805-296-3000
Cart 0 items: $0.00

NEWS

Sarah Boone
 
March 1, 2021 | Sarah Boone

Inspired Citizen | Anthony Berklich

 
A BOUTIQUE VINEYARD THAT TAKES THE CAKE FOR 2021 

FOOD  | NOVEMBER 16, 2020

Copia Vineyards, owned by Varinder and Anita Sahi, is a dynamite operation on California’s Central Coast – putting forth a small but stunning variety of wines into a market ready to receive them. In the span of five years, Copia Vineyards has made a big name for itself and its wines have won innumerable awards. Their poetic approach to winemaking and their operation through the lens of gratitude is obvious, setting forth a clear path to success now and in the future. Anita and Varinder’s journey together began in 2015 so, if success has reached them so soon, there’s no telling what the future holds. I recently had the privilege to taste some of their offerings as was completely blown away with their product. 
Copia established their Copia Estate Vineyard in 2019 but have been sourcing their grapes from some of the area’s top grape growing properties, 12 of them in fact. The varying microclimates and elevations of vineyards in the paso Robles area as well as Santa Barbara County create nuances that are unique to Copia wines. There’s something about Anita and Varinder’s selection, along with their hospitality manager, Sarah Boone, that have made this wine-making moment blossom for them. The Copia Estate Vineyard is planted with Syrah, Grenache, Mourvédre, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot. Their other vineyard partners offer grapes cultivated in unique growing conditions that add to the complexity of all Copia wines. 
 
I received the following wines from Copia, and fell in love with every single one of them. Below are the wines and my thoughts on the product.

 

Copia 2017 “The Story”
The Story is a Grenache-dominated blend with grapes hailing from the Willow Creek District of Paso Robles. In this wine, from the terroir, you will taste oceanic influences from the Pacific as well as juicy notes and minerality that make for an incredible flavor. The taste is sweet and spicy and incredibly smooth. The wine is full-bodied with ripe red fruit and tart berry. This wine is fabulous on its own or with food. The wine is typically rested for 20 months before release and is derived from grapes picked in September and October. 

 

Copia 2017 “The Cure”
The Cure is Copia’s take on the Rhône’s classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The grape varietals, mainly Grenache and Syrah, are grown in the Central Coast’s Edna Valley, Willow Creek District and Santa Barbara County. Following traditional Rhônes, cassis will perfume the glass and flavors of chocolate, spice and slight wood might be noticed with a smooth finish. You might also taste elements of pepper, blackberry and deep red fruits as you sip this. I absolutely fell in love with this wine on its own without anything needing to be paired. 

 

Copia 2017 “The Source”
An elegant wine composed of 90% Syrah, The Source comes to life from the area’s cool climate which brings out spice and earthiness, while still remaining very drinkable on its own. Wine lovers will notice notes of white pepper and incense, while tasting firmly, dark red fruit without a jammy flavor. This is the perfect wine for a fatty red meat like lamb or duck. 

 

Copia 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
I love Cab…and this one stunned me. Composed of grapes from the warmer Santa Ynez Valley’s “Happy Canyon”. This wine is incredibly drinkable and elegant, rich and silky – with notes of tobacco and blue fruits. What you might notice here is a full body, yet a soft and easy wine that is perfect on its own or with food. This is my favorite cab I have tried this year – hands down. 

 

After experiencing Copia Vineyard’s offerings and seeing their true dedication and understanding of the art of winemaking, I am truly astounded by what they’ve done in such a short time and am excited for the future. The family and small team here are passionate about what they do and, it seems, were drawn to Paso Robles from the Midwest with a higher purpose in mind. Their wines are not just loved by me, but are rated incredibly high by publications like Wine Enthusiast and Connoisseur’s Guide.
 
Wine lovers can visit Copia Vineyards for a tasting or even a stay. They offer tastings in their tasting room and overnight stays in the Willow Creek District area of Paso Robles at their guesthouse. For TRUE red wine lovers – this is a vineyard and winemaking operation that must be on your 2020-2021 bucket list. Now is the time to go before the secret is out – the wines are just THAT good.
 

 

Time Posted: Mar 1, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Anita Sahi
 
February 2, 2021 | Anita Sahi

A perfect wine to start a conversation that can last a lifetime

Cheers to Anita and Varinder Sahi's First Meeting!

Can wine save a first date?

 

Do all great love stories start with long walks on the beach or rides into the sunset? Certainly not.

