Introducing our Winter Wine Club Offer

We’re pleased to introduce you to the wines in our winter wine club offering! Not a member yet? Get in on the action by signing up for our wine club! https://signup.winelandia.com
P1240064-webIt’s been pretty warm around these parts, so instead of offering heavy winter wines we are focusing more on wines with energy and verve. Evocative of the impending spring, these wines are fresh and rich. A Chenin Blanc from the Loire that tastes like pure bottled sunlight; a Müller-Thurgau from extreme elevations in northern Italy; a rustic and juicy old vine Zinfandel from a cool-climate Biodynamic vineyard in the Russian River Valley; a dry Brachetto that smells like a bouquet of roses; a funky & geeky red blend from a French-born producer in Chile; and a feminine & seductive Mourvèdre from the decomposed granite soils of the Sierra foothills.

The Lineup

2012 Frantz Saumon Minéral +, Montlouis sur Loire, France
2012 Radoar “Etza”, Alto Aldige, Italy
2012 Poco a Poco Zinfandel, Russian River Valley, US
2011 Matteo Correggia “Anthos”, Roero, Italy
2012 Clos Ouvert “Primavera”, Maule Valley, Chile
2012 La Clarine Farm “Cedarville”, Sierra Foothills, US

2012 Frantz Saumon Minéral +, Montlouis sur Loire

P1240048-webWinemaker: Frantz Saumon
Bio: Setting out to make wine representative of its appellation, Frantz Saumon purchased a small plot of land in Montlouis in 2002. Since then, he has acquired more land and most of the 6 hectares are planted with old growth Chenin Blanc, which is all farmed organically and by hand.
Region: France>Loire Valley>Touraine>Montlouis sur Loire
Vineyard: Organically farmed, various parcels
Blend: 100% Chenin Blanc
Aging: Stainless steel tanks
Production Notes: Minéral + is made with grapes from all of Saumon’s Chenin Blanc plots in Montlouis. Mineral soils help produce a wine that is full of distinctive Montlouis minerality. The vines average age is 40 years and they are planted in a blend of soils composed of tuffeau (limestone) and silex (flint). Every vintage yields a wine with a little bit of residual sugar, but the wines taste dry. The sugar lends a textural element to the wine which helps balance it. 100% indigenous yeast fermentations and aged in Stainless Steel tanks.
Tasting Notes: Stonefruit, citrus and mineral, medium bodied, elegant, and rich with a backbone and texture that will compliment a wide variety of foods.
Food Pairings: Smoked fish, spicy Asian food, pâte, chicken in cream sauce

2012 Radoar “Etza” Müller-Thurgau, Alto-Aldige

P1240056-webWinemaker: Norbert Blasbichler
Bio: Radoar is located near the border of Austria in Northern Italy. Norbert Blasbichler took over in 1997 and is the 15th generation to farm this land, which has been in the family since the 1300’s. Radoar is, first and foremost, an organic apple farm. They grow Golden Delicious apples, and create distillates such as brandy from the fruit. In addition to growing apples, chestnuts, peaches, pears, and walnuts, Radoar grows several types of grapes from which they produce wine and Grappa.
Region: Italy>Trentino-Alto Aldige>Alto Aldige>Valle Isarco
Vineyard: Certified organic. 3000’ in elevation, the estate vineyards of Radoar are 1.5km from the farm.
Blend: 100% Müller-Thurgau
Aging: Stainless steel
Production Notes:  Müller-Thurgau is a cross between Riesling and Madeleline Royal, developed in the 19th century. Organically farmed, direct-to-press, and fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel.
Tasting Notes: Aromas of citrus and white flowers followed by ripe peach on the palate with juicy acidity and a lingering finish. This is a great wine to serve with hard-to-pair vegetables such as asparagus and Italian cheeses.
Food Pairings: Asparagus dishes, brussel sprouts, artichokes, seafood, smoked fish, spicy Asian food, fresh burrata with olive oil & sea salt

