If there's one winery that epitomises the shift that has taken place in California wine recently, it is Copain. Winemaker Wells Guthrie started his career as the tasting co-ordinator for Wine Spectator magazine before training with Michel Chapoutier and Helen Turley – both legendary winemakers and people who knew how to make wines that would garner high scores from the leading critics. It wasn’t long before he was racking up big scores for himself.

Something didn’t sit right with him though, so in 2005 Wells headed off to Europe on a tasting trip that reminded him why he was in the winemaking business. On his return to California, he abandoned the super-ripe, heavily extracted wines that had made him a cult figure and set about making wines of balance and elegance – wines that he wanted to drink.

The critics lambasted him and many of his customers abandoned him, but almost a decade later he is once again being lauded for the quality of his wines, only this time it is their purity, complexity and integrity that has people excited.

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