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

Making the Most from Mud

Fred Brander Deposits His Montecito Yard into His Los Olivos Vineyard

Fred Brander deposits his Montecito yard into his Los Olivos vineyard; plus, new tasting-room openings.

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Tiny Homes & Tremendous Gardens

Our Third Annual Homes & Gardens Special Section

Our third annual Homes & Gardens special section.

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Santa Barbara Landscaping 101 with Margie Grace

An Interview with the Award-Winning Founder of Grace Design Associates

An interview with the award-winning founder of Grace Design Associates.

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Make Your Garden Look Like Lotusland

Curator Paul Mills Advises on How to Copy Madame Ganna Walska’s Epic Vision

Curator Paul Mills advises on how to copy Madame Ganna Walska’s epic vision.

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The Evolution of Synthetic Grass

EcoLawn Co-Owner Chloe Kirk Talks About Today’s Artificial Turf

EcoLawn co-owner Chloe Kirk talks about today’s artificial turf.

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La Hoja’s Cannabis Cuisine

Epicurean S.B. Invites Chef Luke Reyes to Open Minds and Wow Palates

Epicurean S.B. invites Chef Luke Reyes to open minds and wow palates.

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Flightline Readies for Takeoff

Warren Butler Bringing Aviation-Themed Restaurant to Former Elephant Bar

Warren Butler bringing aviation-themed restaurant to former Elephant Bar in Goleta.

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Jardesca, the Californian Apéritif

Why Two Liquor Industry Veterans Launched a Low-Calorie, Low-Alcohol Drink

Why two liquor industry veterans launched a low-calorie, low-alcohol drink.

Report from Wine & Weed Central Coast

Lots to Fear in Nascent Cannabis Industry, But Hope for Collaborative Future

Lots to fear in nascent cannabis industry, but hope for collaborative future.

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Gallo Buys Historic Santa Maria Valley Vineyard

Second Large Purchase in Two Weeks for Family-Owned Wine Empire

It’s the second large land purchase in two weeks for the family-owned wine empire.

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