GARAGISTES – (gar-uh-zhē-stuh) n, Fr. – A term originally used in the Bordeaux region of France to denigrate renegade small-lot wine makers, sometimes working in their garage, who refused to follow the “rules.” Now a full-fledged movement responsible for making some of the best wine in the world. Who’s laughing now, Francois?Syn: Rule-breakers, pioneers, renegades, mavericks, driven by passion.
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The 2013 Garagiste Festival
It was an amazing week!
Cheers to all of the wineries who came out and poured a whole lot of wine to our thirsty and knowledgable attendees. We’re thrilled to be able to help our audience find your juice. Sorry they’re so passionate…(see photo below).
We’d like to thank all of our new, and especially returning, volunteers including those up-and-coming, Wine & Vit Cal Poly students who came out strong this year. We honestly could not do this without you guys! Your hard work and can-do attitude is greatly appreciated. Hope you’re free on 3/29…
To all of our event partners and sponsors, thanks for your support and we hope you had as much fun as we did. We know this year was the best yet!
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Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure Returns March 29th, 2014
Over 30 of Santa Ynez Valley’s high-quality, small-production winemakers to pour at Veteran’s Hall in Solvang
Paso Robles, CA – November 12, 2013 – Garagiste Events today announced the return of one of its most successful events, The Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure, which will feature over 30 of Santa Ynez Valley’s high-quality, small-production winemakers, all pouring under one roof on March 29th, 2014, in Solvang, CA. The non-profit festival sold out last year, and was announced in Paso Robles at the annual Garagiste Festival, which also sold out for the third year in a row. Southern Exposure will once again take place at the beautiful, Mission-style Veterans Memorial Hall in the heart of Solvang, California, and, like all Garagiste Events festivals, will incorporate the festival’s signature high-quality wines, personal winemaker interaction and renegade spirit.
“As we hammer another sold-out sign into the ground outside our Paso Robles Garagiste Festival, we are thrilled to announce that the Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure will return this Spring,” said Garagiste Festival co-founder Doug Minnick. “There is no shortage of extraordinary garagiste winemakers on the Central Coast and, as we again turn our sights 100 miles south, we look forward to introducing garagiste fans to some new discoveries and ‘old’ favorites in Solvang. The excitement about this movement continues to grow as does the quality and diversity of the artisan winemakers who participate in our events. Get your tickets early, we will sell out fast.”
The non-profit Garagiste Festivals showcase high-quality, cutting-edge, small-production wineries that produce fewer than 1,200 cases a year and have emerged as among the most unique and influential wine events in the US. Named one of the ‘Top Nine Incredible Epicurean Vacations’ in the world by ABC News* and a ‘not to miss’ event by the LA Times, the festivals have introduced over 150 outstanding artisan winemakers to thousands of passionate wine consumers, members of the trade and media, raising the profiles of many of the winemakers nationally for the first time and raising thousands of dollars for the education of future winemakers.
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*Garagistes (gar-uh-zhē-stuh) is a term originally used in the Bordeaux region of France to denigrate renegade small-lot wine makers, sometimes working in their “garages” (anything considered not a chateau), who refused to follow the “rules,” and is now a full-fledged movement responsible for making some of the best wine in the world. Click here (http://bit.ly/119JfED) for more info and proper ‘garagiste’ pronunciation.
About The Garagiste Festivals
The Garagiste Festivals (http://www.garagistefestival.com) are the first and only wine festivals 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. Founded by fellow garagistes Stewart McLennan and Douglas Minnick, the Garagiste Festivals are committed to discovering the best and most innovative limited-production winemakers and promoting and showcasing them to a broad audience of discerning wine consumers. In addition to its flagship annual festival in Paso Robles, CA, the Garagiste Festival line-up includes Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure, featuring Santa Ynez Valley garagistes; garagiste mini-tastings presented from So Cal to Tahoe; winemaker dinners, a newsletter, garagiste profiles and more. Named one of the “Top Nine Incredible Epicurean Vacations” by ABC News**, Garagiste Festivals are produced by Garagiste Events, a non-profit dedicated to furthering the education of future winemakers and those training for employment within the wine industry. Proceeds from the festivals are donated to the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Program.
**ABC News Online, May 31, 2012: http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/amazing-foodie-adventures/story?id=16466702#8
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Garagiste Events, Inc. is proud to use the proceeds of the Festivals to support young winemakers at the Wine and Viticulture Program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.