With less than three weeks remaining until the Second Annual Garagiste Wine Festival: Urban Exposure at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on July 11th, it’s safe to say this is one of our favorite events. With over 200 wines crafted by 56 winemakers from across California, including 12 from Napa, Sonoma, Monterey and Anderson Valley, will be featured, it’s hard not to like it! Over half of the wineries are pouring at Urban Exposure for the first time and 8 are pouring wines from their very first vintage. This year’s festival also features a new pre-event, (one not to be missed!) ‘Rare and Reserve’ which raises the curtain on special library and reserve wines that are rarely available to the public, as well as on some pre-release and barrel tastings, from over 45 of the participating wineries. Festival-goers will also have the chance to sample breads from La Brea Bakery, cold brew coffee from Califia Farms, wine pairing chocolates from Truffle Gateau, as well as samples from Artisanal LA producers.
Dubbed ‘wildly exuberant and fun’ by the LA Times, The Garagiste Festivals are the first and only festivals dedicated to the undiscovered and under-recognized artisan producers making some of the best, most exciting, handcrafted small-lot wines in the US. And, like all Garagiste Festivals, Urban Exposure offers attendees high-quality wines, first-time and ‘soon-to-break-out’ discoveries, personal winemaker interaction, diverse varietials, a stunning venue and, of course, a renegade and fun-loving spirit. The Garagiste Festival is a non-profit with proceeds going to the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture program.