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Mr. Richard Sanford

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Owner

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Alma Rosa Winery
181C Industrial Way
Buellton , California 93427
United States

Company Description: Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards practices and promotes organic farming , sustainable agriculture, ecologically-responsible packaging and business practices , and green...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • degree , Geography
    University of California at Berkeley
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Richard Sanford came to the ...
www.almarosawinery.com, 3 Mar 2015 [cached]
Richard Sanford came to the Santa Ynez Valley 40 years ago with the desire to create wines that would rival the best of France. First to recognize the potential of the Santa Rita Hills (now an officially accredited American Viticultural Area: Sta. Rita Hills), and first to plant Pinot Noir vines there, Richard is a pioneer with a well established reputation for excellence in winemaking.
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Working in partnership for more than 30 years, Thekla and Richard Sanford founded multiple, successful winegrowing enterprises.
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Today, Richard and Thekla continue to be fully immersed in all aspects of the business.
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Richard Sanford's Story
Richard Sanford graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Geography in 1965. He was immediately drafted into the military and served as a naval officer in the Vietnam war until 1968.
Returning from the war and wanting to pursue a more earth-connected occupation, Richard dreamt of discovering a local climate zone similar to the Burgundy region of France, growing Pinot Noir in California, and producing wine that would rival the best in the world. Using his background in Geography and studying the climates of California since 1900, Richard discovered a remarkable geographic anomaly - the transverse mountain range of California.
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In 1976 Richard met his future wife Thekla Brumder.
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Richard and Thekla started in a new direction, leaving Sanford Winery to found Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards, a new venture dedicated to organic farming and sustainable agriculture.
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All wines are food friendly and display the high acid, and extraordinary balance for which Richard Sanford's wines have been known since 1976.
With new energy and a positive focus, Richard and Thekla Sanford are excited about Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards and hope you will continue to enjoy their efforts in bringing you and your family together to share good food, good wine, and a sustainable future.
Richard Sanford, owner ...
www.sbcountywines.com, 7 April 2014 [cached]
Richard Sanford, owner Alma Rosa Winery In 1970 pioneer Richard Sanford (Alma Rosa Winery owner) planted the first Pinot Noir in Sta.
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Presenters include Clos Pepe's Wes Hagen and Steve Pepe, Richard Sanford of Alma Rosa Winery, and Ken Brown of Ken Brown Wines, as well as wines from Dierberg Estate Vineyards.
Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards - People
www.almarosawinery.com, 24 May 2014 [cached]
Richard Sanford - Founder and Production Manager
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Richard Sanford - Founder and Production Manager
Growing up in the early 1940's along the southern California coast Richard developed a love for the ocean, nature, and wide open spaces. His first job driving a tractor through the Palos Verdes bean fields provided an early introduction to agriculture and established a firm connection to the cycles of nature and the responsibility associated with being a good steward of the land.
During his college years at UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley Richard developed a passion for flying, sailing and yacht racing. Upon graduation he was drafted into the military and became a naval officer serving in Viet Nam from 1965 to 1968. The Viet Nam tours introduced him to the study of eastern philosophy and left him with a desire to work in a peaceful, natural environment when he returned home.
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In 1976 Richard met his future wife Thekla Brumder, and in 1981 the two of them started Sanford Winery.
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As Richard explains, "My wife Thekla and I are focusing on what's most important to us; organic grape growing and sustainable business practices."
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Richard was founding chairman of the Sta. Rita Hills Wine Growers Alliance, the group responsible for obtaining formal designation of the Sta.
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Richard and his wife Thekla live in the Santa Ynez Valley at Rancho El Jabalí. Their daughter Blakeney was born in 1979.
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Richard was preparing for his first vintage of Sanford & Benedict wines.
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Managed by Jeff Newton and supervised by Martin Hernandez (the ranch foreman who has worked with Richard Sanford for more than 30 years), the staff responsible for maintaining the El Jabalí and La Encantada vineyards are an integral part of the Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards family.
The new inductees are Joe Heitz, ...
norcalwine.com, 13 Oct 2011 [cached]
The new inductees are Joe Heitz, Peter Mondavi Sr., Myron Nightingale, John Parducci, Richard Sanford, Albert Winkler and Eugene Hilgard.
