You’ve heard of the little gems, the boutique wineries, the cult followings and the maverick winemakers, but they are often hard to find or to get to. Now we showcase the small case lot artisan wines commercially produced–all gathered in one spot. What’s a garagiste (GAR-aH-jeest )? — It’s a label coined in France to indicate those who stepped outside the lines and broke the rules, taking risks and making small case lots or micro cuvees in their ‘garage’. We think you’ll agree that some interesting things are happening at the front edge of winemaking with these passionate winemakers and growers.
2016 brings you several events to sample these hard to find wines:
Vancouver April 17th : The Small Guys Festival comes to Wise Hall and showcases the artisan winemakers of BC. Tickets are $49 and available here on eventbrite. Delicious small bites from Chicha, fun music with Chicken Like Birds.
Pentiction September 18th: The Small Guys Festival will be at -where else for some garagistes - Canadian Tire outdoor Garden Centre. Gregors Gourment provides food truck service. Tickets are $49 and available here on eventbrite.
These events are organized by Garagiste North. It was born out of many conversations with small producers who are faced with the difficult realites of getting their wines to the public, and wine lovers who are always looking for those interesting and unique producers but often have difficulty finding them. It seemed like a perfect solution, and a great way to spend an afternoon or evening.
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