The 5th Annual Chardonnay Symposium Continues to
Carryout the Mission of the Events Founders
May 6, 2014 (Pismo Beach, CA): The 5th Annual Chardonnay Symposium (TCS) hosted by Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa in Pismo Beach, from May 16-18, 2014, today announced that this year’s TCS will continue to carryout the mission of the event’s founders despite the change in venue and ownership. As the country’s premier event for education and celebration of Chardonnay wines, the mission of TCS remains that of bringing together Chardonnay producers, winemakers, sommeliers, and wine journalists, as well as both food and wine enthusiasts from all over the world, for an in-depth exploration of the world's favorite grape. Now, into its 5th year, TCS participants can expect the same, esoteric and educational experience, in the exploration of the world’s most popular grape varietal.
“We strongly believe in keeping this event alive,” says Brian Talley, Owner and Winegrower of Talley Vineyards, and TCS Industry Consultant. “Since the event was founded by the Santa Maria Valley Vintners Association, we’ve focused on maintaining their momentum by welcoming back the loyal following of the past four years, as well as the newcomers who want to participate and learn more about Chardonnay. Moreover, we are expanding the scope of wines that will be represented, all the way from Santa Barbara to Napa Valley and Sonoma County, in order to give a more comprehensive look at Chardonnay.”
2014 TCS Participants include:
Au Bon Climat - Byron - Calera Wine Company - Calstar Cellars – Cambria Wines - Center of Effort – Chamisal Vineyards – Domaine Laroche - Hyde de Villaine - Jack Creek Cellars - Kumeu River Wines – Kenneth Volk Vineyards - Laetitia – Landmark Vineyard & Winery - Liquid Farm - Migration from Duckhorn – Miner Family Winery - Niven Family Wine Estates - Patz & Hall - Paul Lato Wines – Presqu’ile Wines - Qupe Wines – Ramey Wine Cellars –Sbagria Family Vineyards - Solomon Hills Vineyards – Talley Vineyards -Thomas Fogarty Winery – Tolosa Winery - Wente Vineyards - Wrath Wines
2014 TCS Schedule of Events:
Grand Chardonnay Dinner May 16, 2014, Friday (7pm) -Lido’s talented Executive Chefs prepare a Wine-Country-Inspired Dinner paired with world-class Chardonnay wines. A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the Cal Poly Wine & Viticulture Program. Limited seating; advanced purchase required; $150.00 per guest.
TCS Seminar Panel Discussion May 17, 2014, Saturday (9:30am-12:30pm) - This year’s panel discussion topic is, Maintaining Terroir Expression in a Changing World : ”Is climate change forcing the evolution of Chardonnay? Can vintners preserve traditional terroir expressions using viticulture and winemaking techniques? Or do those interventionist techniques themselves compromise terroir?” The Seminar includes tastings of unique Chardonnays featuring a range of styles from top winemakers and a plated lunch. The 2014 TCS Seminar Discussion Panel of notable industry experts includes Brian Talley of Talley Vineyards, Larry Brooks of Tolosa Winery, AJ Fairbanks of Hyde de Villaine, and Chris Hammel of Bien Nacido. This year’s panel moderator Matt Kettmann, is the contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast, and the senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent. Kettmann has written about wine for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Smithsonian, Sunset and Wine Spectator and has organized regional food and wine events in Santa Barbara, as well as, moderated the Paso Robles CAB Collective Seminar at the California Wine Festival 2013 and 2014. Seating is limited and $95 per person.
Grand Chardonnay Tasting & Silent Auction May 17, 2014, Saturday (1pm-4pm; 12:30pm VIP/Media Pass admission) – Artfully crafted fare for the event provided by Lido, Company, and Fromagerie Sophie. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will be donated to the Cal Poly Wine & Viticulture Program; $80 per guest.
Share Your Chard Party May 17, Saturday (6pm) - Tolosa Winery hosts a pauleé style celebration. Guests will enjoy an evening on the patio overlooking Tolosa’s breathtaking vineyards, indulging in fare paired by Lido at Dolphin Bay while sipping their favorite Chardonnay wines that they are encouraged to bring to share, and also, includes special bottlings and featured wines provided by attending producers. There will be dancing under the stars from local band Hayburner and round trip shuttle service from Dolphin Bay to Tolosa Winery available. Advance purchase required; $65 per guest.
May 18, 2014, Sunday - Many Central Coast wineries will offer ancillary promotions and events in conjunction with TCS to be announced.
About The Chardonnay Symposium (TCS):
For the past 5 years, The Chardonnay Symposium has brought together Chardonnay producers, winemakers, sommeliers, and wine journalists, as well as both food and wine enthusiasts from all over the world, for an in-depth exploration of the world's favorite grape and its impact on viniculture, tastemakers, and the market. TCS is the country’s premier event for education and celebration of Chardonnay wines, where participants can taste, explore, learn about, and appreciate this popular grape varietal. The 2014 TCS is hosted by Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa in Pismo Beach, offering stunning coastal views and just minutes from downtown San Luis Obispo, and California’s Central California wine producing regions of the Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Santa Maria Valley and Paso Robles. Events include a Grand Chardonnay Tasting, focused educational seminar with representatives from top Chardonnay wineries, and a sumptuous multi-course Chardonnay dinner. In conjunction with TCS, many Central Coast wineries will offer special promotions and events to complete the experience. For more information on TCS, visit thechardonnaysymposium.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, join TCS on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
About the Dolphin Bay Spa & Resort:
Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, a member of the exclusive Preferred Boutique Hotels, is located in Shell Beach (Pismo Beach), midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles in San Luis Obispo County. Boutique wineries, Hearst Castle, world class golf, wildlife sanctuaries, historic missions and antique shops are within easy reach, making Dolphin Bay an ideal home base for day touring, and a wonderful place to retreat to at day's end. Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa is ideal for romantic retreats or family vacations. With 62 spacious, one bedroom and two bedroom suites featuring full gourmet kitchens, Lido at Dolphin Bay, The Spa at Dolphin Bay, and an array of activities, guests have all the comforts of home amidst the elegance of a Pismo Beach Hotel. The Dolphin Bay Spa & Resort has earned recognition as one of the Best Hotels in California by the prestigious national publication, U.S. News & World Report; it was among the top 3% of the 3,535 luxury hotels evaluated. For more information, visit thedolphinbay.com. Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, 2727 Shell Beach Road, Pismo Beach, CA 93449; 805-773-4300.
About Pismo Beach CA
The Classic California beach town of Pismo Beach is located on California's famous Central Coast, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along Pacific Coast Highway and CA-Highway 101. Enjoy Pismo Beach's great weather, plethora of outdoor activities, rich wild life and nature preserves, downtown wine tasting rooms, and neighboring world class wine producing regions of the Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Santa Maria Valley and Paso Robles. Pismo Beach offers the perfect pairing of Wine and Waves with a truly “Classic California” experience. Pismo Beach is also noted for being one of the most dog-friendly towns in America. See our wide variety of lodging choices accommodating every budget and lifestyle, by visiting Classiccalifornia.com; also, join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest. Media inquiries, please contact John Sorgenfrei at email@example.com or at 805.541-6020.
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