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Tablas Creek

I know a few folks out there must be scratching their heads over my choice of Vieux Télégraphe thinking, “Why not Beaucastel?”

Price aside (Beaucastel Blanc is getting really pricey!) I couldn’t include Beaucastel and Tablas Creek, now could I?

Tablas Creek is the American venture of the Perrin family (of Beaucastel fame), featuring premium Rhône varietal wines grown in Paso Robles, California. While not the first to produce these wines, Tablas Creek is doing more to promote them and disseminate information about the way vines grow in California than just about anybody else out there. The Tablas Creek website is a wealth of information about the grapes and their wines, which tend to be particularly rich and aromatic.

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  • Being a numbers guy, I'm just mildly interested in the total # of this sampling that you were able to cull down to 10. So how many did you taste? Texas seems to have a problem with distribution so I will need more friends in NY and CA who are willing to ship me some "vinegar" from time to time! For the time being I am enjoying the local stuff.

    Apr 05, 2012 at 2:42 PM


  • Lots of imports and bigger guys. We just had the Domestic Rhone Rangers event where over a hundred producers, mostly small, poured. All of us ship wine :) Perhaps you will get around to us sometime? :)
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richa...

    Apr 05, 2012 at 3:42 PM


  • I live in Oregon and absolutely love the Viognier and Grenache Blanc at Dobbes Family Estate. I think the Viognier is the best I've ever had and it is really cool that Joe Dobbes is the only winemaker in the state who is currently selling a 100% Grenache Blanc. It is always refreshing to try something unique. I wish I'd seen Oregon represented on the list above.

    Apr 06, 2012 at 12:31 PM


  • Texas is actually the best place to grow and vinify Viognier with Double Gold Medal Winners from Texas Wineries like Becker's, Lone Oak, Brennan's, McPherson, just to name a few. Andrea Imner named Becker Viognier the best Viogner she has tasted. This reaises the question, Why were Texas' great Viogniers not on the list? Is it an oversight or a bias?

    Apr 06, 2012 at 10:31 PM


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