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Sarah Boone
March 1, 2021 | Sarah Boone

Inspired Citizen | Anthony Berklich


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.


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Sarah Boone
August 17, 2020 | Sarah Boone

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

Our 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon has been shining in the spotlight lately! Have you tried our dry-aged ribeye steak recipe? 
@wineenthusiast • 95 points & picked as one of the top-rated, all-American Cabernets
@jebdunnuck • 94 points

Time Posted: Aug 17, 2020 at 1:13 PM Permalink to 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Permalink
Sarah Boone
June 8, 2020 | Sarah Boone

I Like This Grape

Copia Vineyards is a tale of a young couple who left successful careers in engineering and journalism to follow their love, passion and ambition for wine. Not only did Anita and Varinder not grow up in wine, but they grew up without wine. Meet Copia Vineyards.

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Time Posted: Jun 8, 2020 at 10:00 AM Permalink to I Like This Grape Permalink
Sarah Boone
March 11, 2020 | Sarah Boone

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

2017 The Source

90% Syrah, 10% Grenache. As much as we enjoy revisiting the wines of proven producers each year, the discovery of talented new ones is equally satisfying, and Copia’s inaugural appearance in the pages of Connoisseurs’ Guide is an auspicious one to say the least. “The Source” is a very well-made Syrah that leads with abundant, very deep, optimally ripened, blackberry fruit, and, as it unfolds, its variety’s mildly meaty, slightly peppery traits appear as does a judicious dollop of enriching oak. It is big and balanced with a very long finish, and it is structured to age wonderfully for five or more years. - 92 Points

2017 The Cure

47% Grenache; 30% Syrah; 19% Mourvèdre; 2% Roussanne; 2% Grenache Blanc. Rhône blends are often more than just the sum of the parts. They seem, at times, to reach beyond their bits and achieve unique synergy in France, Australia and more recently here in California. With a darker color than Grenache alone can achieve to its deeper level of extracted fruit, this rich, ripe bottling combines red berry notes with hints of loam, spice and the lifting presence of creamy oak. It does not demand long aging but is capable of holding for a half-decade. - 91 Points

Time Posted: Mar 11, 2020 at 12:49 PM Permalink to Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine Permalink
Sarah Boone
February 7, 2020 | Sarah Boone

Paso Robles: A Wine Community Unlike Any Other

"Newcomers Anita and Varinder Sahi of Copia Vineyards and Winery say they were drawn to the region by the character of its winemaking community. “It’s Paso’s biggest advantage,” says Anita, “and there is no other place like it.” After time spent in Paso as students and then interning at a local winery, the couple put down roots and purchased a property in 2017. The support and encouragement of their new neighbors has been heartwarming for the Sahis. “Winemakers here have a maverick spirit, take their craft — but not themselves — too seriously, and have hearts of gold,” she says. “Everyone is supportive of one another and knows that if each individual succeeds, then this very special wine region will continue to succeed.” " - Lisa Denning, Grape Collective


Time Posted: Feb 7, 2020 at 12:28 PM Permalink to Paso Robles: A Wine Community Unlike Any Other Permalink
Sarah Boone
December 18, 2019 | Sarah Boone

Exploring the Enclaves

"A cluster of tasting rooms lines the busy 13th Street stretch. Copia’s outstanding Rhône-inspired wines are produced by the winemaking team of Anita Kothari and Varinder Sahi. At this contemporary designed lounge, a five-wine lineup is offered with or without cheese and charcuterie."


Time Posted: Dec 18, 2019 at 3:26 PM Permalink to Exploring the Enclaves Permalink
Sarah Boone
December 1, 2019 | Sarah Boone


"It’s been dubbed, “tasting nirvana” and “one not to miss” while being named America’s Best Wine Festival by USA Today. The Paso Robles-based Garagiste Festival continues to hold this status and more."


Time Posted: Dec 1, 2019 at 3:21 PM Permalink to PASO ROCKS WITH THE 9TH ANNUAL GARAGISTE FESTIVAL Permalink
Sarah Boone
September 29, 2019 | Sarah Boone

International Grenache Day

"At the walkabout tasting I discovered a newcomer to Paso, Anita Kothari, who along with her partner Varinder Sahi acquired Copia Vineyards from its previous owners Michael and Andrea Dewitt. Wines produced from their Willow Creek district property on Paso’s westside were well structured and complex and are offered through Copia’s tasting room at Paso Underground downtown.

Kothari poured a vibrant 2017 grenache blanc, melodious with citrus and pineapple notes; the 2016 The Blend, a deep-hued GSM lush with violets, blackberry and lavender; and the 2016 Pope grenache, fragrant with aromas of wild strawberry and cranberry with medium body tannins. The latter wine, just-bottled, is not yet available in the tasting room."



Time Posted: Sep 29, 2019 at 3:29 PM Permalink to International Grenache Day Permalink
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