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Garagiste Festival

Paso Robles Garagiste Festival Part III: A Second Circuit

During the Saturday Grand Tasting at Windfall Farms, we made two circuits of the wineries.  The first iteration was for pinot noir.  The second was for GSM and other wines.  Thus we have the Paso Robles Garagiste Festival part III: […]

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The Grand Tasting Venue

Paso Robles Garagiste Festival Part II: Saturday With Pinot Noir

[Updated January 19, 2014 with improved description of the role of the Cal Poly wine program.] The Saturday Grand Tasting was held at Windfall Farms, a venue that appeared

Garagiste Festival Friday

Paso Robles Garagiste Festival Part I

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