Sanford Winery

805-688-3300 7250 Santa Rosa Road
Buellton, CA 93436
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The story and timeline of Sanford Winery and Vineyards parallels those of Santa Barbara wine country. In fact, Sanford was a pioneer in the Santa Rita Hills, planting the first Pinot Noir vines in a region now heralded for that varietal. That was 1971, and five years later, the winery released its first wine, startling critics with the quality of its inaugural release. With the 1976 vintage, Sanford gave the world its first taste of the great wines to come from the Santa Rita Hills. By 1981, Sanford had outgrown the converted hay barn that had served as its winery. It moved to larger, more modern facilities, previously operated by another producer. Sanford Winery has an uncomplicated approach, focusing on nurturing the fruit in the vineyard, and minimizing handling throughout the winemaking process. That philosophy guided a continual improvement in quality, all while production has gradually increased. In 1996, Sanford Winery found a vineyard site with soil qualities nearly identical to those in its Read more »

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  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • I go to S. Calif every winter to visit family and drive up to Santa Barbara for a day to visit vineyards. We've now been to quite a few vineyards and among our favorites are Zaca Mesa, Koehler and Bridlewood.  But the stand-out vineyard was Demetria. You need a reservation to visit, but it's worth it. It's at the end of a long winding private ro... Read More

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  • Bought this with no knowledge of the quality, except that it comes from Sanford Winery.  I took the chance.  It is actually very nice for an $18.99 pinot.. I cannot complain, and will prolly get a few more.. Read More

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  • Hi, it turns out I have to choose one of the two for my upcoming trip to SB (can't wait!).Votes, please? Favorite tasting rooms?Many thanks!! Read More

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  • Chardonnay is an ideal wine to pair with many grilled foods. For one thing, it’s immensely popular—I have friends who prefer it to anything else. It is also extremely versatile, with the best examples having not only the acidity to cut through the grease and char that one expects from a lot of grilled foods, but also a richness that helps it sta... Read More

    From the article Top 15 Chardonnays for Grilling


  • Help!Ok, ok...there's no crisis here in Dallas. However, I do have quandary. I just haven't developed an affinity for varietal New World pinot noir and I'm wondering what I'm missing. I'm looking for suggestions from you Snoothers.Keep in mind that I live in the Great (or Not So Great) State of Texas, where it's considerably more difficult to ac... Read More

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  • Sanford Chard Flor de Campo 1 2010

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    Wine review by Americo Valdes


  • Sanford Winery Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2009

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    Vacuumed it from Tuesday and now on Friday, it's much better. More toasted nut and apple and oear fruit on the nose. Much more well rounded and integrated with more fruit on palate as well. Apparently this needs more time in bottle or breathing for an hour or more before drinking. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Sanford Winery Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2009

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    A green-tinged pale yellow in the glass. Initial aromas of chalk, white flowers, and fresh oak. Stony minerality eventually gives way to aromas of peach, golden apple, honey and some light melon notes. Pretty chrysanthemum and other flowers. On the palate, it's got brisk acidity. It's got a sweet, toasted marshmallow suggestion but isn't ve... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • I have a coffee shop buddy with whom I mostly talk about auto racing (he used to drive Formula Fords and Sports 2000s) who asked me an interesting question the other day that I am going to pass along.  Does wine production, mostly, I suspect, the fermentaiton process, create carbon dioxide?It seems to me that it does, but is it significant?  I h... Read More

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  • Sanford Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 2008

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    Wine review by annecara


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