Press Release – 9/6/13

Flights & Bites: A Six Course “Taste of Garagiste” Pre-Festival Event in So Cal at The Eatery in Pasadena on September 21st

6-Course Menu by Pasadena’s preeminent Chef Claud Beltran Paired with Latest Releases from Two Outstanding Paso Robles Artisan ‘Garagiste*’ Wineries

Paso Robles, CA –September (xx), 2013 –The Garagiste Festival today announced its first ever sit-down ‘Taste of Garagiste” wine pairing dinner in Southern California, as part of the lead up to November’s 3rd Annual Garagiste Festival in Paso Robles. The intimate dinner event, ‘Flights & Bites,’ features a six-course menu from renowned Chef Claud Beltran paired with the wines of two outstanding Paso Robles artisan winemakers, LaZarre Wines and ONX Wines, both of whom will be pouring at the November festival. Flights and Bites takes place at The Eatery on September 21st at 7pm., Beltran’s newest endeavor in Pasadena that showcases his vast experience with both seasonal and regional cuisines.

“This event shows just how food-friendly these remarkable and delicious wines, all completely hand-crafted in Paso Robles, can be — especially when paired with the creativity of an incredibly talented chef such as Chef Claud Beltran,” said co-founder of The Garagiste Festival, Douglas Minnick. “This is an event that will have an artist’s passion in every bite and sip… and is the perfect preview for our November festival, giving So Cal a true taste of the diversity and brilliance of the garagistes!”

A big fan of the Paso Robles region, Chef Claud Beltran’s menu was inspired by the selected wines and includes roasted corvina sea bass with melted leaks, grilled duck breast with chicharon, and braised Niman Ranch short rib. Previously mentored by Master Chef Keller, Chef Beltran has established himself as one of Los Angeles’ pre-eminent chefs.

The wines show the diversity of the region and will include an Albarino, Merlot and Pinot Noir from LaZarre Wines and three unusual blends by ONX Wines using grapes from their estate, including Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Tempranillo, Grenache, Malbec and Mourvedre. Adam LaZarre has been working in the wine industry for over 20 years and was recently ranked #63 on’s “100 Most Influential People in the US Wine Industry. The unique blends from ONX Wines are an expression of Briarwood Vineyards (their estate vineyard), located in the Templeton Gap area of Western Paso Robles.  Each blend highlights a particular grape, alongside a cohort of blending varietals, in an effort to produce a wine of character and completeness.

Wines will be available for purchase at the end of the evening at a 10% discount. Seating is limited, $85.00 per person (includes tax and tip, menu below).

Bruleed Fresh Chevre, Roasted Tear Drop Tomato and Baby Mache /2012 ONX Field Day

Roasted Corvina Sea Bass with Melted Leeks and Saffron Rice /2011 LaZarre Albarino

Grilled Duck Breast with Duck Skin Chicharon, Tarragon Black Beans /2010 LaZarre Pinot Noir

Veal Loin Roasted in Thyme and Garlic Chive Spaetzle and Veal Demi Glace/2011 ONX Brash

Braised Niman Ranch Short Rib with Grilled Carrots /2011 ONX Praetorian

Cheeses and Petit Fours of the Day/2010 LaZarre Merlot
Flights & Bites , Saturday, September 21 from 7:00pm – 10pm at The Eatery, 488 N. Allen Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106

For more info and to purchase tickets go to: 

The So Cal Taste of Garagiste events lead up to the 3rd annual Garagiste Festival which takes place over four days from November 7th – 10th in Paso Robles and includes a multi-winemaker dinner, “The Opening Round” Tasting, “Shiners, Samples & Secrets” Winemaker Mixer, Wine Tasting Seminars, the Grand Tasting, an After Party and a symposium for aspiring winemakers. For the full festival line-up, click here. Tickets are now on sale for the festival and “Taste of Garagiste” events at

*Garagistes (gar-uh-zhe-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.

Media Contacts:
mWEBB Communications for The Garagiste Festivals
Melanie Webber,, 424-603-4340
Elizabeth Johnson,, 213-713-4865