About the Festival and Organizers.
This all came about when a few small wine producers were commiserating about how challenging it is to sell wines when you're also working full time somewhere else, don't have a tasting room, or don't have deep pockets! It's one thing to produce wine because you are compelled to, it's another to enter the competitive fray of reaching the public. It's all about the love of wine, of food, of this crazy way of life. We stumbled across the term 'garagiste' (gar-ah-jeest)and the idea of the wine festival was born and the two of us decided to team up to help organize this collaborative event and form Garagiste North.
The first Small Guys Wine Festival was held in Okanagan Falls in 2014 at Meyer Family Vineyards. It was a sellout success and more importantly really, really fun. So we decided to do it all again.
Jennifer Schell is the Editor of Food & Wine Trails Magazine and passionate about the artisan wine and food industry in the Okanagan. She is the author of The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine and Cheesemaker, an Okanagan Cookbook which has garnered amazing international awards. Jennifer also loves events and can be found at almost everything between the Rockies and the West Coast.
Terry Meyer Stone is well immersed in the Okanagan wine industry; she works at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, her brother owns Meyer Family Vineyards and she and her mad scientist husband Andrew Stone have a 4 acre vineyard on Anarchist Mountain where she works as a farmer on evenings and weekends. They sell most of their grapes but couldn't resist producing small lot Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and are definitely 'garagistes' with a total production of under 300 cases. They drink a lot of it.