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The 8th Annual VinDiego Wine and Food Festival will feature over 200 wine selections. Here are a few of the highlights:

Gelson's was founded in 1951 by brothers Bernard and Eugene Gelson as an extraordinary grocery shopping experience for discerning consumers.  Each location is singularly known as the area's best market for superior produce, highest quality meat, seafood and deli, an unmatched selection of wine and liquor, and exceptional service.  


Introducing Gelson’s wines created exclusively for you by renowned winemaker Doug Margerum from local appellations in Santa Barbara County.


About Gelson's Wines:

  • Gelson's Sangiovese: This Sangiovese wine has aromas of spice and violets which are complemented by ripe, earthy currants and black cherry. The wine has a wonderful silky texture with integrated tannins and firm acidity.

  • Gelson's Chardonnay: Gold with green and yellow hues, this Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay is aromatically complex with slightly sweet tropical fruits and layers of sweet butter, toast and cream. The fruit and minerality are balanced with good acidity and a long finish.

  • Gelson's Grenache: The Gelson's Grenache is light ruby red in color with aromas of watermelon, spice, Framboise with a hint of Bing cherries. On the palate the wine is fresh and fruity with fine soft and integrated tannins.

  • Gelson's Pinot Noir: Light and silky with aromas of cherries, raspberries and stewed strawberries, Gelson's Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir is complemented with subtle additions of vanilla, toast and briar patch. It is full bodied and rich with balanced tannins and nice acidity.

  • Gelson's Syrah: The Gelson's Syrah is a dark full bodied wine with blueberry and cherry fruit complemented by earthy wood, espresso and dark roast coffee bean. The finish is complete with full tannins, black licorice, cocoa and dark chocolate.


Pairing suggestions:

  • Gelson’s Sangiovese – Hard Italian cheeses such as Parmigiano Reggiano and Pecorino Toscano

  • Gelson’s Grenache - Sheep's milk cheeses such as Manchego, P'tit Basque

  • Gelson’s Chardonnay – Bries and Aged White Cheddars

  • Gelson’s Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir – Aged goat cheeses, Brie

  • Gelson’s Syrah – Alpine Swiss cheeses such as Gruyere


Gelson's has Weekly Wine Tastings and their motto is , "RAISE A GLASS TO QUALITY".

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