Paso Robles Hosts 4th Annual Garagiste Festival


November 6th – 9th will mark the 4th annual Garagiste Festival in Paso Robles, hosted at the Ponderosa Pavilion at the Fairgrounds.  The Garagiste Festival is the first and only wine festival dedicated to the undiscovered and under-recognized artisan ‘garagiste’ producers who are making some of the best, most exciting, handcrafted small lot production wines in the world. The Garagiste Festival was named one of the Top Nine Epicurean Vacations by ABC News. Founded by fellow garagistes Stewart McLennan and Douglas Minnick, the Garagiste Festival is committed to fostering the spirit of free exchange of ideas and encouragement that has made California one of the friendliest, most successful and innovative wine-making regions in the world.


Winemaker Mixer – $25

7:00-9:30pm / First Crush in Templeton 

Sponsored by WiVi Central Coast   

Over 25 wineries will be bringing sneak peeks and barrel samples to the event, which will make you amongst the first to taste these future releases. Talk about being ahead of the curve…The evening will also include our 1st ever Winemaker Shootout…where our participating winemakers will pit their best blend against their fellow Garagistes in a speed blind tasting for ultimate supremacy! A few lucky attendees will be able to put their palate to the test and cast their own vote as well…do you have what it takes? Talk about a barrel of fun!  



“Opening Round” Tasting – $50

6:30-9:30pm / The Carlton Hotel, Atascadero

Get to taste over 70 wines from 20 out-of-town wineries pouring ONLY at this event.

You get to meet  up-and-coming garagiste winemakers from both Northern and Southern CA

 in one night, in one great setting! Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served by Chef Johnny Jantz along with cheese & charcuterie from Vivant Cheese.

The Monterey Chocolate Company will also be sampling their wine-pairing treats.

A great way to jumpstart your palate and the weekend!



All Events at the Paso Robles Fairgrounds 

– 11:00am-9:30pm – $140
Premium Pass includes: (3) Morning Seminars, Wine Country Boxed Lunch, Early Access to Tasting, 3 hours of Grand Tasting and After Party (Beer, concert and dinner included). 
>Only 150 Tickets Available<

GRAND TASTING – 2:00-5:00pm – $60

Find your favorites amongst our lineup of 60 Paso-based winemakers who will be pouring over 200 different wines. Everything from Albarino to Zinfandel will be available to taste. There will be local food artisans on hand sampling their handmade products, as well as Cheese & Charcuterie from Vivant Fine Cheese.

>> Click to see 2014 Winery Participants<< 

KEEP IT ROCKIN’ AFTER PARTY – 5:30-9:30pm – $30

(Only available with purchase of Premium, Early Access or Grand Tasting Ticket)
We keep the fun going with live music from local favorite High Voltage, small-lot cold brews sponsored by Paso’s own Barrelhouse Brewing and a down-home dinner featuring the award-winning recipes of Jeffrys Catering while hanging with the winemakers and fellow attendees.
 These tickets are ONLY available in conjunction with a Saturday Tasting Ticket.



11am-1pm at First Crush in Templeton

Sponsored by Laffort 


These popular seminars are a “must” for those wishing to learn the actual requirements for making your first wine or improving upon your past efforts. This is a rare opportunity to get into the nitty-gritty of practical, hands-on winemaking with two of the best garagistes in the business Matt Brain and Adam Lazarre, returning for a second year. If you have any interest at all in making your own wine (or are already doing so) this is a tremendous opportunity to get serious mentoring from some of the industry’s best winemakers. More details to come, but rest assured these seminars are golden. We ALWAYS take notes.

WSA/NASA Silver Pin Certified Sommelier, Central Coast wine enthusiast and overall travel junkie

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