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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Garagiste Festival: Sell-Out In Solvang – Los Angeles, Paso Dates Announced

Hundreds flock to Solvang to taste over 60 SYV/SB garagiste wines at expanded Southern Exposure Festival; first-ever Los Angeles Garagiste Festival announced for July 12th; fourth annual Paso Robles Garagiste Festival announced for November 6th – 9th

Paso Robles, CA – April 23, 2014 – Garagiste Events, producers of The Garagiste Festivals, today announced the dates for the first-ever Los Angeles-based Garagiste Festival on July 12th and the fourth annual Paso Robles Garagiste Festival November 6th – 9th. The announcements come on the heels of another sell-out in Solvang, where the second annual Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure hosted hundreds of passionate wine consumers and over 60 SYV/SB artisan winemakers and was dubbed “a wildly exuberant and fun wine event” by the LA Times[1].

“Following a big success in Solvang for these remarkable garagiste winemakers, who continue to find an audience of passionate new fans through our events, we could not be more excited to announce the date of our first Los Angeles festival this summer, (with more details to come soon), and for our fourth annual festival this fall in Paso Robles,” said Garagiste Festival Co-founder Doug Minnick. “Consumers flock to our festivals because there is nowhere else where they can taste so many ‘garagiste’ wines under the same roof – and these are the real deal: true garagistes who pay close, hands-on attention to every wine they make.”

The non-profit Garagiste Festivals are the only events that exclusively showcase high-quality, cutting-edge, small-production commercial wineries that produce fewer than 1,500 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 hundreds of outstanding artisan winemakers to thousands of passionate wine consumers, members of the trade and media, elevating 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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Southern Exposure Rocked!

We just want to thank everyone who came out, all of our Sponsors and participating wineries, our kick-ass volunteers and all our food partners – Jeffry’s Catering, Cecco Ristorante, Georgia’s Smokehouse, Monterey Chocolate Company and Rancho Olivos Oils – who added some delicious eats to the weekend. We had an awesome time, hope you all did too!

Garagiste Events, Inc. is a non-profit organization that 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. The mechanism by which that happpens, The Garagiste Festivals, have allowed us to not only raise funds for our cause but also create an entirely new niche within the wine industry that supports small production artisan winemakers.