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Richard Sanford
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A Burgundy fan, Sanford graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in geography in 1965 but was immediately drafted. He got out of the Navy in the late 1960s with a passion for Pinot Noir. He drove across Santa Barbara County with a thermometer before settling on a site west of U.S. Highway 101 in the Santa Ynez Valley. For some years Sanford had the west side of the highway to himself; he was the first winemaker to prove the potential for Pinot Noir in the chilly Santa Rita Hills. He founded Sanford Winery in 1981 and spent the next 20 years making some of the best regarded Pinot Noirs from the region. Sanford left his namesake winery in 2005 and founded Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards.
Alma Rosa In the Press
www.almarosawinery.com, 13 Dec 2007 [cached]
The accolades continue to pour in for Richard Sanford after his induction into the Vintners' Hall of Fame.
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Richard's balanced nature imparts its essence throughout the vineyard and all those who enter it. I walked away feeling brightened, knowing I had met a truly authentic and kind individual. Read the entire article here.
Richard Sanford include in Top 100 Most Influential People
These 100 people, from winemakers to law makers, bankers to bloggers, and sommeliers to celebrities are definitely people who influence wine; how it is made, marketed, perceived, sold, shipped, purchased and shared. Richard is at the very top of the list, coming in as #92."Santa Barbara wine pioneer Richard Sanford is among the inductees into the 2012 Vintners Hall of Fame. Sanford started one of the first modern wineries south of the Bay Area in 1982 and for several decades, his Sanford Winery and Vineyards was the lone outpost in the now-sizzling Santa Rita Hills area of Santa Barbara County. He was the first winemaker to prove the potential for Pinot Noir in the Santa Rita Hills and spent the next 20 years making some of the best regarded Pinots from the region. Sanford left his namesake winery in 2005 and founded Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards. Read the entire article here.
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Richard Sanford to be inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame
On February 20, 2012 the Vintners Hall of Fame at The Culinary Institute of America, Greystone celebrates the men and women whose collective vision, determination, and hard work have been responsible for the growth and worldwide prestige of the California wine industry.
Russ Parsons of the Los Angeles Times announced: "Central Coast wine pioneer Richard Sanford is among the inductees into the 2012 Vintners Hall of Fame, to be celebrated in February at the Culinary Institute of America's Greystone campus in St. Helena, Calif.
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Sanford started one of the first modern wineries south of the Bay Area in 1982; for a couple of decades, his Sanford Winery and Vineyards was the lone outpost in the now-sizzling Santa Rita Hills area of Santa Barbara County."
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A Hall of Fame inductee should be a true pioneer, and Mr. Sanford is one of the most pioneering winemakers California has produced in the last two generations.
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Mr. Sanford and his wife, Thekla, nowadays own and run the Alma Rosa Winery, continuing his still evolving legacy in Santa Barbara County."
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Thekla and Richard Sanford and their Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards have been nominated for Sunset's Western Wine Awards Green Award!
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Richard Sanford nominated for Vintners Hall of Fame
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Of Alma Rosa's 2008 Pinot Noir, La Encantada Vineyard, he noted "Richard Sanford, one of Santa Barbara's wine pioneers, continues to set a standard for the region with his Alma Rosa label.
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"Alma Rosa is the brainchild of Richard Sanford, an early visionary and viticultural pioneer from the Santa Rita Hills.
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Richard Sanford's five Pinot Noirs are evidence of some of the challenges this varietal confronted in 2008.
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"Richard Sanford of Alma Rosa Winery is celebrating his 40th year as a winemaker in the Santa Rita Hills. And though he makes some of the region's best chardonnay and pinot noir, he is also producing some top-notch pinot blanc, an underappreciated variety wherever it is grown. Sanford expressed a zenlinke appreciation for his wine. "I like the emptiness pinot blanc has, with a modest varietal flavor," Sanford said as we tasted his pinot blanc from the Santa Rita Hills. He was the one being modest.
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"Alma Rosa is Richard and Thekla Sanford's label, which they started after they parted from Sanford Winery about five years ago.
