The Garagiste Wine Festival


The Garagiste Wine Festival is coming back to it’s birthplace, Paso Robles, CA. On November 11th and 12th, 2016 join us for this 6th Annual event. Chanticleer Vineyard Bed & Breakfast is centrally located to events both events and currently has availability for these dates!

Wikipedia defines Garagistes as a group of winemakers in the Bordeaux region of France. Known for their production of “Vins de garage”, Garage wine. The Gargagiste Festival spotlights small case-lot wine makers crafting under 1,500 cases a year. This year’s festival features over 50 micro-production winemakers. They will be pouring over 200 wines.   Tickets are on sale now.  

This 2 day event includes:

FRIDAY NIGHT HEAVEN: Rare & Reserve Wines w/ Gourmet Grilled Cheese – Friday, November 11, 2016 – 6:30-9:30 pm – $55  at The Carlton Hotel in neighboring Atascadero

SATURDAY FESTIVAL GRAND TASTING – Saturday, November 12, 2016:

Paso Fairgrounds, Ponderosa Pavilion 

GRAND TASTING: 2:00-5:00pm – $65

EARLY ACCESS TASTING: 1:00-5:00pm – $85

VIP ALL-DAY ACCESS: 11:00am-8:30pm – $135

AFTER PARTY  – Join the winemakers w/ Unlimited Barrelhouse Beer. Live music from Burning James and the Funky Flames: 5:30pm-8:30pm – $20

WEEKEND PASS** – $150 per person – Full access to both Friday and Saturday Events. And the best pricing deal – over 20% off Friday Night and Saturday. VIP All Day Access – including the Saturday Seminar and Rockin’ After Party!

SATURDAY SEMINARS OFFERED – ONLY included in VIP & Weekend Pass Tickets 

A Peek Behind the Curtain of Big Wineries with Adam Lazarrea, winemaker who has made a million cases a year and a hundred cases a year shares his unique perspective on wine making at both ends of the spectrum.

Illegal Blends: Garagiste winemakers break Old World wine rules. This seminar will be a focused exploration of several “no-rules approach” blends, through tasting and interaction with their creators.

This Festival exemplifies the casual free spirit of Paso Robles. Promoting education and the promotion of innovative wine making ideas. Proceeds from the Festivals are donated to support the growth of the SLO Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Department.


Krobar Distillery Paso Robles

Krobar2_edited-1Krobar Craft Distillery was the inspiration of Steve Kroner of Silver Horse Winery and Joe Barton of Grey Wolf Cellars Barton Family Wines. Kroner and Barton’s idea was spirited 4 years ago by their mutual love of distilled adult beverages. Traveling to Kentucky they started by making small batches of distillations and experimenting with different grains, grapes and botanicals. After honing their craft they quickly joined the top ranks of Paso Robles budding distilled alcohol industry.

Krobar pours primarily whisky, some they produced in Kentucky and aged in Paso Robles and some made right here in Paso Robles. And in June of this year, 2016, they received a Gold at the Distilled San Diego Spirits and Cocktail Festival! They age their whiskys in charred New American Oak barrels which are smaller than the usual wine barrel. Why the smaller barrels??? Joe says the smaller barrel allows for more surface contact which concentrates the flavor.

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Their gin is white grape based with added botanicals like Juniper Berry, Anise Seed, Coriander, and Green Pepper Seed.  They also brought home the gold at this years Paso Robles Mid State Fair competition for their Gin, Single Barrel Gin, and a Silver metal for their Neutral Brandy!

Until recently non-grape based spirits could not be sold in California tasting rooms. The revision of this law makes it now possible to taste and purchase in their tasting room. However the license required to sell distilled spirits is different than the one required for their winery so they literally cannot be poured or sold under the same roof. To find them you have to go behind Grey Wolf Cellars winery located on Hwy 46 West in Paso Robles.

Chef Jeff now at Barton Family Kitchen!

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Chef Jeff
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Barton’s Family Kitchen







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It’s always a good idea at some point, to follow up your tasting with food. What could be easier than to eat at Grey Wolf Cellar’s very own Barton’s Kitchen, operated by Chef Jeff Wiesinger… or Chef Jeff.

Barton’s kitchen is now an official Poke’Stop. To celebrate this honor the newest item on their menu is the Spicy Ahi Tuna Poke Lunch Special. for only $10! I tried this today and it was deliciously light and fresh. The Black Truffle Potato Chips portion was generous and a perfect combination.

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Spicy Ahi Tuna Poke        Green Salad and Pulled Pork Sandwich

Four Lanterns Winery – Summer Concert Series 2016

Four Lanterns Winery is located on the west side of Paso Robles in the Willow Creek AVA. Right down the road from Chanticleer Vineyard Bed & Breakfast. Four Lanterns was the former location of Sycamore Farms which was an herb farm and vineyard created in the 1970’s, and way-back-when poured Bonny Doon wines. A fire burned down the original barn/tasting room/gift shop in 2004. Rebuilt, it eventually became the tasting rooms for Kenneth Volk (Founder of Wild Horse) and Neil Collins’ Lone Madrone. This being said, there were big shoes to fill.

Jackie and Steve Gleason purchased this 35 acre property in 2013 and created Four Lanterns Winery (named for their four daughters). With the herb farm long gone, the Gleason’s have expanded and improved the vineyard bringing the property back to it’s original charm. Their home property, named Jackie’s Vineyard, features  Bordeaux varietals introduced in their Spring 2016 release.  They focus on making estate wines in order to capitalize on the natural strengths of the vineyard. The resulting wines are beautifully complex, balanced, and wonderful to drink.

If you are looking for something to do Sunday afternoons in Paso Robles consider visiting their Sunday Concert Series going on thru August. View their website for Performers and concert times. Their casual outdoor lawn setting is a perfect finish to a relaxing weekend. It would be wise to bring along a blanket or chairs.

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The Hurricane Kitchen Food Truck will be at most performances. The Hurricane Kitchen is a chef-driven food truck with a farm-to-table focus. They use only locally sourced, sustainable ingredients to create bold flavors and unique food experience. All entrees are served on a fresh brioche bun with organic mixed greens, marinated red onions dirty ranch dressing (unless otherwise noted.) All entrees are also available “bun-less”, served on a bed of organic greens with assorted seasonal veggies and a raspberry vinaigrette.

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July 17, 2016