2018 Sonoma Fest

We are excited to be bringing over 30 hard-to-find, high-quality micro-production wineries to the Santa Ynez Valley for The Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure for the fifth year in a row.

All Festival Events will take place at


126 1st Street W, Sonoma, CA 95476


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The day begins with one of the most popular features of the Garagiste Festivals, its engaging, educational and unique winemaker panel and tasting seminars.

*SATURDAY SEMINAR: 11:30am-12:30pm
“The Garagiste Variety Show: Exploring the Diversity of Small-Production Winemaking”

No, it’s not about singing and dancing, it’s about the amazing range of wines being produced by Garagiste winemakers. These micro-wineries are crafting wines from grapes they are passionate about – the wines they want to drink! – rather than producing what’s found on supermarket shelves everywhere. This seminar (and tasting) will explore why these garagiste winemakers are focusing on grapes considered under-the-radar in Northern California. The resulting cornucopia of styles and varieties will showcase how this growing diversity might change the landscape and expectations of what this world-famous wine region brings to the bottle. Moderated by Stewart McLennan.

  • Panelists include: Paul Gordon, Halcon Vineyards; Randy Hester, Lightning Wines and William Allen, Two Shepherds

*The seminar is only available as part of the Saturday VIP TICKET, which also includes a Wine Country Box Lunch crafted by The Girl and the Fig Catering and (1) hour early access to the Grand Tasting.

Saturday continues with the Grand Tasting from 2-5pm showcasing 40 winemakers pouring 100+ wines and 15+ varietals.

There will be a limited number of Early Access Tickets available, which gives attendees an extra hour of tasting from 1-2pm. More time = more wines to discover. These tickets grant you 4 hours of tasting so you will have plenty of time to chat, taste and explore.

VIP All Access (11:30am-5pm) – $115 – Only 60 Seats Available!

Early Access (1-5pm) – $85

Grand Tasting (2-5pm) – $65

Eventbrite - 1st Annual Garagiste Festival: Northern Exposure

Trade & Media Entry
There will be limited discount tickets made available to the Grand Tasting to members of the Trade and Media. ONLY wine bar / shop / restaurant owners and wine brokers will be allowed access. Members of the media will need to provide appropriate credentials. If you are interested in attending, please contact us at info@garagistefestival.com for additional details.

Due to Alcohol Beverage Control regulations, no one under 21 years of age will be permitted at the event including infants and children. Due to Health and Safety Codes, no animals will be permitted at the event, except Service Animals meeting state and federal standards. Thank you for your understanding. The Garagiste Southern Exposure Festival is a Rain or Shine event.