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Sat. Oct. 31-Halloween 13th Annual “Hallo-W.I.N.O.” Radio Dinner Show

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

The ultimate Halloween event! A show like no other – an eccentric “Prairie Home Companion” with Ghouls, Grenache, and Grins! Enjoy the excitment of old time radio with an original broadcast of imaginative skits, comedy, puppets, games, fabulous blue grass music including Susie Glaze and the Hilonesome Band – and so much more! Come in costume – there will be prizes! Includes a Harvest Dinner and glass of Bedford wine. For more information see our EVENTS section.


Honey Tasting at Bedford Winery in Los Alamos

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Thank you to all who attended the Bedford Winery Bee Happy Honey Tasting as part of the Los Alamos Third Saturday Evening Stroll on February 15th.

We had a great turnout and loved seeing everyone. In addition to over 40 honeys including some from local home hives, we also had special honey butters. A favorite was the orange brandy honey butter that went great with fresh, out of the oven buttermilk biscuits and apricot ginger scones. We also had a variety of meads with the raspberry honey mead as a standout.

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Bedford Winery in the Santa Barbara News Press

Friday, July 12th, 2013

SCHAEFER ON WINE: True Grit at Bedford Winery

by Dennis Schaefer     July 11, 2013


It’s been a while since I chatted with winemaker Stephan Bedford at Bedford Winery. On a recent jaunt to wine country, I didn’t make any appointments and just decided to wing it and walk into tasting rooms just like any regular wine country visitor.

As I took my 60-second driving tour of downtown Los Alamos, I spotted a working pickup truck with the Bedford Winery logo, across the street from the tasting room (448 Bell St., Los Alamos, CA 93440, 344-2107, open daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m.).

I had a feeling that winemaker and culinary raconteur, Stephan Bedford, just might be in the house. I was right. He proudly told me about his latest releases as he personally poured them into my glass. Some thoughts on the Bedford wines:

• Bedford Chenin Blanc, Santa Barbara County 2010 ($25): Chenin blanc is such an underappreciated grape (Foxen puts out a great version) that it’s refreshing when the grapes, from the old Firestone vineyard, get into the right winemaking hands.

Bedford’s 2010 was barrel fermented but in older, neutral oak for 24 months, and that seems to add an overall richness to the wine.

Yellow apple with apple pie baking spices come through on the nose, while apple, pear and melon fruit seem very creamy on the palate. Part of that is due just to the nature of the grape but the barrel treatment certainly amplified the effect.

It’s not really a mouth-filling wine, as in big and bold. Rather it’s delicate and elegant while still retaining all the varietal oomph it should. Crisp and well balanced, it does a lovely slow fade of flavors on the finish.

• Bedford Chardonnay, “Dear Prudence,” Santa Barbara County 2009 ($35): Now this chardonnay is bigger and has a littler more edge to it than the chenin blanc. It’s essentially a barrel selection of three of the best chardonnay barrels, aged for 20 months, 30 percent in brand new French oak.

Apple, pear and a little peach are apparent on the nose.

In the mouth, the immediate sensation is rich and viscous. Apple and pear fruit flavors make an appearance again along with barrel spice; it turns creamy on the mid-palate with, by turns, fresh toast and brioche dough integrated into the fabric of the wine, making it that much richer and quite a bit more complex.

Medium bodied, it finishes vigorously with fine and appropriate trailing acidity. This bottling is dedicated to Mr. Bedford’s dear, departed mom.

• Bedford Carignane, Santa Barbara County 2009 ($30): Again, much like chenin blanc above, you don’t see much varietally labeled carignane; most of it is buried in Rhone-style blends. But, once again, in the right hands and treated with the respect it deserves, carignane can really sing.

The grapes came from a vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley, where they were harvested in the cool of the night, then pre-fermentation cold soaked for 72 hours and allowed to macerate and ferment for 30 days.

The result is plenty of red fruit on the nose, including strawberry, cranberry and cherry. The light color of the wine is a precursor to the lighter and more delicate flavors to come. Strawberry, cranberry, pomegranate and cherry jello are prominent and even a little blueberry sneaks in the back door.

It acts like a fairly simple quaff at first but it really pops in the mouth with bright and sunny flavors. Even after 30 months in Minnesota (!) oak, it’s still very fresh and upbeat with some nice, polished wood spice on the long finish.

