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Sarah Boone
 
February 7, 2023 | Sarah Boone

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
Sarah Boone
 
January 7, 2023 | Sarah Boone

Copia's Love Affair with Cheese

If you’ve visited us and experienced our lounge tasting, you’ll know we love to experience our wine with artisanal cheese. Cheese is incredibly delicious and enjoyable on its own, of course. But, there is a reason that wine and cheese are a match made in heaven.
 
Let's talk tannins! Tannins are an astringent compound abundantly found in nature. When it comes to wine, tannins are extracted from grape skins, seeds, stems and oak barrels. Think texture, structure and mouthfeel. Have you ever had the sensation of a the moisture leaving your palate after enjoying wine? That is the tannin in the wine.
 
What does this have to do with cheese? Cheese is composed of protein and fat and is rich on the palate. There is an interaction that happens when you combine wine tannins and the fat in cheese. A bite of cheese before a sip of wine smooths out the "rough edges" of some wine tannins. The perception of astringency in wine is reduced as it glides like silk over the palate. Studies have also shown that certain cheeses with certain wines can work to enhance fruit qualities and aromas.
 
At Copia, we take time as a team sampling several cheeses with each wine before presenting them to you. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it! Our goal is to always find a cheese match that doesn’t change or overpower the wine. We look for a pairing that puts the wine on a pedestal and simply lets it shine.
 
We’d love to see you in the tasting room soon and take you on this wine and cheese journey! You can also have fun with pairings at home. Check out your local grocery store, or find a cheese shop near you and get your hands on some of our favorites below.
 
BOOK THE WINE AND CHEESE EXPERIENCE
 
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CURRENT RELEASE
PAIRING RECOMMENDATIONS

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

Time Posted: Jan 7, 2023 at 9:00 AM Permalink to Copia's Love Affair with Cheese Permalink
Sarah Boone
 
September 8, 2021 | Sarah Boone

Estate Syrah

Copia’s First Estate Harvest Ever! Syrah blocks came off the vine today. Culmination of a longtime dream and a lot of hard work. 

Time Posted: Sep 8, 2021 at 1:06 PM Permalink to Estate Syrah Permalink
Sarah Boone
 
September 7, 2021 | Sarah Boone

The Copia Vineyards 2021 Club Release is Here!

 

high-stakes

adjective [usually before noun]
used to describe a situation that has a lot of risk and in which
someone is likely to either get or lose an advantage -Cambridge Dictionary
 
 
In the high-stakes game of life, what's a good story without all the twists, turns, highs and lows? I believe we can all call this the spice of life. And when you leave the past behind to go "all in" on your future, it can get very, very spicy.
 
We started our journey in 2016 as two bright-eyed harvest interns, full of different life experiences outside of winemaking and are now the stewards of a beautiful vineyard estate all our own. When you have a full life filled with professional successes, why begin anew? Why gather all of your chips in front of you and push them into the future? In the quiet of twilight at the Copia Estate Vineyard, Varinder and I occasionally get a moment to reflect on this very question. 
 
We two, self-proclaimed wine mavericks, are now in our third leaf at the vineyard, working our sixth harvest together and releasing our fourth vintage of Copia wine to you. The journey is beautifully tricky, unexpected at times and food for our passion. If you want to accomplish anything in life, we tell ourselves, it will naturally take sacrifice and undying focus. Copia is our baby and in those early days, before there was a tasting room or a team member, Varinder and I picked up the phone, pounded the pavement and sent out emails to one and all. For us, succeeding in our dream of creating premium, small-lot wine is an actively chosen, all-consuming one. Quite simply, the answer to our question of "Why do this?" is that the risk is worth the reward.
 
Part of that reward is being able to share the next release of Copia wines with you, our treasured club members, before anyone else. With great pride, it's time for us to reveal the 2019 reds and our 2020 white and rosé! The 2019 vintage is made with the ingredients of more experience, brilliant fruit sources (including 9 different Syrah sites) and a gentle growing season allowing for longer hang time on the vine. There was a beautiful balance between sugar and acid at pick time, which was a couple of weeks later than the previous vintage. Mother nature spared us any major curve balls, the conditions were near perfect and the grapes were positively singing. What results are wines of concentration, rich color and complexity. Many are saying that this is one of Paso Robles' finest vintages to date and we would agree.
 
