January 8, 2019                                                                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Diego Winery Earns Top 10 Honors for 2018

San Diego CA – January 8, 2019 – It’s not every day that you see a San Diego County winery keep company with the wine giants from Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles and Italy. But a small urban winery in the San Diego coastal community of Ocean Beach managed to make that happen.

Gianni Buonomo Vintners’ 2015 Charbono earned the Top 10 Wine Tastes of 2018. The list was selected by renowned syndicated wine and food columnist Frank Mangio.  His Top 10 list was published by the Coast News Group.

Owner/winemaker Keith Rolle said he would have been thrilled just to get honorable mention in such famous company as Caymus, DAOU, Sattui, Paul Hobbs, Rombauer and Silver Oak.

“It was a very humbling moment. Those are some really elite wines from the best in the industry,” said Rolle. We are grateful. A lot of things had to go right.”

Close to 3,000 wines were tasted and the winners included five from Napa Valley, and one each from Sonoma, San Diego, Monterey, Paso Robles and Italy.

It’s not a total shock that a Gianni Buonomo wine was selected. They have been on the radar of many wine critics since opening in 2014.  Throughout 2018, the winery collected gold and double gold medals from coast-to-coast in domestic and international competitions.

What makes this rarity intriguing is that Gianni Buonomo Vintners owns no vineyards. They operate out of a 3000 sq. ft. converted antique store 2 blocks from the beach.  This urban winery sources grapes from the Sierra Foothills near Placerville and also brings in grapes from Washington State. All winemaking operations take place on-site in Ocean Beach.

“We pretty much do the same thing as the big guys, “ Rolle continued. We offer the public a premium product and the whole winery experience…just on a very small scale at the beach in San Diego.”


INFORMATION:                                   www.GBVintners.com

CONTACT:                   Al Dorvinen     wineclub@GBVintners.com   (cell) 562.458.9477

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.