the cellar from the tasting room or speaking with an employee in the tasting room, you are sure to learn something while enjoying the outstanding wines Tablas Creek has to offer. While every year produces wine to be proud of, Haas also shares his excitement over their 2011 vintage. The unique circumstances that year, with a frost and extended cold, 2011 brought low yields but unexpectedly bright and acidic fruit. This is a combination that has not happened before, Haas eagerly explains. While many of the favorite wines from the 2011 vintage have sold out, several great options are still available for sale. Haas is also quick to mention that the 2012 vintage will see many of the 2011 popular wines return, in addition to some new wines. The 2012 vintage will see a Viogner for the first time in 6 or 7 years. He also expects the 2012 vintage to be a good one for Grenache and Grenache Blanc. For a closer look at all that Tablas Creek Winery has to offer, stop by and tour the gorgeous vineyard, taste the award-winning wines and soak up how good sustainability can be. 14
THE WINEPRESS MAGAZINE SPRING 2013
We expected to
see benefits from biodynamic techniques in the future but we were really shocked to see the short term benefits.
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