2012 Poco a Poco Zinfandel, Russian River Valley

P1240053-webWinemaker: Luke Bass
Bio: Luke Bass’s family has owned Porter Bass Vineyards since 1980, when the family discovered the century-old vineyard. The land had been subjected to decades of farming-induced erosion, so they slowly brought it back to life through Biodynamic and organic farming. Luke grew up on this property, and was a winemaker before he even had his first paying job. Previously, he interned at Flowers winery, which evolved into a position as cellar master. He has also worked at Hirsch & Tandem in Sonoma, as well as Flagstone in South Africa and Casa Marin in Chile.
Region: US>California>Sonoma>Russian River Valley
Vineyard: Demeter Certified (Biodynamic). The vineyards are protected from winds by the surrounding Redwood and Fir trees, while the fog produced by the nearby Russian River helps cool the vineyard in the summer.
Blend: 100% Zinfandel
Aging: 12 months in neutral French oak
Production Notes: Old vine Zinfandel. Native yeast fermentation and spontaneous malolactic fermentation. Very little sulphur dioxide (SO2) added.
Tasting Notes: Blackberry, dark cherry, wild bramble, spice. Medium-to-full bodied with zippy acidity.
Food Pairings: Fried chicken, sweet BBQ, burgers, pasta with rustic sauce, pizza, root vegetables.

2011 Matteo Correggia “Anthos”, Roero

P1240045-webWinemaker: Luca Rostagno
Bio: Matteo Correggia died in a tragic tractor accident in 2001. His wife, Ornella Correggia took over winery operations and hired Luca Rostagno as the winemaker. Ornella has continued to grow the winery’s reputation as the benchmark producer in Roero, and has introduced organic & biodynamic farming and winemaking practices.
Region: Italy>Piedmont>Cuneo>Roero
Vineyard: Organic. Sand, silt, & clay soils at 900’ elevation. East/South-east facing slope.
Blend: 100% Brachetto
Aging: 8 months in stainless steel
Production Notes: Brachetto is a native Piemonte varietal normally used to produce sweet, sparkling wines. This version is totally dry and exceptionally elegant. Estate fruit, organically farmed. Fermented with controlled temperatures in stainless steel. Minimal skin contact during indigenous yeast fermentation. Manually harvested in mid-September.
Tasting Notes: Aromas of fresh roses dominate, with notes of herbs, strawberries, and cherries. Light-to-medium bodied, with delicate texture and balanced acidity. Serve slightly chilled on a warm California winter day and enjoy on the patio by itself or with Italian-style snacks.
Food Pairings: Antipasto, light pasta dishes, salumi, BBQ poultry

2012 Clos Ouvert “Primavera”, Maule Valley

P1240046-webWinemaker: Louis-Antoine Luyt
Bio: At the age of 22, Luyt set out for Chile under the guise of wanting to brush up on his Spanish. Luyt learned that Chilean wines were homogenous, and wondered if great wines could be made there. He went back to France and began to study viticulture & oenology in Beaune. During his studies, he befriended Mathieu Lapierre, and eventually worked with the Lapierre family at their winery in Morgon for 5 vintages. There, he learned about natural winemaking, a skill he became determined to bring back to Chile. Clos Ouvert was founded in 2006 by Luyt and two partners, who backed out of the project in 2010 after a massive earthquake resulted in the loss of 70% of their 2009 wines. Luyt pressed on and expanded, which now involves many different types of grapes and parcels.
Region: Chile>Central Valley>Maule Valley
Vineyard: Various parcels, organic & dry farmed
Blend: 40% Carignan, 30% País, 20% Cinsault and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging: 8 months in neutral French oak barrels
Production Notes: País and Carignan are carbonically macerated. The Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon are destemmed and vinified in a Burgundian style. The finished wines are blended to produce Primavera.
Tasting Notes: Full bodied, structured, lively, and full of mineral. Smoky elements give way to ripe fruit, herbs, and black pepper.
Food Pairings: Smoked or braised meats, grilled sausage

2012 La Clarine “Cedarville” Mourvèdre, Sierra Foothills

P1240059-webWinemaker: Hank Beckmeyer
Bio: Run by Hank Beckmeyer, La Clarine Farm is a principled stand out in California winemaking. A follower of Masanobu Fukuoka’s “Do Nothing Farming” methods, Beckmeyer has created a holistic vineyard and winery experience, trying to leave the grapes alone to, in a sense, make the wine themselves. Beckmeyer has been quietly making wines in the Sierras since 2001, and has a diverse lineup, comprised largely of Rhone wines, both white and red.
Region: US>California>Sierra Foothills
Vineyard: Cedarville. Organically farmed. Soils comprised of decomposed granite.
Blend: 100% Mourvèdre
Aging: 12 months in puncheons
Production Notes: This wine was made during an ideal vintage in California – lots of sun during the summer and no rain. Hank Beckmeyer decided to try something new this time around, and set out to make the wine more sensual by employing a new ‘recipe’. He shortened the length of time the wine spent on the skins, pressing early and letting the wine finish fermentation in the tank or barrel. The result is a brighter and more supple wine than the previous vintage.
Tasting Notes: High-toned tropical fruit and crushed red berries on the nose, with tart cranberry and mineral on the palate.
Food Pairings: Roasted poultry, braised root vegetables, grilled vegetables

7 Fun Ways to Survive the Drought in California

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s a bit dry, wouldn’t you say?

