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Lamb Box Pre-Order (Tablas Creek)- Will Ship Early April

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A 6 lb box that includes Ground, Sausage, Roast, Rack and/or Chops from Tablas Creek, as well as a Larder Spice & Recipe. A note from the winery: One of the goals of Tablas Creek has from the start been to farm organically, both to best express our terroir in our wines and to be the best stewards of the land that we can be. From the moment the Haas and Perrin families purchased the 120 acre property in the Adelaide district of west Paso Robles, now well known as Tablas Creek Vineyard, the vision was clear: to create world class Rhone style wines that are exceptional and unique because of where they are grown. One of the driving factors of this goal has from the start been to farm organically, both to best express our terroir in our wines and to be the best stewards of the land that we can be, to leave the estate in fine shape for the future generations of Haas, Perrin and everyone else. Over time organic farming led us to investigate the mysteries and benefits of Biodynamics, a holistic philosophy that encourages, among other things, fostering biodiversity within your farm. Back in 2012, we purchased 8 Dorper ewes and a Katahdin Ram named Gordy. To protect our precious new charges from coyote and other predators we acquired Fiona the guardian donkey, and eventually added a second donkey (Dottie) and a llama named Carmel. The flock they guard has grown each year, and is currently at 75. In the winter, the sheep work the vineyard rows eating weeds and cover crops, saving tractor time and the fuel that goes with it. Equally important is the fertilizer that the flock produces, lots of it! Once buds have sprouted in the spring, the flock is moved to the areas of the property not under vine, where they clean the dry grasses and woodland under-story, helping to abate fire hazard and keep the property clean. Beyond all of these valuable things we did not anticipate the power of a group of animals to make our guests and ourselves smile and feel happy. Simple pleasures. We move the sheep every two weeks throughout the year, spreading their influence around the property and minimizing overgrazing. When their food gets scarce as we move toward fall, we supplement it with cover crop that we harvested and dried the previous winter. As you might well imagine sheep raised in such surroundings yield delicious meat, our own Dorper/Katahdin cross, raised organically in beautiful west Paso Robles as a part of a diverse vineyard ecosystem.