Gianni Buonomo’s Blaufränkisch Takes Center State at Del Mar Fair

Del Mar CA – June 9, 2017 – “Someone at the fair actually heard of Blaufränkisch!” exclaimed surprised San Diego winemaker Keith Rolle. “She just got back from a trip to Austria and central Europe where she drank Blaufränkisch almost every day.”  The rest of the fair goers needed a little explanation of what they were tasting.

Gianni Buonomo’s  2013 Blaufränkisch was the featured wine today at “the world’s most casual tasting room” nestled in the middle of the flower and garden area of the fair. Sharing the stage with with legendary San Diego radio personality Sam Bass, Rolle explained that this rare and ancient grape’s origin is from Austria, but also thrives in Washington state where it is called Lemberger. It is actually a fairly common varietal in Central Europe where it is called Frankovka. As the story goes,  back in the late 700s none other that Charlemagne himself (King of the Franks, Lombards and Emperor of the Romans) chose the grape for the Frankish people allowing the Hunnic people access to grapes of lesser quality and prestige. The name is very simply translated to Blue Frankish.

A thin-skinned grape, Blaufränkish typically has high juice to skin ratio making it a fairly light, medium-bodied wine. The Gianni Buonomo 2013 expresses an array of wild berries with hints of white pepper, star anise and rosewater. This wine pairs perfectly with crab cakes, roasted chicken and sweet & salty bites like prosciutto wrapped dates or grilled sausage with sweet mustard.

This Blaufränkisch can be sampled and purchased in the Gianni Buonomo Vintners tasting room Wednesday through Sunday. It can also be purchased on-line at http://www.GBVintners.com. Tasting room location is

Gianni Buonomo Vintners
4836 Newport Ave
San Diego CA 92107

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 wines.