It's no surprise that for Varinder and I, it started with great wine. Years ago we met for a low-committal brunch date. You know that date, right? It’s the one you set up with someone that allows you an “easy out” if it’s not working out. Where did we meet? Well, I exercised my home field advantage and made him drive the three plus hours from Indianapolis to Chicago. This is the city of my birth. I grew up here, studied here, made all my first mistakes here and got my first real job here. After an 8-year stint in New York working at world-renowned restaurants, I was back where I started. The restaurant I chose had an impressive dining room and a focus on seasonal, local ingredients. The Kitchen American Bistro sat right off of the Chicago River in the heart of the city's bustling River North district. I felt pretty confident in my ability to shine during a first meeting in this cozy, sun-drenched room. I wore my nice boots that made me stand 6 feet tall, perhaps in an attempt to test his confidence. Only a little bit of annoyance came to the surface when he arrived late, perhaps to test my patience or the lack thereof.

In our three brief conversations before this initial meeting, we both agreed to "take it slow" and "keep it simple." Brunch was simple, wasn't it? It's just French press coffee, Quiche Lorraines, a little light conversation and nothing more. Despite this collective decision, or hope rather, for casualness and simplicty, it didn't feel very "simple." I was looking at Varinder, a very sharply dressed Varinder, proceed to motor mouth his way through the first fifteen minutes of the date. I think I was able to say, "Hi, it's so nice to meet you," before he started responding to imaginary interview questions. Part of me was concerned. The other part was thoroughly amused at his nervous behavior. I'm actually a trained journalist, so I very well could have interviewed him. In a way, this was so easy, you know, not actually having to ask any questions. Finally, there was break in the conversation. "Maybe he ran out of breath," I thought. Varinder excused himself to the restroom, presumably to slap himself silent. I laughed out loud at the palpable awkwardness, motioned for our server and promptly ordered glasses of rosé!

"Quiche is nice," I remember thinking, "But this date needs wine."

He came back refreshed after his one-on-one conversation with the bathroom mirror. Then, he started to ask me some questions! It appeared it was my turn to chatter nervously. The rosé was from Provence - a delightful blend that was mostly Grenache and we were enjoying it. The nerves faded and something amazing was happening. Neither one of us wanted the conversation to end. That wine, dancing with its delicate pink hue and fresh berries on the palate, was all but telling us, "Hey, don't take it all so seriously. Have fun." That wine, in that moment, transformed what could have been a one hour first meeting, into a 12-hour first date. And we're still talking about that day and all the others that followed. 

I'd like to salute all you lovers out there this Valentine's Day. However your story together started, I'm hoping you're relishing the funny moments and that somewhere in that journey, there was a little wine.

Cheers to more wine,
less awkward first dates,
and that eventual walk on the beach,

Anita Sahi

 

​2019 COPIA VINEYARDS ROSE

Rosé is more than an afterthought for us, it is something to celebrate a year’s worth of hard work. We start by selecting and tending premium vineyard sites and end with gorgeous juice from all the vineyards in your glass. Tangy raspberry aromas abound and dance with a light floral nose. An underlying savory note of white pepper finishes with a watermelon-like refreshing palate. A vibrant and food-friendly wine to share with your special love. 

$20 
SPECIALLY PRICED FOR VALENTINE'S DAY

SHIPPING INCLUDED ON ORDERS OF 3+ BOTTLES

ORDER BY FEB 7 FOR DELIVERY BY FEB 14.
  • order by feb 7 for delivery by feb 14
  • shipping offer applies on UPS ground orders only
  • cannot be combined with any other offer or discount
     

SHOP ROSE

PROMO CODE: VDAY & select UPS Ground shipping


QUESTIONS? CALL 805.296.3000 OR EMAIL US AT TASTINGROOM@COPIAVINEYARDS.COM
Time Posted: Feb 2, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Sarah Boone
 
December 9, 2020 | Sarah Boone

Red, White, Or Both!?

We’re here to make your Holiday wishes come true 🎄🎁 Order wine for pick-up or shipping, complete the experience by adding on a customized virtual tasting! 

Send Wine As A Gift

Time Posted: Dec 9, 2020 at 11:31 AM
Sarah Boone
 
December 6, 2020 | Sarah Boone

"Every sunset brings promise of a new dawn”

Well folks, the tasting room is open until 5pm today, then we’re taking the rest of 2020 VIRTUAL! All our wines are available for purchase through our website. Looking for more? Send us a message to schedule your very own virtual tasting or customize the perfect gift. We’ll see you on the flip side!

 

Time Posted: Dec 6, 2020 at 11:27 AM
Sarah Boone
 
November 28, 2020 | Sarah Boone

Shop Small, Shop Local

We're here to help keep your glass full on this small business Saturday! 

Time Posted: Nov 28, 2020 at 1:59 PM
Sarah Boone
 
November 24, 2020 | Sarah Boone

Rhone at Home

We’re excited to #rhoneathome with this Copia Grenache vertical on Thursday for Thanksgiving! Call us at 805.296.3000 to place an order for pick-up on Wednesday, we’re here for you and your last minute wine needs!