Here in the Bay Area, we are accustomed to the major metropolitan areas being empty on the weekends during “ski season”. The entire Bay Area population seems to migrate north-east to Tahoe. Some of my friends I don’t see for a good 6 months out of the year. Well, we haven’t had much (if any) snow, so I’m going to put my money on you spending your weekends wondering what the heck to do with all this free time and abundant sunshine.

I’ve put together this list of fun, local daytime activities to keep you entertained while you quietly pray for snow.

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1. Visit a California State Park. Your hard-earned tax dollars help fund one of the country’s most prized park systems. Many of the parks are open year-round, and there’s no excuse not to go with all this great weather. Some of my favorites include:

  • Point Lobos State Reserve (above). About 2.5 hours south of San Francisco just past Monterey, this park is considered the “Crown Jewel” of the State park system. Azure waters, abundant wildlife, tidal pools, and stunning sunsets await you.
  • Redwood Regional Park. While this is not technically a State Park, it’s convenient to get to and beautiful. Did you know that you could hike through a shady redwood forest without leaving the East Bay? The main trailheads are located on Skyline Blvd. in the Oakland hills. There are tons of great day-hikes and many of the trails are dog-friendly.
  • San Bruno Mountain State Park. Just 5 minutes south of San Francisco, this practically unknown park has some of the most amazing views of San Francisco you’ve ever seen. Gorgeous wildflowers, sweeping views, picnic areas, and rare plants and animals are abundant here. There are about 8 miles of single-track and fire trails to hike and some of them (but not all) are bicycle-friendly.
  • Montara Mountain State Park. Climb a mountain in Pacifica and find yourself above the fogline. It’s just a few minutes down Highway 1 from San Francisco. Lots of mountain bikers and trail runners enjoy these trails as well. This 1800′ climb will get your blood pumping and show you some amazing ocean views.

golden gate2. Ride your bike across the Golden Gate Bridge with a friend, get lunch at Fish., and take a ferry back from Sausalito. Normally this route is completely overrun with tourists, but the off season should give you some respite from the sea of rental bicycles. Fish has some of the best sustainable seafood in the Bay Area, and their outdoor seating will give you an opportunity to enjoy some delicious craft beers the sunshine. I recommend ordering the Crab Roll. If you’re on a budget, order the grilled cheese sandwich off the kid’s menu (it’s really good and comes with a huge pile of fries). Then, take the ferry back to SF from Sausalito.

P11200213. Take a trip to Wine Country, using our handy Tasting Room Guide. Right now wine country is pretty quiet and it’s a great time to check out the local producers while they have time to spend with you. Most of the fermentations are over (while others are sleeping) and pretty much all that’s happening is pruning in the vineyards. Chat with the local farmers about the drought, and be sure to stop at Rosso Pizzeria in Petaluma for some delicious burrata and pizza on your way home.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA4. Rent a paddle-boat and enjoy a picnic on your local reservoir before it disappears. Lots of places rent them. You can find them on Lake Merritt in Oakland, the Lafayette Reservoir in Lafayette (above), the San Pablo Reservoir in San Pablo… you get the picture. This is a great way to enjoy some sunshine, munch on some delicious food & wine, and get a little exercise all without creating any carbon emissions.
sailing5. Since we’re talking about boats, why not rent a charter boat and go sailing on the San Francisco Bay? There are tons of companies that will sell you a ticket for a “sunset cruise” for about $40. The water has been pretty calm lately, so it would be a great time to grab a ticket to cruise the bay on the Adventure Cat (my personal favorite), or any of the other various boats selling tickets along Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. Don’t forget to bring a jacket, it gets windy out there.
pinnacles6. Head down to Pinnacles National Park. It’s east of Salinas and easy to get to for a day-trip. In the summer, this place is dangerously hot (temperatures can climb to 120F), but in the winter and spring it’s one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. An ancient volcano, the Pinnacles have been slowly moving up a major fault line over the last 3 million years. Giant spires of rock jut up out of the ground like fingers. You can hike all the way around the park in a day, and it’s about 9 miles total. Bring a flashlight because part of the hike requires you navigate through a series of pitch-black caves. There are also lots of California Condors, which have been brought back from the brink of extinction. If you decide you want to stay the night, there are camping options as well as The Inn at the Pinnacles – a wonderful bed & breakfast owned by the lovely Brosseau family. The B&B is on an organic vineyard that produces some really great Chardonnay from the Chalone AVA, and lies atop one of the largest limestone swaths in California.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA7. Head north to Hog Island Oyster Farm. This place is usually crawling with people, and I can’t guarantee it won’t be this time of year, either. Go anyway; pack up a picnic, a cooler, & your shucking knife. If they have tables available, hang out at the farm and shuck to your heart’s content (if you don’t know how, watch a youtube video and start practicing). If there are no tables, pack your cooler with oysters, then head to Point Reyes where you will find endless picnic areas waiting for you to use for free.

