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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Recent Stories

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Return of the Santa Barbara Wine Futures

Alisal Ranch Reviving Tasting Tradition by Hosting Weekend of Rare, Unreleased Wines

Alisal Ranch reviving important tasting tradition by hosting weekend of rare, unreleased wines.

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Weekend Getaway to Los Osos-Baywood Park

This Close Escape Along Highway 1 Features All to Love About Central Coast

This close escape along Highway 1 features all to love about Central Coast.

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Celebrate National Tamale Day on March 23

Santa Barbara’s Richard Lambert Talks Masa and More

Santa Barbara’s Richard Lambert talks masa and more.

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The Casual Elegance of the New Miramar Hotel

Rick Caruso’s Ritzy Rosewood Miramar Beach Opens in Montecito

Rick Caruso’s ritzy Rosewood Miramar Beach opens in Montecito.

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Women Winemakers to Watch: Kat Gaffney and McKenna Giardine

March 8 Dinner to Toast Santa Barbara’s Strong Female Flock of Vintners

March 8 dinner to toast Santa Barbara’s strong female flock of vintners.

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Did the World’s Best Restaurant Just Open in Montecito?

The Silver Bough Breaks Expectations in Multicourse, Meticulously Crafted, $550 Meal

The Silver Bough breaks expectations in multi-course, meticulously crafted, $550 meal.

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Fess Parker Winery Celebrates 30 Years

Anniversary Dinner at World of Pinot Noir; Plus More WOPN Highlights

Family hosting anniversary dinner at World of Pinot Noir; plus more WOPN 2019 highlights.

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Santa Barbara Restaurant Week Forks Out 10 Days of Deals

Sampling Three of the 32 Restaurants Participating February 22-March 3

Sampling three of the 32 restaurants participating February 22-March 3.

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Pairing Tom’s Burgers with Kings Carey Wine

Three Sliders and Three Grenache Pours for $15 in Lompoc on February 28

Three sliders and three grenache pours for $15 in Lompoc on February 28.

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How to Forage for Your Dinner

Wild Plants Expert Christopher Nyerges Leads Ventura River Workshop

Wild plants expert Christopher Nyerges leads Ventura River workshop on March 9.

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