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International Chardonnay Symposium Presents Star-Studded Panels

Global wine event will educate, inform and inspire top industry professionals and serious consumers
May 27, 2015

May 27, 2015 (Pismo Beach, Calif) – The upcoming International Chardonnay Symposium will feature a star-studded lineup of wine experts in panel settings designed to educate and inform top industry professionals and serious consumers on current events and trends in Chardonnay around the globe. The Symposium will take place May 28-30, 2015, in the beachfront communities of Pismo Beach and Avila Beach, California. Tickets are available at

To Oak or Not to Oak?

Thursday, May 28, 1:30pm-3pm, Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort

To oak or not to oak? That is the question…Winemakers, wine educators and other winery principals will engage in a discussion, debate and Q&A regarding varying oak regimens, as well as concrete and stainless steel fermentation, and their effect on flavors and textures of both domestic and international Chardonnays. Moderated by Master Sommelier Brian McClintic, proprietor of Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant, Santa Barbara.

Wisconsin Cheese Complements Acclaimed Chardonnay

Friday, May 29, 10am-11:30am, Sea Venture Beachfront Resort

The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) will be providing world-class Wisconsin cheeses thoughtfully paired with acclaimed Chardonnay from top wine producers. Winemakers and wine educators will engage in a tasting, discussion, and short Q&A regarding the perfect partnership of cheese and Chardonnay. The cheeses provided by the WMMB have been hand-selected to complement elegant Chardonnays making this an unrivaled event of its kind. Moderated by Laura Werlin, author and cheese educator.

The Fashion and Evolution of Chardonnay

Friday, May 29, 10am-11:30am, Avila Lighthouse Suites

Winemakers, wine educators and other winery principals will engage in discussion, debate and Q&A regarding terroir and vineyard practices as well as winemaking techniques such as malolactic fermentation, lees aging and other tertiary aspects of Chardonnay production that help this incredibly pliable grape find its voice. Moderated by Nicholas Miller, VP of Sales and Marketing for Bien Nacido Vineyards.

Diversity in Balance: Pairing Chardonnay with Food

Saturday, May 30, 10am – 12:30pm, Edna Valley Vineyard

This panel will evaluate components such as minerality and acidity and how these traits, whether enhanced by modern winemaking practices or caused by terroir, pair with complex or unusual cuisines. But what about the rich and buttery Chardonnays? Can’t they also be a part of happy food-pairing relationships? Lunch will be served during this panel so we can all decide for ourselves. Moderated by Bob Bath, Master Sommelier and Wine Professor at Culinary Institute of America, Greystone in Napa Valley.

Hanzell Vineyards & Mount Eden Vineyards Retrospect Tasting

Saturday, May 30, 10am-12:30pm, Hilton Garden Inn

Hanzell Vineyards and Mount Eden Vineyards come together for a one-of-a-kind retrospective tasting of classic Chardonnay. Mount Eden Vineyards Winemaker, Jeffrey Patterson, will be sharing the 1996, 2001 (from magnum), 2006 and 2011. Hanzell Vineyards Winemaker, Michael McNeill, will pour their 1994 (from magnum), 2001 (from magnum), 2008, and 2011 vintages. To accompany the tasting, a sumptuous pairing lunch will be prepared by Chef Christopher Manning of the famed Thomas Hill Organics in Paso Robles. Moderated by Master Sommelier, Fred Dame.

Additional International Chardonnay Symposium events include a Vintners’ Tech Symposium (for qualified vintners only), Sommelier Chardonnay Challenge, and two Grand Tastings. For tickets, please visit

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 San Luis Obispo Wine Country, 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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