Well, we’ll say a little something about the wine but I think there’s a bigger thing at play that is not discussed enough. So, about the wine…it’s awesome. We love Rhone wines and Tablas Creek is producing some absolutely amazing Rhone wines. Annie and I love Rhone whites (reds too but man, those whites are amazing) and Tablas produces quite an extensive list of white wines such as: Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc, and Marsanne, just some of the Rhone whites, while they also make Vermentino and Chardonnay which are non-Rhone wines.
To be a complete Tablas Creek whore for a second, I’ve never had a white wine of theirs that I did not like. There…I said it. Oh, and they also make a kick ass Rose, can’t leave that one out. In addition to all this liquid candy they also have a pretty eclectic group of red wines that they mess with but I’m not going to tell you anymore about the wine, I figure you can handle that on your own if you’re man, or woman, enough to do so.
The Real Scoop on Tablas Creek
Here’s the real story…Tablas Creek gets it! What do they get? They understand how important the customer experience is and they rock the Rhone out of it. Their tasting room is laid out well with roughly four places to taste wine, it doesn’t make you feel cramped with other people. The atmosphere is awesome and the gentleman that poured for us (David) was perfect! He didn’t over engage or under engage, he explained things in a professional but fun manner, and he seemed as interested in talking with us as we were with chatting with him.
There is a wide variety of service we all encounter everyday…from horrific to just a little bit bad to “it was alright” to spectacular…David was spectacular. I even mentioned to Annie that I feel like it had been a while since we had one of “those wine experiences”. I’m not knocking anyone else, but let us remember that every time there is a customer in front of you it is a time in which you can exceed expectation, meet expectation, or not even give a damn. It’s been over a year and a half since we’ve been to Tablas Creek, but prior to that lapse we’ve been there at least four or five times…every one of those visits was memorable not just for the wine but for the quality in which they interact with their customers.
Recap: Yes, the wine is really good in our opinion. Yes, the new facility is beautiful. Yes, the scenery is amazing with its typical Paso Robles rolling hills and green vineyards. However, we’ve been to other wineries with all that and we don’t necessarily go back. We go back to Tablas Creek because the people have treated us like they care, and David (the man that poured for us) did not know who we were or that we write about wine and all that…he just did his job like he has every other time.
Way to go David, thanks again for a great experience and thanks to Tablas for creating that culture out there. Cheers!
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