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Mr. Richard Sanford

Wrong Richard Sanford?


Phone: (805) ***-****  
Email: r***@***.com
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

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  • degree , Geography
    University of California at Berkeley
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¡®This year was the earliest harvest ..., 16 Oct 2015 [cached]
¡®This year was the earliest harvest in my 46 years as a winegrower,¡¯ said Richard Sanford, owner of Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards in Santa Barbara County, primarily producers of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
'This year was the earliest harvest ..., 15 Oct 2015 [cached]
'This year was the earliest harvest in my 46 years as a winegrower,' said Richard Sanford, owner of Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards in Santa Barbara County, primarily producers of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
"When people think of California's coast, ..., 1 July 2015 [cached]
"When people think of California's coast, they think it all runs north-south," says Richard Sanford, founder of Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards in the Sta.
Chanin Wines » Wine legend Richard Benedict discusses the history of Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, 7 June 2014 [cached]
Wine legend Richard Benedict discusses the history of Sanford & Benedict Vineyard
Gavin and other area winemakers sit down for lunch with Richard Benedict to talk about the historic Sanford & Benedict vineyard.
The two men responsible for the significant achievements of this vineyard are Richard Sanford and Michael Benedict.
They were partners from 1970 to 1980, when Richard Sanford sold his interest in the vineyard and went on to found Sanford Winery. Michael remained in charge of the vineyard, which was, for a time, renamed the Benedict Vineyard, until he and his financial backers sold it on in 1990 to a British couple who, in turn, brought Sanford back in to manage the vineyard.
Richard Sanford has been justly celebrated as a California Pinot Noir pioneer and Sta.
That changed last week, when a group of Santa Barbara County winemakers met in the old barn at Sanford & Benedict, which had served as the winery during Sanford and Benedict's tenure there, to hear Michael Benedict talk about the vineyard's first 20 years.
At the time, Benedict was an academic, a botanist with U.C. Santa Barbara, and Richard Sanford, who had graduated with a degree in geography from U.C. Berkeley and served as a navigator on a U.S. Navy destroyer during the Vietnam War, was working in video production.
Together, Michael and Richard developed an idea for the Santa Barbara area that was attractive to investors.
Michael and Richard bought Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling cuttings from the Nielsons and propagated them as rooted stem cuttings in 1970 for a vineyard location that they hoped soon to find.
Michael and Richard ultimately identified an area in the Santa Ynez Valley where the climate was really good, not just for Burgundian varieties, but simply similar to the weather in "maritime France."
Michael and Richard made an offer to lease with an option to buy in five years.
In 1976 Sanford and Benedict made their first commercial offering, the 1976 Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir, which was released in 1978.
In 1980, Richard sold his interest in the vineyard to Michael and the other investors.
So in 1990 Richard Sanford began managing Sanford & Benedict, using most of the vineyard's fruit for his own Sanford Winery.
Sanford planted La Rinconada Vineyard on adjacent property to the west in 1995. By then Sanford Winery was producing nearly 50,000 cases of wine annually, making it one of Santa Barbara County's biggest producers.
After Michael and Steve spoke, we tasted several wines based on Sanford & Benedict grapes made by some of the assembled winemakers.
Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards - People, 7 April 2010 [cached]
Richard Sanford - Founder and Production Manager
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.
In 1976 Richard met his future wife Thekla Brumder, and in 1981 the two of them started Sanford Winery.
As Richard explains, "My wife Thekla and I are focusing on what's most important to us; organic grape growing and sustainable business practices."
Richard was founding chairman of the Sta. Rita Hills Wine Growers Alliance, the group responsible for obtaining formal designation of the Sta.
Richard and his wife Thekla live in the Santa Ynez Valley at Rancho El Jabalí. Their daughter Blakeney was born in 1979.
Richard was preparing for his first vintage of Sanford & Benedict wines.
Chris interest in both wine and organic farming led to working with Richard Sanford in 1994, which has evolved into his present position as Tasting Room Manager.
He continues to write poetry and songs, and is expecting to publish a CD of original music this year. Chris lives with his wife Ginny, dogs Shelby and Bodie and horse Peach on two acres in Santa Ynez.
Vineyard Staff
Managed by Jeff Newton and Erik Mallea 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.
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