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Garagiste Expands South: February 16th

The Garagiste Festival today announced the launch of a new event, The Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure, which will feature 30 of Santa Ynez Valley’s high-quality, small-production winemakers, all pouring under one roof on February 16th, 2013 in Solvang, CA. The new non-profit festival follows on the heels of 2012’s sold out Paso Robles Garagiste Festival, which hosted over 1,000 attendees from across the US and the globe, and will incorporate the festival’s signature high quality wines, personal winemaker interaction and renegade spirit. The festival also announced a January 19th pre-event mini-tasting in Los Angeles, featuring six of the Santa Ynez Valley (SYV) winemakers pouring at Southern Exposure. Festival tickets go on sale January 10th.

“In response to overwhelming demand – and as part of our mission to bring attention to the best of the country’s small-lot, artisan winemakers – we have expanded the festival a hundred miles south to Santa Ynez Valley, one of the most exciting ‘garagiste’ regions in the country,” said Garagiste Festival co-founder Doug Minnick. “The Santa Ynez Valley is the perfect next location as we continue to expand the Garagiste Festival to ‘expose’ more garagistes to even more wine consumers.”

Minnick noted that in line with the festival’s mission of furthering the education of future winemakers and those training for employment within the wine industry, Southern Exposure will benefit the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture program.

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, commercial wineries that produce fewer than 1,200 cases a year.  The Paso Robles Garagiste Festival was named one of the ‘Top Nine Incredible Epicurean Vacations’ in the world by ABC News.**

“With our Southern Exposure festival, we are thrilled to bring closer access to these remarkable artisan winemakers for our broad audience in Southern California,” continued Minnick. “It is no secret that the garagiste movement is on fire, and we are proud to be part of the kindling for it!”

The Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure takes place at the beautiful, Mission-style Veterans Memorial Hall in the heart of Solvang, California. The one-day festival begins at 11:00 AM with the seminar “The Ultimate Barrel Tasting – Oak Flavors Tasted and Explained”. Winemaker and vineyard owner Michael Larner, of the renowned Larner Vineyard, and winemaker Ryan Render, of Rendarrio Vineyards and cooperage Tonnellerie Saint Martin, bring their knowledge of viticulture, winemaking, and barrels to the table in this special comparison barrel tasting of wines made by McPrice Myers from the Larner Vineyard. Attendees will learn (and taste) how different oak treatments – from type to region to toast – can affect the finished product and change the profile of a single wine.

The festival media/trade tasting runs from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM with the Grand Tasting from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Among the outstanding winemakers already slated to pour at the Southern Exposure festival are Autonom, Baehner Fournier Vineyards, Blair Fox Cellars, Casa Dumetz, Center of Effort, Deovlet Wines, El Rey Wines, Frequency Wines, Ground Effect Wines, J. Wilkes Wines, Kaena Wine Co., Kessler-Haak Wines, La Fenetre Wines, Larner Winery, Luminesce, Nagy Wines, Native9 Wine, Pench Rance, Piedrasassi, Refugio Ranch, Roark Wine Co., Ryan Cochrane Wines, Shai Cellars, Storm Wines, Tercero Wines and Transcendence Wines, with more to come.

The Wood and Vine pre-event tasting in Los Angeles will be held on January 19th from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. The SYV winemakers pouring include Frequency Wines, Roark Wine Co., Tercero Wines, Kessler Haak Wines and Shai Cellars. Wood and Vine is located at 6280 Hollywood Blvd. (at Vine St.) in Hollywood, California.

Key sponsors for the The Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure include Chumash Casino Resort, Hotel Corque and the Wandering Dog Wine Bar.

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