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

Winemaker Gala Raises $1M for Direct Relief

Fire and Flood Victims Benefit from Santa Barbara Vintners Auction

A third of the money raised will benefit victims of fire and flood.

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Siduri to Clarice Wine Company: Adam Lee’s Next Move

Our New Wine Column Explores a New Pinot Noir Project and Tastings to Do

Our new wine column explores a new pinot noir project and tastings to do.

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Santa Barbara’s First-Ever Restaurant Week

Special Menus at More Than Two Dozen Restaurants February 23-March 4

Special menus at more Than two dozen restaurants February 23-March 4.

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Archie McLaren Passes Away

Food and Wine Celebrity Founded Central Coast Wine Classic

Renowned oenophile and gourmand founded the Central Coast Wine Classic.

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Maceration Magic at Central Coast Group Project

Scott Sampler Employs Punk-Rock Ethos and Extreme Winemaking in the Buellton Bodegas

Scott Sampler employs punk-rock ethos and extreme winemaking in the Buellton Bodegas.

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‘A Sniper’s War’

Director Olga Schechter

Intimate, disturbing portrait of Serbian sniper who’s fighting for Russian rebels against Ukraine.

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‘Get the Weed’

Codirectors Denny Brechner and Marcos Hecht

Hilarious mockumentary about Uruguayans sent by president to buy weed in America.

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‘Point of No Return’

Filmmakers Quinn Kanaly and Noel Dockstader

Eye-opening documentary about the first solar-power plane flight around the world.

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Films to Find at the Festival

Selected Highlights from SBIFF 2018

Our selected highlights from SBIFF 2018, based on prescreened films.

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Crossing Borders Features Cross-Cultural Films

Cinema to Challenge Stereotypes and Show Conflict in New Ways

Cinema to challenge stereotypes and show conflict in new ways.

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