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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Santa Barbara Vintners Start NorCal Wildfire Fund

Winemakers Partnering with Direct Relief to Raise Money for Sonoma/Napa Victims

Winemakers partnering with Direct Relief to raise money for Sonoma/Napa victims.

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Cider Flows in Old Town Goleta

Santa Barbara Cider Company Offers Diverse Alternatives to Beer and Wine Tastings

Santa Barbara Cider Company offers diverse alternatives to beer and wine tastings.

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Okamoto Kitchen Comes to Presidio

Video-Game Wizard Brings Anime Food Truck to Asian American Neighborhood Festival

Video-game wizard brings anime food truck to Asian American Neighborhood Festival.

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Foodie Awards 2017

The ‘Santa Barbara Independent’ Presents Its Eighth Annual Ode to Eating Out

The 'Santa Barbara Independent' presents its eighth annual ode to eating out.

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Booze & Bites

Pairing Cocktails with Cuisine Around Santa Barbara

Pairing cocktails with cuisine around Santa Barbara

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Make Smith Leather Co. Finds Home

Third-Generation Craftsperson Steven Soria Opens Shop on De la Guerra Street

Third-generation craftsperson Steven Soria opens shop on De la Guerra Street.

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Wandering Dog Enters Craft Vinegar Game

Seminal Solvang Wine Bar Finds Home for Broken Clock Vinegar Works

The seminal Solvang wine bar finds a home for Broken Clock Vinegar Works.

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Nico Azios Decodes Syrah

Santa Barbara Winemaker Studying One Grape Variety, Vintage by Vintage

Santa Barbara winemaker studying one grape variety, vintage by vintage.

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Hard Frescos Hit Surf ’n’ Suds Beer Festival

Update on the Fermented Aguas Frescas with Santa Barbara Roots

Update on the fermented aguas frescas with Santa Barbara roots

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Introducing Ila & Cherry Newton Syrahs

Two Wines Backed by Wine-Industry Heavyweights Who Aren’t Winemakers

These two wines are backed by wine-industry heavyweights who aren’t winemakers.

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