Matt Kettmann

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Matt Kettmann started at The Independent in 1999, working as a proofreader, news reporter, and pop culture editor before becoming senior editor in 2006.

In addition to covering Santa Barbara affairs for 15-plus years and overseeing, the San Jose native and UCSB grad has tracked down stories in such places as Bolivia, Belize, Costa Rica, Uganda, Thailand, Hong Kong, India, France, Spain, Mexico, and the wartorn, officially unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

He is also a contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast, reviewing the wines and covering the culture of the Central Coast, and has written about a variety of topics for the New York Times, TIME Magazine, Smithsonian, Wine Spectator, Sunset, and other publications large and small.

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Trio of Santa Barbara County Tasting Trails

Sip Funk Zone Bubbles, Explore Buellton, and Trolley into the Santa Maria Valley

Sip Funk Zone bubbles, explore Buellton, and trolley into the Santa Maria Valley.

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Fine Dining and DIY Wine at Bottlest

Buellton’s Terravant Facility Reenvisions Restaurant, Creates Make-Your-Own Bottle Program

Buellton’s Terravant facility reenvisions its restaurant and creates a make-your-own bottle program.

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Santa Barbara Wine Country Leader Leaving for Oregon

Morgen McLaughlin Reflects on Four Years of Directing the County’s Vintners Association

Morgen McLaughlin reflects on four years of directing the county’s Vintners Association.

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Introducing the Improved Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival

Annual Fundraiser for Museum of Natural History Evolves in Its 30th Year

The annual fundraiser for the Museum of Natural History evolves in its 30th year.

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VitaJuwel Vino Vial’s Surprising Effects

Can Crystals Make Your Wine Smoother?

Can these crystals make your wine smoother?

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Capturing the Mojave Desert

Painters, Photographers, Poets, and More Invited to Artist-in-Residence Program

Painters, photographers, poets, and more can learn about the artist-in-residence program on May 21.

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Achieving Authenticity at The Bear and Star  

Fess Parker Family Launches Groundbreaking Ranch-to-Restaurant Concept in Los Olivos.

The Fess Parker family launches a groundbreaking ranch-to-restaurant concept in their Los Olivos hotel.

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Isla Vista Rockers Reunite

UCSB Alumni Weekend Brings Del Playa’s former finest to Campbell Hall

UCSB Alumni Weekend brings Del Playa’s former finest to Campbell Hall.

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Epic Views and Vines Atop Grimm’s Bluff

Growing Quality Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc High Above the Santa Ynez River

They’re growing quality cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc high above the Santa Ynez River.

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Gardening Guru Pens Kids’ Book

Randy Arnowitz Spreads His Passion Through Rhymes in ‘Noah’s Alphabet Garden’

Randy Arnowitz spreads his passion through rhymes in ‘Noah’s Alphabet Garden.’

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