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“Excellent Wine, Excellent Tasting Room Service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sanford Winery & Vineyards

Sanford Winery & Vineyards
5010 Santa Rosa Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436
800-426-9463
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Ranked #3 of 33 things to do in Lompoc
Activities: Wine tasting
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Owner description: This 30-year-old winery was one of the first in the Santa Rita Hills.
Moorpark, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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“Excellent Wine, Excellent Tasting Room Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

We visit a lot of wineries and belong to a lot of wine clubs. Sanford is easily in our top three...for quality of wine, for its beautiful location, for quality of tasting room experience, and for its excellent wine club prices and events. The staff are friendly, engaging, and knowledgable, and special commendation should go to John Bailey, the tasting room manager, for always trying to make the tasting room experience the best it can be. If you want a quiet, unobtrusive experience, they respect this. If you want to engage and learn about the wine, they are happy to share their knowledge. They are customer friendly and never over-bearing. I think Sanford wines are a great representation of the Sta. Rita Hills.

A little history: We've been members since before the split with original owner Richard Sanford (and still support his Alma Rosa winery and have tremendous respect for what he has done for this appellation). In fact, we boycotted Sanford Winery for a while because we were so upset by the split. One day, we begrudgingly visited "enemy territory", assuming that the wine would be terrible and the tasting room experience would feel "corporate". After the first few pours, my husband and I looked at each other, and I said, "Dang. This wine is fantastic!" Still skeptical, we started engaging the pourers; they were so friendly and "non-corporate" and nice that we walked out impressed and new wine club members.

Over the years, we have never been disappointed--with the wine or the wine tasting experience. If Winemaker Steve Fennell happens to be there during a wine tasting, he is always willing to stop for a moment to chat with visitors and to answer questions.

Visited November 2013
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Park City, Utah, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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“Beautiful Winery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Incredible winery with very modern machines used for their winemaking including a $1,000,000 elevator for the fermenting tanks that has to be seen to be believed. Nowhere else in this area has anything like it - if you want a more traditional, down home feel when you're wine tasting check out El Jabali just down the road. It is Richard Sanford's current winery after leaving Sanford.

Visited September 2013
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Huntington Beach, California
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“Really Cool place to go to!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Had fun here!
Of course I love wine and this place didn't disappoint me at all!
Great place, cool looking, awesome people and yes...GREAT Wine!!! LOL
Take a drive up or down the coast and see what they to offer!
I guarantee - you WON'T leave empty handed! ;-) We didn't!
So...have fun...taste the wine....and oh yeah...enjoy the aroma!

Visited April 2013
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“Great place for a tasting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

Recently had a great tasting here. Lisa Brown was a very friendly employee and she helped us select some great samples. The building looks great and is surrounded by healthy vines and rolling hills.

Visited September 2013
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Rainier, Oregon
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“Learned to love Pinot Noir”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

As have thousands of others since 2006, we decided to emulate Miles and Jack, and do our own tasting tour of the Central Coast. As did Miles and Jack, we turned off US 101 onto Santa Rosa Road, and went straight to Sanford's. It was very pleasant, and the tasting flights were excellent. I have always thought the Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs were the best of their kind, but Sanford had some very excellent choices. The lodge and the tasting room were very pleasant. It was an excellent beginning to a very productive tour.

Visited September 2013
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