In 2014, two very fabulous women started a wine festival to feature small producers who make less than 2000 cases per year, and give them access to people looking for small lot wines.
Editor and Author Jennifer Schell, and Terry Meyer Stone who runs the Crush Club at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards and owns Anarchist Vineyard with her husband, couldn’t have known that just a year later, the London Financial Times would name Garagiste North one of the five best wine festivals in the world.
GARAGISTE – (gar-ah-jeest) noun, Fr. : The garagiste originally refers to a group of winemakers in the Bordeaux region of France, producing "vins de garage" or "garage wine". They were renegade small-lot winemakers, sometimes working in their garage, who refused to follow industry laws and protocol. synonyms: Rebels, pioneers, renegades, individualists, mavericks, driven by passion.
These are not home-made wines, though some may use their kitchen tables as offices.
The first festival was in the Okanagan, they have since expanded to Vancouver. This year, on April 17th from 2 - 4:30 (trade and media 12:30 - 2) at the Wise Hall at 1882 Adanac Street in Vancouver, join the party for $49. I’ll be there with clients Black Cloud Pinot Noir, you'll also get to try Roche Wines, Anarchist Vineyards, Seven Directions and more.
Partial proceeds will benefit a Wine Study scholarship at Okanagan College. Try wines from around BC, meet winemakers you’ve never heard of, enjoy food from Chicha Restaurant and live music from Chicken Like Birds.
Wise Hall 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
Sunday April 17, 2 - 4:30 pm (Trade/Media 12:30-2 pm)
Buy tickets on Eventbrite here.