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Dec 4, 2012 8:40 PM by Jeanette Trompeter

Garagiste Festival makes donation to Cal Poly future winemakers

The Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Program is going to get a big financial boost thanks to the Paso Robles Garagiste Festival. Festival organizers say they will be donating $10,000 from proceeds raised at the 2012 Festival to the Cal Poly program.

The sold-out festival, held November 8th - 11th, in Paso Robles, featured more than 48 ‘garagiste'winemakers pouring almost 150 wines and more than 30 varietals. "Garagiste is now a full-fledged movement, gaining attention across the country and the world. With 70% of our attendees from outside SLO County, including from over 13 states from New Jersey to Georgia....and as far afield as Australia, it is clear that the Garagiste Festival has become the nexus for the movement and the place to discover these extraordinary, but hard-to-find winemakers," said Garagiste Festival Co-founder Doug Minnick.

Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Dean James Cooper says the donation makes a big difference. "This donation will be put to excellent use helping us produce wine industry professionals who will continue to ensure that the US leads the world in winemaking."

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