The Chardonnay Symposium, July 19-21, Named One of Top 10 Wine Events in California by LA Weekly

Chardonnay, the world’s beloved white grape, is once again being celebrated at The Chardonnay Symposium in Santa Maria Valley, July 19-21.  Join us for an entire weekend of Chardonnay-inspired events.


Friday, July 19, 6-10 pm

Jim Clendenen

Santa Maria Valley winemaking pioneer, Jim Clendenen, will be honored by colleagues and guests at the historic Bien Nacido Vineyard Adobe. Over one hundred years old, the Adobe will serve as the dramatic backdrop for this special tribute. Sommelier Rajat Parr, longtime friend and partner Bob Lindquist of Qupe, The Hitching Post’s Chef Frank Ostini, the much-buzzed about winemaker, Gavin Chanin, and others will be on hand to regale the crowd with stories of Clendenen’s influence on the wine industry. A fabulous four course dinner will be prepared by Chef Rick Manson, with each course paired with wines specially selected by the speakers.


Full Day Educational Experience

with Winemaker Panel Session and Grand Chardonnay Tasting

Saturday, July 20, 10:30-4

2012.tcs.panel The Chardonnay Symposium’s premiere, full-day event begins at 10:30 am with a morning educational session featuring a distinguished panel of celebrity and winemaker experts, headed by Wine Enthusiast’s Steve Heimoff, at the Santa Maria Radisson Hotel. The relaxed environment will provide an ideal time to sip wine and further discuss the nuances of Chardonnay with some of the wine industry’s most respected personalities. Full day tickets include the morning panel discussion, box lunch, bus transportation to and from Byron Vineyard & Winery and early admission to the Grand Chardonnay Tasting from 12:30 – 4 pm.


Saturday, July 20, 1-4 pm

IMG_4243-EditThe Grand Chardonnay Tasting takes place from 1 – 4 pm at Byron Vineyard & Winery’s beautiful private facility nestled in the heart of the Santa Maria Valley. This expanded tasting will afford guests the opportunity to sample Chardonnays from over 50 wineries and pair them with gourmet foods provided by local restaurants and caterers.  Meet local chef’s on hand to demonstrate Chardonnay food pairing secrets!


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