about gelfand vineyards
Cabernet Sauvignon


A grape which is found all over the world and produces some of the finest red wines on the market. It is known for its depth, complexity and richness of flavor. Our cabernet is no exception, deep ruby in color, oak undertones, and has enough of a tannic structure to let sit for a few years.

Awards:

Bronze Medal (2004) - 2006 Orange County Fair
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Petite Sirah


A descendant from the Rhone Valley in France, this grape is now grown predominantly in California. The word "petite" in its name is very much a misnomer, as these wines are anything but small. They tend to be big, bold, muscular wines. Ours is even bigger! It is inky dark and very rich, and has quickly become our signature grape. Goes well with everything, but is definitely not a breakfast drink.

Awards:

Best in Show & Gold Medal (2004) - 2006 Florida International Wine Challenge
Sweepstakes Gold Medal (2004) - 2006 San Diego International Wine Competition
Chairman's Award & Gold Medal (2007) - 2009 Orange County Wine Competition
Chairman's Award & Gold Medal (2006) - 2008 Orange County Wine Competition
Gold Medal (2004) - 2006 L.A. County Fair - World Competition
Gold Medal (2005) - 2007 L.A. County Fair
Gold Medal (2004) - 2006 West Coast Wine Competition
Silver Medal (2004) - 2006 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Silver Medal (2004) - 2006 Orange County Wine Competition
Silver Medal (2005) - 2007 Orange County Competition
"Best Petite Sirah I've had in Decades" - Wining & Dining Magazine, May 2006
Robert Parker 90 (2004) - The Wine Advocate, September 2006
90 (2004) - Wine Enthusiast, December 2006
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Syrah


A native of the Rhone Valley, this grape now flourishes all over the world. "Down Under", it's known as Shiraz. This grape is made in many styles, from light, crisp and fruity to dark, heavy and earthy. Ours is definitely of the latter style. This is a wine that goes well not only with meats, but can also be paired with fish and fowl.

Awards:

Gold Medal & 3rd Best in Show (2004)  -  2006 Florida International Wine Challenge
Silver Medal (2007) - 2009 Orange County Wine Competition
Silver Medal (2005) - 2007 L.A. County Fair
Silver Medal (2004) - 2006 Grand Harvest Awards
Silver Medal (2004)  -  2006 L.A. County Fair, Limited Production Wines
Bronze Medal (2004) - 2006 West Coast Wine Competition
Bronze Medal (2004)  -  2006 Orange County Wine Competition
Bronze Medal (2005)  -  2007 Orange County Wine Competition
Highly recommended (2004) - Wining & Dining Magazine, May 2006
Robert Parker 88 (2004)  -  The Wine Advocate, September 2006
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Zinfandel


The most Californian of grapes, Zinfandel's roots are thought to be Italian or Croatian. Zinfandel tends to be a very fruit forward wine, but it is also a hearty wine with plenty of structure. Ours is made in a 'big' style, which tends to be a little high in alcohol, but makes up for it with loads of fruit and an incredible color. Goes great when paired with the all American foods such as pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs and Cheerios.

Awards:

Gold Medal (2006) - 2008 Orange County Wine Competition
Silver Medal (2007) - 2009 Orange County Wine Competition
Silver Medal (2005) - 2007 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Silver Medal (2005) - 2007 Orange County Wine Competition
Silver Medal (2005) - 2007 L.A. County Fair
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Lajur (formerly Quixotic)


Like the name implies, this is our "Impossible Dream" - our quest to make a very special wine. We also refer to this wine as our "Flagship Wine." It is a meritage, a blending of our best barrels, and will vary from year to year so as to achieve the most elegant style of wine we can make.

Awards:

Best of Class - Red Blend (2005) - 2007 L.A. County Fair
Chairman's Award & Gold Medal (2007) - 2009 Orange County Wine Competition
Chairman's Award & Gold Medal (2006) - 2008 Orange County Wine Competition
Gold Medal (2005) - 2007 L.A. County Fair
Gold Medal (2005) - 2007 Orange County Wine Competition
Gold Medal (2004) - 2006 Orange County Wine Competition
Silver Medal (2004) - 2006 West Coast Wine Competition
Bronze Medal (2004) - 2006 Grand Harvest Awards
Bronze Medal (2003) - 2005 Orange County Wine Competition
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Cabyrah


What you get when you blend Cabernet Sauvignon with Syrah. You also get the best of both grapes. This wine has become an overnight sensation with both Cabernet as well as Syrah lovers...as well as the judges in the wine competitions.

Awards:

Gold Medal (2004) - 2006 West Coast Wine Competition
Gold Medal (2004) - 2006 L.A. County Fair - Limited Production Wines
Silver Medal (2005) - 2007 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Silver Medal (2004) - 2006 Grand Harvest Awards
Silver Medal (2004) - 2006 Orange County Fair
Bronze Medal (2004) - 2006 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Bronze Medal (2005) - 2007 Orange County Fair
Highly recommended (2004) - Wining & Dining Magazine, May 2006
87 (2004) - Wine Enthusiast, December 2006
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Menage a Bunch


We like to call this our "best of all worlds" wine since even though the exact percentages change each year, our Menage always includes all four of our varietals (Cabernet, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Zinfandel). One of our original blends, Menage is our version of an easy going wine that pairs well with just about everything.
menage a bunch
Petite Cab


The best of the best! The richness of our award winning Cab blended with our full bodied Petite. This wine has turned out to be one of our personal (and Wine Club) favorites. Only a limited amount is made each year, too small to submit for competition - otherwise, it would have a long list of Gold Medals!
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SFR


This is a special blend, which will vary from year to year, but will always be Petite Sirah based. This is a wine that is smooth and easy to drink (where it derived its name from) and is made in the style that it will go well anywhere, anytime, with anyone.

Awards:

Gold Medal (2008) - 2010 Orange County Wine Competition
Gold Medal (2006) - 2008 Orange County Wine Competition
Silver Medal (2005) - 2007 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Bronze Medal (2004) - 2006 Grand Harvest Awards
Bronze Medal (2004) - 2006 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Bronze Medal (2005) - 2007 L.A. County Fair
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 Lily - Port


Named after our second granddaughter, this wine comes from the same late harvest Cabernet grapes which goes into her sisters' ( Sophie ) wine, to which we have blended in a little Petite Sirah and Zinfandel, and then added a very special brandy made from Merlot grapes. The result is a mellow, smooth, rich port, and one that is very drinkable now.
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Sophie


Our dessert wine, named after our granddaughter who was born the day we were bottling the wine. For both the 2004 and 2005 vintages, we used our Cabernet grapes. Most growers will pick all their Cabernet grapes to make into table wine; we let a little stay on the vines until the sugar level in the grapes was over the top. We stopped the fermentation with about 7% residual sugar in the wine. The result was an incredible, late harvest cabernet dessert wine that sold out in the first 60 days after it was released. Don't miss it!

Awards:

Bronze Medal (2004) - 2006 West Coast Wine Competition
sophie