Last-minute plans: Chardonnay Symposium in Santa Maria Valley
No weekend plans yet? Why not just point the car toward the Santa Maria Valley for the third annual Chardonnay Symposium, which takes place Friday to Sunday.
Fifty Chardonnay producers from around the world plan to show up. There will be chef demonstrations, food and Chardonnay pairings, a Grand Chardonnay Tasting and much more.
What sounds like serious fun: the BYOC (Bring your own Chardonnay) BBQ at Sierra Madre Vineyard on Friday. Bring a bottle of your favorite Chardonnay and enjoy barbecue from the Hitching Post for a $30 ticket.
The Grand Chardonnay Tasting on Saturday afternoon at Byron Vineyard & Winery (tickets $55) features Chardonnays from more than 50 wineries matched with food from local restaurants and caterers.
On Sunday, Cottonwood Canyon Winery hosts a sparkling Chardonnay Brunch on a covered patio for $30.
Tickets may be purchased online.
-- S. Irene Virbila
Photo: Chardonnay harvest at Byron Vineyard. Credit: Byron Vineyard