A few words about the Wine Library:

"The service and selection at the Wine Library is unparalleled in the wine world. They have always provided us with a a hand-tailored selection, whether it is a significant birth year vintage or a jewel from a coveted producer, the Wine Library can always find just the wine you are looking for."

— Traci Des Jardins, Owner/Chef, Jardinière Restaurant
(San Francisco)

"Since the opening of our restaurant, wine has always been as important to the dining experience as the food. We were thrilled to hear about the Wine Library and very impressed by the offerings. The wines we have acquired from the Wine Library have helped to build our cellar to world-class status. They are always in impeccable condition and of superb provenance. I just don’t want too many other wine buyers to find out our secret for sourcing incredible wine!"

— Charlie Trotter, Owner/Chef, Charlie Trotter’s (Chicago)

"Over the years, I have found that there is no better source for fine and rare wines, particularly Bordeaux, than the Wine Library."

— Michael Bonaccorsi Sommelier, Spago Beverly Hills

"I have done business with the Wine Library for over five years. They offer a superb selection of cult and classic wines, the newest releases and mature vintages. Even more important, they offer the security of knowing the provenance of the bottles they sell. You are sure to get the finest example available. "

— Pete Palmer, Farallon Restaurant (San Francisco)

From the San Francisco Chronicle
February 25, 2000

At Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco, wine director John Lancaster uses the Wine Library exclusively to supply his wine list with what he calls "library wines."

"It's hard to find fine wines with age on them that have been properly stored through the years," Lancaster says . "The Gelsmans consistently provide me with bottles that are in perfect condition. I've never received any bottles with damaged labels or low-fills."

At New York City's heralded Lespinasse restaurant in the St. Regis Hotel, wine director Joseph Nase sings the praises of The Wine Library. "I receive many special requests from guests for rare vintages, specifically Bordeauxs and Burgundies," Nase says . "Eddie and Carl are on the top of my list to help me find these wines."

From the Sonoma County Press Democrat
June 7, 2000

Eddie’s latest passion is wine making, which he is doing in the southern Rhone Valley in France with winemaker Jean-Louis Chave, whose family has been growing wine grapes since 1481. They made 2500 cases of Mon Coeur wine last year, most of which was sold to restaurants. Eddie, who spends two months in the Fall in France, gets a chance to work the harvest, picking and stomping grapes, driving trucks and blending the wine.