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I lunched on Monday with Richard Sanford at his Alma Rosa Winery in Santa Barbara County over beef stew and his 2006 and 2007 La Encantada Vineyard pinot. He had just driven me around the Santa Rita Hills in the Santa Ynez Valley, an appellation he pioneered by planting Sanford & Benedict vineyard in the 1970's..." Read the entire article here.
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And in the "relatively near" category, Richard Sanford traveled to New Hampshire for the state's Wine Week. Read the interview with Richard here.
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"Richard Sanford is in his third incarnation as a winemaker.
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Score: 89 Rich and concentrated, with ripe, vivid blueberry and blackberry fruit that's well-proportioned, balanced and long on the finish. Drink now through 2012. 235 cases made. -J.L.
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"What I most remember and admire about Richard Sanford is that he tirelessly poured his wines at many events over the years, patiently answering all questions with polite aplomb and enthusiasm. When I first became seriously interested in wine in the 1980s, Richard was participating in even small wine charity events and it was through encounters with him at these tastings that I became impressed by the man and his stellar wines. Even today, he and his wife eagerly participate in major Pinot Noir events, not at all content to rest on their laurels."
He then reviews the current release Pinot Noirs. Click here to visit his website.
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They noted: Richard Sanford shows his longtime talents with this lavish, ripe single-vineyard Chardonnay. Limpid, orange-driven aromas presage honeyed fig and citrus, with a bit of dry wood presence and a pleasing touch of sweetness on the palate, matched by firm, minerally bite. Balanced, well-defined Chardonnay from a parcel Sanford has farmed since 1983.
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The Model Green Winery: Richard Sanford's Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards
"A couple of weeks ago, I found some videos about the Sanford's new venture, Alma Rosa wines on youtube and I was very struck by Richard Sanford's zen-master approach to life, growing grapes, and wine making. It was clear to me that the Sanfords embodied the essence of sustainable viticulture, and were the first to do so in Santa Barbara County 22 years ago on their 110 acres of organic estate vineyards. I really wanted to get to know their first wines in the post-Sanford Winery period. So I arranged to taste the entire current release line-up, thanks to Richard and Thekla Sanford."
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Some great videos of Richard Sanford, one of him sitting down and talking a bit about the philosophy behind Alma Rosa, and one about his vineyards and the history of the Santa Rita Hills.
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Richard and Thekla were recently honored as "Winemaker of the Year" at the recent Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta.
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It's been a long process - one with many unforeseen twists and turns... Through it all, for more than thirty years now, Sanford has consistently produced one of the most compelling expressions of Pinot Noir in the New World.
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"Richard and Thekla Sanford are resilient and positive-minded folks who've been through many changes in the past couple of years, but have emerged on the other side, stronger and more committed than ever to organic grape growing and sustainable agriculture."
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In new venture, veteran winemaker Richard Sanford stays true to himself.
"You learn a lot along the way," Sanford concludes.
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Listen to Grape Radio's podcasts of Wine & Fire, where they interview Richard:
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"Owner Richard Sanford looks youthful at 67, but he's the undisputed gray eminence of Sta.
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"Richard Sanford's name is honored among the best of Santa Barbara vintners, and deservedly so. However, there's been a change that few wine lovers are aware of: The visionary winemaker is no longer associated with the winery that bears his name. After selling his shares of his eponymous brand to his partners in Paterno Wine Company over philosophical differences about organic farming, Richard and his wife and partner Thekla walked away.
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For Richard Sanford, founder of Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills appellation of Santa Barbara County, farming organically was an easy choice. Sanford founded both the Sanford & Benedict and Sanford Wineries before going out on his own with his Alma Rosa. "My wife and I had an organic garden," he recalls of their early days, "and she suggested that we grow the grapes organically.
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Richard Sanford, a founding father of Santa Barbara Pinot Noir, presides over Alma Rosa.
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Sanford founded the Alma Rosa winery after selling the original Sanford Winery. The property is fairly hard to find, located behind a cactus gateway on Santa Rosa Road in the relatively new Santa Rita Hills appellation that he himself helped to create.
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