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Winery fundraiser to raise money for Honor Flight Central Coast 

Sales of special ‘Tribute’ bottle will support nonprofit

A photo from a prior year's trip.

A photo from a prior year’s Honor Flight trip.

–On April 1, from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Pianetta Winery Tasting Room at 829 13th St. Paso Robles, Pianetta Winery will be selling “Tribute” bottles of their 2013 Red Blend. With each bottle purchased a donation will be made to the Honor Flight Central Coast California to help send veterans to visit their memorials in Washington D.C.

This bottle serves as a tribute to those who have served and are currently serving in our country’s military. Thousands of men and women of our nation’s military have put their lives in danger with no promise of fortune, fame or stability; this wine is a tribute to those heroes.

The bottle features Harry Moyer who flew a P-40 fighter bomber, the aircraft he’s standing in front of on the label. Prior to flying in China, Moyer participated in the invasion of Sicily and then the invasion of Italy, flying ground support as well as air to air. He shot down two German aircraft during those campaigns.

When the invasion of Italy was bogged down, his unit was transferred to China where they joined the 23rd Fighter Group of the 14th Air Force, the successor to the “Flying Tigers.”

Moyer was born in in Ohio in October 1920, making him 95. He continues to fly in his own aircraft, a 1964 Mooney stationed at San Luis Obispo Airport. The Mooney is a complex plane to fly, retractable gear, variable-pitch prop and Moyer continues to be a skillful pilot. He flies at least once a week.

Moyer’s best friend, Ted Schoettel, was also a pilot and he was shot down in the European Theater. Moyer married Schoettel’s sister, Gabrielle, who is 94, and they both reside in SLO.

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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on , Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.

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