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Free Santa Maria Valley vineyard walks

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Headed toward the Central Coast? Instead of just stopping to taste, why not get out into the vineyards, fit in some exercise, and learn something at the same time? The grapes are coming on and it’s beautiful out there.

Santa Maria Valley Wines is sponsoring three free vineyard walks in the coming months. The first is Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. at Sierra Madre Vineyard. Winemaker Steve Rasmussen will lead the walk and conduct a tasting afterward.

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The next walk is scheduled for Sept. 10 at noon at Riverbench Vineyard & Winery. This one will be conducted by vineyard manager Jim Stollberg. The walk is free, but if you want to stay for lunch and a tasting, it’s $20 per person.

The final walk will be at Solomon Hills Vineyards on Oct. 9 at 10 a.m., led by Chris Hammell, director of vineyard operations for Solomon Hills and Bien Nacido Vineyards, along with the estate’s winemaker, Trey Fletcher.

Reserve a place for any or all the vineyard walks by signing up at www.shop.smvvines.com.

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