Garagiste Wine Fest Returns to Los Angeles July 9


garagiste-wine-losangeles-july2016The Garagiste Wine Festival Urban Exposure returns to Los Angeles on July 9 2016  at the Wiltern Theater.  Attendees will choose from thousands of ultra-premium, hard to find, California wines to taste, discover and learn about. Hours are 2-6pm  Tickets are on sale on at

Over 60+ artisan ‘garagiste’ winemakers from across California, including Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez and SLO counties, Napa and Sonoma counties, and Paso Robles, will pour over 200 wines, with 30% of the wineries participating in our Los Angeles festival for the first time. This year’s Urban Exposure, dubbed “one of wines premier events…fun and exuberant…not to be missed,” also presents the LA premiere of one of its signature comparison tasting seminars, “Tasting the Winemaker’s Spice Rack, to be held on the stage of The Wiltern.

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“From Paso Robles to Santa Ynez to the Bay Area, we have helped thousands of wine lovers discover more than 1,500 cutting edge wines crafted by the most passionate, under-the-radar micro-production winemakers in the state,” said Garagiste Festivals Co-founder Doug Minnick. “We are super-excited to be bringing more than 60 of these winemakers back to LA at this spectacular venue. You’ll have a hard time finding most of these wines anywhere else, and certainly not in any supermarket, but we make it easy. If you like wine at any level, whether you’re a novice or an expert – this event is like Nirvana. The place, not the band.”

chardonnay-symposiumIn the “Understanding Oak Varieties: Tasting the Winemakers Spice Rack” seminar, Rendarrio Vineyards owner and winemaker Ryan Render, who is also a representative for the famous French tonnellerie, Cadus; and Michael Larner, who is the winemaker and owner of the renowned Larner Vineyard, will use side-by-side comparisons to help wine consumers understand, through their taste buds, how different oak treatments – from type to region to toast – can affect the finished product and change the profile of a single wine. The seminar will be moderated by radio host, winemaker, and Garagiste Festival co-founder Stewart McLennan.

Among the over 60 winemakers already scheduled to pour are:  Alma Fria Winery, Alma Sol Winery, Alta Colina Vineyards, Archium Cellars, Ascension Cellars, Belissimo Cellars, Bodega de Edgar, Brian Benson Cellars, Brophy Clark Cellars, Burning Bench Cellars, Caldera Cuvee, Caliza Winery, The Central Coast Group Project, Chene Wines, Cholame Vineyards, Cloak & Dagger Wines, Cordon Wines, Coruce Vineyards, Cowan Cellars, DENO Wines, Dreamcote Wines, El Lugar Wines, Golden Star Vineyards, Graef Wines, Hoi Polloi Winery, Hoyt Family Vineyards, Iter Wines, JP3 Wines, Kaleidos Winery, Larner Vineyards, Leverage, Marin’s Vineyard, MCV Wines, Mollie Wine, On Your Left Wines, Pagter Bros. Winery, Per Cazo Cellars, Powell Mountain Cellars, Press Gang Cellars, Prizm Winery, Pulchella Winery, Ranchita Canyon, Rendarrio Vineyards, Ryan Cochrane Wines, Starfield Vineyards, Tercero Wines, The Farm Winery, Tierra y Vino, Tlo Wines, Trail Marker Wine Co., Turiya Wines, TW Fermentation Co., Two Shepherds, Vinemark Cellars, Vines on the Marycrest, Weatherborne, West of Temperance, and Zinke Wine Co.