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See what our winemakers and participants had to say about the 1st Garagiste Festival!
Garagiste Festival Announces 2013 Line-up of New Winemaker Discoveries; Tickets On Sale August 5th
48 garagiste winemakers – 50% pouring for first time – at third annual festival in Paso Robles; Pre-festival mini-tasting to be held at Costa Mesa’s Wine Lab on Saturday, July 13th
Paso Robles, CA –June 26, 2013 – The Garagiste Festival today unveiled the line up for the third annual Garagiste Festival to be held in Paso Robles November 7 th, 8th, 9th and 10th. Over 48 garagiste* winemakers are scheduled to pour at the festival, which is the first and only festival dedicated to the undiscovered and under-recognized artisan producers making some of the best, most exciting, handcrafted small-lot wines in the world. Over 50% of 2013’s participating winemakers are new discoveries, pouring at the festival for the very first time. Tickets go on sale on August 5th at www.garagistefestival.com.
The festival also announced that the second in its series of “Taste of Garagiste’ mini tastings, featuring five garagistes who will be pouring at the festival, will be held at Wine Lab in Costa Mesa, CA on July 13th.
“Since our 2011 festival first brought attention to the garagiste movement, garagiste wines have evolved from regional curiosity into the national lexicon and on into international awareness,” said Festival Co-founder Douglas Minnick. “More and more consumers are seeking out these extraordinary artisan winemakers, and we are proud to provide the best and only place for consumers to experience the heart of this movement.”
The Garagiste Festival’s grand tasting, signature seminars and after-party will again be held at Windfall Farms, while specialized events will take place at other Paso Robles venues, including an expansion of last year’s very popular “Shiners, Samples & Secrets” Winemaker Mixer to be held at the Pavilion on the Lake in Atascadero.
The non-profit Garagiste Festivals showcase high-quality, cutting-edge, small production wineries that produce fewer than 1,200 cases a year and have emerged as among the most unique and influential wine events in the US. Named one of the ‘Top Nine Incredible Epicurean Vacations’ in the world by ABC News* and a ‘not to miss’ event by the LA Times, the festivals have introduced over 100 outstanding artisan winemakers to thousands of passionate wine consumers, members of the trade and media, raising the profiles of many of the winemakers nationally for the first time and raising thousands of dollars for the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Program.
“It’s gratifying to have seen so many of these winemakers grow in recognition and success,” continued Minnick. “That fifty percent of this year’s winemakers are brand new to the festival – and the other fifty percent are now considered part of the backbone of the garagiste (and Central Coast) wine movement – is a promise to our passionate and discerning wine consumers that they have many more exciting discoveries in store at this year’s festival.”
Artisan winemakers already slated to showcase their wines at the festival include Aaron Wines, Alma Sol Winery, Alta Colina Vineyards, AmByth Estate, Baker & Brain, Bella Luna Estate, Bon Niche Cellars, Caliza Winery, Cloak & Dagger, Clos Solene, Culton Wine Co.*, Cutruzzola Vineyards, Dilecta Wines*, Double Bond Wine, Edmond August, The Farm Winery, Felten Cellars, Ghost Cellars, Goodland Wines*, HammerSky Vineyards, Harrison Clarke, Hoyt Family Vineyards, Hug Cellars, Kaleidos Wines, La Filice Winery, LaZarre Wines, Les Deux Chats, LXV Wine*, The Missing Leg, Nicora, ONX Wines, Paix Sur Terre, Paso Port Cellars, Poalillo Vineyards, Ranchero Cellars, Rendarrio Vineyards, Samsara Wine Company, Seven Angels Cellars, Sinor-LaVallee Wines, STANGER Vineyards, Thomas Alexander Winery, Vines on the Marycrest and Zin Alley.