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

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Epic Views and Vines Atop Grimm’s Bluff

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The new app and map guides craft brew lovers around town and beyond.

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Savoy Wines Coming to Anapamu Street

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Bob Wesley partners with Paul Shields of Savoy Cafe to open new wine shop downtown.

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The Triple Play @ East Beach Tacos

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Though not longer a package deal with free pitches, this taco trio still rocks.

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Moscow Mule Extravaganza at Goodland Hotel

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J.J. Resnick publishes a recipe book and releases a copper cleaning product.

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Pairing Top Chefs with Star Winemakers

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Scallop Crudo @ The Black Sheep

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Shellfish goes sweet and succulent at this East Ortega Street gastropub.

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Garagiste Fest Goes Grenache

Annual Showcase of Boutique Winemakers Shines Spotlight on Versatile Grape

The annual Solvang showcase of boutique winemakers shines spotlight on this versatile grape.

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