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1 August 2014 News

An article in today’s LA Times about the rise of garagiste winemakers in California (“Rise of the California garagistes, from basements to barrels to fests”) leads with Luciano Sandrone’s remarkable story:

“The first garagiste wine I ever tasted was one Luciano Sandrone made in the basement-garage of his house on the outskirts of Barolo, Italy. He and his wife, Mariuccia, were pasting the labels on the bottles by hand. Though he had a day job then and not one row of vines to his name (he didn’t come from a winemaking family), Sandrone went on to become one of the world’s most famous winemakers and now has a rather grand estate — and vineyards — in prime Barolo country. Nobody would have called him a garagiste back then, and there certainly wasn’t a movement by that name.”

Click here to read the rest of the article, which highlights a new crop of passionate vintners on California’s Central coast who are forging ahead with their dreams, making wine in small quantities, with or without funds.