Yeah, it sucks we are in a major drought. Who knows what that means for our great state in the long run. I say, enjoy the sunshine while it’s here, because tomorrow it might be gone. Let’s all make the best of the situation. Take advantage of what our great state has to offer!

What are your favorite dry-season activities? Let us know in the comments!

Surprise Your Sweetheart on Valentine’s Day with Winelandia

P1140011-2Does your Valentine love wine and chocolate? Surprise them on Valentine’s Day at home or at their office with a gift pack from Winelandia! We put together this offer to help make V-Day convenient for you and special for your sweetheart.

Our gift pack includes a 10-pc assortment of locally-made truffles from Neo Cocoa, a Bay Area-based artisan chocolatier. These chocolates are the “hearts” of truffles – all silky ganache with no hard chocolate shell. They are finer and more delicate than a traditional truffle, and come in an assortment of great flavors such as lime zest and almond butter with smoked sea salt.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlso included is a bottle of R. H. Coutier Champagne from the village of Ambonnay in Montagne de Reims, Champagne. From the importer: “70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay Produced entirely from Grand Cru grapes from the village of Ambonnay, this stunning Brut Tradition shows rich, leesy fruit obtained through extended bottle aging prior to disgorging. Quite vinous in texture, it is full and long with crisp apple fruit notes on the finish and showing some toasty notes in the nose. Very low dosage levels allow the great Ambonnay fruit to shine.”

To top it all off, we will include a customizable love note on a greeting card from SF-based publisher Chronicle Books.

valentine_wrappedPrice for the Valentine’s Day gift pack is $75, excluding tax & shipping. Free Valentine’s Day delivery to your recipient’s San Francisco home or office. Delivery within 20 miles of SF is an additional $10 flat fee. If your recipient is outside of this area, we will charge you shipping at cost via UPS and do our best to ensure it arrives on Valentine’s Day or earlier. Please note that we currently only ship within California.

Supplies are extremely limited as Cupid (me) can only make so many deliveries in one day.

TO ORDER
New Customers: Fill out the form at https://signup.winelandia.com and select “One Time Purchase” from the Offering Selection drop-down. We will be in touch with you to finalize your order.
Returning Customers: Email orders@winelandia.com and we will bill the card we already have on file.

Winery Visit: Porter-Bass Vineyard

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This drought is really something, isn’t it? There’s something eerie about it being 65 degrees on a January afternoon, wispy clouds dotting the horizon after the only rain we’ve had so far this winter – if you could even call it a rain. More like a dampening. Enough to keep the dust down. Anyway, it was this day after the “rain” that Tala and I headed out to Winelandia again, to visit a producer we love. Luke Bass is the wine grower/proprietor of Porter-Bass Wines outside of Guerneville. This property, deep in western Sonoma county, tucked right near the Russian River, produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel in small quantities. They sell fruit that becomes some of the most sought after Chard in the area – Ceritas makes a Porter-Bass Chardonnay, as does Littorai.

But Luke also makes his own wine from this property – entirely biodynamic in the vineyard and the winery, and we think a great secret of Sonoma wine country. The wines are fresh and lively, with great acid and subtlety. Perfect for sipping with friends, but balanced and very food-friendly too. Tala and I have been impressed with the Chardonnays for quite some time, because they’ve got a great zingy acidity that many California Chardonnays lack, but they don’t compromise on texture either. What a great find! The Pinots are bright and fruity, and the Zinfandels are almost ethereal. Floral, light, and just… Just delightful. I feel precious even describing wine that way, but they are just a delight to drink.

