The flavorful bounty of California’s Central Coast is the subject of a new recommended itinerary produced by the California Travel and Tourism Commission (CTTC), and Santa Maria Style Barbecue is, naturally, featured as an essential part of the journey.

In its itinerary titled Savor The Flavors of The Central Coast, CTTC recommends: “Taste your way down the Santa Maria Wine Trail and sample the valley’s celebrated Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Then pair local varietals with Santa Maria Barbecue (the Central Coast’s tradition of cooking over red-oak log fires) at Guadalupe’s Far Western Tavern.”

The itinerary spans the fresh garlic of Gilroy to the north, all the way down to the wineries of Oxnard to the south, with stops in Paso Robles, Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara along the way.

The bottom line is that no visit to the Central Coast is complete without a taste of Santa Maria BBQ!