A visit to Copain Wines

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Since discovering Copain’s Tous Ensemble Pinot Noir at a restaurant one night, it has become one of my go-to wines. Living so close to the winery I couldn’t wait to see what the tasting room experience would be like. While my father was in town in late June we decided to pay them a visit. I have to say this was well worth it!

Copain is tucked away on picturesque Eastside Road, 15 minutes drive south of Healdsburg, and if you drive too fast you’ll miss the inconspicuous sign at the gate. On our third try we found it. Don’t let the tired looking sign fool you, this is what I’d call a rustic chic wine country experience. The tasting room is an old barn that has been refitted with high end country décor.

The Farm Table Tasting is a seated tasting in a small group with one of their hospitality team. You can sit inside or outside. It includes four wines plus a plate of local cheeses and other goodies. For $20 per person, I think this is a great value and really allows you to spend time over each of the wines. Our educator was knowledgeable and explained each of the regions Copain sources grapes from – including the Anderson Valley (where the grapes for Tous Ensemble come from), Yorkville Highlands – both in Mendocino County and Chalone, an AVA in Monterey County. We tasted the 2013 Copain Estate P2 (a blend of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir), the 2012 Tous Ensemble Chardonnay, the 2011 Wenzel Pinot Noir, the 2010 Les Voisins Syrah and the 2010 Brosseau Syrah.

The tasting lasted a little over an hour and it was a lot of fun talking to the other couple that joined us. There was no pressure buy as the wines are well distributed in restaurants and wine stores here. I loved that it was appointment only as there was no one else in the tasting room and it is a relaxed experience. I think going on a Monday helped. Outside they have a lovely picnic tables and Adirondack chairs facing out to the vineyard that would be perfect to relax in.   They also offer a reserve wine tasting which is a similar experience but with different wines.

I’d highly recommend this if you are a Pinot lover!

Expert tips:

WineryCritic Ratings

9/10 Overall visitor experience

9/10 Knowledge of guide

9/10 Location

9/10 Architecture and design, landscaping

8/10 Other experiences

8/10 Friendliness of staff

6/10 Signage & ease of access

9/10 Quality of the wines poured

10/10 Value for money

Appointment required: Yes

Address: 7800 Eastside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448

www.copainwines.com

Tasting fees & experiences:

  • $20 per person – Farm Table Tasting: Seated tasting, includes a selection of five wines, paired with local cheeses and small bites.
  • $40 per person – Reserve Tasting: Seated tasting of five library Single Vineyard wines, paired with local cheeses and seasonal bites.

Hours 10:00 am – 4:00 pm by appointment only.

Good for:  Pinot Noir lovers

Wines produced:  Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah

What’s nearby:  Healdsburg, J Winery, Rodney Strong Winery

District/Appellation: Russian River Valley

Contact for appointments:  707-836-8822 or online at VinoVisit

Date of visit: June 23, 2014

Email: mindy@winerycritic.com

Have you been to Copain Wines? What was your experience like? Please post below.