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On this afternoon, it was like the wines and the air were mimicking each other – each trying to upstage the other with more freshness and brightness. Surrounded by redwoods and pines, the small property is about as idyllic as it gets for California wine country. I mean, I think Healdsburg and Alexander Valley and Calistoga and the Santa Cruz Mountains and Forestville  –  all these places are stunning. But visiting Porter-Bass feels like you’re discovering something, which is hard to say about wine country these days. It kindof feels like a secret. Clean air, crisp wines, just you and Luke and a few bottles of his great product. 

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I hadn’t been to Porter-Bass in a year or more, and I was reminded how great these wines taste, and how great a property it is to visit. Luke is a character, with plenty to say about how he makes his wines and why, and great thoughts about the present and future of the industry that surrounds him. It was a wonderful Sunday adventure, and our first visit to the wine country in quite some time.  In particular, we recommend picking up a bottle of Zinfandel – you won’t regret it! It’s a great bottle to show you what Zin can become in a different setting, in a different pair of hands. 

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Porter-Bass is open by appointment only. They’re located on Mays Canyon Road outside Guerneville, CA. If you visit in spring or summer, ask Luke if he’s got any spare eggs. They’re amazing.

Locally-made Truffles from Neo Cocoa

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALast month, I embarked on a chocolate tasting adventure. Why, you ask? Well, I was looking for the most exceptional chocolates in San Francisco to offer in a Valentine’s Day gift pack Winelandia is putting together. We have a strong dedication to the finest quality, locally-made products, and so I set out to find chocolates that fit this model.

It started with lots of Googling, Yelping, and asking around. I was already familiar with Poco Dolce, a chocolate maker in the Dogpatch that features hand-made dark chocolate tiles that will blow your mind. Poco Dolce is a household name in San Francisco, and their chocolates proliferate every speciality market in the city (for good reason). While I love these chocolates, I wanted to find something a little different.
P1090024I kept looking, and eventually caught wind of a local truffle-maker by the name of Neo Cocoa. After a little investigation, I learned that it was not only woman owned-and-operated, but that the owner got started in the La Cocina kitchen incubator program. La Cocina is an SF-based non-profit organization that helps low-income food entrepreneurs realize their goals through educational programs, use of a shared commercial kitchen, and by providing market opportunities. They are doing a really amazing thing for our local food community and I was pleased to find that Neo Cocoa got started this way.

I had the opportunity to taste samples of Neo Cocoa truffles when I paid a visit to the Crocker Galleria Gift Alley, an annual market during the holidays that features local food companies. It was a chocolate epiphany – you see, normally truffles are sugary, gooey messes on the inside with hard, glossy chocolate on the outside. The Neo Cocoa chocolates were totally different – they are the “hearts” of the truffle – pure ganache. They come in an array of inventive, unique, perfectly balanced flavors such as lime zest (my favorite), almond butter & smoked sea salt, toasted coconut, mocha cinnamon, and crushed cacao nib. They also make exquisite salted caramels (shown above), and a variety of seasonal flavors.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI knew instantly after my first taste that I had found my chocolates. They are truly exquisite and encompass everything I love about artisinal foods. High-quality, locally sourced ingredients combined with pure passion from the producer come together to create a product that can’t be described in words. The only way to experience this for yourself is to get some of these chocolates and put them in your face.

Winelandia will be featuring a 10-piece sampler box of Neo Cocoa Truffles for our Valentine’s Day gift pack, which will also include a bottle of Champagne (the real deal, from Champagne) and a personalized card that you can send to your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. Your very own Cupid (that’s me) will be delivering these amazing chocolates, delicious Champagne, and thoughtful card to your Valentine’s home or office on February 14th.  To get in on the offer, keep your eyes peeled for our formal announcement which will include a way to purchase one of these for your honey.

Support small, local businesses! By purchasing goods that are made locally, you keep more money in your community and provide people with the means they need to operate their businesses and live their lives.

Winery Visit: Copain Wines

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s no secret that I’m obsessed with wines from the Jura. White, red, yellow, sparkling, rosé – I love them all. The red wines are particularly delicious to me, so you might imagine how excited I was to find that Copain – a local producer based in the Russian River Valley – was growing and making wine from the Trousseau grape. There are only a handful of Californian producers that I know of making wine from Trousseau – one being the renowned Arnot-Roberts – which they have made since 2009. It turns out, the Copain plantings of Trousseau are grafted from the original vines used to produce the Arnot-Roberts Trousseau.