Classic members will be receiving a shipment of 6 bottles and Premium members will be receiving a shipment of 12 bottles - all detailed below. 
 
The Copia story continues and we will always remember sharing it with you, one-by-one. As always, you have our eternal gratitude for your enthusiastic support of Copia wines.
 
Cheers to going "all in" on life,
Anita and Varinder Sahi and the Entire Copia Vineyards Team

IMPORTANT DATES

SEPT 24: WINE SELECTION CLOSES. This is the last day to make any changes to your account, including; wine selection, billing information, shipping address or shipping date. 
SEPT 28: YOUR ORDER WILL PROCESS. The card we have on file will be charged.
OCT 9: COPIA CLUB PICK UP PARTY (RSVP necessary).
OCT 10: YOUR ORDER IS READY FOR PICK UP AT TASTING ROOM (pick-up members only; during business hours).
OCT 11: YOUR ORDER WILL SHIP (ship-to members only; weather permitting). By default we ship via UPS Ground, if you prefer GSO or Fedex, please email and let us know.

SHIPMENT DETAILS 

CLASSIC CLUB
 
2020 White
2020 Rosé
2019 The Story
2019 The Cure x2
2019 The Source
 
‚Äč$244
before taxes and shipping
 
PREMIUM CLUB
 
2020 White x2
2020 Rosé x2
2019 The Story x3
2019 The Cure x3
2019 The Source x2
 
$427
before taxes and shipping
 

 

We are happy to accomodate customizations and requests. If you would like to request changes to the winemaker's selection above, change your billing/shipping address, shipping type or date; please do so via written request before the end of Friday, September 24th.

 
Email: wineclub@copiavineyards.com

 


THE WINE


2020 WHITE  |  45% CHARDONNAY, 35% ROUSSANNE, 20% VIOGNIER

Fermented & aged in 40% new French oak
Central Coast

Vineyards: John Sebastiano Vineyard, Caliza & Denner Vineyards

Classic | $36     Premium | $31.50

 

2020 ROSÉ  |  73% GRENACHE, 25% SYRAH, 2% MOURVÈDRE

Fermented & aged in stainless steel
Central Coast

Classic | $24     Premium | $21

 

2019 THE STORY  |  92% GRENACHE, 8% SYRAH

Aged 20 months in 50% new French oak
Central Coast

Vineyards: Denner Vineyards, Alta Colina, Christy & Wise, Jespersen Ranch

Classic | $44     Premium | $38.50

 

2019 THE CURE  |  45% SYRAH, 29% GRENACHE, 26% MOURVÈDRE

Aged 20 months in 45% new French oak
Central Coast

Vineyards: Denner Vineyards, Alta Colina, Live Oak Ranch, Jespersen Ranch, John Sebastiano, Kimsey

Classic | $44     Premium | $38.50

 

2019 THE SOURCE  |  93% SYRAH, 7% GRENACHE

Aged 20 months in 75% new French oak
Central Coast

Vineyards: Kimsey, John Sebastiano, Bien Nacido, Alta Colina, Live Oak Ranch, Denner Vineyards 

Classic | $52     Premium | $45.50


 

Time Posted: Sep 7, 2021 at 9:06 AM Permalink to The Copia Vineyards 2021 Club Release is Here! Permalink
Sarah Boone
 
August 29, 2021 | Sarah Boone

Happy Birthday, Sarah!

Time Posted: Aug 29, 2021 at 1:04 PM Permalink to Happy Birthday, Sarah! Permalink
Sarah Boone
 
August 19, 2021 | Sarah Boone

The Lounge

This new intimate space is for the wine and cheese lovers. Take a deep dive into the story, passion and winemaking behind Copia Vineyards.
 

 

Time Posted: Aug 19, 2021 at 4:43 PM Permalink to The Lounge Permalink
Sarah Boone
 
June 15, 2021 | Sarah Boone

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 Boone
 
March 25, 2021 | Sarah Boone

HEY, BUD BREAK!

Time Posted: Mar 25, 2021 at 4:23 PM Permalink to HEY, BUD BREAK! Permalink
Sarah Boone
 
March 14, 2021 | Sarah Boone

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 Boone
 
March 13, 2021 | Sarah Boone

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
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