The accolades continue to pour in for Richard Sanford
induction into the Vintners' Hall of Fame
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.
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include in Top 100 Most Influential People
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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
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.
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.
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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.
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."
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.
and his wife, Thekla, nowadays own and run the Alma Rosa Winery
, continuing his still evolving legacy in Santa Barbara County."
Thekla and Richard Sanford
and their Alma Rosa Winery
and Vineyards have been nominated for Sunset's Western Wine Awards Green Award!
nominated for Vintners Hall of Fame
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.
is the brainchild of Richard Sanford
, an early visionary and viticultural pioneer from the Santa Rita Hills.
five Pinot Noirs are evidence of some of the challenges this varietal confronted in 2008.
"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.
expressed a zenlinke appreciation for his
"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.
was the one being modest.
and Thekla Sanford's label, which they started after they parted from Sanford Winery about five years ago.
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.
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.
And in the "relatively near" category, Richard Sanford
traveled to New Hampshire for the state's Wine Week.
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is in his
third incarnation as a winemaker.
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.
"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
Even today, he
wife eagerly participate in major Pinot Noir events, not at all content to rest on their laurels."
then reviews the current release Pinot Noirs.
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They noted: Richard Sanford
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.
The Model Green Winery: Richard Sanford's Alma Rosa Winery
"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."
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.
and Thekla were recently honored as "Winemaker of the Year" at the recent Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta.
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.
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."
In new venture, veteran winemaker Richard Sanford stays true to himself.
"You learn a lot along the way," Sanford
Listen to Grape Radio's podcasts of Wine & Fire
, where they interview Richard
"Owner Richard Sanford looks youthful at 67, but he's the undisputed gray eminence of Sta.
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
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.
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.
, a founding father of Santa Barbara Pinot Noir
, presides over Alma Rosa
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.