SPECIAL EVENTS 2016
Saturday, Oct.29~ 5:30-9:00 PM ~ W.I.N.O. Radio Dinner Show: “Make America Grape Again!” at Bedford Tasting Room & Courtyard
The legendary Bedford Winery Players return to Los Alamos for the 14th Annual W.I.N.O. Radio Dinner Show. The original production embraces the excitement and spontaneity of live, radio dinner theater of yesteryear, and has been touted as an up-tempo Prairie Home Companion – on wine.
Each year the show has a different theme and a completely new script that is performed only once. For 2014, the Bedford Radio Players will present “Make America Grape Again!” hosted by Fred “Garrison” Sanders. The program is a compilation of entertainment featuring the folk and blue grass music of Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble. Comedy skits include another installment in the Adventures of Peno Noir, Wine Detective series, and cameo appearance by the comical if slightly tipsy Captain Bucky, a salty barnacled creation of puppeteer Kevin Carlson. Other highlights include the smart phone challenge where guests can win fabulous prizes utilizing their cell phones. We will also have a costume contest and there will be prizes! It’s good old-fashioned radio fun. Stephan Bedford states, “This our favorite event of the year. The show belongs on the big stage, and we are lucky to have such massive talent here in an intimate setting. It has a low tech, high fun factor that’s off the charts. No CGI here, but you are welcome to bring 3D glasses if it amuses you.” Prior to the show, Bedford and his culinary team will prepare a Wine Country Harvest Dinner to complement the Bedford wines.
Festivities begin with a reception at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner and the performance. It all takes place under the stars in the Bedford Winery Courtyard located at 448 Bell Street, downtown Los Alamos. The cost is $60 per person, $50 for Bedford Wine Club and wine industry members. The event is a sellout every year, so early reservations are suggested. For reservations call 805 344-2107 or email email@example.com
The Bedford Radio Players is a diverse collection of professional actors, musicians, puppeteers, directors, and writers from Los Angeles who have offered upscale theater entertainment at Bedford Winery events since the mid 1990s.
Saturday, August 20th ~ 5-8 PM ~ Bedford Annual Pig Roast at the Bedford Homestead, Los Alamos
Summer time fun! Enjoy an down-home, old fashioned (yet upscale) pig roast with all the fixings. Stephan and the Bedford Culinary Team will be tending the fires and creating some fabulous dishes to accompany the main event. To celebrate August birthdays Katie will be making her killer chocolate cake along with dessert. This year we invited back again the Adam Phillips Duo as our musical guests.
For those who wish to witness the pig coming off the spit (and sneak a few bites), arrive at 4:00 PM. The reception and live music begins at 5:00 PM followed by dinner under the stars. The wine will be flowing freely. Reservations are necessary. Tickets are $65.00 per person; $50 for wine club members – all inclusive. Please contact the tasting room at 805-344-2107 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations or more information. The Bedford Homestead is located at 9175 Alisos Canyon Road, Los Alamos, just off HWY 101.
Saturday, July 30th ~ 2-5 PM ~ Chocolate by Heart & Sugar: Art of Confections at the Bedford Tasting Room & Courtyard
A lot of heart and a bit of sugar… From Orcutt, Heart & Sugar will be offering an array of decadence. They are known for their marvelous pastries and cakes and incredible truffles and choclates. We have sampled the merchandise and it is fabulous!
Their hand crafted chocolates will be available for tasting and beautifully packaged items will be available for sale. Chocolate and truffle tasting is included with wine tasting or a glass of wine. No reservations needed.
Saturday, July 16th ~ 3-6 PM ~ Book Launch with R. Larsen Gamble at the Bedford Tasting Room & Courtyard
Meet local author R. Lawson Gamble who is launching his latest novel in the Zack Tolliver, FBI series entitled “CAT” . Gamble will sell and sign all his titles, read passages from CAT, discuss his novels and answer questions. There will be music, appetizers, and drawings. No reservations needed and no charge except for wine.
The novel, his fourth in the series, begins at the Grand Canyon and moves into the Tuba City area of the Navajo Land where Zack and his comrade-in-adventure Eagle Feather hunt a mountain lion seemingly endowed with the ability to appear and disappear at will. They find it is no ordinary hunt. The book received a five star rating from Reader’s Favorite.
