If you love wine, the 8th Annual Garagiste Festival is the place you want to be this weekend in Paso Robles! It runs Nov. 9-11 and celebrates artisan winemakers. USA Today’s 10Best Readers Choice Awards recently named this as the ‘Best Wine Festival’ in the country, so it’s not one you want to miss! As your Central Coast real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on the details.
The Garagiste Festival honors commercial artisan winemakers who make under 1,500 cases. Hundreds of winemakers from all over California come to share their creations with wine enthusiasts in the Paso region. This is a great place to try varietals you’ve never had before, as there will be more than 20 available to taste! Your typical Cab, Pinot Noir, Syrah and so on will be available, but also Teroldego, Albarino, Tempranillo and more.
Most of these winemakers don’t have tasting rooms and aren’t found on a wine map. This is a great opportunity to branch out, and to meet the winemakers and owners themselves, who are the ones pouring the wine! Proceeds from the event help support future professionals in the wine industry through the Garagiste Festival Scholarship at Cal Poly University in SLO.
Friday night tickets cost $59. This is a Rare & Reserve/No Repeats Tasting from 6-9 p.m., with no repeat tastings, more than 30 exclusive wines, and paella, cheese and nibbles. This takes place at the American Legion Hall in Templeton.
Saturday is the Grand Tasting event from 2-5 p.m. Tickets cost $65 and include more than 60 winemakers pouring over 200 different wines. This includes unlimited tastes, cheese and charcuterie, food samples and a souvenir Stolzle crystal wine glass. The Grand Tasting takes place at the Fairgrounds in Paso Robles.
Early Access tickets for the Grand Tasting cost $85, with an extra hour from 1-2 p.m. VIP tickets cost $130. Designated driver tickets cost $10. Weekend passes cost $150. Tickets to the Rockin’ After Park Saturday night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. cost $20. This includes live music and unlimited local beer. Lots of options for a great weekend!
Saturday morning, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., there is a Tasting Seminar that is only included with VIP and Weekend Pass tickets. This year’s seminar will be about the upswing of planting traditional Spanish grapes in California.
Sunday, if you bring your official Garagiste program with you, or you wear your Garagiste shirt or hat, you can score special deals at local participating wineries! These discounts are only available Nov. 11, so make a day of it. Check out the specials you will find.
For a full list of participating winemakers, ticket options, locations, times, dates and details, check out the Garagiste Wine Festival website.
Enjoy your wine weekend in Paso Robles! When ready to accomplish your Central Coast real estate market goals, contact me, your Central Coast real estate agent. Let’s work together to accomplish your home-selling and/or home-buying goals before year’s end!
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