One cannot live on barbecue alone, right? After all, you need a little wine to go with it!

On that note, we would like to remind you that the ultimate Chardonnay tasting is coming to the Santa Maria Valley this Saturday, July 23, as part of the 2nd annual Chardonnay Symposium, the only event of its kind dedicated to America’s top white wine.

The Grand Chardonnay Tasting at Byron Vineyard & Winery (pictured here) begins at 2 p.m. and will feature Chardonnays from more than 60 wineries paired with local artisan foods. The cost is $65 per person. Click here for information and tickets.

If you love Chardonnay, you won’t want to miss this tasting. Nowhere else can you experience so many different styles of Chardonnay from a variety of regions all under the same roof.

The Santa Maria Valley is a natural choice to host this event. Indeed, the Santa Maria Valley boasts one of California’s coolest growing environments, yielding optimal conditions for Chardonnay. Two Chardonnays from the Santa Maria Valley were named to the top 10 slots of the Wine Enthusiast magazine’s  annual list of “The Enthusiast 100: The Most Coveted Wines of 2010.”