If “A Prairie Home Companion” Were Set In Wine Country. The legendary Bedford Winery Players return to Los Alamos at Bedford Winery on Halloween night for the 13th annual production of the W.I.N.O. Radio Dinner Show. The original production, which has been compared to “Prairie Home Companion” set in wine country, embraces the comedy and spontaneity of an old-time, live radio show of yesteryear. The event includes a fresh harvest dinner created by the winery’s long-standing Kitchen Crew and is served with Bedford’s distinctive Los Alamos Valley wines.
This year’s production, featuring down-home host “Garrison Sanders,” offers a variety of skits, monologues and musical features, including the latest installment in the Wine Detective Pinot Noir series. The slightly tipsy Captain Bucky, the comedic creation of puppeteer Kevin Carlson, will also make an appearance. Award-winning artist Susie Glaze and the Hilonesome Band also will provide live bluegrass throughout the evening. Halloween costumes are also encouraged, and prizes will be given in a variety of categories.
“We have been putting on live productions like this for over 25 years,” says winemaker Stephan Bedford. “And it never gets old. The caliber and creativity of these artists never ceases to amaze me. It’s a treat to bring them to Santa Barbara County year after year.”
The evening begins with a wine reception at 5:00 p.m. followed by dinner and the performance. It all takes place under the stars in the Bedford Winery Courtyard, located at 448 Bell Street, downtown Los Alamos. Tickets are $60 per person ($50 for Bedford Wine Club Members), which includes diner and a glass of wine. Seating is limited and this event sells out quickly. For reservations call 805 344-2107 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bedford Winery Players is a collection of professional actors, musicians, puppeteers, directors, costume designers and writers from the Los Angeles area who have brought live theater to Bedford Winery events since the mid-1990s.
Winemaker Stephan Bedford has crafted distinctive wines in Santa Barbara County since 1984. Along with his signature barrel-fermented Chardonnay and Syrah, he specializes in antique locally sourced varieties such as dry Chenin Blanc and Riesling, Mourvèdre, Cabernet Franc and Grenache. The Tasting Room is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week in downtown Los Alamos.
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