San Diego CityBeat Makes Call to Urban Winery Favorite in Ocean Beach
San Diego CA – April 20, 2017 – Writers for San Diego’s alternative entertainment and news weekly, CityBeat, recently visited San Diego’s top urban winery, Gianni Buonomo Vintners, to taste through the line-up of wines made just two blocks from the Pacific in Ocean Beach.
“It’s so cool that people are turning-on to Blaufränkisch,” says Winemaker and Managing Director Keith Rolle. This rare Austrian varietal is something that most folks have never tasted. Often referred to as the “Pinot of the East” it is gaining traction in Southern California due to is low tannin levels and, at 13.4% ABV, the relatively low percentage of alcohol. The 2013 Blaufränkisch is a red wine that can be easily paired with more delicate dishes that a more robust red might overpower. Poultry and salmon are great pairing candidates.
The Blaufränkisch that Gianni Buonomo offers is made from grapes that are grown in Washington state and brought to the beach to vinify. The winery also sources grapes from both Amador and El Dorado Counties in the Sierra Foothills.
One of those California grapes is Zinfandel. It was the favorite of CityBeat author Jen Van Tieghem. Along with a companion, Jen was able to taste her way through the line-up with Manager and Assistant Winemaker Neely Ashley. After the tasting she decided to take home a bottle of the 2013 Zinfandel. Jen explained, “My friend and I found ourselves with a good problem to have: trying to pick a favorite. But we both agreed we’d gladly accept seconds of anything on the list.”
CONTACT: Neely Ashley Neely@GBVintners.com
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.