2019 LA Festival

2019 6th Annual Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure, June 21st and 22nd, Glendale, CA

Bringing California Wine Country to the City

Discover and taste amazing, cutting edge wines from over 50 high-quality, micro-production, commercial winemakers from all over California – Paso Robles, Sonoma, Napa, Santa Barbara County, and more.

Most of these excellent, but hard-to-find, artisans do not have tasting rooms, and can’t be found on “wine country” maps. Many sell out their wines quickly to their allocation lists. The Garagiste Festival gives you the opportunity to get in on the ground floor and meet these winemakers in person as they share their wines and their stories.

What’s the big deal about being small? These are artisans in the true sense of the word. Their wines are created from personal passion, not a marketing strategy. These are NOT supermarket wines, and the difference is astounding. Come taste for yourself!

All Festival Weekend events will take place at


1401 North Verdugo Road, Glendale, CA 91208


The 2019 Urban Exposure Festival Schedule

“Rare & Reserve Kick-Off Party”: 6:30-9:00pm – $75 per person
196We are very excited to bring this popular event to the LA area for the first time! Get up close and personal with the winemakers as they share wines you won’t get to try anywhere else this weekend…and few other people get to try at all!

This evening will showcase over 50 extremely limited Club Only, Library and Pre-Release bottles – and even some barrel samples! – that truly showcase what micro-production winemaking is all about. This event is like digging for diamonds with an earth mover.  You are guaranteed to find more than a few gems!

Rare & Reserve Tasting: What does this mean exactly? Well, given the already small case lots our wineries make, tasting these wines will almost be like finding a unicorn. Wine club only, library wines, first vintages sold out long ago…and yes, a bit of future casting is on the agenda as well with some pre-releases you’ll get to brag about months – and perhaps years – before your friends get to try them. This is the best of their best and we wanted to give you a truly memorable experience to taste with fewer people on hand.

A down-home, full-on Summer BBQ Buffet* – provided by Fired Up Chef Services –  is also included, to make your stomach as happy as your palate. A unique night of food & wine not to be missed!* Vegetarian options will be available. Our most intimate event with ONLY 150 tickets available!


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
“Garagiste Goes Local: The Rebirth of the Los Angeles Wine Industry”

Think great wine can’t come out of LA County? Think again. The California wine industry was born in Los Angeles in 1782 thanks to Spanish missionaries and vineyards were planted in Glendale (that’s right!) as early as 1784. Over a hundred and fifty years ago the region was home to one hundred vineyards with a flourishing local community that was the heart of the California wine business. It was even the place where Bordeaux vine cuttings were first planted! While urbanization has overtaken all of these original vineyards, the drive to regain world-renown for LA’s wine scene is on! The three winemakers on our panel are all-in, propelling the return of LA wineries (and vineyards) to prominence and striving to place this AVA back on the map as a must-visit wine region. Discover – and taste – the variety of quality wines hand-crafted right under your nose!


  • With panelists Jasper Dickson of Angeleno Wine Co., Mark & Jenny Blatty of Byron Blatty Wines and Patrick Kelly of Cavaletti Vineyards

The seminar is only available as part of the Saturday VIP TICKET, which also includes a Wine Country Box Lunch* and (1) hour early access to the Grand Tasting. ONLY 75 Seats Available!

EARLY ACCESS: 1:00-5:00pm – There will be a restricted 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, with fewer people in the room. ONLY 100 TICKETS AVAILABLE

VIP All Access (11:30am-5pm) – $119

Early Access (1-5pm) – $89

Grand Tasting (2-5pm) – $69



Our Silent Auction is filled with some of the best bottles our winemakers have to offer – including magnums, vintage verticals and club only releases. Plus some wine experiences you can’t get anywhere else.

No fillers, just damn good vino.

Bid early, bid often and get to take your favorite wine home that day!

All proceeds from the Silent Auction go to the Garagiste Scholarship Fund at Cal Poly SLO.


Members of the MEDIA, please contact Melanie Webber at melanie@mwebbcom.com if you have any questions before and/or after the event and to reserve your place. Credentials are required.

Limited tickets will be made for qualified members of the wine trade who are in control of buying for wine bars / restaurants and/or local brokers or distributors. Please contact us at info@garagistefestival.com to request access.

Media & Trade will have access from at 1:00pm-5:00pm.


We hope you’ll consider using Uber or Lyft in order to safely enjoy the event and to eliminate the stress of driving to the venue; however there is ample onsite parking for all guests for a flat fee of $6 per car, per event day.



Since inception, the non-profit Garagiste Events (producer of the Garagiste Festivals) has benefitted San Luis Obispo-based Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Program, as part of its mission of furthering the education of future winemakers and those training for employment within the wine industry.




*We make no promises/ guarantees that any refreshments/ food and/ or beverages are free of any allergens or health restricting products. We will not be held responsible/ liable for any illness that may occur while consuming at his/her own free will and at his/ her own discretion. 

Due to Alcohol Beverage Control regulations, no one under 21 years of age will be permitted at the event including infants and children. The Garagiste Urban Exposure Festival is a Rain or Shine event. 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.