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Copain Wine Cellars was founded in 1999 by the passionate and energetic winemaker Wells Guthrie. He chose the French word for “friend” or “buddy” as his winery’s name, because he believes wine is an experience best shared with friends and family.
Wells was deeply inspired by his time spent in the Northern Rhone valley of France, apprenticing at Michel Chapoutier and building friendships with the likes of Jean-Louis Chave. Since then, he has been focusing his style and striving to make some of the most balanced,
low alcohol, and food-friendly wines in California. While he takes his stylistic cues from the French, he has a particular fondness for the California fruit he painstakingly selects and uses. This combination of French sensibility and California fruit (specifically Anderson Valley and
Mendocino County) has been happily received by consumers and critics alike.
Coaxing lively, energetic wines with bright, fresh flavors from organically-farmed fruit with a minimum of manipulation has become Wells’ hallmark. The pure essence of Copain’s carefully sourced vineyards comes through in each and every bottle produced. This is why
acclaimed restaurants around the country—from The French Laundry in Napa to Daniel in New York City—have been clamoring for Copain’s Pinot Noir and Syrah right from the very beginning.
Les Voisins. French for “the neighbors,” our Les Voisins wines are derived from closely clustered, neighboring vineyards, offering a nuanced and tightly focused reflection of Anderson Valley and Yorkville Highlands.... more