Press Release – 2/1/12

Paso Garagiste Donates $10,000 to Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Program

2012 Paso Garagiste Festival Set for November 10, 2012 at Windfall Farms

Paso Robles, CA – February 1, 2012 – Paso Garagiste presented a check for $10,000 to the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Program at a special garagiste* appreciation event for participating festival winemakers, sponsors and volunteers held at Hammersky Vineyards this past weekend. The donation, from funds raised at November’s first annual Paso Garagiste Festival, will go towards furthering Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Program’s mission of preparing students for jobs in the California and worldwide wine industry. Paso Garagiste also announced that the 2012 Garagiste Festival returns to spectacular Windfall Farms in Paso Robles on November 10.

“Paso Garagiste is all about incubating emerging winemakers and we are very proud to present this donation to Cal Poly’s wine and viticulture program to help train the next generation of winemakers,” said Paso Garagiste Co-founder Stewart McLennan.

“We are so grateful to Paso Garagiste for this donation,” said Adam Jarman, Interim Assistant Dean at Cal Poly who, along with Cal Poly student winemakers, accepted the check from Paso Garagiste Co-founders Stewart McLennan and Doug Minnick. “It is especially meaningful coming from a festival that not only celebrates the passion and artistry that is at the core of the best winemaking, but that also represents the spirit of free exchange of ideas and encouragement that typifies the Central Coast wine community.”

The Garagiste Festival is dedicated to featuring high-quality, cutting-edge, small production wineries that produce fewer than 1,200 cases a year. 2011’s sold-out festival at Windfall Farms showcased 45 outstanding artisan winemakers to over 700 passionate wine consumers and members of the trade, raising the profiles of many of the winemakers nationally for the first time.

Nicolas R. Elliott of Nicora Wines said of the 2011 festival: “WOW! We have had numerous club sign ups, online sales, and face to face transactions all thanks to the buzz at the fest. I might just sell out before I can get it in the hands of everyone I want to try it!”

Jalama Wines’ Mark Cargassachi concurred: “What a refreshing event! As a wine producer, a great thing (among many!) about this event was that the attendees weren’t lining up en masse to taste just few big name wineries, like they do at other wine festivals. Instead, there was an equal amount of interest and enthusiasm for each producer, and genuine excitement from tasters as they found something new and exciting. We are looking forward to attending again next year!”

McLennan and Minnick also announced that not only will they expand the 2012 Paso Garagiste Festival, building on the extraordinary success of the inaugural festival, but that plans are afoot to take the festival on the road to other regions.

Winemakers who poured at the 2011 festival included Aaron Wines, AmByth Estate, Alta Colina, Bodegas M Winery, Brochelle Vineyards, Cayucos Cellars, Caliza Winery, Carlson Wines, Casa Dumetz, Cloak and Dagger Wines, Domaine Degher Wines, Edmond August Wines, Giornata Wines, Grizzly Republic Winery, Ground Effect Wine Co., Hammersky Vineyards, Indigene Cellars, J Dusi Wines, Jacob Toft Wines, Jalama Wines, JK Wine Company, Kaleidos, Kinero Cellars, La Filice Winery, Les Deux Chats, Nicora Wines, Paso Port Wine Co., Per Cazo Cellars, PiedraSassi, Poalillo Vineyards, Ranchero Cellars, Rangeland Wines, Red Zeppelin Winery, Rendarrio Vineyards, St. Hilaire Vineyard, STANGER Vineyards, Storm Wines, Symbiosis Wines, Tercero Wines, Thomas Alexander Wines, Vin Alegre Winery, Vines on the Marycrest and Westberg Cellars.

For more information about Paso Garagiste and the 2012 Festival at or email Stay tuned for Paso Garagiste news as it develops on Twitter and on Facebook.

*Garagistes (gar-uh-zhē-stuh) is a term originally used in the Bordeaux region of France to denigrate renegade small-lot wine makers, sometimes working in their “garages” (anything considered not a chateau), who refused to follow the “rules,” and is now a full-fledged movement responsible for making some of the best wine in the world. Click here for more info and proper ‘garagiste’ pronunciation.

About ( is the first and only multi-media site dedicated to the community of emerging underground winemakers. Committed to fostering the spirit of free exchange of ideas and encouragement that has made Paso Robles one of the friendliest, most successful and innovative wine-making communities in the world, PasoGaragiste is focused on the undiscovered and under-recognized artisan producers who are making some of the best, most exciting, handcrafted small lot production wines in the world.
Founded by fellow garagistes, brings together the artisan wine industry – from winemakers to growers, to equipment suppliers, to wine consumers – in a collaborative and passionate online community. In addition to its annual flagship event, The Paso Garagiste Festival, provides videos, insider info, winemaker forums and access to hard-to-find small production wine.

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