Wine: Tablas Creek Vineyard 2017 Esprit de Tablas Blanc and 2017 Esprit Rouge

Region: Paso Robles

Taste:  Tablas Creek Vineyard 2017 Esprit de Tablas Blanc $45

This wine smells of romance; fresh white flowers, sugar, spice, and everything nice. It indulges the mouth with an abundance of zests; green apples, citrus, honey, anise, and striking salinity. Delicious

Pairs with: Lobster, rich fish dishes, Asian foods, grilled veggies. Thanksgiving

Grapes: 68% Roussane, 17% Granche Blanc, 7% Picpoul Blanc, 4% Clairette Blanche, 4% Picardan

Notes from the Winery: Roussane provides a richness and firmness, Granche Blanc comes in with green fruit, Picpoul Blanc provides citrus while Clairette Blanche, Picardan adds floral and minerality.

Taste: Tablas Creek Vineyard 2017 Esprit de Tablas (red) $60

This nose on this wine is a whole mood. It makes me want to lie on a bare-skin rug while eating smoked meats (don’t judge me). The wine is medium to full bodied tender and chewy with licorice, chocolate covered cherries flavors and a touch of sweet smoke.

Grapes:  40% Mouvedre, 35% Granache, 20% Syrah, 5% Counoise

Notes from the winery: It combines the meatiness and ageability of Mouvedre and minerality and dark fruit of Syrah, the approachable fruit of Granache and the freshness of Counoise.

Pairs with: Duck, lamb, chili, basil beef

FYI: This is a partnership between the Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel (Rhone Valley, France) and Robert Hass of Vineyard Brands.