Staff Report

Santa Barbara County winemaking legend Richard Sanford will share some of his favorite wines and favorite stories about the pioneering years of California wine and the future of winegrowing from 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 19 under the trees at Alma Rosa Ranch in Buellton.

The “Conversation with Richard” will be moderated by Matt Kettmann, a contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, whose wine writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Time Magazine, Wine Spectator, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian, and Sunset Magazine.

Sanford and his wife, Thekla, have lived since 1983 at the ranch, where they planted the first certified organic vineyard in Santa Barbara County.

Sanford is one of California’s earliest proponents of pinot noir and the first to plant the varietal in Santa Barbara County in 1971. During his 48-year career, he has founded three wineries, helped establish the Sta. Rita Hills appellation and
has made many contributions to the world of wine, for which he was inducted into the Vintner Hall of Fame in 2012.

The cost is $15 per person, which includes a glass or two of Sanford’s favorite wines.