Allow Us to Reintroduce Christian Gomez of WetStone Wine Bar.

Get to know the most underrated wine bar in Bankers Hill and the man behind the scenes.

Christian Gomez

Proprietor and Chef of WetStone

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Years in the industry: 35

How did you get involved with wine?

Through travel and WetStone
Began with first wine valley trip to Napa back in 2002

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Museum Art Director

Best meal you’ve ever had?

So many to mention but one…the foie at Borda Berri in San Sebastián

What is the last book you read?

By the river pierda I sat down and wept…Paulo Coelho

Christian has created a true gem at Wet Stone. The warmth and authenticity of this special wine bar can only be developed with time, love, and passion. It is the kind of place that defines the culture and heart of a neighborhood. – Shelbi Herring, owner of Copa Fina Wine Imports

How did WetStone come to be and how has it evolved?

After cooking in the private sector for many years and discovering wine in the early 2000’s, I took the advice of feedback and growing passion for wine and came back to my hometown to express something of difference. It’s now going on 14 yrs.

Your Food Inspiration

Galicia, Spain. Miraflores, Peru…and Mercado San Miguel, Madrid, Spain.

If you could change one thing in the wine industry, what would it be?

That more wine lists would be diverse, fun and progressive.

How do you measure your success?

Happiness. Balance in life. Healthy and smiling.

The soundtrack of your life would include what three songs?

Send one your love (instrumental), Stevie Wonder/ Rua dos Amores, Djavan/ Oblivion, Astor Piazzola

Favorite quote: Once upon a time, a child was born
With a light, to carry on,
Didn’t know what he had to be, had a feelin’
He was bound to see…
So the streets, he fled to shine
In a world of a different kind,
As he yearn, so he learn.
Stop! Look what’s behind you
Fame and love gonna find you
We’re just here to remind you
Yearn and learn is what you do. -Maurice White

How has COVID impacted your business?

Modify, flexibility and bending like bamboo.

How do you feel about the wine tariff situation?

Not in agreement. Totally different industries that have nothing to do with one another. Should have been negotiated differently, but under #45’s watch, explains it all. Looking forward to #46

Do you believe in climate change? Has it directly impacted your life or your wine list?

Yes I do. Growing up in Southern California it is so evident. Seasons are limited.

There are few people in the industry who match Christian’s effort, to taste so discerningly, to offer high quality to price ratio wines for his customers. Above that, he is a man of character and integrity; a seasoned professional in fine food and wine. He gives back to the community and has a genuine concern for the less fortunate. – Danny Morando, co-owner of Poured With Love

Wet Stone Wine Bar is offering exterior seating and call-in/pickup Tuesday through Friday 11 am – 2 pm and 5 pm – 10 pm, Saturday 5 pm – 10 pm, and Sunday 4 pm – 9 pm. Feel free to BYOB! Bring Your Own Blanket! For reservations call (619) 255-2856 or visit their website wetstonewinebar.com. 1927 4th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101

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