• Bedford Syrah, Comet (17P) Holmes, Santa Barbara County 2007 ($30): This special syrah release commemorates the visit of Comet Holmes during the 2007 harvest.

The comet was temporarily the largest object in the night sky during the harvest and clearly visible to the naked eye. Quite an unexpected phenomena, according to Mr. Bedford.

So, too, this syrah was surprising and unexpected. He blended a number of different barrels from different vineyards to come up with something he felt was special.

On the nose, plenty of dark plum, black fruit, cigar box and a delightful unexpected floral component that lifts the fruit aromatics up. That bit of floral hits the palate even before the red raspberry, cranberry and red plum fruit come into focus, also aided by clove and bit of toast.

Then the fruit flavors really take over deep into the mid-palate with the aforementioned red fruits all the way to the dark fruits of plum and blackberry. A sensual syrah tour de force, to say the least.

• Bedford Grenache, Special Select, Santa Barbara County 2010 ($35): The first red Bedford release from the 2010 vintage, this grenache is comprised of three select barrels that showed the best promise.

After two years aging in neutral oak, it’s showing plenty of red fruit from the git-go on the intriguing nose.

Flavors follow the same path, with cranberry, strawberry and pomegranate (you can almost chew on the seeds!) very prominent. It’s the youngest and most highly structured wine in the Bedford lineup and is quite thick, like jam or preserves, in the mouth.

It comes across as a little brash but it opens up as it sits in the glass with a spicy and tangy lilt, in addition to the fruit becoming more generous.

Decanting is recommended at this point to bring out all the elements built into the wine, or just throw it into your cellar for two or three years and revisit something a bit more glorious.

Wine expert Dennis Schaefer’s column appears every other week in the Food section. Email him at


Mushrooms Gone Wild! Sold Out – Come Sunday, Jan. 27

Monday, January 7th, 2013

It’s a sell out every season and this one is no exception. While our mushroom celebration is sold out, come by the next day, Sunday, January 27th. The impressive mushroom display and massive collection of mushroom books will still be out. There will also be some mushroom edibles to nibble for wine tasters. Visit our Event page for  information.

Carignane Holiday Special – up to 30% Off!

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

The perfect holiday wine – rich, supple, versatile. Wine club members receive 25% discount on 6-11 bottles and 30% on 12 bottles or more. Save $108! Non-wine club members receive 15% on 6-11 bottles and 20% on 12 bottles or more. Other wines can be added for count. Happy Holidays!


Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Exotic.  Mysterious. Sensuous. Experience a Far East fantasy where carpet rides seem possible. Join us for an evening of middle eastern cuisine, live tribal music and dance. See EVENTS for details.

Classic Movie Night Sat. May 26 – Free Admission

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Bedford Winery has joined forces with next door neighbors Casa Dumetz Wines to bring you some of Hollywood’s classic yet not as well known movies from the past. For our first film in the Classic Movies Under The Stars Series we have selected “Love Me Tonight”, a 1932 Rogers & Hart masterpiece featuring Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette Mac Donald. “One of the best musicals ever made,” notes Leonard Maltin. See EVENTS for more information.

President’s Day Celebration: Songs Lincoln Loved ~ Feb. 18th

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Over President’s Day Weekend celebrate Lincoln’s 203rd birthday with live music from the 19th century, Lincoln lore, and an Old Tavern Supper. At Bedford Tasting Room & Courtyard 2-5 pm. Click Here for details!

Mushrooms Gone Wild! SOLD OUT

Monday, December 12th, 2011

The Mushrooms Gone Wild! event set for Saturday, January 28th is SOLD OUT! But come by Sunday. We will still have the mushroom displays up and hopefully a few “leftovers” to serve. Click HERE for upcoming events .


Everyone went wild over our mushroom dishes and wine pairings. This annual event is a Bedford Winery favorite!

Our tasting room manager, Helen Daniels

Our tasting room manager, Helen Daniels

Chanterelles on flatbread

Chanterelles on flatbread

Mushrooms galore!

Mushrooms galore!

Friends enjoying the day!

Friends enjoying the day!

Cab Franc BLOWOUT Sale – Buy Now or Forever Hold Your Peace!

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

WOW! At this great price, they won’t be around much longer. The 2001 is SOLD OUT and only 100 cases of the 2000 remain.  50% Discount on case one of 2000 Cabernet Franc. Every case after in same purchase is $100. Click HERE for more details.

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