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Over 70 artisan winemakers to pour at Garagiste Wine Festival 


‘Garagiste’ winemakers from across California pour over four days of events – November 6th to 9th; 50+ from Paso area; The Opening Round returns, features winemakers from Northern CA and Santa Barbara County; The Wine Enthusiast’s Matt Kettmann leads ‘Taste Like a Pro’ Seminar; Tickets on sale now!

The Garagiste Festival recently unveiled the winemaker line up for the fourth annual Garagiste Festival: Paso Robles to be held November 6-9. Over 70 garagiste winemakers are scheduled to pour over 150 wines during the non-profit festival, which is the first and only festival dedicated to undiscovered and under-recognized American garagiste winemakers who are making some of the best, most exciting, handcrafted small-lot wines in the world.

Fifty-plus artisan winemakers from the Paso Robles area are slated to pour during the festival’s Grand Tasting at the Ponderosa Pavilion at the Paso Robles Fairgrounds on Nov. 8; and 20 winemakers from Northern California and Santa Barbara County, 90% of whom do not have tasting rooms, will be featured for the first time at The Opening Round at the historic Carlton Hotel in Atascadero on Nov. 7. This event includes cheese and charcuterie from Vivant Fine Cheese and hearty appetizers from popular local chef Johnny Jantz. Kicking off the festival on Thursday Nov. 6 is the Shiners, Samples, and Secrets Winemaker Mixer at Templeton’s First Crush, offering barrel samples, off-the-grid tastings and nibbles.

“We have an extraordinary and expanded line-up of winemakers this year. Many of our favorite Paso area garagistes are returning, along with new and exciting discoveries from southern, central and northern California, most pouring in Paso for the very first time,” said Garagiste Festival Co-founder Doug Minnick.

“We are also very excited about our tasting seminars this year: Taste Like a Pro led by Matt Kettmannof The Wine Enthusiast, who has been helping raise awareness about our garagiste winemakers since our very first festival; and Making A Dream Come True: My Second Career as a Vineyard Owner and Winemaker, featuring some of our most successful garagistes, and their signature wines – Bob Tillman of Alta Colina, Carl Bowker of Caliza, and Victor Abascal of Vines on the Marycrest.”

In addition, the festival’s Rockin’ After Party winds down the main event on Nov. 8, with the return by popular demand of local band High Voltage, as well as beer from Barrelhouse Brewery and down-home eats from Jeffrys Catering. Rounding out the Festival is Sunday’s popular Winemaker Symposium, sponsored for the second year by Laffort, and designed for those wine lovers ready to, or contemplating, making the leap to winemaker.

Winemakers scheduled to pour at the festival include:

The Grand Tasting

Aaron Wines, Alma Sol Winery, Alta Colina Vineyards, Artisan Uprising , Ascension Cellars, Asuncion Ridge, Barton Family, Bella Luna Winery, Bon Niche Cellars, Caliza Winery, Cayucos Cellars, Chateau Lettau , Cholame Vineyard, Cloak & Dagger, Clos Solene, Copia Vineyards , Cutruzzola Vineyards, Deno Wine, Deodoro Cellars, DuBost Winery, Edmond August Wines, Falcone Family Vineyards , Felten Cellars, Filipponi Ranch, Ghost Cellars, Guyomar Vineyards, Hoyt Family Vineyards, Jacob Toft, Kaleidos Winery, LaZarre Wines, LXV Wines, MCV Wines, The Missing Leg, Mystic Hills Vineyard , Nicora, Nobelle Wines , ONX Wines, Paix Sur Terre, Paso Port, Powell Mountain Cellars , Pulchella Winery, Ranchero Cellars, Ranchita Canyon Vineyards , Rendarrio Wines, Seven Angels Cellars, Soaring Hawk Vineyards, Stacked Stone Cellars , Stangwer Vineyards, Starr Ranch Vineyard , Stolo Family Vineyard , Tlo Wines , Vinemark Cellars, Vines on the Marycrest and Vino Vargas .

The Opening Round

Carucci Wines , Central Coast Group Project , Cowan Cellars , Dane Cellars , DV8 Cellars , Estate 1856 , Flywheel Wines , Harrington Wine , J. Brix Wines , Kale Wines , Levo Wine , Mount Dorado Winery , No Limit Wines , Old World Winery , Respite Wines , Starfield Vineyards , Trojak-Knier Winery , Two Shepherds Vineyards, and Workman Ayer .

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