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Sarah Walter
 
February 7, 2023 | Sarah Walter

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

FRUIT
“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.

TEXTURE
One of the most full-bodied red wines in the world, it coats the palate and has a beautiful silky mouthfeel.

FOOD PAIRING
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.

Time Posted: Feb 7, 2023 at 9:41 AM Permalink to Varinder's First True Love: Syrah Permalink
Anita Sahi
 
October 21, 2021 | Anita Sahi

Fall 2021 | Wine Club Party

 What a blast we had with these very special people: Copia Vineyards club members. Your support and passion for our wine allows us to do what we love every day. And just look at all of your flamenco moves 😍 THANK YOU. 
 

Time Posted: Oct 21, 2021 at 1:10 PM Permalink to Fall 2021 | Wine Club Party Permalink
Sarah Walter
 
June 15, 2021 | Sarah Walter

The Pursuit

SNEAK PEAK. If you’ve joined us for a tasting recently, you’ll have heard us rave about these vineyard designates. As a student of Syrah, Varinder could not be more excited to share these with you. They’re tucked away safely in bottle, available by allocation Spring 2022.

Time Posted: Jun 15, 2021 at 4:33 PM Permalink to The Pursuit Permalink
Sarah Walter
 
March 14, 2021 | Sarah Walter

Bien Nacido Syrah

2020 Syrah • Bien Nacido Vineyard • Santa Maria Valley • This is shaping up to be one of the richest, most concentrated expressions of Syrah this vintage, we can’t wait to bottle it as is #2020 

Time Posted: Mar 14, 2021 at 4:22 PM Permalink to Bien Nacido Syrah Permalink
Sarah Walter
 
March 13, 2021 | Sarah Walter

Two Kids in a Candy Shop

Varinder and Anita looked like two kids heading out to the candy shop this morning #blending  

Time Posted: Mar 13, 2021 at 4:21 PM Permalink to Two Kids in a Candy Shop Permalink
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. 

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Time Posted: Feb 2, 2021 at 10:00 AM Permalink to A perfect wine to start a conversation that can last a lifetime Permalink
Sarah Walter
 
December 9, 2020 | Sarah Walter

Red, White, Or Both!?

We’re here to make your Holiday wishes come true πŸŽ„πŸŽ 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 Permalink to Red, White, Or Both!? Permalink
Sarah Walter
 
November 28, 2020 | Sarah Walter

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 Permalink to Shop Small, Shop Local Permalink
Sarah Walter
 
November 8, 2020 | Sarah Walter

Autumn

Autumn has officially arrived on the Central Coast! Sweaters, scarves and red wine encouraged to stay warm πŸ‚πŸ· 

 

Time Posted: Nov 8, 2020 at 10:43 AM Permalink to Autumn Permalink
Sarah Walter
 
October 31, 2020 | Sarah Walter

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! πŸŽƒ We’re taking the day to relax, drink some wine, eat some chocolate and celebrate the [almost] end of harvest. We’ll be back open tomorrow @ 12pm!

Time Posted: Oct 31, 2020 at 10:40 AM Permalink to Happy Halloween! Permalink
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