2013 Paso Festival

We are thrilled to be holding the 3rd Annual Garagiste Festival once again at the amazing Stallion Barn out at Windfall Farms this November. We are currently finalizing all the details for this weekend of wine, food and fun. We hope you will come out and support these small, hard-working winemakers. We know you’re going to love what you taste.

The 2013 Garagiste Festival Schedule

The Carlton Hotel in Atascadero, CA

“Undiscovered Treasures” 6-Course Winemaker Dinner
$129 per person (Includes Tax & Tip)
Enjoy the bounty of local, organic artisan farm and food purveyors
paired with the wines of Bodegas M, Caliza Winery,
Clos Solene, Cutruzzola Vineyard, Paix Sur Terre and The Farm Winery.
Menu crafted by Chef Charlie Paladin Wayne



All Events at The Pavilion on the Lake
9315 Pismo Avenue, Atascadero, CA

“The Opening Round”: 4:00-7:00pm – SOLD OUT

Join us for Happy Hour! We’re growing in leaps and bounds and in an effort to get more consumers and winemakers together, we have added this special kick-off event to get the wine-tasting started! Explore the latest offerings of 17 additional wineries from all over the Central Coast, including a few favorites from our Southern Exposure event that featured wineries from the Santa Ynez Valley region.

Participating Wineries: Archium Cellars, Ascension Cellars, Barton Family Wines, Casa Dumetz, Cholame Vineyard, DuBost Winery, Frequency Wines, MCV WinesMichael Gill Cellars, C. Nagy WinesPence Ranch, Powell Mountain CellarsPlanB Cellars, Sea Shell Cellars, Two Shepherds WinesTuriya Wines and Vinemark Cellars.

The Pavilion on the Lake in Atascadero is located just 15 minutes from downtown Paso Robles and delivers another outstanding venue to try these amazing wines. Cheese & Charcuterie will be provided.

Winemaker Mixer: 7:30-9:30pm – $35

This hugely popular evening event returns with one-time-only opportunities to taste some remarkable off-the-grid wines and chat with the people who make them. WIneries from both days will be in attendance. Our theme of “Shiners, Samples & Secrets” showcases over 25 unreleased, barrel samples, wine club only and pre-release wines that will be poured alongside hearty appetizers provided by Pacific Harvest Catering.

A casual, fun evening in an amazing setting that is sure to impress your palate and gain you new friends.

A limited number of combo tickets, which gets you into both events, are available for $60, a 15% discount off the face value.



“The Main Event at Windfall Farms”
VIP All-Day Pass – 11am-9pm / Grand Tasting  - 2-5pm – SOLD OUT

The day begins by bringing back one of the most popular features of the Garagiste Festivals, its engaging, educational and unique winemaker panel and tasting seminars. These seminars are only available as part of the VIP All-Day Pass.

  • 11:00am: “What’s Wrong With This Picture? Educate Your Palate About the Most Common Wine Flaws” This tasting seminar led by Cal Poly professor and “garagiste” Matt Brain will help attendees identify (and understand the cause of) wine flaws such as TCA (cork taint), Oxidization, Bret (Brettanomyces), VA (Volatile Acidity), and more, with a comparison tasting of flawed wines side-by-side with their unflawed counterparts.  You will never again be intimidated about returning a flawed bottle to a snooty waiter.
  • 11:45am: “Garagiste Outlaws: Breaking the Old World Blending Rules (in France they’ll throw you in jail for these blends!)” The Central Coast and its garagistes are known for their innovative blends, and this seminar offers tastings of some of the best from a panel of blending experts who will explain why certain varietals are just made for each other, why others are too mutually destructive ever to be seen in public (or private!) together — and why many of those Old World blending rules are just made to be broken – all to the benefit of wine drinkers. Panelists include: Christian Tietje of Cypher Wines and Jeff Strekas of ONX Wines.


The festival’s Grand Tasting follows from 2-5pm with 49 winemakers pouring 125+ wines and 20+ varietals.  This year, for the first time, a limited number of Early Access Tasting Tickets will be offered, providing an extra two hours of tasting, to a select number of consumers. There will also be a Trade & Media tasting (from 11:30am-1:30pm) before the main consumer tasting begins.

The day is capped with the festival’s rocking Winemaker After-Party, where guests and winemakers mingle, drink, eat, dance and continue the conversation (Beer & food, provided by Gypsy Flame included).



Winemaker Symposium at Vintner’s Vault – 11:00am-1:00pm – $25

Nothing’s Perfect: How to Manage and Influence Your Wines to Greatness 

Presented by Laffort

There is a reason that so many winemakers go to college for a degree in Enology – there is a lot to learn. But you don’t need a college degree to make excellent wine, especially if you get the kind of basic fundamentals that we are offering at this seminar featuring two outstanding winemakers and teachers. If you are making wine, thinking about making wine, or just want a more complete understanding of the process, this is a unique opportunity to get an inside, hand-on look at the process without having to enroll in college yourself!

The oldest adage in the wine world says that what happens in the vineyard is the major component in making a great wine. Whilst for the most part this is true, there are many curveballs that nature can throw at a winemaker that need to be managed in the winery. This symposium will look behind the curtain to reveal some of the tips and techniques used by master winemakers to influence successful outcomes in their wines.

Matt Brain, co-owner and co-winemaker for Baker & Brain Wines and a professor at Cal Poly and Adam LaZarre, owner/winemaker of LaZarre Wines and consultant to Laffort will explore some of the common hurdles faced by winemakers and attendees will have the rare opportunity to taste the influences of various remedies commonly used to craft the best possible wine.

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