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Artisan Wine Trend Gains Momentum at Paso Garagiste FestivalForty Emerging Winemakers Sign On to Pour at November Event; Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Program to Benefit; Limited Tickets Available
Paso Robles, Ca – September 14, 2011 – Paso Garagiste today announced that forty of California’s most cutting-edge artisan ‘garagiste’* winemakers are now set to pour at the first annual Paso Garagiste Festival: Celebrating the Artisan Winemaker to be held November 11 – 12 at Paso Robles’ Windfall Farms. A limited number of tickets for the festival, which will raise funds for the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Program, are now on sale to the public at pasogaragiste.com.
“We knew that there was a powerful artisan wine movement with deep roots in Paso Robles that simply needed the right vehicle to bring it to light,” says Paso Garagiste Co-founder, and longtime Paso resident and garagiste, Stewart McLennan. “The Paso Garagiste Festival is that vehicle and, since we announced it just a few weeks ago, the response from wine enthusiasts, the wine industry and, importantly, the artisan wine community, has been overwhelming. For the first time, wine consumers will have the opportunity to taste, all under one roof, some of the region’s – if not the country’s - best and hardest-to find artisan winemakers.”
Produced by PasoGaragiste.com, the Paso Garagiste Festival features high-quality, cutting-edge, small production wineries that produce fewer than 1,200 cases a year. Among the forty winemakers scheduled to pour are Aaron Wines, Alta Colina, Caliza Winery, Jalama Wines, J Dusi Wines, JK Wine Company, Stanger Vineyards, Symbiosis Wines, Storm Wines, Tercero Wines and Vines on the Marycrest.
Paso Garagiste also announced key additions to the festival line-up, including seminars from top winemakers; a winemaker after party, featuring entertainment from country singer Stephen Rowe, and live broadcasting from the event by The Krush 92.5.
It was also announced that a portion of the festival proceeds will go to support the renowned Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Program, which offers a hands-on curriculum that spans from the classroom and lab to the campus vineyard and pilot winery, preparing students for jobs in the California and worldwide wine industry.
“Paso Garagiste is all about incubating emerging winemakers and, by helping support the Cal Poly program, we hope to do our part to help nurture the next generation of winemakers in the county,” says Paso Garagiste Co-founder Doug Minnick.
Because festival attendance is strictly limited and benefits from the intimate setting of Windfall Farms’ stunning Stallion Barn, festival-goers will have a greater opportunity to get to know the garagiste winemakers and their wines than is customary at larger wine festivals.
The Goddess will be there tasting wines from heavenly Paso Robles. You should be there, too! Cheers!