APRIL 20, 2018
T he C oast News - I nland E dition
Pacific Northwest continues to impress taste of wine frank mangio
short time ago in this column, I made the case for the wines of Washing-
I thought the quality and depth of flavor coming from that No. 2 producing state had exponentially spread to buyer decisions. Shelf space in wine shops are making these wines available, especially the top combination of Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Crest, combining massive farming, production and distribution tools to make a solid impression in the industry. Among the elite names in Washington, Leonetti of Walla Walla wowed a recent gathering of that state’s wine connoisseurs, with its signature style of blackberry and black tea. Flushed with this newfound discovery, I was attracted by one of the frequent Friday comprehensive tastings at Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas, underlining the Pacific Northwest. The other state featured was Oregon. Both states are a kind of hybrid wine style of the warm stable weather of the West Coast producing live-
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ly fruit, combining with the cool nights that create added acidity during the growing season, an “old world" wine attraction. The lineup at Meritage included a few Oregon picks led by a Ken Wright Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014 ($30). With Pinot, you are in Oregon’s sweet spot. It excels at this varietal that resembles Burgundies coming out of the district of the same name in France, with rich flavors and muscular black cherry backbone. By far, the star of this tasting was the Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Washington Red (CVR) 2015 ($72). This is worldclass Cabernet Sauvignon from the winery that was awarded Best Washington State Winery 2017 at Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate event. The CVR is a blend of 81 percent Cab Sauvignon, 11 percent Merlot, 4 percent Cab Franc and 4 percent Petit Verdot. Meritage called it “a decadent texture that slowly gives way to a vivid display of crushed violets, black plum, dark spices and chocolate dipped raspberries.” In 2015, Wine Spectator gave Quilceda Creek the No. 2 wine in all the world for its 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. This winery is located in the massive Columbia Valley of Washington. Visit at quilcedacreek. com.
GIANNI BUONOMO HAD ROOTS IN WASHINGTON
Keith Rolle was like most of us, he had several careers, migrating from cold Minnesota to hot Ensenada Mexico, all the while developing a passion for Washington wine. He followed his passion, moved to Washington and educated himself in the making of wine. When the time was right, he set up his own winery in sunny San Diego and in 2010 Gianni Buonomo Vintners was born, eventually to locate in the Ocean Beach district. Rolle is emphatic about sourcing the right fruit. “The grapes we use come from some of the top vineyards in Washington state and the Sierra foothills of California near Placerville. We keep our production small, allowing us to monitor how each individual barrel is aging.” About 2,000 cases of wine are made each year. According to Rolle, the wines sell out each vintage. A little known red varietal that’s become an award winner in some high-powered competition is the 2015 Charbono wine ($20 and up). It won Double Gold in this year’s San Francisco Chronicle event. Charbono is coming back from near oblivion with just 52 acres in Napa Valley and 27 acres elsewhere. This is a deep, bold, rustic essence of ripe black cherry, with lightly toasted oak and an enduring soft finish. Gianni Buonomo has
Rebecca Jean (Weiss) Knittel, 81, of Vista, CA passed away on February 1, 2018. She was born to the late Sally Weiss on February 2, 1936 in Chicago, IL, relocating to Providence, RI at the age of ten. She graduated with an English degree from Atlantic Union College in 1957, then taught English at Fresno Adventist Academy in Fresno, CA, where she met her late former husband, Orlando Knittel, marrying and settling down in Ukiah, CA to raise a family. In 1988 she moved to the San Diego area, earning a Master’s
Byron Audley Mauck of Carlsbad, age 76, passed away March 30, 2018, after valiantly fighting a battle with cancer. Byron loved the outdoors and traveled to every state and most of Canada with his wife, Jo Ann, and son Zane. Byron was a director of a nonprofit, a business owner and a lifelong entrepreneur, among many other things including service in the Army
Bette Lorraine Dietrich, 85 Carlsbad April 6, 2018
Patricia Ann Ryken, 65 Carlsbad April 8, 2018
Dawn Olive Lang, 84 Oceanside April 5, 2018
Juliana P. Fox, 90 Carlsbad April 7, 2018
Paul Earl Woodward, 81 Oceanside April 5, 2018
Jean Wilson Fulton, 85 San Marcos April 6, 2018
February 1, 2018
• The Big Red Fest in Temecula is coming up April 29 with the Deportola Trail wineries, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nine wineries will be serving their best reds plus nine artisan chefs will be serving sample cuisine of their best menu entrees. Three red wines from each winery. This is a self-motivated passport style event that starts at Gershon Bacchus Vintners. Cost is $70 per person. Designated driver tickets for $30. Details at deportolawinetrail.com or call (855) DWT-WINE. • The Junior League of San Diego holds their benefit Food & Wine Festival from noon to 5 p.m. May 5 at La Jolla Cove. A charity auction, dining, wine, spirits and craft beer plus a live showing of the Kentucky Derby. Bring your favorite hats. More than 50 restaurants will be offering their favorite menu items. This is the 18th annual event with proceeds to benefit Junior League charities. Tickets start at $75 available at jlsd.
