Three San Diego Newspapers Showcase New Beach Winery Gianni Buonomo Vintners
San Diego CA – June 16, 2017 – As San Diego’s wine scene begins to emerge, wine tasting at the Ocean Beach Winery Gianni Buonomo Vintners is being heralded not only for the rare and exotic varietals they produce, but for the superior quality each of the wines exhibit. They are truly wines of exceptional quality, character and depth.
Reporter Frank Sabatini Jr. , author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), began his local writing career more than two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. His feature piece on San Diego winery Gianni Buonomo Vintners is running concurrently in The San Diego Downtown News, Gay San Diego, and The Mission Valley News. Sabatini’s piece takes an in depth look why Gianni Buonomo Vintners is the talk of the town among local wine enthusiasts.
Winemaker and Managing Director Keith Rolle was excited to host Sabatini for an afternoon. “It was great to meet Frank and have him taste through my line-up. He’s also from an Italian background. Growing up we both experienced some pretty good wines and some pretty awful stuff, too. He appreciated all the meticulous work that goes into making premium wine.”
Sabatini spent a good part of the day with Assistant Winemaker Neely Ashley. Ashley is a Cal Poly SLO graduate from their Wine and Viticulture program. “Neely brings another element to our wine making. She just graduated last year so all that fancy book learning is still fresh in her head. She also brings a very welcome element to the tasting room. Being able to talk about each of the wines with knowledge and conviction is critical. And the fact that she is charming doesn’t hurt either. I think we make a really good team.”
Gianni Buonomo Vintners sources most of their grapes from Washington state where Rolle studied Enology and Viticulture. The balance of their grapes come from select vineyards in El Dorado County near Placerville. Among the rare and exotic varietals is one that comes from Washington and one from El Dorado County.
From Washington comes their Blaufränkisch. Known in Washington as Lemberger this obscure varietal is of Austrian origin and is fairly well known Central Europe where it is also known as Frankovka and Franconia. Coming from El Dorado County CA is the true classic California cult wine, Charbono. Originating from the Savoie region of France, Charbono is now grown on less than 70 acres in the US and only 17 US wineries produce this rare wine. Gianni Buonomo is one of those wineries that takes special care to present the best representation of this precious varietal.
Rounding out the offerings in the tasting room is a Rhone-style blend of 60% Mourvedre and 40% Syrah and a Bordeaux inspired blend of 65% Petit Verdot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2014 Barbera is made from grapes sourced in from the Fairplay area near Placerville in El Dorado County. Under the label Buonomo Reserve you’ll find a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and a 100% Syrah. Both of these spent three years aging in French oak barrels before bottling. The Buonomo Reserve Sangiovese Cuvée round out this impressive wine portfolio.