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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For his wine reviews on Wine Enthusiast, click here.

Recent Stories

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The Great Agave Experiment

Can This Liquor-Making Plant Correct California’s Parched, Fire-Prone Landscape?

Can this liquor-making plant correct California’s parched, fire-prone landscape?

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RU-21 Hangover Cure

Pills Designed for KGB Aim to Keep Head Clear After Night of Drinking

These pills originally designed for the KGB aim to keep your head clear after a night of drinking.

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Matt Kettmann’s Year in Review

Our Senior Editor Picks His Favorite Stories from 2018

Our senior editor picks his favorite stories from 2018.

Get to Know Unite to Light’s Solar-Powered Lamp

Santa Barbara-Based Organization Distributes “Luke Lights” for Education, Global Health, and Disaster Relief

Santa Barbara-based organization distributes “Luke Lights” for education, global health, and disaster relief.

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Last-Minute Gifts for the Wine Lover

Books, Blending Kits, Tasting Tickets, Glassware, and More

Books, blending kits, tasting tickets, glassware, and more.

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Carpinteria’s Man of Manuka

David Noll’s Pacific Resources International Imports Honey and Sea Salt from New Zealand

David Noll’s Pacific Resources International imports honey and sea salt from New Zealand.

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Wine Club Watch

Gold Medal, Winc, and Raj Parr Clubs All Have Santa Barbara Roots

Gold Medal, Winc, and Raj Parr clubs all have Santa Barbara roots.

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San Ysidro Ranch Rises from Mud

Historic Montecito Resort Starts Serving Food, Will Open Cottages in March

Historic Montecito resort starts serving food, will open cottages in March.

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Make This: Jardesca’s Sonoma Mulled Wine

Learn Holiday Cocktails at Carpinteria’s Heritage Goods & Supply on December 19

This holiday sipper is part of a cocktail class at Carpinteria’s Heritage Goods & Supply on December 19.

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Island’s Lone Woman Not So Lonely After All

New Research Sheds Light on Real Life Story Behind ‘Island of the Blue Dolphins’ Saga

New research sheds light on real life story behind ‘Island of the Blue Dolphins’ saga.

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