Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Garagiste Festival Shines Spotlight on Artisan Winemakers

What is a "Garagiste?" It is a term originally used in the Bordeaux region of France to denigrate the renegade small-lot winemakers, who often work from their garages and refused to follow the rules.  While the French may frown upon the "garagistes," a group of dedicated wine enthusiasts and artisan winemakers are resurrecting the term to describe the growing number of small-lot producers from California's famed wine producing regions.  Make no mistake: these wineries are producing some of the finest wines you may never have heard of.  But now is your chance to savor the Garagiste wines of California's Central Coast.

The Garagiste Festival will bring together 40 wineries from Paso Robles and Santa Barbara County for this inaugural event at Windfall Farms, located in the rolling hillsides of Eastside Paso Robles.

The Garagiste Festival will also feature two informative seminars with several of the most renowned winemakers in California's Central Coast - Justin Smith (Saxum), Neil Collins (Tablas Creek and Lone Madrone), and Terry Culton (Adelaida Cellars).


The Garagiste Festival
November 12, 2011
Windfall Farms, Paso Robles

"Paso Rocks the World" Seminar: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
"The Ultimate Barrel Tasting-Oak Flavors Tasted & Explained Seminar: 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Consumer Tasting: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Winemaker After Party: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Tickets are now available for the Festival by clicking here. Tickets for the Consumer Tasting cost $55.  The All-Access Pass costs $100 and includes admission to the 2 seminars, consumer tasting and winemaker after party.

Want to find out more about what is a "Garagiste" and the venue for this year's inaugural Garagiste Festival? Check out the videos below!


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