The Tasting Panel magazine

July 2013

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MAKING HISTORY On the Spot by Meridith May / photos by Baron Erik Spafford MICHAEL BENEDICT RECONNECTS WITH SANFORD & BENEDICT VINEYARD M ichael Benedict looks out to the gnarled old vines on the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, the property with which he has recently reconnected, located in the middle of the Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County. On his right, Sanford winemaker and General Manager Steve Fennell looks to tomorrow. After all, it is Fennell who is now on the spot: He took the helm—and implemented key changes in production—in 2006, just a year after the Terlato family assumed majority ownership of Sanford Winery. 122  /  the tasting panel  /  july 2013 TP0713_100-148.indd 122 6/24/13 6:04 PM

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