January 24, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Small San Diego Winery Wins Big at National Competition
Urban Winery Wins Double Gold
San Diego CA – January 24, 2018 – Some say size matters. That bigger is better. But that doesn’t seem to be the case when it comes to producing super-premium wine.
San Diego’s diminutive Gianni Buonomo Vintners in Ocean Beach was just awarded Double Gold in the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Gianni Buonomo competed against the biggest names in the US wine industry in what is known as the largest competition of American wines in the world.
“Because we’re such a small producer, I never sent my wines out to competitions,” remarked Winemaker Keith Rolle who owns the 1500 case per year winery. “A couple of wine club members urged me to enter. They even offered to pay the entry fee, so I submitted two wines to the San Fran competition. I was stunned when I was informed that my 2014 Charbono won Double Gold and my 2013 Blaufränkisch won a Bronze.”
Asked why he produces these obscure varietals, Rolle explains,” Because we’re small, we don’t have to produce massive amounts of Cab or Chardonnay to fill the distribution pipeline. This allows me great license for creativity in the varietals and style of wine I bring to market.”
Charbono, once the darling of Napa Valley, is now made by only 17 wineries in the entire US. There are less than 70 acres planted to this rare varietal that has developed a cult-like following. Grapes for this award-winning wine were sourced from El Dorado County near Placerville.
Blaufränkisch, another varietal not readily found in the US, has an Austrian heritage and grows extremely well in Washington state. Rolle harvests this and six other varietals in Washington and vinifies them in his 3000 square foot winery two blocks from the beach.
Gianni Buonomo Vintners is the only winery in the US, perhaps in the world, that produces both Charbono and Blaufränkisch. Their Ocean Beach winery features a tasting room, laboratory and a barrel room that also serves as an event center.
CONTACT: Keith Rolle info@GBVintners.com (cell) 619.991.9911
Gianni Buonomo Vintners is San Diego’s only fully-functioning beach winery. Just steps from the Pacific surf in the heart of Ocean Beach, Gianni Buonomo sources super-premium grapes from both El Dorado County CA and Washington state. Grapes are brought the beach to vinify, barrel age, blend, bottle and serve in a line-up of truly exceptional, award-winning wines.