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Bedford Thompson Winery & Vineyard

448 Bell Street
Los Alamos, CA 93440
(805) 344-2107

Tasting:   Daily 10 to 5 pm
Tasting fee $5
5% on 6-11 bottles, 10% on case purchase
Price Range:   $13 to $65 per bottle
Established:   1993
  6000 cases

Bedford Thompson Winery & Vineyard Description

Sharing the rolling hillsides of Los Alamos Valley are cattle ranches, farming operations and premium wine grape vineyards. The area is situated close enough to the coast to create the long cool growing season so perfect for Rhone varietals.

Coming in to the small settlement of Los Alamos, you have no choice but to slow down and take up the gentle pace of this one-street town. There are currently three storefront wine-tasting facilities in town, with Bedford Thompson’s
300-square-foot tasting room being the largest and most interesting.

The long narrow tasting room, with its rustic “wine-garden” patio, is housed in an old wood and plaster building in the center of town. The immense wine bar was custom made on-site and is some five inches thick and sixteen feet long. There are an antique bureau and dusty wine bottles decorating this funky, out-of-the-way tasting room. The patio is shaded with a giant Chinese Elm tree and has a fountain and picnic tables; local wine, music, theatrical and culinary events are frequently hosted here.

Wines produced include dry barrel-fermented Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Petite Sirah.

Bedford Thompson Winery & Vineyard Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Kid Friendly
Off the Beaten Path
Family Run
Casual & Relaxed
Storefront only
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Picnic Sites
Event Space
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Bedford Thompson Winery & Vineyard Reviews

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Great Staff
Lagrein, Long Beach
An interesting winery diiferent is good

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An outstanding winery!
clearcreek, Keene
This was my second visit to Bedford Thompson's new tasting room on Bell St. in Los Alamos, and was as impressed as ever. I've been in their wine club since first visiting the old tasting room in the house in the vineyard about 10 years ago, and I can say that Stephan Bedford's commitment to quality and finess in the wines he makes is matched by his superior consistency. These are all first rate wines! His 2001 Petite Sirah is to die for. The winery offers library wines as a matter of course; in April 2008 they were still offering the 2000 Cab Franc, which is truly an excellent wine and an incredible bargain. Stephan ("stefan") was behind the wine bar for their tastings over this past weekend for their "economic stimulus package weekend," and he's a very intelligent and interesting man, with a wide array of interests and depth of knowledge. Get him talking about gardening, for example, and sit back for the fun! Their wine club is an exceptional value, giving you an instant 20% off everything, and greater discounts on cases. Los Alamos is a lovely, non-touristy taste of old California, and has an original 1880's stagecoach hotel, the Union Hotel, that's just re-opened after rennovations with rooms full of period antiques and an excellent dining room and a soda fountain: Across from the Union Hotel is a wonderful, high quality little antique shop called Gussied Up, and there's another large antique collective, the Depot, at the south end of town near the freeway offramp. I recommend Bedford Thompson 100% to any wine tasting visitor to northern Santa Barbara county!

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Great Wine, Great Price
TheAmericanIdol, Santa Barbara
When you come to a tasting at Bedford, you truly get a country style feel. The tasting room is nestled among oaks and pines with rolling hills all around. It is located in a small town 30 minutes from Santa Barbara called Los Alamos. The staff was friendly and told me the Bedford story including that although now they offer an array of wines, originally they produced solely Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Franc. Although they are best known for a truly distinctive Syrah, I quite enjoyed the 2000 Mourvedre. It was a dark and dense wine with aromas of a light spice and almost oak scent accompanied with a rich currant and plum taste. Their wine is fine quality but it wont bust your wallet which is, in my opinion, a brilliant thing!

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