Newcomers to Watch at the Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure

The Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure is a must-attend event for wine enthusiasts looking to discover small-batch, boutique winemakers. With 35 producers in attendance, this festival showcases the up-and-coming talents of Santa Barbara County wine.

Among the newcomers to keep an eye on at the festival is Marbeso Wine. Founded by Colin McNany and his wife Hannah in 2019, Marbeso is an ode to the coastal, cool-climate vineyards of Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz. McNany, with his wealth of experience and access to coveted vineyards, produces low-intervention pinot noir, chardonnay, cabernet franc, and an orange wine blend. For McNany, remaining small and focusing on quality has been key to his success.

Another newcomer making waves is Chris Caruso Wines. Chris Caruso, a former engineer turned winemaker, braved the traffic gridlock of Los Angeles and relocated to Santa Barbara County for a career change. After earning his enology degree, Caruso started his own label with a focus on Ballard Canyon syrah and grenache. His wines are classic examples, with his syrah co-fermented with viognier, a nod to the wines of France’s Northern Rhône Valley.

Actor Matthew Espiro Jaeger may not have had much experience in winemaking, but that didn’t stop him from starting his own winery, Fuil Wines. With labels sporting a jester’s cap and a spirit of irreverence, Fuil Wines brings a playful touch to the world of wine. Jaeger’s passion for wine, influenced by his father, led him to create Fuil, which translates to blood, family, and tribe. His wines, made in Camarillo, focus on syrah and viognier from Ballard Canyon, as well as chardonnay, pinot noir, and grenache from Sta. Rita Hills.

These newcomers, along with many others, will be pouring their wines at the Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure. Don’t miss your chance to taste the future stars of Santa Barbara County wine. Visit garagistefestival.com for more information and ticket details.

The Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure FAQs:

1. What is The Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure?
The Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure is an event that showcases small-batch, boutique winemakers in Santa Barbara County, California.

2. How many producers are participating in the festival?
There are 35 producers attending the festival.

3. Who are some of the notable newcomers at the festival?
Some notable newcomers include Marbeso Wine, Chris Caruso Wines, and Fuil Wines.

4. Who founded Marbeso Wine?
Marbeso Wine was founded by Colin McNany and his wife Hannah in 2019.

5. What types of wines does Marbeso Wine produce?
Marbeso Wine produces low-intervention pinot noir, chardonnay, cabernet franc, and an orange wine blend.

6. What is the focus of Chris Caruso Wines?
Chris Caruso Wines focuses on Ballard Canyon syrah and grenache.

7. What is unique about Chris Caruso Wines’ syrah?
Chris Caruso co-ferments his syrah with viognier, following the tradition of France’s Northern Rhône Valley.

8. Who is the founder of Fuil Wines?
Fuil Wines was started by actor Matthew Espiro Jaeger.

9. Where are Fuil Wines made?
Fuil Wines are made in Camarillo, California.

10. What types of wines does Fuil Wines produce?
Fuil Wines produces syrah and viognier from Ballard Canyon, as well as chardonnay, pinot noir, and grenache from Sta. Rita Hills.

Key Terms/Jargon:
– Boutique winemakers: Refers to small-scale, artisanal wine producers who emphasize quality and craftsmanship.
– Low-intervention: Describes winemaking practices that involve minimal manipulation or additives, allowing the natural characteristics of the grapes to express themselves.
– Co-fermented: Refers to the process of fermenting different grape varieties together.

For more information about The Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure and ticket details, please visit the Garagiste Festival website.