…conservation of land and conservation of people frequently go hand in hand. Eleanor Roosevelt
I recently visited Tablas Creek Winery, where I met up with Jason Haas. He is a very gracious man, and he was very kind to take me on a tour of the grounds and discuss vines, soil health, compost, maps, and of course the wines.
I was super excited knowing that I was going to spend time with Jason, he is very articulate, and very knowledgeable about soils, microclimates that effect the vines, vines, soil, managing the soils, compost, and wine. I was lucky enough to hear him speak about Paso Robles and the climate sister of Rhone area of France. I wish he had a lecture series, I would attend each of them!
This was my first time visiting the winery. Once I was near the door I was greeted by water bottles that are on ice. The winery has fill up stations so no plastic bottles are brought on the grounds.
I must say I just loved the layout of the tasting room. A tasting area is set up right in the front a glass where everyone can see the giant barrels. The barrels are really beautiful.
The selection of gifts they offer in the tasting room is nice too, because it is different. One thing that humorously caught my eye was a copy of “This is Paris”, which is a children’s book, and one that my children loved. We still have the book…I may have giggled out loud when I saw the book on the shelf.
After Jason and I met in the tasting room, we went outside for a walk in the vineyards. As we walked and talked, I took a few photographs of how lovely it is out there in the vineyard.
During the winter they have sheep and llama that go through the vineyards and munch on the cover crops and kindly give back to the earth as they work/enjoy their day.
All the compost is collected in one area, and they utilize their own compost.
Really, the photo doesn’t do it justice. It really is a large pile. Tablas Creek has crops for all the employees. Their philosophy of doing right by the employees is fantastic. Even the employees that work the land are kept on throughout the year so that they always have job.
They don’t just grow grapes, they also grow olives, and a variety of flowers for the bees. Having other crops on the property not only help the animals, but the land itself. More bees, and more diversity in the other insects and animals are all aspects that contribute to a more sustainable “farm”. It’s a beautiful thing!
The wines are delectable! Here are the wines I tasted..
Patelin de Tablas 18 The strawberries and white blossoms keep you coming back for more “nose in the glass”. The aromas are captivating and uplighting…I could just smell this all day long! The acidity is crisp and has a velvety mouthfeel. This is a food friendly wine, and belongs in my summer picnic basket.
Esprit de Tablas 2016 Blended with Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah, and Counoise, the smell of rich earthiness, tabacco and leather with mineral notes. The fruit is luscious black fruit, cranberries, and some violets.
Esprit de Tables Blanc 2016 is a blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul. Herb de Provence is the best description of the aromas lofting out of the glass. The medium plus body has a little oily texture with some racy acidity. The flavor of apricots, apples and peaches will remind you home in the summer.
Get over to the winery and have a great time. It’s not only beautiful and has delicious wines to offer, but they are taking care of the land they occupy.