Colleen happened to be the person to introduce me to this great wine from Copain. We enjoyed a bottle of it over dinner at her house one fateful night. I was taken aback by it’s freshness, finesse, texture, and the outright Jura-ness of it. A California red wine epiphany. It was like drinking red Jura without the reductive aromas often found in Jura reds. I was in love with this bizarre little bottle from our home turf.
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I eventually found this wine again at Ruby Wine in Potrero Hill, and snapped up a bottle before it was all gone. Revisiting this wine really cemented how I initially felt about it, and it was showing even better the second time around. It was floral, spicy, and fruity all at once. It’s not often you can find a wine from California with so much elegance, complexity and femininity. It was full of texture while still being light on it’s feet. I was crushed when I found out that the Trousseau was all sold out for the year – I’d hoped to score some of it for the Winelandia Wine Club. I guess I can wait until next year.

The Copain Trousseau is what inspired a trip to the Copain winery in the Russian River Valley – just off Eastside road in Healdsburg. I headed up there just this past weekend to taste through their current offerings and to see the estate. You have to make an appointment to visit, so be sure to call before stopping by. It’s conveniently located just off Highway 101 in Healdsburg.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUpon arriving, I was immediately enamored by the beauty of their estate. Small and rustic, it overlooks Riverfront Regional Park, a gorgeous little oasis complete with a redwood grove and multi-use trails for bikes, equestrians and hikers. The park would be a great place to enjoy a picnic at if you are visiting the winery, as the picnic area at the winery is reserved for wine club members only. They have 13 acres planted here – all of which is Picpoul Blanc, Trousseau and Poulsard. Everything is farmed sustainably, encompassing both organic and Biodynamic practices (although they are not certified for either). I took a seat at one of the comfy wooden chairs out front, and Phil graciously began my Farm Table tasting beneath the strangely warm January sun.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPhil poured for me all of their current offerings, beginning with their estate Picpoul Blanc. This neat little wine is aged in neutral French oak, which gave it body and character not normally found in your typical Picpoul Blanc porch-pounder. It was a great entrance to the wines that would follow, which included their entry-level “Tous Ensemble” Chardonnay, followed by several Pinot Noirs and Syrahs. The Pinot Noirs, mostly from the Anderson Valley area, showed rich and flavorful typicity of the region. The Syrahs – from the Yorkville Highlands – were dark, savory, and brooding. All of their red wines (the Syrahs in particular) showed tons of aging potential with great structure and balanced acidity. Copain wines are definitely Californian in style, but with restraint and balance normally reserved for the Old World.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Farm Table tasting also included a delicious spread of local cheeses, meats, and snacks. I especially enjoyed the crostini with white bean purée and fried rosemary. Everything paired beautifully with the wines that were served, the abundant sunshine, and the relaxing view. It doesn’t get much better than this – it’s the Holy Grail of the wine country experience.

I appreciate the warm hospitality shown to me by my host, Phil, and the beautiful wines made by Wells Guthrie. Winelandia hopes to offer wines from Copain in the future, as we feel they are one of the better producers in California. We highly recommend you stop by Copain for a visit if you’re planning a trip to the Russian River Valley – you won’t be disappointed. They are just an hour and a half north of San Francisco. Be sure to call ahead to schedule, as they are appointment only.

Copain Wines
7800 Eastside Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 836-8822

Coming Soon: Winelandia’s Online Shop!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACan you believe it’s been nearly a year since we launched the Winelandia blog? We sure can’t. It seems like only yesterday we were wrestling with WordPress, flexing our dusty writing muscles, trying to find our place in the blogosphere. The good news is that December was a record-breaking month for us in terms of blog traffic, even with all the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Our readership and wine club are growing every day, and we are grateful for all of our supporters – old and new.

Winelandia is quickly growing too big for her britches, and we will be expanding the website in the coming weeks to support an online shop where you can buy a la carte offers and other goodies from us with the click of a button. We have all sorts of exciting things in the pipes, such as a Valentine’s Day gift pack which includes locally-produced truffles, wine, and a personalized card for your sweetheart.

Things may be a little funny during the migration process to our new website, so please be patient with us while we iron out the kinks. We will keep you informed of any scheduled down-time or site maintenance that may be taking place.

In the meantime, you can still sign up for our 2-case per year wine subscription at https://signup.winelandia.com. Our next shipment is going out in early February and we have some really exciting wines lined up.

Much love from the ladies at Winelandia HQ, and we wish you the happiest and most prosperous new year. Cheers!