Jun 30, 2016
Jason Haas was the 2015 Paso Robles Wine
Industry Person of the Year. As the GM and a partner in the Tablas
Creek joint venture with the Perrin family of Rhône fame (Château
de Beaucastel is one of the most famed properties in Châteauneuf du
Pape and the family own several other ventures through out
Rhône and Provence), Jason has had an enormous impact on the Paso
Robles region and the wine style there. In addition, he is one
of the most talented writers in the industry – his Tablas
Creek blog has won multiple Wine Blog Awards and is up for another
one in 2016.
This conversation was a culmination of
years of admiration from afar -- I am a huge fan of the Tablas
Creek wines and style. Here are some notes from the show:
- First we talk about the history of
Tablas Creek and how the partnership between the Haas and Perrin
- We talk about the factors involved in
finding a perfect site for the project – soil types,
microclimates, altitudes, etc. and the process they went through to
- We discuss the process Tablas Creek
went through to import the vines from Beaucastel.
- We cover how and when Jason got
involved with Tablas Creek and his hand in carving up Paso Robles
into 11 appellations which happened in 2015.
- We answer the questions: what did and
does make Tablas Creek’s vineyards so unique? and... It is
possible anywhere with the right people and the right winemaking
and growing, or is this a characteristic unique to certain sites
that not all people are cognizant of in CA winemaking?
- We discuss farming: organics,
biodynamics, and dry farming and why Tablas Creek uses all
- We talk about blends, and about the
various tiers of Tablas Creek wine and how Jason and his team
benchmark his brands against California and Rhône wines, and how
they usually stack up.
A great conversation with a California
legend in the making! This is a fascinating look at an
up-and-coming area of California, and it's star