1st Annual Garagiste Festival: Northern Exposure

May 12, 2018 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sonoma Veterans' Memorial Hall
126 1st Street W
Sonoma, California 95476

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Cost: $65-$115

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Wine     Tasting (walk around)     Cheese    

The first Garagiste Northern Exposure Festival  is a unique chance to taste from 40 ultra-premium, under-the radar micro-wineries from Napa, Sonoma, Livermore, Lodi and Mendocino all under one roof. 90% of these wineries do not have tasting rooms and can't be found on "wine country" maps! 

Come discover over 20 different grape varietals and actually meet the next great winemakers. Your appointment to try these wines is all in one room, right here! You won't be able to duplicate this tasting experience at any other wine event. Plus, it's Mother's Day weekend, and what better way to treat moms than with a day of wine tasting? You can't drink flowers, and wine is more fun! Plus memories last longer.:)  
 
As always, tickets are limited, giving you the opportunity to meet and talk to these cutting edge winemakers. Check out the full list of who is joining us this year!
 
Guests will have the opportunity to taste with many new wineries that have NEVER participated at a Garagiste Festival before, including wines from Betwixt Wines, Brooks Note, Calstar Cellars, Carini Wines, Crux Winery, Fallon Place Wines, Fields Family Wines, Gordenker Wines, Gregory James Wines, La Pitchoune Winery, Lightning Wines, Magna Vita Cellars, Mastro Scheidt, Merisi Wines, Montemaggiore, Nicolette Christopher, Parmeson Wines, People's Wine Revolution, Piezo Winery, Powicana Farm, Sosie Wines, St. Romedius, T. Berkley Wines, The Larsen Projekt and Tulocay Winery. 
 
Other wineries participating include: Burning Bench, Camlow Cellars, Chenoweth Wines, Cutruzzola Vineyards, Enoteca Five, Halcon Vineyards, Kendric Vineyards, Montagne Russe, Murder Ridge, Nowell-Smith Wines, Theopolis Vineyards, Trojak-Knier Wines, Two Shepherds, Von Holt Cellars and Weatherborne Wine Co.
 
FULL FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
 
Saturday, May 12th
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. The seminar is only available with the purchase of a VIP ticket.
 
SATURDAY VIP TASTING & SEMINAR: 11:30am-12:30pm  
 
"The Garagiste Variety Show: Exploring the Diversity of Small-Production Winemaking""
 
No, it's not about singing and dancing, it's about the amazing range of wines being produced by Garagiste winemakers. These micro-wineries are crafting wines from grapes they are passionate about - the wines they want to drink! - rather than producing what's found on supermarket shelves everywhere. This seminar (and tasting) will explore why these garagiste winemakers are focusing on grapes considered under-the-radar in Northern California. The resulting cornucopia of styles and varieties will showcase how this growing diversity might change the landscape and expectations of what this world-famous wine region brings to the bottle. Moderated by Stewart McLennan.
 
- Panelists include: Paul Gordon, Halcon Vineyards; Randy Hester, Lightning Wines; William Allen, Two Shepherds.

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.

Saturday continues with the Grand Tasting from 2-5pm showcasing 40 winemakers pouring 150+ wines and 20+ unique varietals. All tickets include unlimited tastes, cheese & charcuterie courtesy of The Girl & the Fig and a souvenir Stolzle crystal wine glass.

- "BEST FESTIVAL" – Sunset Magazine, “Best of the West” issue.

- "One of the Top Ten “Incredible Epicurean Destinations in the World” – ABC News

- “One of wine’s premier events. Fun and exuberant...This is one not to miss.” - LOS ANGELES TIMES

- “A fun, yet informative setting to taste these ultra-premium wines, and meet with the unique Garagistes who crafted them "- LA Wonders

- “Where the cutting edge cuts most intensely; winemakers you haven't yet heard about, let alone tasted. It's a crazy thrill of discovery." – KCET

Meet the winemakers, taste their passion!