Stephan Bedford’s Mushroom Festival

My From the Vine column in the Santa Maria Times on the Mushroom Festival!

Stephen Bedford books

Winemaker Stephan Bedford, an advocate of the Santa Barbara County Library System, keeps an amazing collection of books and cookbooks on mushrooms on hand.

I provide some important information about Bedford Winery’s 10th Annual Mushroom Festival, where you’ll learn much more about fungi by joining the fun with winemaker Stephan Bedford at Bedford Winery & Tasting Room in Los Alamos. My job here is helping you find such experiences. In fact, it sounds so good because not only do you learn all about wild mushrooms, like how to prepare them and pair them with fine wines, you get to taste the delicious morsels being prepared by Bedford and his culinary team.

While you’re there you’ll be tasting the current releases of white and red wines by Bedford which includes: Chenin Blanc, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Cabernet Franc. While I lean to red wine with mushrooms, and usually love them sauteed and served with a great steak. But I’m sure Bedford will open our eyes to other pairings that are complementary and delicious.

As usual, I am providing a link to the column that was published today, one click will take you directly to my column. Although the newspaper column provides links to Bedford Winery, I have also included links at the end of this post. From the Vine appears in the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record, so I encourage you to call soon to make reservations.



Tasting room manager Helen Daniels tends to the wild mushroom display. It’s a great introduction to freshly harvested species you may not have seen before.

Here’s a link to a recipe on Bedford’s webpage for Risotto con Funghi (Old Style), which looks like it’s easily done:









Bedford Winery & Tasting Room

Bell St.

Los Alamos, CA


Open daily 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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