Meritage Wine Market’s tasting room host Jonny Kohl pours a Washington favorite, the Quilceda Creek 2015 CVR. Photo by Frank Mangio
org/foodandwine. • Vittorio’s in the Carmel Valley district of San Diego presents a Foxen Vineyard & Winery dinner at 6 p.m. April 26, with Jenny & Kaitlin from the winery. Cost is $65 per person for a four-course dinner and dessert, all with matching wines from Foxen. Call (858) 538-5884. • Pala Casino on Highway 76 is planning a DAOU Vineyards dinner and wine tasting at 7:30 p.m. April 26, doors open at 7 p.m. Located in the underground wine cave, it will be a four-course dinner featuring Filet Mignon and Baltimore Crab. Tickets are $85 each. Call (877) 946-7252. email@example.com
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in English from San Diego State University in 1995, and subsequently also completing the coursework for a Doctorate. She taught English and ESL for 21 years at Grossmont College, MiraCosta College, and San Diego City College. She was a muchloved professor, esteemed by her colleagues and students, as well as a beloved member of the Point Loma Seventh-day Adventist Church, where she volunteered her many talents in activities such as teaching the Children’s Sabbath School. Jean was a doting mother and grandmother; she greatly enjoyed people, reading and writing, the arts, and family holidays at her beloved home in Vista. She is survived by her five children, Marlan Knittel (Sylvia), Carrie Knittel (Lonnie), Beth Knittel (Alan), Marta Knittel (Shoshana) and Heidi Knittel, and her grandchildren, Abigail, Amelia and Reese. A memorial service will be held at the Point Loma Seventh-day Adventist Church in San Diego, CA on April 28 at 2:00 pm.
Rebecca Jean (Weiss) Knittel
made 176 cases and will be celebrating its big win with a Charbono Fest, 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 28. A dinner of Santa Maria-Style Tri Tip plus other sides will be served, and will include two glasses of Charbono or a wine of your choice. Cost is $45 per person. Call (619) 991-9911, and visit gbvintners.com.
In loving memory of
Byron Audley Mauck November 15, 1941 March 30, 2018
and the National Guard. He was gregarious, and loved to swap stories, debate politics, and engage with his many friends. Byron was always on the go, working the county fair circuit and events for the art business he and Jo Ann created. Byron, a devoted husband, father and dog owner, was born in Monticello, Iowa, November 15, 1941, one of three sons of Kenneth and Freda Mauck of Saskatchewan, Canada. He is survived by Jo Ann Mauck, Zane Byron Mauck, his brothers Robert and James, brother-inlaw Brian Fahlgren and his wife Jodie, and nieces and nephews Kelly, Sean and Casey, as well as Christopher Fahlgren, deceased. In Byron’s honor, please make contributions to Parents of Murdered Children. Service is at the Calaveras Community Center on April 22 at 2:00 PM.
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Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 192 countries take action for Earth Day. Earth Day aims to inspire an awareness of and an appreciation for earth’s environment and is usually celebrated with individual or group acts of service. How can we each make a difference locally? • Consider using recyclable containers for snacks and lunches whenever possible. • Plant a tree in your yard or in a local park (check with your city for details.) • Pick up trash in your neighborhood; work in teams to make it fun. • Organize with your neighbors to collect and shred paper. • Recycle items collecting in your house/garage by donating to local non-profits. • Volunteer at a local community event that teaches children about recycling. We can each make a difference in today’s world and for our future generations!
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