Conversation with Richard Sanford

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○ October 19th

○ Historic Ranch House


Richard Sanford was one of California’s earliest proponents of Pinot Noir and the first to plant this ephemeral varietal in Santa Barbara County in 1971. During his 48-year career, Richard has founded 3 wineries, helped establish the Sta. Rita Hills appellation and made many contributions to the world of wine for which he was inducted into the Vintner Hall of Fame in 2012.

Come hear Richard share his fascinating stories about the pioneering years of California wine and the future of winegrowing. This Conversation with Richard will be moderated by Matt Kettmann, an editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine and the Santa Barbara Independent, whose wine writing has also appeared in the New York Times, TIME Magazine, Wine Spectator, and San Francisco Chronicle.

We will meet under the trees at the Alma Rosa Ranch, where Richard and his wife, Thekla, have lived since 1983 and where they planted the first certified organic vineyard in Santa Barbara County.

Tickets are $15 and include a glass of wine.