Tablas Creek Vineyards Wine Dinner!
These wines are off the chain!
"Tablas Creek is the realization of the combined efforts of two of the international wine community's leading families, the Perrin family, proprietors of Château de Beaucastel, and Robert Haas, founder of Vineyard Brands. They had since the 1970s believed the California climate to be ideal for planting Rhône varietal grapes. In 1987, they began the lengthy process of creating a Châteauneuf-du-Pape style vineyard from scratch in the New World. The Tablas Creek Vineyard Partnership was born, with the Perrin and Haas families as majority partners, and French and American wine loving friends as minority partners." http://www.tablascreek.com/
That's them talking. To me Tablas is a quintessential American winery paying homage to the Rhone in all the right ways. The place is an incubator for what's great in US winemaking!
The wines are all rated crazy high by Mr. Parker.
green tomatoes, red tomatoes, buttermilk dressing
Tablas Creek Vineyard, Cotes de Tablas blanc, 2007
white bean and lobster soup with buttery bread crumbs
Esprit de Beaucastel blanc, 2007
duck choucroute garni
Cotes de Tablas rouge, 2006
American lamb with caponata and polenta
Esprit de Beaucastel rouge, 2006
vin de paille blanc, Quintessence, 2005
$100 per person
tax and gratuity not included