Varinder's First True Love: Syrah
This month, love is in the air. After all, Valentine’s Day and National Syrah Day are just around the corner!
If you’ve been following us, you’ll remember the tale of Anita and Varinder’s first date. It’s our favorite story to share, especially around this time of year.
Today, we’re rewinding to a time before that fateful first date in 2015. We’re going way back to talk about Varinder’s first true love: SYRAH.
Bold, sexy, dramatic, full-bodied, spicy. It’s all the things one could hope for in a first love.
For Copia, Syrah is much more than a varietal. It is a calling. For Varinder, a twin-sign Gemini through and through, Syrah’s dichotemy, it’s dual nature, is what makes it a muse for him. It’s a wine that punches with power and spicy boldness, and flirts with fruit and florality all at once. This is the varietal that spoke to Anita and Varinder when they first visited Paso Robles Wine Country in 2015. It’s the varietal that continues to be the source of their inspiration, particularly in our flagship wine, The Source. Their love of Syrah inspired them to seek out the best vineyards to produce a collection of singular 100% Syrah wines. Learn more.
MORE ON SYRAH
Originating in the Rhone Valley of France, Syrah brings with it a rich, sometimes meaty expression. It is the most widely planted varietal in Australia where they call it Shiraz. Here in Paso Robles, Syrah has been crowned the king, and for good reason. The calcareous soil types in Paso Robles are rare in the rest of California — especially the limestone containing ancient seabeds found in our own Willow Creek and Adelaida Estates. While the soil stresses the vines (in a good way), the breeze off of the Pacific Ocean work to moderate our daytime heat. Cool mornings and nights (diurnal temperature shift) allow for the grapes to hang onto their acidity and aromatics. Our long growing season coupled with all of these growing conditions make for some of the finest examples of Syrah in the world. We feel lucky and proud to be stewards of a land that can reflect such a unique sense of place for our Syrah.
Syrah’s broody black color in the glass only foreshadows all of its complexity and nuance.
THE CHARACTERISTICS OF SYRAH
“Black and blue.” Juicy blackberry and blueberry aroma on the nose.
FLORAL AND HERB
Herbes de Provence (fennel, lavender, thyme), violet.
SAVORY, SPICE AND MORE
Black olive, peppercorn (green and black), clove, bacon fat, chocolate, smoke, tobacco.
One of the most full-bodied red wines in the world, it coats the palate and has a beautiful silky mouthfeel.
Syrah pairs well with bold foods like grilled lamb chops, goat curry, game meat and prawn paella, a peppery barbeque or a cheeseburger. Try pairing it with dishes that contain Herbes de Provence, or aged cheeses like a 5-year Gouda.
Happy New Year, Copia Family!
Club Party + Pre-release of 2020s
Do we love a good party or what?
Harvest 2022: Fast and Furious
- 75% of harvest happens in September (a FIRST for many),
- You’re setting up a new crush line at the height of harvest and your cluster conveyor sends grapes flying everywhere, and
- Your hoses are just a little too short and your days are just a little too long?
Hosting You + A Growing Team
Copia's Love Affair with Cheese
2019 The Story (Grenache)
pairs with Ossau-Iraty
2019 The Cure (G-S-M)
pairs with Cave-Aged Gruyere
2019 The Source (Syrah)
pairs with 5-Year Aged Gouda, Artikaas
Tandoori Shrimp | Recipe by Anita and Varinder Sahi
There is nothing quite as satifying as the traditional Indian method of cooking clay vessel called a Tandoor. What results are delectable, tangy morsels of meat and seafood or pillowy naan breads and rotis. Proteins are marinated (usually in yogurt) and cooked quickly at a very high temperature. In this recipe, we show you how to achieve a similar dish using jumbo shrimp and your BBQ grill. While yogurt and shrimp might seem like an unlikely pairing, it has a very specific role in this preparation. The yogurt is not only a great base for all the spices blended into it, but it also cooks down to a light crust on each shrimp when grilled. This is always a crowd pleaser at our dinner parties. We typically serve it as an appetizer, however, add a little basmati rice and you have a marvelous entrée.
Game Meat and Prawn Paella | Recipe by Chef Rachel Ponce
Fall 2021 | Wine Club Party
Indian Women in Wine Blaze a Trail in California
Local Journalist Mira Advani Honeycutt meets six women of Indian descent who are making a mark in an industry dominated by men. We're honored to have our own Anita Sahi profiled among such a distinguished group of female trailblazers!
Excerpt: "ANITA SAHI, Proprietor/General Manager, Copia Vineyards, Paso Robles
Born and raised in the Chicago area, Anita Kothari was drawn to all things culinary at a young age. From her stints in television and with public relations firms, she transitioned to the restaurant industry working with such luminaries as New ork’s restaurateur Drew Nierporent where her true wine education began, helping her to develop a sophisticated palate. “To be able to orchestrate dinners using a Wine Spectator Grand Award winning wine cellar that is 20,000-plus bottles deep was a privilege,” recalled Anita."
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