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Recently named the #1 Best Wine Festival in America by USA Today, The Garagiste Wine Festival features excellent, undiscovered ‘garagiste’ micro-wineries who are making some of the best, most exciting, handcrafted small-lot wines in the world. No supermarket wines here!
The Sonoma Garagiste Festival will showcase 40 excellent but hard-to-find wineries from all over Northern California.
Over 80% of these wineries do not have a tasting room, so this is truly a singular chance to discover and meet the next great winemakers and get the opportunity to taste their amazing micro-production wines in a comfortable, no-snobs-allowed atmosphere all under one roof. You won’t be able to duplicate this tasting experience at any other wine event.
Meet the winemakers, taste their passion!
Saturday, April 13th
The day begins with one of the most popular features of the Garagiste Festivals – our fun, engaging, educational, and unique winemaker panel and tasting seminar.
SATURDAY VIP TASTING & SEMINAR: 11:30am-12:30pm
“What Defines an AVA? An Exploration of the new “West Sonoma Coast” Appellation and Why the Distinction Matters.”
Unlike the Old World the American appellation system (AVA) is only around 40 years old and still evolving. After prohibition grape growers and wineries picked up the pieces of the California winemaking culture and pushed boundaries to expand vineyards throughout the state. We now have decades of knowledge to begin to understand the best places to grow and nourish grapes in California and to refine our appellations so they can begin to make sense to consumers when they are searching for that perfect bottle. In this seminar attendees will learn (and taste) – from two of the winemakers leading the charge – what makes the “West Sonoma Coast” AVA special (and distinct from the wider Sonoma Coast) and why it was necessary for them to pursue this separation. Moderated by Stewart McLennan.
– Panelists include Carroll Kemp from Alma Fria and Andy Peay from Peay Vineyards.
This seminar is only available as part of the VIP ALL-DAY TICKET, which also includes a Wine Country Box Lunch – prepared by local favorite The Girl and The Fig – and (1) hour early access to the Grand Tasting.
EARLY ACCESS TASTING: 1:00-2:00pm – Limited tickets available to get an extra hour of tasting with a smaller group of attendees.
GRAND TASTING: 2:00-5:00pm
Showcasing 40 winemakers pouring 150+ wines and 15+ unique varietals. All tickets include unlimited tastes, cheese & charcuterie, gourmet food samples and a souvenir Stolzle crystal wine glass.
2019 Winemaker Participants include: Adron Wines, Alma Fria, Benevolent Neglect Wines, Betwixt Wines, Bluxome Winery, Boonville Road Wines, Calstar Cellars, Camlow Cellars, Chenoweth Vineyards, Cobden Wini Wines, Crux Winery, Cutruzzola Vineyards, DB Cellars, DeWitt Vineyard, Fallon Place Wines, Fields Family Wines, Gondak Cellars, Gordenker Wines, Greyscale Wines, Kendric Vineyards, Kitson Wines, March Wines, Mastro Scheidt, Merisi Wines, Montagne Russe, Mountain Tides Wines, Nowell-Smith Wines, Old County Cellars, Olivera Wines, People’s Wine Revolution, Perri Jaye Vineyards, Powicana Farm, Sosie Wines, St. Romedius, Tom Mackey Cellars, Urban Legend Cellars, Wander Must Wine, Weatherborne Wine Co. and Witching Stick Wines.