HOSPITALITY AT ITS FINEST
Anita Kothari and Varinder Sahi, an affectionate couple are producing sumptuous Rhone blends from their organically estate grown vineyards in Paso Robles. Anita worked hospitality in New York and Varinder an engineer merged their ingenuity and the characteristics of the Central Coast to make accomplished wines. The objective of their future is the desire to continue improving while maintaining control of the process.
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Here is my Q & A with Anita and Varinder
What would you describe your style of wines produced?
We like to make wines that are round, lush and seamless. We enjoy deep red fruit flavors with good acidity, tannic structure, soft texture, and overall balance. We predominantly work with Rhône varietals: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Grenache Blanc and Viognier at present. We have plans to also work with Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay and perhaps Pinot Noir in the future. Varinder is especially passionate about Syrah for its dark fruit flavor, peppery finish and gorgeous full body.
What made you become a winemaker?
Being passionate wine drinkers led us to have a passion for winemaking. For both of us, the journey has been a gradual one. Our collective professional background includes restaurants, real estate development, and engineering – lending us some skills that translate to what we do today. We are also enthusiastic travelers who like to really delve into local cultures. This has afforded us the opportunity to try amazing wine from a wide variety of regions, learning all the whats, whys and hows behind the experiences. It’s had a major hand in motivating us to forge our own path. And in the end, as many people who love wine will tell you, while it matters what is at your table, it matters most who is at the table with you. Our lives have been full of wine memories and amazing, inspiring people that make wine or drink wine!
What is your ultimate challenge making the wines /or being a winemaker?
It’s not so much of a challenge as it is a personal mandate to be diligent, innovative and ever-curious. We’re dedicated to continuously perfect our craft and to learn more than we knew yesterday.
What impression would you want your consumer to walk away with?
We would like people to know that, as a small winemaker, we personally touch each and every lot of grapes and control each and every bin and barrel. It’s truly a handcrafted product from our hands to your hands. It’s how we prefer to operate.
Do you make wine YOU like to drink or what the CONSUMER likes to drink?
We can only make wine that we love to drink. Period.
Visit their posh tasting room in Downtown Paso Robles for an extraordinary hospitable experience. Varinder and Anita will leave you feeling as if you have been invited to their home with their homely hospitality and service. You can enjoy a casual tasting at the bar. However, make an appointment to get the Copia experience. You will sit comfortably at a table with a place setting printed with your name as an indication of how special you are to them. Cheeses and Charcuterie are paired with each wine delicately explained.
While if you can’t pull away from this charming couple (which is likely going to happen), they offer a beautifully appointed Guest House 1.5 miles from the historic downtown district. Located in the heart of the Paso Robles Willow Creek District, Copia Vineyards Guest House is within a gated property. It offers majestic views of rolling hills and surrounding vineyards. The Guest House accommodates six and is both lavish and cozy … available upon reservation
COPIA TASTING ROOM: 840 13th St
Paso Robles, CA 93446
COPIA GUEST HOUSE 1000 Kiler Canyon Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446
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