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.
Welcome to Garagiste, a place for the underground, the different, and the cutting edge of small production winemaking with no rules.
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Kick-Off the Southern Exposure Festival Weekend with our Pizza Pairing Party!
Whaddya say we start Festival weekend a little earlier? We are happy to announce the addition of a new Friday night event to get the weekend started on March 28th at the outstanding Cecco Ristorante in the heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country.
This ain’t Domino’s. With Chef David Cecchini calling the shots, an authentic Italian wood-fired pizza oven and seasonally inspired Italian cuisine featuring handmade pastas, cheese, antipasti; utilizing farmer’s market & artisan products – this would be a great night for the food alone.
But, as usual, we are going the extra mile. There will be 11 wineries pouring over 20 samples of their favorite pizza pairing wines from 6:30-9pm.
And it’s only $39 + tax per person.
Friday night wineries include: Archium Cellars, Calilove, Kessler-Haak Winery, Larner Winery, Montemar Winery, Press Gang Cellars, Scott Cellars, Solminer and Vinemark Cellars….and for one night ONLY the wines of De Su Propia Cosecho and Sforzando Wines. We ran out of room at the Vets Hall, but we didn’t want you to miss out on meeting them and tasting their latest offerings.
To get your tickets and join in the fun, CLICK HERE.
Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure Expands – Over Fifty SBC/SYV “Garagiste” Winemakers to Pour March 29th and 30th in Solvang
Tickets now on sale for two days of events and seminars featuring hard-to-find, high-quality, small-production winemakers from Santa Barbara County and Santa Ynez Valley; 50% are new festival discoveries; one in four pouring first vintage, 75% have no tasting room.
Solvang, CA – February 10, 2014 – Garagiste Events today announced that tickets are now on sale at http://californiagaragistes.com/buy-tickets/ for its expanded Santa Ynez Valley-based “Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure,” which will feature fifty-six of Santa Ynez Valley’s and Santa Barbara County’s high-quality, limited-production commercial “garagiste**” winemakers. The second annual festival will take place on March 29th and 30th, and returns to the beautiful, Mission-style Veterans Memorial Hall in the heart of Solvang, California. Proceeds benefit Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture program.
Last year’s one-day event sold out and, in response to both consumer and winemaker demand, the non-profit event has expanded to two days. Like all Garagiste Events festivals, each day will incorporate the festival’s signature tasting seminars, low-crowd experience, high-quality wines, first-time and ‘soon-to-break-out’ discoveries, personal winemaker interaction, diverse varietals (over 20) and renegade spirit. And, with almost fifty percent of the winemakers pouring at the event for the first time – thirteen pouring their first vintage, and over 75% lacking a tasting room – Southern Exposure offers a truly one-time-only opportunity for consumers to discover some of the hottest, yet-to-be-discovered wines, in one of the country’s most up and coming wine regions — all in person and under one roof.
“One of the most fulfilling things about Garagiste Festival events is seeing important new winemakers not only get discovered for the first time but, in many instances, explode out of the box. Surrounded by some of the wine world’s most exciting and newest AVAs, like Ballard Canyon, Southern Exposure is ripe with undiscovered and ‘on the verge’ treasures,” said Garagiste Festival co-founder Doug Minnick.
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.
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!
For those of you who could not get tickets, sign-up to out mailing list so you don’t miss out next year. Members of The Dirt are the first to know about upcoming events and the only ones who receive discounts and privileges. Don’t be left out!
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.