GARAGISTES – (garage-east) 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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November 11-13, 2016

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Garagiste Wine Festival Retakes the LA Stage: July 9th at The Wiltern

Sixty+ of the best of California’s micro-production winemaker discoveries all in one place; popular “Tasting the Winemaker’s Spice Rack” seminar has its LA premiere on The Wiltern stage.

Paso Robles, CA – June 2, 2016 – Garagiste Events Inc., producers of The Garagiste Festivals, announced that the festival is retaking the LA stage at The Wiltern on July 9th with the third annual Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure. Tickets are on sale on at www.garagistefestival.com.

Over 60+ artisan ‘garagiste*’ winemakers from across California, including Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez and SLO counties, Napa and Sonoma counties, and Paso Robles, will pour over 200 wines, with 30% of the wineries participating in our Los Angeles festival for the first time. This year’s Urban Exposure, dubbed “one of wines premier events…fun and exuberant…not to be missed[1],” also presents the LA premiere of one of its signature comparison tasting seminars, “Tasting the Winemaker’s Spice Rack,’ to be held on the stage of The Wiltern.

“From Paso Robles to Santa Ynez to the Bay Area, we have helped thousands of wine lovers discover more than 1,500 cutting edge wines crafted by the most passionate, under-the-radar micro-production winemakers in the state,” said Garagiste Festivals Co-founder Doug Minnick. “We are super-excited to be bringing more than 60 of these winemakers back to LA at this spectacular venue. You’ll have a hard time finding most of these wines anywhere else, and certainly not in any supermarket, but we make it easy. If you like wine at any level, whether you’re a novice or an expert – this event is like Nirvana. The place, not the band.”

Renowned for their ‘crazy thrill of discovery[2],’ one-on-one interactions with winemakers, and fun ‘no-snobs-allowed’ atmosphere, Garagiste Festivals offer wine lovers their only opportunity to taste so many small-production, hard-to-find wines, from so many regions, all in one place – over 60% of Urban Exposure winemakers are without a tasting room and can’t be found on “wine country” maps.

“This year, we have added one of our most popular tasting seminars to the line-up, and it takes place right on the concert stage. You’ll understand the role of oak in wine in an entirely new way. And for those of us who have dreamed of actually being onstage at The Wiltern, we now have our chance!” continued Minnick

In the “Understanding Oak Varieties: Tasting the Winemakers Spice Rack” seminar, Rendarrio Vineyards owner and winemaker Ryan Render, who is also a representative for the famous French tonnellerie, Cadus; and Michael Larner, who is the winemaker and owner of the renowned Larner Vineyard, will use side-by-side comparisons to help wine consumers understand, through their taste buds, how different oak treatments – from type to region to toast – can affect the finished product and change the profile of a single wine. The seminar will be moderated by radio host, winemaker, and Garagiste Festival co-founder Stewart McLennan.

The Garagiste Wine Festivals, which first exposed the American garagiste movement, are among the most unique and influential wine events in the world and are the only wine events that exclusively showcase ultra-premium, cutting-edge, micro-production commercial wineries that produce fewer than 1,500 (and many under 800) cases a year

The Garagiste Wine Festival: Urban Exposure will take place from 1pm – 6pm on Saturday, July 9th at The Wiltern, which is considered one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the United States. Located at Wilshire and Western (3780 Wilshire Boulevard) Los Angeles, CA., it is easily accessible by the Metro Purple Line train which stops at the Wilshire and Western station.

Among the over 60 winemakers already scheduled to pour are:  Alma Fria Winery, Alma Sol Winery, Alta Colina Vineyards, Archium Cellars, Artisan Uprising, Ascension Cellars, Belissimo Cellars, Bodega de Edgar, Brian Benson Cellars, Brophy Clark Cellars, Burning Bench Cellars, Caldera Cuvee, Caliza Winery, The Central Coast Group Project, Chene Wines, Cholame Vineyards, Cloak & Dagger Wines, Cordon Wines, Coruce Vineyards, DENO Wines, Dreamcote Wines, El Lugar Wines, Golden Star Vineyards, Graef Wines, Hoi Polloi Winery, Hoyt Family Vineyards, JP3 Wines, Kaena Wine Co., Kaleidos Winery, Kimmel Vineyards, Larner Vineyards, Leverage, Marin’s Vineyard, MCV Wines, Mollie Wine, On Your Left Wines, Pagter Bros. Winery, Per Cazo Cellars, Powell Mountain Cellars, Press Gang Cellars, Prizm Winery, Pulchella Winery, Ranchita Canyon, Rendarrio Vineyards, Rhythm Wines, Ryan Cochrane Wines, Starfield Vineyards, TAO Vineyards, The Farm Winery, Theopolis Vineyards, Tierra y Vino, Tlo Wines, Trail Marker Wine Co., Turiya Wines, TW Fermentation Co., Two Shepherds, Vinemark Cellars, Vines on the Marycrest, Weatherborne and West of Temperance.

To preserve an intimate experience for consumers with one-on-one interaction with winemakers, tickets are very limited for the Garagiste Festivals and always sell out. Tickets are available at http://garagistefestival.com.  For special discounts and updates on Urban Exposure, Taste of Garagiste mini-tastings and other Garagiste Festival events and news, sign up for The Dirt at http://garagistefestival.com/sign-up/, or follow us on Twitter (@GaragisteFest) or Facebook (http://on.fb.me/1rgBC80).

Sponsors include:

ETS Laboratories, Digital Dogma, Laffort USA, Travel Paso, Tonnellerie St. Martin, Glenn Burdette. mWebb Communications, Visit SYV.

For sponsorship info, email info@garagistefestival.com.

 *Garagistes (garage-east) 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.  The Garagiste Festivals were the first to shine a light on the American garagiste winemaker in 2011. Since then, the festival has helped thousands of consumers discover the remarkable wines of hundreds of true garagistes, who handcraft under 1,500 cases a year and pay close, hands-on attention to every wine they make.

Garagiste Events, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit whose proceeds go towards the education of future professionals within the wine industry.