9 Secrets Every Wine Drinker Should Know About the Garagiste Festival

Guest Blog: By Doug Minnick, Co-Founder of the Garagiste Festival

The Paso Garagiste Festival is different than most other wine events. Here are nine things you may not know about this unique event that brings excellent, hard-to-find micro-wineries together under one roof. The 6th annual event is coming to Paso Robles, November 11-13, 2016.

1. No other wine event lets you taste this range of wines and regions all under one roof. 

Most other wine events focus on a single region or certain varietal - not The Garagiste Festival. Our focus on small “garagiste” wineries means we bring the widest range of wines available from all over California - Paso Robles, Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbara, Sierra Foothills, and several other regions.

2.  You can taste THIRTY different varietals.

Sure, we’ll have excellent Cab, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Zin, and all the faves, but you will also be able to taste Teroldego, Albarino, Tannat, Counoise, Carignagne, Malbec, Negrette, Greanche Blanc, many different Rosés, amazing blends, and many more. Expand your palate, find new favorites.

3. You will have a hard time finding these wineries on your own.

The majority of these micro-wineries do not have tasting rooms and aren't on wine country maps. We know where to find them, and we bring them to you. Let us do the work so you can do the tasting!

4. The average value of a bottle of red showcased at the Garagiste Festival is about $50.

Nowhere else can you taste so many wines (68 wineries, over 200 wines!) at this price point and level of quality for one low entry fee. You will have an amazing opportunity to taste world-class wines and discover your new favorites without having to commit to the purchase of a whole bottle.

5. No Black Ties Here.

Lots of organizations hold expensive wine-themed fundraising events, sometimes formal, sometimes a bit stuffy. Not here - this is casual and fun.

6. No Annoying Crowds, Either.

Ever been to a wine festival where you have to fight your way to the table to get a taste? That doesn't happen at the Garagiste Festival. We limit ticket sales to make sure you will have a comfortable, uncrowded experience, and even have time to talk to the winemakers. And that brings us to...

7. It's the Winemakers and Owners themselves pouring their wines.

No robotic, scripted sales pitches like "this wine goes perfect with a Sunday BBQ!" You will be talking to the passionate people who make these wines, and get to hear their personal stories about why they make them. The winemakers love talking to you - they always tell us this is their favorite crowd for which to pour.

8.  You help deserving students at Cal Poly just by drinking wine!

We are a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization dedicated to the education and support of future professionals in the wine industry through The Garagiste Festival Scholarships at Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo. Simply by buying a ticket and drinking excellent wine you are doing a good deed. And that makes you a good person! 

9. We guarantee that you will find excellent wines that you have never tasted before - or we will give you a full refund.

In fact, if you are not satisfied for any reason at all, we will give you a full refund. No questions asked. We are extremely proud of what we do and confident you will enjoy The Garagiste Festival. You've got nothing to lose!

Tickets are going fast and are cheapest in advance - get your tickets today and start planning your trip to Paso Robles now for a truly unique experience in wine.

Tickets Available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/6th-annual-paso-garagiste-wine-festival-tic...