Gamble’s previous novels, THE OTHER, MESTACLOCAN, and ZACA follow Zack and Eagle Feather engaging in a variety of mysteries pitting them against mythical creatures now more real than imaginary. Their adventures take them among the Navajo, Agua Caliente, and Chumash Indian cultures, from Palm Springs to Santa Maria to San Francisco. R. Lawson Gamble, who lives in Los Alamos, is the author of the pictorial history LOS ALAMOS VALLEY, released by Arcadia Press last July.
Sunday, July 3rd ~ 1-5 PM ~ All-American Pie Baking Contest & Picnic at the Bedford Tasting Room & Courtyard
There is nothing like a home-baked pie. Its origins may not be from this continent but it feels like it should be. Celebrate Independence Day weekend with an old fashioned, All-American Pie Baking Contest & Picnic with us. The event starts with an All-American picnic with grilled sausages, bread, salads, a glass of wine, and of course pie! Last year was our first contest, and we had over 30 pies – apple, blueberry, pear, cherry, peach, and inventive combinations. There was also buttermilk, banana cream, lemon meringue, chocolate pecan – even a tamale pie. All pies are welcome from sweet to savory! We have a lineup of experienced judges that includes Mary Caldera (who judged in the County Fair), Joan Adams and Allan Vecente, all accomplished bakers that take their job seriously. They will be assessing crust, texture, flavor, appearance, and overall quality. Guests will also judge and are responsible for the People’s Choice Award. There will be prizes in different categories. Please call or email to register your pie so we can organize the judging better. Pies entered are the propery of the winery. Judging begins at 3:00 PM. All those who bring a pie get free entrance, and kids under 12 are free too. Tickets are $20, $15 for wine club members. For reservations or to register your pie, call 805-344-2107 or email email@example.com.
Saturday, April 9~ 4-7 PM ~ “Bee Happy” Honey Tasting at the Bedford Tasting Room & Courtyard
We need your help to support the bees! Join us for the Bee Friendly Honey Tasting. Over 40 select varietal honeys from around the world to around the block will be on hand to sample coupled with artisan breads and buttermilk biscuits. Flavors and color of honey vary based on the nectar source such as lavender, acacia, chestnut and tupelo. “There are varietal honeys like varietal wine. Each has its own wonderful expression of sweetness,” said winemaker Stephan Bedford, who has worked bee hives in the past.
The cost of the event is $10 which includes wine tasting or a glass of wine. Wine Club members are free. Reservations are not necessary.
Saturday, January 30 ~ 2-5 PM ~ 10th Annual “Mushrooms Gone Wild!” at the Bedford Tasting Room & Courtyard
Back for it’s tenth edition, this event is incredibly popular every year and a culinary experience not to be missed. The afternoon affair is where mushroom and wine lovers come together for the display, discussion, and digestion of the venerated shroom.
Each year “local” and cultivated mushrooms are featured along with those brought in from Oregon. With a little rainy El Nino weather and some warmth, it should be a wonderful harvest. Dried and fresh, there is a multitude of varieties including Chanterelles, Hedgehogs, Shitake, Porcini, Oyster, and Black Trumpet. Guests graze from a parade of shroom related appetizers that continually arrive throughout the event, served with a glass of Bedford wine. The fare ranges from simply grilled buttons and complex layered patés, to wood-fired flatbreads and wine-infused curry prepared by the Bedford Culinary Kitchen headed by Stephan Bedford.
In addition to a culinary event, we take it a step further with impressive exhibits of edible and inedible mushrooms with knowledgeable mushroom authorities to answer questions. Topics range from wild mushroom identification to the impact of foraging on native resources. Bedford’s extensive collection of mushroom related books and field guides will also available to those interested in expanding their fungus knowledge.
The fungus festivities begin at 2:00 pm at the Bedford Winery Tasting Room and Courtyard located at 448 Bell Street, downtown Los Alamos. The cost is $50 per person with special pricing for Bedford Wine Club Members at $40 per person. As their most popular event in the ‘Food for Thought’ series, the affair usually sells out, so advance reservations are recommended. Call 805 344-2107 or email firstname.lastname@example.org