Nov 7, 2013 6:49 PM by Jeanette Trompeter

Garagiste Festival kicks off tonight!

It's all about the under-exposed treasures of the Central Coast this weekend. The Garagiste Festival happens this weekend and is a celebration of the up and coming wine-makers and artisan wine-makers we have here on the Central Coast.

New this year, a winemaker dinner in Atascadero. The Undiscovered Treasures dinner happens tonight at the Carlton Hotel and Charles Paladin Wayne. Chef Charlie is sure to serve up some great local delicacies.

Friday there's an "Opening Round" tasting at the Pavilion on Atascadero Lake featuring 17 wineries, including a few from Santa Ynez Valley and Sonoma. That's from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and tickets are $35.00.

Also on Friday, you can mingle with the winemakers at the "Winemaker Mixer" from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets for that are also $35.00. This is a very popular event on Garagiste weekend and offers rare opportunities to taste some remarkable off-the-grid wines and chat with the people who make them. WIneries from both days will be in attendance. The theme, "Shiners, Samples & Secrets" showcases more than 25 unreleased, barrel samples, wine club only and pre-release wines that will be poured alongside appetizers provided by Pacific Harvest Catering.

On Saturday, it's the return of the big tasting at Windfall Farms. VIP all-day passes to "The Main Event at Windfall Farms" are $135.00. It goes from 11a.m. - 9p.m. The day begins with an entertaining and educational winemaker panel and tasting seminars. These seminars are only available as part of the VIP All-Day Pass (which also includes lunch, an extra hour of tasting and exclusive access to the After Party) or you can get tickets to the Grand Tasting for $60.00. That goes from 2-5p.m.

For more information on the entire weekend, or to purchase tickets, click here.



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