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Mar 27, 2014 6:46 PM

JT's pick of the week: Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure in Solvang

The Central Coast is an up and coming wine region in the world and this weekend you can get to know some of the up and coming wine-makers. If you're looking to get Out and About this weekend, my pick of the week is the Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure in Solvang.

"Southern Exposure" compliments the one that started a few years ago in Paso Robles. The non-profit Garagiste Festivals showcase high-quality, cutting-edge, small-production commercial wineries that produce fewer than 1,500 cases a year. It was named one of the 'Top Nine Incredible Epicurean Vacations' in the world by ABC News and a 'not to miss' event by the LA Times. The events raise money for the education of future winemakers by supporting the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo viticulture program.

Garagiste: Southern Exposure kicks off tomorrow night with a Pizza and Wine pairing party. It features 11 garagiste winemakers, pouring their best pizza pairing wines alongside gourmet wood-fired pizzas, handmade pastas, cheese and antipasti by Chef David Ceccini at Cecco Ristorante. The event is Friday March 28th from 6:30 - 9:00pm at Cecco Ristorante in Solvang.

All weekend you can find sixty of Santa Ynez Valley's and Santa Barbara County's limited production winemakers pouring at the Veteran's Memorial Hall in Solvang. Each day of the Festival offers up a different group of these hard-to-find, high-quality small production commercial winemakers, as well as tasting seminars.

Winemakers pouring at the Pizza/Wine pairing event are Archium Cellars, Calilove Wines, Kessler-Haak Winery, Larner Winery, Montemar Winery, Press Gang Cellars, Scott Cellars, Solminer, and Vinemark Cellars. Pouring on Friday ONLY are Sforzando Wines and De Su Propia Cosecha.

Tickets to the Friday night Pizza Party are $39 + tax. Tickets to the Grand Tastings are $50.00. For more information, click here.

Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure Winemakers:

Saturday: Archium Cellars*, Ascension Cellars*, Carucci Wines*, Casa Dumetz, Cholame Vineyard, Cordon Wines, Crawford Family Wines*, Dubost Ranch*, DV8 Cellars*, Graef Wines*, Ground Effect Wines, Harrison Clarke Wines, Kaena Wine Company, Kessler-Haak Winery, Kita Wines*, Larner Winery, Liquid Farm, Luminesce, Moretti Wine Co.*, Pence Ranch, Press Gang Cellars, Roark Wine Co., Ryan Cochrane Wines, Seagrape Wine Company, Shai Cellars, Tercero Wines, Transcendence Wines, Turiya*, and Vinemark Cellars*.

Sunday: a-non-ah-mus, Alta Colina Winery, Baehner-Fournier, Bradley Family Winery*, Brophy Clark Cellars*, C. Nagy Wines, Calilove Winery*, Cloak & Dagger, Clos Des Amis*, Dascomb Cellars*, Desperada*, Dilecta Wines, Fontes & Phillips*, Frequency Wines, Gioia Wines*, Guyomar Wine Cellars*, J. Wilkes Wines, La Fenetre Wines, LaZarre Wines, Montemar Winery*, Nicora Wines, ONX Wines, Plan B Cellars*, Refugio Ranch, Scott Cellars*, Solminer Wine*, STANGER Vineyards, Toretti Family Vineyards*, Weatherborne Wine Co.*, and Zinke Wine Company*.

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