We adventured off to the “Far Out” side of Paso Robles to taste at Tablas Creek –http://www.tablascreek.com/. This is one of our favorite wineries…they make really tasty wines! Tablas Creek brings the French Rhone area right here to Paso Robles. The owners are from Chateau de Beaucastel, a winery in the Rhone region of France, and they imported all of their vines from there! They even built greenhouses on their property to graft and multiply the vines here. They make a lot of traditional Rhone blends, both white and red, in an effort to develop more complex and better balanced wines than what some of the single varietals can produce on their own.
Tablas Creek’s flagship wines are the Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc, a white blend of Roussane, Grenache Blanc, and Picpoul Blanc, and the Esprit de Beaucastel, a red blend of Mourvedre, Grenache Noir, Syrah and Counoise. All of their wines are Estate grown, right there on their 120-acre property, and they grow them organically.
The tasting room is casual, with several different counters to spread out and taste at. They have a great staff that knows their stuff…and cool little wine trinkets to browse through while you sip. What a great place…definitely worth the 15 minute drive out of downtown Paso Robles. Check them out!!! Also, be sure to check out the award winning Tablas Creek blog – http://tablascreek.typepad.com/. Lots of great info there!