2019 Sonoma Fest

We are excited to be bringing 40 hard-to-find, high-quality micro-production wineries to Sonoma wine country for The 2nd Annual Garagiste Festival: Northern Exposure!

All Festival Events will take place at


126 1st Street W, Sonoma, CA 95476



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

“What Defines an AVA? An Exploration of the new “West Sonoma Coast” Appellation and Why the Distinction Matters.”

Unlike the Old World the American appellation system (AVA) is only around 40 years old and still evolving. After prohibition grape growers and wineries picked up the pieces of the California winemaking culture and pushed boundaries to expand vineyards throughout the state. We now have decades of knowledge to begin to understand the best places to grow and nourish grapes in California and to refine our appellations so they can begin to make sense to consumers when they are searching for that perfect bottle. In this seminar attendees will learn (and taste) – from two of the winemakers leading the charge – what makes the “West Sonoma Coast” AVA special (and distinct from the wider Sonoma Coast) and why it was necessary for them to pursue this separation.



  • Panelists include: Chris Pittenger, Gros Ventre Cellars and Carroll Kemp, Alma Fria Winery

*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.

Cheese – courtesy of Cabot Creamery – and charcuterie will be provided during the Grand Tasting.


VIP All Access (11:30am-5pm) – $115 – Only 50 Seats Available!

Early Access (1-5pm) – $85

Grand Tasting (2-5pm) – $65

We are looking for volunteers to help us set-up before and to work the day of the Festival. If you are local and interested in lending a hand (you must be over 21) then please reach out to us at lisa@garagistefestival.com for additional details.

Trade & Media Entry
There will be limited discount tickets made available to the Early Access 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.