2016 Paso Fest

We are thrilled to be bringing the 6th Annual Garagiste Festival back to downtown Paso Robles. We are currently finalizing all the details but following is our basic schedule of events that includes wine, wine and more wine. Some nibbles too.:)

We hope you will come out and support these small, hard-working winemakers. We know you’re going to love what you taste.

The 6th Annual Garagiste Festival Schedule


“Friday Night Heaven: Rare, Reserve & Retro”



Event to be held at The Carlton Hotel in Atascadero
6005 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422

Nothing goes better than wine and cheese, so we’re upping the ante, pairing the ultimate in fromage goodness – the grilled cheese sandwich – with the exquisite reserve wines of Garagiste winemakers in a beautiful and intimate setting. Kicking off the weekend with a mouthwatering bang…


“The Main Event at the Paso Fairgrounds”

2198 Riverside Ave, Paso Robles, CA 93446

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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. The seminars are only available as part of the VIP All-Day and Weekend Pass tickets, which also includes a Wine Country Box Lunch, early access to the Grand Tasting and entry into the Rockin’ After Party.

SATURDAY SEMINARS: 11:00am-12:30pm

A Peek Behind the Curtain of Big Wineries
with Adam Lazarre

What’s the big deal about small production? What’s the difference between a wine you find at The Garagiste Festival and a $12 wine from the supermarket?

Adam Lazarre is a winemaker who has made a million cases a year and a hundred. One of the creators of superstar wines Rex Goliath and Cycles-Gladiator with a resumé far too long to list here, Adam also has his own garagiste label, Lazarre Wines, that makes killer, in-demand, small-lot wines.

Why do both? What’s the difference in method and result? The world needs both kinds of wines, and Adam has a unique perspective on winemaking at both ends of the spectrum. We will taste some examples and compare.

Not only that but Adam is one of our favorite speakers. Irreverent and entertaining, you’ll laugh, you’ll learn, and you’ll come away with a deeper understanding of the world of wine. And if you promise not to tell, you might even get a few secret tricks of the trade. Maybe.

“Illegal Blends! Garagiste Winemakers Break Old World Wine Rules


One of the most exciting elements of the Garagiste Festivals is the no-rules approach of its winemakers toward their craft. Unbounded by the mandated-by-law regional blends in France, Italy and the Old World and with a cornucopia of varietals grown locally, these winemakers are free to truly experiment using varietals blended however they like to make a wine better than its usual parts. This seminar will be a focused exploration of several of these blends.  Through tasting and interaction with their creators attendees will get not only a peek behind the winemaker’s curtain but a view into the new and different perspective unlimited choice can bring to the glass. They’d throw you in jail in France for these blends!

Featuring the following Winemakers and their award-winning wines:

Erick Allen – Ascension Cellars

– 2015 “Silver” Blanc – A blend of 36% Marsanne, 33% Roussanne, 25% Chardonnay and 6% Viognier – Best of Class, Gold Medal, Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition

– 2013 “Soul Shaker” – A blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Syrah, 20% Merlot & 13% Petit Verdot – 91 Points, Gold Medal, Critics Challenge International Wine Competition

Brian Brown – ONX Wines

– 2014 “Mad Crush” – A blend of  45% Grenache, 19% Tempranillo , 18% Malbec, 9% Mourvedre, and 9% Zinfandel – 91 Points Wine Advocate 

Steve Lemley – Pulchella Winery

– 2014 “The Awakening” – A blend of 66% Tannat and 34% Petite Sirah. (Attendees will also taste the individual components of this wine, as well as the finished product.) – 93 Points Wine Enthusiast


Grand Tasting Ticket – $65

Early Access Ticket – $85

VIP All-Day – $135

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The festival’s Grand Tasting follows from 2-5pm with over 50 winemakers pouring 150+ wines and 20+ varietals.  Cheese & Charcuterie will be provided by Vivant Fine Cheese, along with food samples from local artisan vendors. We will also be offering a limited number of Early Access Tickets which gives attendees an extra hour of tasting from 1-2pm.

The day is capped with the festival’s traditional Rockin’ After-Party from 5:30-8:30pm ($20 per person), where guests and winemakers mingle, listen to some live tunes courtesy of Burning James and the Funky Flames and grab some brews courtesy of local fave Barrelhouse Brewing Company.

>> List of Participating Wineries <<



Full access to both Friday and Saturday Events 

Get full access to ALL of the wine and fun the Festival has to offer, as well as the best pricing deal – over 20% off Friday Night and Saturday VIP All-Day tickets – including the Saturday Seminar and Rockin’ After Party! These tickets are limited.

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Trade & Media entry begins at 1:00pm. Please contact us at info@garagistefestival.com if you are interested in attending. ONLY wine bar / shop / restaurant owners and wine brokers / distributors will be allowed to RSVP. For more information CLICK HERE. Limited Wine Industry tickets are available for local wine personnel. Please contact us for further details.


Please contact us at info@garagistefestival.com if you are interested in volunteering at the Festival. You must be over 21 years old to qualify.