Press Release: 8/12/13

Garagiste Festival Adds New Event, “The Opening Round”; 64 Winemakers to Pour During Festival: Tickets Now On Sale

Festival adds new, more intimate, Friday tasting with 15 winemakers from across California pouring at Atascadero’s Pavilion on the Lake; “Taste of Garagiste” August mini-tastings held at Petersen Auto Museum in Los Angeles and Sonoma Wine Garden in Santa Monica 

Paso Robles, CA – August 12, 2013 – The Garagiste Festivals today announced The Opening Round, a brand new tasting event joining the line-up of the 2013 Garagiste Festival in Paso Robles, which will be held from November 7th – 10th. Bringing the total number of garagiste* winemakers pouring hand-crafted, high quality wines during the festival to 64, The Opening Round showcases 15 outstanding artisan winemakers from across California. The event will be held at Atascadero’s Pavilion on the Lake on Friday, November 8th.

The Festival also announced two new Southern California “Taste of Garagiste” mini-tastings at The Petersen Automotive Museum and Sonoma Wine Garden in August, featuring winemakers who will be pouring at the November festival. Tickets are now on sale for the festival and “Taste of Garagiste” events at

“The garagiste movement is growing by leaps and bounds, and the interest in the festival is so high that we wanted to increase the number of top-notch and, in many cases, undiscovered winemakers pouring this year – but without sacrificing the signature intimacy of the Garagiste Festival experience. So, we created The Opening Round,” said Doug Minnick, co-founder of The Garagiste Festival.  “This new Friday event gets the festival tasting off to a perfect start, and at a beautiful new venue. Leading into our popular Shiners, Samples, and Secrets winemaker mixer, The Opening Round offers attendees an intimate and leisurely opportunity to discover new winemakers, as well as to catch up with some crowd favorites from our Southern Exposure event in the Santa Ynez Valley.”

Wineries pouring at The Opening Round include: Archium Cellars, Ascension Cellars, Barton Family, Casa Dumetz, Cholame Vineyard, DuBost Winery, Frequency Wines, Michael Gill Cellars, Pence Ranch, PlanB Cellars, Sea Shell Cellars, Turiya Wines and Vinemark Cellars. The Opening Round will be held from 4pm – 7pm.

“Taste of Garagiste” – So Cal Edition

Following on the heels of very successful “Taste of Garagiste” events at Wood and Vine in Hollywood and The Wine Lab in Costa Mesa, the festival announces two new “Taste of Garagiste” events in Southern California, with more to come.  Featuring winemakers who are pouring at the November festival, “Taste of Garagiste” events introduce new audiences to garagiste winemakers, and offer a delicious preview of some of the fabulous wines that will be poured in November.

“The demand for a taste of garagiste wines is growing in Southern California,” continued Minnick. “So, we must comply! From an automotive museum to a West LA rooftop, these new “Taste of Garagiste” events promise unique, new wine discoveries and tastings in terrific venues, which is our festival signature – and there are more to come, so be sure to sign up for our newsletter, The Dirt, for the latest news!”

  • Around the World in 80 Sips

Friday, August 16th from 7:30pm – 9:30pm Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles

The Garagiste Festival hosts four of its participating wineries  – Dilecta, STANGER Vineyards, HammerSky Vineyards and Vines on the Marycrest – at the LA version of the popular “80 Sips Around the World” events, which also takes place in New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, Chicago, Boston, Denver and San Diego. The garagistes will be pouring their wines at the Petersen Automotive Museum alongside 80 wines from around the world.  The event includes artisanal cheese, charcuterie, chocolate and more! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or click here.

  • The Sonoma Wine Garden

Wednesday, August 21st from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Rooftop deck, Santa Monica Place

Five Garagiste Festival wineries, Bodegas M, Cloak & Dagger, Hoyt Family Vineyards, Poalillo Vineyards and Seven Angels Cellars, will pour their latest vintages at Sonoma Wine Garden’s comfortable and classy rooftop deck.  Over fifteen wines will be on hand, along with complimentary cheese, charcuterie, olives and SWG’s famous truffle fries for just $35. Click here for tickets.

The 2013 Garagiste Festival takes place over four days from November 7th – 10th in Paso Robles and includes a multi-winemaker dinner, The Opening Round, “Shiners, Samples & Secrets” mixer, Wine Tasting Seminars, the Grand Tasting, an After Party and a symposium for aspiring winemakers.  The main event will again be held at Windfall Farms, while specialized events will take place at other Paso Robles venues, including the Pavilion on the Lake in Atascadero. For the full festival line-up, click here.

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.

The Garagistes

Artisan winemakers already slated to showcase their wines at the festival include Aaron Wines, Alma Sol Winery, Alta Colina Vineyards, AmByth Estate, Archium Cellars*, Ascension Cellars, Asuncion Ridge, Baker & Brain, Barton Family, Bella Luna Estate, Bon Niche Cellars, Caliza Winery, Casa Dumetz Wines, Cayucos Cellars, Cholame Vineyard, Cloak & Dagger, Clos Solene, Culton Wine Co.*, Cutruzzola Vineyards, Dilecta Wines*, Double Bond Wine, DuBost Winery, Edmond August Wines, Felten Cellars, Filipponi Ranch, Frequency Wines, Ghost Cellars, Goodland Wines*, HammerSky Vineyards, Harrison Clarke Wine, Hoyt Family Vineyards, Hug Cellars, Jacob Toft Wines, Kaleidos Wines, La Filice Winery, LaZarre Wines, Les Deux Chats, LXV Wine*, Michael Gill Cellars, The Missing Leg, Nicora, ONX Wines, Paix Sur Terre, Paso Port Cellars, Pence Ranch, PlanB Cellars, Poalillo Vineyards, Ranchero Cellars, Rendarrio Wines, Samsara Wine Company, Sea Shell Cellars, Seven Angels Cellars, Sinor-LaVallee Wines, STANGER Vineyards, The Farm Winery, Thomas Alexander Winery, Turiya Wines, Vinemark Cellars, Vines on the Marycrest, Westberg Cellars and Zin Alley.

*pouring their first vintage

The Sponsors

Baker Wine & Grape Analysis, Central Coast Tent and Party, Distinctive Glassware, Glenn Burdette, Farm Credit West, KCOY, KSBY, KRUSH92.5, mWEBB Communications, The Paso Oaks Hotel, PRWCA, Scott Labs, Travel Paso, Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine, Vintner’s Vault, Windfall Farms and Wines & Vines.

The Garagiste Festival offers limited numbers of tickets to preserve the quality of the experience, and always sells out.  To purchase tickets click here (or go to  For festival updates, news and to learn more about The Garagiste Festival, sign-up for The Dirt. Or follow us on Twitter (@GaragisteFest) or Facebook. For more information on The Garagiste Festivals, go to

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*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.

**ABC News Online, May 31, 2012:


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.


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