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  • Quick Report: Garagiste Festival L.A. 7/11/2015

    The Garagiste Festival is an event that tours California highlighting the wines of small producers generally making less than 1,500 cases of wine per year.  It is a non-profit event, sending its proceeds to invest in future winemakers and grape growers in the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture program.

    We attended one of their events in Solvang a few years ago, and were glad to have a chance to catch them here in L.A. at the Wiltern yesterday.

    61 wineries were represented.  In most cases the winemaker/owner was pouring the wines and taking questions and making new fans.  For them, this is a chance to build their fan base and wine clubs.  For us, on the consumer side, this is that opportunity to discover some gems and get in on the ground floor of an allocation list.  Most of these producers don’t have tasting rooms.  Their wines aren’t sold in stores.  They may have some restaurant placements.  You are not likely to find them on your own. Continue Reading

    July 12, 2015 • Reviews, So. Cal. Scene, Tasting • Views: 5487