Press Release: 5/6/2013

Garagiste Festival 2013 Kicks Off Summer Mini-Tastings in Hollywood May 18th

‘Taste of Garagiste’ at Wood & Vine offers rare opportunity to taste five small-lot, high-quality artisan wineries – Alma Sol Winery, C. Nagy Wines, Cholame Vineyards, Deovlet Wines, and Press Gang Cellars; 2013 Garagiste Festival dates announced: November 7th – 10th in Paso Robles

Paso Robles, CA –May 6, 2013 – The Garagiste Festival today announced that it is kicking off its “Taste of Garagiste” summer series on May 18th at Hollywood’s Wood & Vine with a new and exciting slate of artisan wineries, each pouring their current vintages, which are all under 1,000 total cases.  None of the featured wineries – Alma Sol Winery, C. Nagy Wines, Cholame Vineyards, Deovlet Wines, and Press Gang Cellars – has its own tasting room, so this is a rare opportunity for consumers to experience these high-quality, hand-crafted wines poured by the winemakers who made them.

The Hollywood ‘Taste of Garagiste’ is the first in a series of mini-tasting events across California showcasing hard-to-find and exceptional garagiste** wineries leading up to the 2013 Garagiste Festival, which will take place November 7th – 10th in Paso Robles.

“We are excited to be kicking off our third Garagiste season by introducing wine lovers to a group of outstanding, and extremely limited-production, wineries, each epitomizing the spirit of the American Garagiste movement – passionate, small-lot winemakers handcrafting some of the best wines available anywhere in the world,” said Garagiste Festival Co-founder Doug Minnick. “When it comes to these winemakers, it is a case of taste this vintage now — or probably never!  This is an exclusiveness our garagistes fans are accustomed to, making it the perfect event to begin the countdown to what promises to be our best-ever summer tasting series and our best-ever Garagiste Festival in November.”

The Hollywood event will be held on the patio of Wood & Vine, one of Los Angeles’ hottest wine and food spots, and offers the Garagiste Festival’s signature intimate atmosphere and opportunity for wine lovers to not only be among the first to discover these new and extraordinary wines, but to get to know the winemakers who craft them.

The winemakers at the May 18th event all hail from California’s Central Coast and are truly small-lot, with Alma Sol and Press Gang Cellars making just 300 cases of their current releases. Deovlet Wines is the largest of the group, with C. Nagy Wines and Cholame Vineyards making around 600 cases a year. Between them, they will pour a total of over fifteen wines, including multiple varietals, from Chardonnay to Pinot Noir, to Syrah, Grenache, Tempranillo, and Viognier. Tickets for the event, which includes Wood & Vine’s cheese and charcuterie spread, are $25 a person.

The Garagiste Festivals, produced by Garagiste Events, are the first and only festivals dedicated to discovering and promoting artisan ‘garagiste’ winemakers and showcase high-quality, cutting-edge, small production wineries that produce fewer than 1,200 cases a year. Launched in 2011, The Garagiste Festivals have emerged as among the most unique and influential wine events in California, literally giving name, face and voice to the American Garagiste.   The festival was named one of the ‘Top Nine Incredible Epicurean Vacations’ in the world by ABC Newsand a ‘not to miss’ event by the LA Times.

The Hollywood ‘Taste of Garagiste’ event takes place from 2pm – 5pm at Wood & Vine, located in the Taft Building at 6280 Hollywood Boulevard at Vine Street, just a block from the Metro station.

For more information on the ‘Taste of Garagiste’ Wood & Vine tasting, go to You can RSVP or via Facebook at To be alerted to upcoming Garagiste tasting events and ticket sales, sign-up for The Dirt at, or follow us on Twitter (@GaragisteFest) or 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.


About The Garagiste Festivals

The Garagiste Festivals ( are the first and only wine festivals dedicated to the undiscovered and under-recognized 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; garagiste mini-tastings presented from So Cal to Tahoe; winemaker dinners, a newsletter, garagiste profiles and more.  Named one of the “Top Nine Incredible Epicurean Vacations” by ABC News*, Garagiste 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.

*ABC News Online, May 31, 2012: – 8


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