In my last post I mentioned how the gift of some very nice bottles of wine from my son and daughter in law influenced me to up my own wine budget. Around that same time, I received an e-mail from Tablas Creek Vineyards announcing the they had recently inaugurated a couple of new wine club options, that of red only and white only.
Several years ago I belonged to their wine club but canceled. It had nothing to do with their wines, as they are still one of my favorite wineries, but that the prices were going over what I wanted to spend.
Good timing with that e-mail - it was obvious to me that it was time to rejoin their Vinsider's Club, and that's exactly what I did. I'm happy to be back. You can't go wrong with anything from Tablas Creek.
Now wait a minute, in my previous post didn't I say Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays were my favorites? Tablas Creek is known for their Rhone varietals, so what gives? Well, gotta leave room for some variety, right?
A couple of other things I did was to check out an online article by the DailyMeal.com that listed their choices for the 101 best wineries in America, and purchase Jon Bonne's educational and incisive book, The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind a Revolution in Taste.
I must confess, my winery education the past few years has come pretty much from looking at the wine selection at Costco. I was also aware of the established producers but the two sources up there listed a bunch of wineries that I'd never heard of before. I made a list for further exploration and eagerly went at it, looking at the producers web sites, tasting notes on Cellar Tracker and whatever articles came up in my Google results.
I came up with a pretty good list of suspects.
More next time.