California GSM – 2020 Hahn



The initials stand for a type of red wine blend that combines

three complimentary grapes, Grenache, Syrah and Môurvedre. 

Winemakers in southern France are rightfully regarded

as the masters of GSM. 

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is generally acknowledged

as the pinnacle of the GSM blend. 

But producers in the warmer climates of eastern Washington,

southern Australia and central California are also producing

some standout GSM’s.

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It’s Wine Thursday!, our weekly review

of a good wine that’s easy to find

and reasonably priced. 


This week, we’re checking out an affordable GSM

produced in one of California’s unsung wine-producing areas.




Where it’s from…

Some 40 years ago, the Hahn family

established a wine-making operation near Soledad

in the middle of California’s Salinas Valley. 

The area, known as the Santa Lucia Highlands, 

has one of the longest growing seasons in the entire state,

ideal conditions for the three red grapes

that comprise Hahn’s GSM.  


What it is…  

The breakdown for Hahn’s GSM is 65% Grenache,

33% Syrah and just a touch…2%…of Mourvèdre. 

Grenache, typically bright and fruity, shows its stuff

in this blend.  There are dark cherry, plum and raspberry

flavors leading the way.  The Syrah contributes body and structure.

It’s a dry, easy-drinking red with a hint of spice on the finish.

The Hahn is reminiscent of a Côtes du Rhône,

the hearty entry-level red blend from southern France. 

And that’s a high compliment for any GSM.


Where to buy it…

The 2020 Hahn GSM is at Total Wine for $11.49. 

Safeway’s price is $11.99.  It’s at Target for $12.99. 

It’s on the shelf at Fred Meyer and QFC for $13.99. 

Albertsons carries it for $14.99. 

You can order it from Martin Wine & Spirits for $11.99   

Wine House has it for the same $11.99 price 

Mission Wine sells it for $13.99 also has it for $13.99