When it comes to homegrown flavors, Santa Maria Style Barbecue belongs to a larger regional story filled with locally grown strawberries, vegetables and, of course, world-class wines. Indeed, the Santa Maria Valley is literally brimming with good taste.

On that note, you are invited to kick off your holiday season with “Flights and Bites,” a weekend celebration of food and wine pairing hosted by the Santa Maria Valley Wine Country on December 4-5.

The festivities begin on December 4 as Costa de Oro Winery, Kenneth Volk Vineyards, Riverbench Vineyard and Core Wines successively open their doors for a progressive pairing of gourmet morsels and artisan wines. The delicious fun continues on December 5 as other participating wineries welcome Flights and Bites ticket holders.

The tickets cost $25 per person, and include food and wine tasting as well as a commemorative Riedel glass. Special lodging rates are available at The Historic Santa Maria Inn, Rodeway Inn and Radisson Hotel. Just mention the event to receive your discount. And while you are here, don’t forget to dine at one of our fine restaurants specializing in Santa Maria barbecue!

Click here for tickets and more information on Flights and Bites.