Press Release – 5/4/2015

Garagiste Wine Festival: ‘Urban Exposure’ Rocks into LA’s The Wiltern with 50+ Artisan Winemakers on July 11th

Largest gathering of the best of California’s micro-production winemakers returns to Los Angeles under one Art Deco roof; features ‘Artisanal LA’ mini pop-up tastes and over 200 wines; tickets on sale May 4th

Paso Robles, CA –April 29, 2015 – Garagiste Events, producers of The Garagiste Festivals, today announced that the highly successful Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure, returns to Los Angeles on July 11th, with 50+ artisan ‘garagiste’ winemakers pouring over 200 wines in a new, and appropriately rock and roll, venue: the stunning art deco masterpiece, The Wiltern. Garagiste Events also announced a first-time alliance with Artisanal LA that will see a mini pop-up of a sampling of their best artisan food producers offering tastes of their healthy, local, sustainable and delicious edibles. Proceeds from the non-profit festival will benefit the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture program. Tickets go on sale on May 4th at

The Garagiste Wine Festivals, which first exposed the American garagiste** movement, are among the most unique and influential wine events in the world and are the only wine events that exclusively showcase ultra-premium, cutting-edge, micro-production commercial wineries that produce fewer than 1,500 cases (and many under 800) a year.

“We have always felt that finding undiscovered winemakers is like discovering a new band in a club before they have a hit record, so The Wiltern’s rock and roll history is a perfect fit for these renegade, under-the-radar winemakers. Plus, it is a stunning place.” said Doug Minnick Co-founder of The Garagiste Festivals. “And, as our fans know, a really cool venue is an integral part of the garagiste experience. As always, we will have one-on-one interaction with the winemakers, an unmatched tasting range of amazing hard-to-find wines, a ‘no-snobs-allowed’ atmosphere, and just plain fun. Plus, this year our alliance with Artisanal LA means great, local and artisanal bites alongside these great wines.”

The Wiltern, which is considered one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the United States, is located at Wilshire and Western, and is easily accessible by the Metro Purple Line train which stops at the Wilshire and Western station. This year’s festival features American garagiste movement winemakers from across California, including Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez and SLO counties, Paso Robles, Napa and Sonoma counties, along with food producers from Artisanal LA. Artisanal LA showcases the best artisanal food vendors around the country, including many who aren’t yet accessible through retail stores or even through farmers’ markets. Through a special arrangement between the Garagiste Festival and Artisanal LA, some of these up-and-coming vendors, who share a passion for healthy, local, and sustainable ingredients, will sample their edibles at Urban Exposure.

“Fueled by the incredible diversity of the wines of the Central Coast, this festival celebrates the rising tide of micro-production winemakers who, like the craft beer movement’s brewers, are having a significant impact on today’s wine industry, as they experiment and produce blends, styles and varietals that are simply out of the reach (or interest) of mainstream wineries,” said Stewart McLennan, Co-founder, The Garagiste Festivals. “This festival is simply the only place in the US, or the world, where you will discover this many ultra-premium, small-lot winemakers pouring under one roof.”

The Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure will takes place from 2 – 6pm on Saturday, July 11th at The Wiltern, 3780 Wilshire Boulevard (Wilshire and Western), Los Angeles, CA

Among the over 50 winemakers already scheduled to pour are:  Alma Sol Winery, Apical Cellars, Archium Cellars, Ascension Cellars, Cholame Vineyard, Cloak & Dagger Wines, Cordon Wines, Cutruzzola Vineyards, Dilecta Wines, Graef Wines, Imagine Wines, Kaleidos Winery, Kessler-Haak Vineyards, Levo Wines, MCV Wines, Pace Family Wines, The Central Coast Group Project, Two Shepherds Wines, Turiya Wines, Weatherborne, Vinemark Cellars.

To preserve an intimate experience for consumers with one-on-one interaction with winemakers, tickets are very limited for the Garagiste Festivals and always sell out. Tickets are available at  For special discounts and updates on Urban Exposure, Taste of Garagiste mini-tastings and other Garagiste Festival events and news, sign up for The Dirt at, or follow us on Twitter (@GaragisteFest) or Facebook (

Sponsors include: Crush Tag Labels, ETS Labs, Farm Credit West, Glenn Burdette, Laffort USA, MWebb Communications, PRWCA, Stolzle Glassware, Vineyard & Winery Management and Wines & Vines.

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 **Garagistes (garage-east) 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.  The Garagiste Festivals were the first to shine a light on the American garagiste winemaker in 2011. Since then, the festival has helped consumers discover the remarkable wines of hundreds of true garagistes, who handcraft under 1,500 cases a year and pay close, hands-on attention to every wine they make.

About The Garagiste Wine Festivals

The Garagiste Wine Festivals ( are the first and only wine festivals dedicated to the undiscovered and under-recognized American artisan ‘garagiste’ producers who are making some of the best, most exciting, handcrafted small-lot production wines in the world. Founded by fellow garagistes Stewart McLennan and Douglas Minnick, the Garagiste Festivals are committed to discovering the best and most innovative limited-production winemakers and promoting and showcasing them to a broad audience of discerning wine consumers. In addition to its flagship annual festival in Paso Robles, CA, the Garagiste Festival line-up includes Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure, featuring Santa Ynez Valley garagistes; the Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure, in Los Angeles; garagiste mini-tastings presented from So Cal to Tahoe; winemaker dinners, a newsletter, garagiste profiles and more. The festivals were named one of the ‘Top Nine Incredible Epicurean Vacations’ in the world by ABC News,* “one of the premier wine events of the year,” by the LA Times and “Best Festival” by Sunset Magazine’s ‘Best of the West.’ The festivals are produced by Garagiste Events, a non-profit dedicated to furthering the education of future winemakers and those training for employment within the wine industry. Proceeds from the festivals are donated to the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Program.

Media Contacts:

mWEBB Communications for The Garagiste Festivals
Melanie Webber, melanie(at)mwebbcom(dot)com, 424-603-4340
Crystal Hartwell, crystal(at)mwebbcom(dot)com, 714-987-1016