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.

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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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Integrating Ingredients and Information at Blackbird

Eye-Opening Menu Lifted by Knowledgeable Service at Hotel Californian’s Flagship Restaurant

An eye-opening menu is lifted by knowledgeable service at the Hotel Californian’s flagship restaurant.

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Santa Barbara’s Latke King

Douglas Weinstein is Making 2,500 Potato Pancakes for Hanukkah

Douglas Weinstein is making 2,500 potato pancakes for Hanukkah.

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Virtual Reality Gets Real in Solvang

Jamie Baker’s Space VR Offers Completely Immersive Video Gaming and Learning Experiences

Jamie Baker’s Space VR offers completely immersive video gaming and learning experiences.

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Annual Holiday Hootenannies to Hit

Presidio Stroll, Wine + Beer Champagne Bash, Hanukkah Party, and More

Presidio stroll, Wine + Beer Champagne bash, Hanukkah party, and more.

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Eat This: Vegan GreenGO Taco Trio

A Flavorful Meatless Meal on Upper State Street

A flavorful meatless meal on upper State Street.

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Make This: Thuk Prahok

Finch & Fork Chef Peter Cham’s Cambodian Dipping Sauce

Finch & Fork Chef Peter Cham makes this Cambodian dipping sauce.

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