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Laurie Jervis

Roark Wine Co. will be among wines poured during the Garagiste Festival.; Credit: Laurie Jervis

Garagiste Wine Festival Pours Off-The-Radar Wines in Solvang

If you like off-the-radar wines but cringe at packed festivals, the second annual Garagiste Festival wine-tasting fest, held on March 29 and 30 in Solvang, is absolutely worth the drive north. First, let's all say "garagiste" (gar-uh-zhe-stuh): The word comes from France's Bordeaux region, originally used to denigrate small-lot, rogue winemakers who......
A glass of Mourvèdre; Credit: Laurie Jervis

How to Get Out of Your Wine List Rut

When we're talking wine, trends don't hold as much weight as your own palate. Because if one wine appeals, but another doesn't, then your preference - be it a single varietal or blend - is the new best thing. Next time you dine out, check the wine list for wines......