Time Posted: Nov 24, 2020 at 5:29 PM
Sarah Boone
 
November 21, 2020 | Sarah Boone

Cover Crop

Grass, barley and peas planted in between the vines 🌾 These nitrogen rich cover crops will pop up in the Spring to help with erosion, improve biodiversity, and saturate the soil with organic nutrients 

Time Posted: Nov 21, 2020 at 5:27 PM
Sarah Boone
 
November 18, 2020 | Sarah Boone

Cozy Nights

Cozy winter nights demand a glass of something red 🍷 We’re down to the last few cases of our 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon. Lush. Layered. Sexy. Join our club to get your hands on a bottle!

Time Posted: Nov 18, 2020 at 5:25 PM
Sarah Boone
 
November 14, 2020 | Sarah Boone

Holiday Gifting

Do you have any oenophiles in your life? 🍷 Sign a loved one up to receive a special wine club selection, send a gift card or let us create the perfect gift box for the Holidays. Send us a message with your gifting requests, no matter how big or small! 🎁 #copiavineyards

Time Posted: Nov 14, 2020 at 5:24 PM
Sarah Boone
 
November 10, 2020 | Sarah Boone

Thanks and Giving 🍂

I have begun to UNDERSTAND that business and life have a lot in common with a HUG.

The best way to get a good one
is first to GIVE one.     

- DANNY MEYER, "SETTING THE TABLE"

If you know anything about Copia Vineyards, you know that we are passionate about HOSPITALITY. It is at the very core of who we are. The story that is told around the bottle is just as important as the story that is contained within the bottle. That is what makes for the best days and nights. That is what makes the memories. 

We credit hospitality greats, like Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality Group in New York, with inspiration to make each and every experience a memorable one. Pages out of his playbook for success, Setting the Table, remind us of two recurring philosophies that we employ all the time:
 
#1 Never forget to "surprise and delight."
Connecting on a very genuine level with our guests, friends and family is what allows us to create those fond memories around a tasting table. For example, if our guests appreciate travel, we may craft a global-themed menu from their favorite regions.
 
#2 Customize each and every experience.
It can be something as small as personalized menus or place cards, but we hold a lot of value in making everyone at our table feel special.

As we round the corner of 2020, it's worth remembering all the things that bring people joy. For us, that includes a table full of goodies and some lovely wines to set your holiday table right. Whether you're hosting your own Thanksgiving holiday dinner or need to send a gift to a loved one, here are two specially priced holiday pairings that are sure to please everyone on your list.
 

 

 

 

GRENACHE VERTICAL
Laden with juicy, ripe red fruit, Grenache is a perfect pairing for all your festive holiday meals!

In this holiday duo:
2016 The Pope Grenache
2017 The Story Grenache

$111
club price: $92
inclusive of UPS ground shipping
club members log in for special rates


SHOP NOW

 

 
WHITE + GRENACHE DUO
A full, floral and citrusy white to start with the ever versatile red grenache to follow: it's a perfect pair from start to finish.

In this holiday duo:
2018 Grenache Blanc | Viognier White
2017 The Story Grenache

$99 
club price: $82
inclusive of UPS ground shipping
club members log in for special rates


SHOP NOW

 

Finally, we wanted to thank you for your continuous support through this ever-changing year; whether you have visited us or purchased wine online, we are so very grateful!

If you asked us back in March if we thought we would be navigating outdoor tastings in November, our answer would have been no. But here we are, embracing it and continuing to share our journey with you. We are still taking every step and precaution to keep you safe, including continuing to follow local and state guidelines by conducting all experiences outside.

We hope you make Copia part of your itinerary. Make a reservation, check the weather, bring a jacket and we'll take care of the rest!

Cheers to you and yours this holiday season,

Sarah Boone
Hospitality Manager

Private Wine Tasting Experience · by reservation only 
There's just something about this place! We invite you to see what makes it so special. Embark on a short (5-10 minute) drive from downtown into the countryside and rolling hills of the west side of Paso Robles wine country. Admire the breathtaking panoramic views of the land that made us fall in love with Paso. A private, in-depth experience with our hospitality team awaits you!

Downtown Wine Tasting · by reservation only, walk-ins welcome based on availability
We can't wait to share our wines and story with you! Our tasting room is located in the heart of downtown Paso Robles. 
Currently, we are conducting tastings at our outdoor seating area. We are excited to share our latest release with you, including a flight of 5 wines; a White, Rosé and 3 Rhône style red wines. 
 

 

LOOKING FOR A CUSTOM TASTING
OR CORPORATE GIFT?

We are happy to assist you with custom orders and virtual experiences.

CONTACT US WITH YOUR REQUEST

 

Time Posted: Nov 10, 2020 at 11:25 AM
Recent Posts
Blog Categories
Menu