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This Weekend! Wine-lovers Enjoy Rare Tastes at Garagiste Fest Only 2 Hours from Los Angeles

Have a relaxing break this weekend for just a few hours. You deserve it. Take a quick drive just north of Los Angeles. Try some of the best, hard-to-find, high-quality micro-production wineries from all over California and enjoy a local artisan meal as well before making your way back to real-life.

Welcome to the Santa Ynez Valley for The 7th Annual Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure.

The majority of these wineries do not have tasting rooms, and their wines can be very hard to find on store shelves. The Garagiste Festival makes it easy for you to find a world of new wine discoveries all under one roof.

Tickets available here:

As with all Garagiste events, only the winemakers and/or owners (often the same person) will be pouring the wines. Come meet the artists who are making some of the most exciting and innovative wines in the world.

Wineries Include: Ascension Cellars, Bevela Wines, Bodega de Edgar, Bolshoi Family Wines*, Byron Blatty Wines, Camlow Cellars, Cholame Vineyard, Cloak & Dagger Wines, Copia Vineyards, Cordon Wines, Corner Cellars*, Cutruzzola Vineyards, D. Volk Wines, Dascomb Cellars, DeWitt Vineyard*, Dracaena Wines*, Elwood Wines, Ferguson Family Winery*, Greyscale Wines*, Hoi Polloi Winery, Kaleidos Winery, Kimsey Vineyards*, Kings Carey Wines*, Lepiane Wines, Luna Hart Wines, Maidenstoen Wines, Marin’s Vineyard, Metrick Wines, MCV Wines, Montagne Russe, Montemar Winery, Pelletiere Estate*, RF Fine Wines*, Ryan Cochrane Wines, Seagrape Wine Co., Sycamore Ranch, Temperance Cellars*, Tercero Wines, Torch Cellars, TW Fermentation Co, Volatus Wines and Westerly Wines.*

* First Time Solvang Participants


All Events at The Veterans’ Memorial Hall. 1745 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA

FRIDAY – FEBRUARY 8th – 6:30-9:00pm

“NO REPEATS RARE & RESERVE” KICK-OFF BBQ: Get up close and personal with the winemakers as they share wines you won’t get to try anywhere else this weekend…and few other people get to try at all! This evening will showcase extremely limited Club Only, Library and Pre-Release bottles – perhaps even some barrel samples – that truly showcase what micro-production winemaking is all about. This event is like digging for diamonds with an earth mover. You are guaranteed to find more than a few gems! A Texas-Style BBQ buffet by Neighbor Tim’s BBQ is also included in the fun.

SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 9th – Please note different starting times below…

The day begins with one of the most popular features of the Garagiste Festivals, its engaging, educational and unique winemaker panel and tasting seminars.

*SATURDAY SEMINAR: 11:00am-12:30pm
“Original Garagistes: A Deep Dive & Tasting with Ken Brown”

We continue our series with a chat and taste with another Central Coast winemaking legend – Ken Brown!

Ken Brown is recognized as one of Santa Barbara County’s pioneering winemakers and innovators. He was among the first vintners to realize the tremendous promise for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in this cool-climate appellation in the mid 1970’s. He was also the first winemaker to introduce the Syrah grape, as well as Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc, to Santa Barbara County. Discover how he helped shape the Santa Barbara wine scene and why he ultimately returned to focus on small-lot winemaking.

This seminar will not only give attendees the opportunity to sample a selection of Ken’s wines but will also chronicle, via moderator Stewart McLennan, his story and winemaking journey. This seminar promises to be a unique and not to be missed view behind the man and his amazing career.

*The seminar is only available as part of the WEEKEND PASS* or Saturday VIP TICKET, which also includes a Wine Country Box Lunch provided by Succulant Cafe and (1) hour early access to the Grand Tasting.

Saturday continues with the Grand Tasting from 2-5pm showcasing over 40 winemakers pouring 100+ wines and 20+ varietals.

There will be a limited number of Early Access Tickets available, which gives attendees an extra hour of tasting from 1-2pm. More time = more wines to discover. These tickets grant you 4 hours of tasting so you will have plenty of time to chat, taste and explore.

*Limited Weekend Passes Available – For those of you who want to attend ALL of our events, we have created a Weekend Pass that gets you into both Friday’s Kick-Off Party and Saturday’s VIP All-Day Seminar & Tasting for just $150. Only 50 passes available – no coupon code needed!

VIP All Access (11:00am-5pm)

Early Access (1-5pm)

Grand Tasting (2-5pm)

Joe Wehinger
Joe Wehinger (nicknamed Joe Winger) has written for over 20 years about the business of lifestyle and entertainment. Joe is an entertainment producer, media entrepreneur, public speaker, and C-level consultant who owns businesses in entertainment, lifestyle, tourism and publishing. He is an award-winning filmmaker, published author, member of the Directors Guild of America, International Food Travel Wine Authors Association, WSET Level 2 Wine student, WSET Level 2 Cocktail student, member of the LA Wine Writers. Email to:


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