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Garagiste Festival Celebrating Artisan Winemakers Coming Up

on 30/01/16 at 10:42 am

The Truth About The Garagiste Festival

We know there are lots of wine events for you to choose from, but we think The Garagiste Festival is pretty unique. Here are some facts in support of our claim.

Wines from ALL OVER THE STATE will be available. Check out excellent, small-production Napa Cabernet and Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir, Lake County Syrah, Russian River Pinot, and plenty from the best vineyards in Santa Barbara County, Paso Robles, and the entire Central Coast, of course.STYLISTIC RANGE – Taste an incredible range of varietals and styles and have a blast while doing it.

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Compare cool climate Syrahs with Westside Paso Syrahs, Pinot from Santa Rita Hills to the Russian River and Santa Maria.. even Paso! Napa Cabernet and Happy Canyon Cab in the same room. Lagrein! Teroldego! Where else can you find an opportunity like this to explore so many different wines and styles and find your favorites?

QUALITY – Our winemakers source from some of the best vineyards in the world. Names like Stolpman, Cass, Qupe, Bien Nacido, Solomon Hills. Larner, and many, many more. Not to mention the many small-but-amazing vineyards owned or discovered by these Garagistes themselves.

RIDICULOUSLY RARE WINES – All of the wines you will taste are made in extremely small amounts. The winemakers give hands-on care to each and every barrel. Believe us, it makes a difference and you can taste it.

EMERGING STARS – And as usual, we will have an array of some of the most exciting new winemakers hitting the scene. We have seen many of our winemakers launch their labels and quickly sell out their production. Find something you like? Get on the winery allocation list while you still can. Get in on the ground floor.

There are still hotels available  – go to Hotels.com and you can find rooms from Santa Barbara and Goleta to Lompoc to Buellton, as well as Solvang. But it is probably a good idea to do this right away.

There are just two weeks to go! As a newsletter subscriber, you have THREE discounts available to you:


The Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure
February 13th – 14th, Solvang, CA
President’s Day (and Valentine’s Day!) Weekend

2-Day Passes are available for over 20% off on all ticket levels.

It is Valentine’s Day weekend, so why not plan a romantic wine getaway and come both Saturday and Sunday? There will be over 25 wineries and 100 wines to explore on each day. Discount already included in the price of the tickets.

Couples Discount – In the name of love, we are also offering a 30% discount on all  Sunday Only tickets when you purchase two at the same time. (Note: this offer only valid on Sunday (2/14, Valentine’s Day). Discount already included in the price of the tickets.)

Single Day Subscriber’s Discount –  15% OFF Single day tickets  (use coupon code GFSYV2016 when you check out.) 
The majority of wineries at the festival will be participating in a special sales program that allows you to order from multiple wineries and receive your wines with no shipping charges!
Since most of our wineries do not have tasting rooms and can be hard to find on store shelves, this is a fantastic opportunity to stock up on these extremely rare wines at one time and look forward to a really fun package showing up when you get home!The weekend promises to be one of the best yet, with many wineries that are new to the Garagiste Festivals and fun and informative seminars – including a Valentine’s Day seminar dedicated to Bubbles! See below for full details…
And as always, it is the winemakers and owners themselves who will be pouring their wines – another way the Garagiste Festival is a truly unique wine event.
There are still rooms available so book yours today at Hotels.com
Eventbrite - Garagiste Festival: 4th Annual Southern Exposure
(Note: Discounts can not be combined. Ya gotta pick one!)

Each day begins at 11:30am with one of our fun, educational tasting seminars. These seminars are only available as part of the VIP All-Day Ticket, which also includes a Wine Country Box Lunch and early access to the Grand Tasting. Seats are limited. Early Access Tasting begins at 1:00pm. The Grand Tasting is from 2:00-5:00pm.

11:30am-12:30pm – Saturday, February 13th
Digging Deep into Mourvedre: This seminar will explore different styles of Mourvedre and help us all understand why it is one of the most widely planted varietals in the world. Bob Tillman (Alta Colina Vineyards), Larry Schaffer (Tercero Wines) and Eric Mohsemi (Zaca Mesa Vineyards) will explain the joys of this under-the-radar grape as we taste our way through an amazing array of Mourvedres to showcase what this grape brings to the bottle.
11:30am-12:30pm – Sunday, February 14th
Rise of the Bubbles – The New Breed of California Sparkling Wine: Start Valentine’s Day off right by tasting some of the exciting new bubbles that are being produced by small winemakers in California. We are thrilled to be exploring the wines of Norm Yost (Goat Bubbles), Tyler Elwell (Halcyon Wines) and Dan Kessler (Kessler-Haak Vineyards). Sponsored by our friends at BubblyFest.
Eventbrite - Garagiste Festival: 4th Annual Southern Exposure
Cheers from The Garagiste Team!
Doug, Stewart, Lisa, and Melanie

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