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9th Annual Paso Garagiste Festival

    Past Event: Sat, November 9, 2019 (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

The Fairgrounds
2198 Riverside Avenue
Paso Robles, CA 93446
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Cost: $65 Grand Tasting / $85 Early Access


Taste over 200 ultra-premium wines from over 70 hard-to-find micro-wineries from the Paso Robles region and all around California. The Garagiste Festival is the first and only organization that gathers these undiscovered artisan ‘garagiste’winemakers who are making some of the best, most exciting, handcrafted small-lot wines in the world. You'll never find these wines in supermarkets - and you'll never find them all in one place like this. Discover the biggest "small" thing happening in the world of wine. 

FRIDAY NIGHT RARE & RESERVE TASTING - Friday, November 8, 2019 - 6:00-9:00pm

American Legion Hall, 805 S. Main Street, Templeton, CA 93465

Kick off the weekend with a mouthwatering bang! Guests will get to experience over 30 of the best wines our garagistes have to offer - Only available at this event! No repeats! - along with a bounty of amazing paella from local Chef John Carson (JS Catering), with additional nibbles to start the evening off right. An intimate party to energize and impress your palate.

FESTIVAL GRAND TASTING - Saturday, November 9, 2019 / 2:00-5:00

Paso Fairgrounds, Ponderosa Pavilion - 2198 Riverside Avenue, Paso Robles, CA 93446 

The Festival fosters the free exchange of ideas, wine knowledge and enthusiasm that has made the Central Coast one of the friendliest, most successful and innovative wine-making regions in the world. The Festivals are dedicated to furthering the education of future winemakers and those training for employment within the wine industry.  Proceeds from the Festivals are donated to support the growth of the SLO Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Department.

SATURDAY SEMINAR: 11:30am-1:00pm

Only Available with VIP Ticket or Weekend Pass

How to Taste Wine Like a Pro: An Interactive Tasting Experience! 

Ever wonder what winemakers mean when they talk about tannin, acidity or sweetness? Or why there's even a debate about alcohol levels? All of these components affect a wines flavor and body and, in the end, it's the balance of these aspects that influence the quality of what ends up in the bottle.  

This hands-on seminar will lead attendees through a systematic tasting to learn how to identify these core wine principles in the glass; how to assess wine quality apart from personal likes and dislikes, and be able to more clearly recognize and put into context the important components of any wine.

Whether you already know a lot about wine or are just beginning your wine journey, you will come away from this fun, guided tasting seminar with a deeper understanding of the nuances of wine. Use your newfound "powers" to enhance your festival experience by digging deeper into grapes and styles and discover how winemaker influence and terroir can affect the outcome in the glass.

This seminar is led by Melanie Webber, who runs and teaches the Paso Robles Wine House WSET Satellite program, and holds the WSET Diploma in wine and spirits and the French Wine Society ‘French Wine Scholar’ certification.  

Includes a tasting components exercise, a take-home tasting grid, tasting/assessment of six wines and a collaborative blind tasting. A fun and active tasting refresher for those in the know, and a great primer and confidence builder for those who are just starting to explore the wide world of wine.



13th & Third Wines, Alta Colina Winery, Arndt Cellars*, Ascension Cellars, Autry Cellars*, Bodega de Edgar, Bolt To Wines*, Bon Niche Cellars, Brophy Clark Cellars, Burning Bench Cellars, Bushong Vintage Company, Caliza Winery, Camlow Cellars, Carpenter Wines*, Cloak & Dagger Wines, Concur Wines*, Copia Vineyards, Cutruzzola Vineyards, Cypher Winery, DB Cellars*, Decroux Wines, DENO Wines, DeWitt Vineyard, Dubost Winery, Dusty Nabor Wines, Enrique Torres Wines*, Ferguson Family Winery, Frisco Cellars, Gary Kramer Guitar Cellars, Golden Triangle, Greyscale Wines, Hoi Polloi Winery, Hoyt Vineyards, Hubba Wines, Jardesca, Kaleidos Winery, Lasorda Family Wines*, Leverage Wines, Lions Peak Vineyards, Lost Blues, Marin's Vineyard, Mastro Scheidt, MCV Wines, Monochrome Wines, Montagne Russe, On Your Left Wines, Pelletiere Estate, Powell Mountain Cellars, Powicana Farms Winery, Quench & Temper*, Rails Nap*, Ranchero Cellars, RF Fine Wines, Rhondonnee Wines*, RN Estate, Saint K Wines, San Rucci Winery*, Sea Shell Cellars, Seven Angels Cellars, T. Berkley Wines, Torch Cellars, TW Ferm Co., Two Moons Cellars, Two Papas Wines*, Ultima Tulie, Vinemark Cellars, Vino Vargas, Volatus Wines, and Wildeye Winery*.

*Wineries new to Paso Event

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