Nov 6, 2012 12:28 AM by Jeanette Trompeter
Garagiste is a term you may not be too familiar with and that's appropriate, because the Garagiste Festival happening this week in Paso Robles is all about calling attention to a group of winemakers who's name you might not recognize right off the bat.
Now in it's 2nd year, the Garagiste Festival includes four days of events from the 8th through the 11th, with 48 local artisan winemakers pouring their best.
"Garagiste" is a term originally used in the Bordeaux region of France to denigrate renegade small-lot wine makers. In this case, it refers to the up and comers, or the artisans who choose to stay small and produce their own way. Either way, the vintners who are pouring at the Paso Robles Garagiste Festival are ones you should get to know. Because what many of them are doing is phenomenal. You just can't walk into your local grocery story to pick up a bottle.
To be a part of the Paso Robles Garagiste, winemaker shave to be small production wineries producing fewer than 1,200 cases a year, be cutting edge and showcase their best wine. It's a non-profit festival that benefits the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Program.
It includes a grand tasting, winemaker seminars, and mixer-parties. Guest chefs are also coming to town to work on the perfect pairings for some of these wines. that may be one reason ABC News called the festival one of the top ten "Incredible Epicurean Vacations in the World".
For more information on the festival, click here.