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Matt Kettmann

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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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Hidden Terroir at JCR Vineyard

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Thrive in Bucolic Canyon off Jalama Road

Pinot noir and chardonnay thrive in bucolic canyon off Jalama Road.

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Santa Barbara Wine Country Leader Leaving for Oregon

Morgen McLaughlin Reflects on Four Years of Directing the County’s Vintners Association

Morgen McLaughlin reflects on four years of directing the county’s Vintners Association.

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Trio of Santa Barbara County Tasting Trails

Sip Funk Zone Bubbles, Explore Buellton, and Trolley into the Santa Maria Valley

Sip Funk Zone bubbles, explore Buellton, and trolley into the Santa Maria Valley.

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Fine Dining and DIY Wine at Bottlest

Buellton’s Terravant Facility Reenvisions Restaurant, Creates Make-Your-Own Bottle Program

Buellton’s Terravant facility reenvisions its restaurant and creates a make-your-own bottle program.

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Introducing the Improved Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival

Annual Fundraiser for Museum of Natural History Evolves in Its 30th Year

The annual fundraiser for the Museum of Natural History evolves in its 30th year.

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VitaJuwel Vino Vial’s Surprising Effects

Can Crystals Make Your Wine Smoother?

Can these crystals make your wine smoother?

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Capturing the Mojave Desert

Painters, Photographers, Poets, and More Invited to Artist-in-Residence Program

Painters, photographers, poets, and more can learn about the artist-in-residence program on May 21.

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Achieving Authenticity at The Bear and Star  

Fess Parker Family Launches Groundbreaking Ranch-to-Restaurant Concept in Los Olivos.

The Fess Parker family launches a groundbreaking ranch-to-restaurant concept in their Los Olivos hotel.

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Isla Vista Rockers Reunite

UCSB Alumni Weekend Brings Del Playa’s former finest to Campbell Hall

UCSB Alumni Weekend brings Del Playa’s former finest to Campbell Hall.

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Epic Views and Vines Atop Grimm’s Bluff

Growing Quality Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc High Above the Santa Ynez River

They’re growing quality cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc high above the Santa Ynez River.

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Gardening Guru Pens Kids’ Book

Randy Arnowitz Spreads His Passion Through Rhymes in ‘Noah’s Alphabet Garden’

Randy Arnowitz spreads his passion through rhymes in ‘Noah’s Alphabet Garden.’

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Take a Trip on the S.B. Ale Trail

New App and Map Guides Craft Brew Lovers Around Town and Beyond

The new app and map guides craft brew lovers around town and beyond.

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Savoy Wines Coming to Anapamu Street

Bob Wesley Partners with Paul Shields of Savoy Cafe to Open New Wine Shop

Bob Wesley partners with Paul Shields of Savoy Cafe to open new wine shop downtown.

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The Triple Play @ East Beach Tacos

Though No Longer a Package Deal with Free Pitches, This Taco Trio Still Rocks

Though not longer a package deal with free pitches, this taco trio still rocks.

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Moscow Mule Extravaganza at Goodland Hotel

J.J. Resnick Publishes Recipe Book, Releases Copper Cleaning Product

J.J. Resnick publishes a recipe book and releases a copper cleaning product.

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Pairing Top Chefs with Star Winemakers

Inside Wine Santa Barbara Hosts Food-and-Wine-Pairing Extravaganza

Chef Mossin Sugich and Winemaker Coby Parker-Garcia discuss Inside Wine S.B.’s pairing extravaganza.

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Scallop Crudo @ The Black Sheep

Shellfish Goes Sweet and Succulent at This East Ortega Street Gastropub

Shellfish goes sweet and succulent at this East Ortega Street gastropub.

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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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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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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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The Cat That Changed America

Director Tony Lee

Doc about the plight of P-22, the mountain lion who calls Griffith Park in Los Angeles home.

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Lepiane Winery: Beauty of Barbera, Nuance of Nebbiolo

Alison Thomson’s Fresh California Take on Italian Grapes

Alison Thomson has a fresh California take on Italian grapes.

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Santa Barbara Films @ SBIFF

Features and Shorts with Santa Barbara Connections

Features and shorts with Santa Barbara connections.

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The Fixer

Director Adrian Sitaru

Feature investigates sex trafficking in Romania while tackling journalistic ethics.

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On the Other Side

Director Zrinko Ogresta

A nurse and her family are haunted by echoes of the Balkan war in this psychological thriller.

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El Nido

Director Klaudia Reynicke

A tiny Swiss village’s haunting past comes to the fore during an important holiday.

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Angry Inuk

Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

Eye-opening doc about how the seal hunting ban is keeping an indigenous people poor.

Arrangiarsi (pizza... and the art of living)

Director Matteo Troncone

One man’s quest to “arrange” survival while uncovering the history of Naples and pizza.

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Cafe Nagler

Director Mor Kaplansky

An Israeli filmmaker investigates the legend of her family’s swinging club in pre-war Berlin.

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At the End of the Tunnel

Director Rodrigo Grande

Thriller about a man in wheelchair who realizes bank robbers are tunneling under his home.

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The Boatmaker

Director Casey McGarry

Documentary about architect Ken Minor’s quarter-century quest to construct his own sailboat.

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Every 40 Years

Director Eric Goldrich

Son makes film to uncover his dad’s musical past as a member of rock band Gunhill Road.

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Director Elia K. Schneider

Fictionalized feature about transgender Venezuelan politician Tamara Adrian.

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The Gateway Bug

Directors Johanna B. Kelly & Cameron Marshad

Can a handful of innovators, including UCSB students, get America to eat insects?

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SBIFF 2017: Films to Find

Staff Suggestions on Must-See Movies at This Year’s Santa Barbara International Film Fest

Our staff suggests must-see movies at this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

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The Shepherd

Director Jon Cenzual

Tensions mount between neighbors when a Spanish shepherd won’t sell his land to developers.

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Director Roan Johnson

Frenetically paced comedy about young, unprepared couple in Rome debating their baby-to-be.

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Cradle of Champions

Director Bartle Bull

A raw, intimate look at NYC’s Golden Gloves, the world’s largest amateur boxing tournament.

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Director Lee Sang-il

A highly dramatic, occasionally brutal film about mixed identities of a wanted man in Japan.