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International Chardonnay Symposium Adds New Talent

Celebration includes an international roster of culinary up-and-comers
April 23, 2015

April 23, 2015 (Pismo Beach, Calif) –Planning is underway for the world’s foremost gathering of Chardonnay producers, The International Chardonnay Symposium ( May 28-30, 2015, including new personalities to join a star-studded roster of global wine and culinary stars. The Symposium will take place in the oceanfront communities of Pismo Beach and Avila Beach with grand tastings at The Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa ( and The Cliffs Resort ( in Pismo Beach, California.

Recently added elements include:

James Beard-nominated Chef Ari Kolender of Charleston, South Carolina’s Leon’s Oyster Shop, guest chef for the La Paulée Dinner along with The Dolphin Bay’s Lido Restaurant Executive Chef Jacob Moss

Chef Vatche Moukhtarian of the Cracked Pepper Bistro in Fresno, will prepare a Chardonnay-focused lunch menu following a seminar on Diversity in Balance: Pairing Chardonnay and Food, moderated by Bob Bath, MS

Artisanal Sausage and Chardonnay, a pairing workshop with Chef Antonio Varia of Alle-Pia Fine Cured Meats, Handcrafted Italian Salumi

Other seminars include:

Hanzell Vineyards and Mount Eden Vineyards Retrospective Tasting, moderated by Fred Dame, MS, followed by lunch prepared by Chef Christopher Manning of Thomas Hill Organics Bistro & Wine Bar, Paso Robles

To Oak Or Not To Oak?: Exploring Chardonnay as the Chameleon of Vitis Vinifera, moderated by Brian McClintic, MS, Proprietor of Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant, Santa Barbara, CA

The Fashion of Chardonnay: Examining Winemakers’ Stylistic Influence on Chardonnay, moderated by Nicholas Miller, Bien Nacido Vineyards, Santa Maria, CA

Wisconsin Cheese Complements Acclaimed Chardonnay, moderated by Laura Werlin, Cheese Author & Educator

Additional events include a Vintners’ Wine Tech Symposium, Sommelier Chardonnay Challenge, two Grand Tastings and a double-blind winemaker dinner. To learn about participation in these events or for tickets, visit Complimentary tickets for qualified media to the three-day event can be requested by emailing the

About The International Chardonnay Symposium

The International Chardonnay Symposium attracts winemakers, sommeliers, media, trade, foodies, wine enthusiasts and tastemakers from across the globe to enjoy and study the world’s favorite grape. When the discussion ends, there’s plenty of time for exploring nearby Central Coast wineries as well as the hosting seaside resort towns of Pismo Beach and Avila Beach that offer downtown winetasting rooms, pristine beaches, surfing and kayaking, hiking and biking trails, farm-to-table and seaport-inspired cuisine, boutique shopping, and more. The International Chardonnay Symposium is sponsored by The Tasting Panel Magazine, The SOMM Journal, Pismo Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau, Avila Beach Tourism Alliance, and the California Highway 1 Discovery Route. For more information, visit

About Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, & Highway 1 Discovery Route of SLO County

San Luis Obispo County’s Pismo Beach, Avila Beach and ten Highway 1 Discovery Route destination towns are located on California's famous Central Coast, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. With miles of pristine Pacific coastline, enjoy great weather, a plethora of outdoor activities, rich wild life and nature preserves, downtown wine tasting rooms, and the neighboring world class wine producing regions of the Edna Valley, Avila Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Santa Maria Valley and Paso Robles. For information on the wide variety of lodging choices, accommodating every budget and lifestyle, visit; and

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