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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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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Fire Roasted Chili Burger @ Padaro Beach Grill

Green Kick and Soft Bun Make for Good Outdoor Eats

Green kick and soft bun make for good outdoor eats.

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Somerset Restaurant Brings Swank to Anapamu Street

Superhero Staff Combines Seasonal Cuisine, Creative Cocktails, and Glitzy Vibe

Superhero staff combines seasonal cuisine, creative cocktails, and glitzy vibe.

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Orchid Fest Insight with Wayne Ferrell

Mystique, Obsession, Sex, and More on Display at 72nd Santa Barbara International Orchid Show

Mystique, obsession, sex, and more are on display at the 72nd Santa Barbara International Orchid Show.

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Patrick Comiskey’s Ode to Syrah (and Roussanne and...)

Q&A with Author of ‘American Rhône: How Maverick Winemakers Changed the Way Americans Drink’

Q&A with Author of ‘American Rhône: How Maverick Winemakers Changed the Way Americans Drink’

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Ampelos Bacchus Syrah

Sta. Rita Hills Estate Bottling Raises Money for Shadow’s Fund

This Sta. Rita Hills estate bottling raises money for Shadow’s Fund.

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World of Pinot Noir in Your Glass

Annual Celebration of the ‘Heartbreak Grape’ Comes to Bacara Resort

The annual celebration of the ‘heartbreak grape’ comes to the Bacara Resort on March 3.

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Yuval Noah Harari Predicts Humankind’s Future

Author of ‘Sapiens’ and ‘Homo Deus’ Comes to UCSB on February 27

The author of ‘Sapiens’ and ‘Homo Deus’ comes to UCSB on February 27.

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San Diego’s Shelter Island and Liberty Station

Exploring the Northern End of the San Diego Bay

I recently explored the northern end of the San Diego Bay.

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Iron Curtain Wines @ European Deli Market

Taste these affordable and interesting bottles from Georgia, Romania, and Armenia.

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