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Jan 24, 2013 12:41 AM by Jeanette Trompeter

Cal Poly gets big donation from artisan winemakers

Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture program has something to toast tonight. The folks from the Garagiste Festival presented a check for $10,000 to the program from proceeds raised at its 2012 event in Paso Robles.

The Garagiste Festival, produced by Garagiste Events, is the first and only festival dedicated to discovering and promoting artisan 'garagiste' winemakers and showcases high-quality, cutting-edge, small production wineries that produce fewer than 1,200 cases a year.

The 2012 Garagiste Festival in Paso Robles, featured more than 48 'garagiste' winemakers pouring almost 150 wines and over 30 varietals for attendees from across the US and the globe.

The Garagiste Festival donation will support the purchase of a new spectrophotometer, which will allow Cal Poly winemaking students to accurately and routinely measure a variety of wine chemistry components critical to the production of superior wines.

On hand for the presentation were Garagiste Team members Stewart McLennan, Douglas Minnick and Melanie Webber; Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Program Director James Cooper and Agriculture Program Associate Dean Mark Shelton.

In addition, the festival announced its sponsorship of a series of seminars for the Wine and Viticulture program, featuring the 'in-the-trenches' expertise of 'garagiste' winemakers. The upcoming Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure is an expansion of the festival featuring more than 30 artisan winemakers from the Santa Ynez Valley and a signature Garagiste Festival
barrel tasting seminar. It's February 16th in Solvang and will also benefit the Cal Poly Program.

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