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.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6th
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!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7th
“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!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8th
All Events at the Paso Robles Fairgrounds
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.
KEEP IT ROCKIN’ AFTER PARTY – 5:30-9:30pm – $30
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9th
11am-1pm at First Crush in Templeton
Sponsored by Laffort
WINEMAKER SYMPOSIUM – $25
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.