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Copain, meaning ‘friend’ or ‘buddy’ in French, embodies our philosophy that wine enhances the good things in life, and is an experience best shared with friends and family. Perched on a hillside overlooking the bucolic Russian River Valley, Copain specializes in vineyard designate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah.
Founded in 1999, Copain has built a reputation of producing food friendly, balanced and expressive wines in the ‘light-and-bright’ style. Sourced from sustainable vineyard sites in Anderson Valley, Mendocino County and Monterey County, the portfolio consists of three distinct collections — the Tous Ensemble wines, the Les Voisins wines, and the single vineyard designate wines.
Founder and winemaker Wells Guthrie has long been inspired by the wines of France’s Rhône Valley; so much so, that Wells spent two years working in the Rhône Valley an apprentice for Michel Chapoutier. While Guthrie takes his stylistic cues from the French, he has a particular fondness for the California fruit he painstakingly selects for Copain’s blends — this combination of French sensibility and love of California fruit has been well received by consumers and critics alike.
Coaxing lively, energetic wines with bright, fresh flavors and minimum manipulation has become Gutherie’s signature. The pure essence of Copain’s carefully sourced vineyards comes through in each and every bottle produced.