As we have been hinting, 2013 holds some new developments for all things Garagiste.
Southern exposure to the sun in a vineyard is good for growing grapes. It is also about to be very good for those who enjoy drinking the product of those grapes.
To continue our mission of discovering and shining a spotlight on outstanding artisan winemakers, we are excited to reveal that we are expanding to Santa Barbara County.
The Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure will feature 30 high-quality, small-production garagiste wineries of Santa Barbara County in Solvang, California on February 16th. It’s quite a line-up.
Tickets are now on sale, but we wanted to let you know so you can save the date. Hotel rooms there will be scarce on that weekend, so you will need to book early. We will have more info on that next week, too. Stand by and start planning now.
Many people have been asking so we will be reprising our super-popular oak barrel seminar, this time with the phenomenal wines of McPrice Myers from the renowned Larner Vineyard. If you couldn’t attend this in 2011 (or even if you did) don’t miss this new opportunity to experience various oak treatments in a comparison tasting that will leave you with a whole new understanding of the role of oak in the winemaker’s “spice rack.”
That’s not all. To get us in the mood, in just one week, on Saturday, January 19th from 2:00 to 5:00pm we will be holding a Southern Exposure pre-event mini-tasting featuring six garagiste winemakers from Santa Barbara County at the fabulous Wood and Vine Restaurant at 6280 Hollywood Blvd. (at Vine St.) in Hollywood, California. Let’s toast away the post-Holiday blues!
More details are coming, but save the dates and start making your plans now if you want to get into some of the best wines coming out of Santa Barbara County right now.
The Garagiste Team,
Doug, Stewart, Lisa, and Melanie