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Matt Kettmann

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Return of the Santa Barbara Wine Futures

Alisal Ranch Reviving Tasting Tradition by Hosting Weekend of Rare, Unreleased Wines

Alisal Ranch reviving important tasting tradition by hosting weekend of rare, unreleased wines.

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Weekend Getaway to Los Osos-Baywood Park

This Close Escape Along Highway 1 Features All to Love About Central Coast

This close escape along Highway 1 features all to love about Central Coast.

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Celebrate National Tamale Day on March 23

Santa Barbara’s Richard Lambert Talks Masa and More

Santa Barbara’s Richard Lambert talks masa and more.

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The Casual Elegance of the New Miramar Hotel

Rick Caruso’s Ritzy Rosewood Miramar Beach Opens in Montecito

Rick Caruso’s ritzy Rosewood Miramar Beach opens in Montecito.

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Women Winemakers to Watch: Kat Gaffney and McKenna Giardine

March 8 Dinner to Toast Santa Barbara’s Strong Female Flock of Vintners

March 8 dinner to toast Santa Barbara’s strong female flock of vintners.

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Did the World’s Best Restaurant Just Open in Montecito?

The Silver Bough Breaks Expectations in Multicourse, Meticulously Crafted, $550 Meal

The Silver Bough breaks expectations in multi-course, meticulously crafted, $550 meal.

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Fess Parker Winery Celebrates 30 Years

Anniversary Dinner at World of Pinot Noir; Plus More WOPN Highlights

Family hosting anniversary dinner at World of Pinot Noir; plus more WOPN 2019 highlights.

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Santa Barbara Restaurant Week Forks Out 10 Days of Deals

Sampling Three of the 32 Restaurants Participating February 22-March 3

Sampling three of the 32 restaurants participating February 22-March 3.

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Pairing Tom’s Burgers with Kings Carey Wine

Three Sliders and Three Grenache Pours for $15 in Lompoc on February 28

Three sliders and three grenache pours for $15 in Lompoc on February 28.

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How to Forage for Your Dinner

Wild Plants Expert Christopher Nyerges Leads Ventura River Workshop

Wild plants expert Christopher Nyerges leads Ventura River workshop on March 9.

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Samsara, Kunin Plant Wine Roots in Goleta

Winemakers Matt Brady and Magan Eng on Why the Good Land Could Be Great for Wine

Winemakers Matt Brady and Magan Eng on why the Good Land could be great for wine.

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Curry Conquest on Coast Village Road

Empty Bowl Founders Bring Khao Kaeng’s Upscale Thai to Montecito

The founders of Empty Bowl Noodle Bar bring Khao Kaeng’s upscale Thai to Montecito.

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Meet Channel Islands National Park’s New Leader

Incoming Superintendent Ethan McKinley Talks Hopes and Challenges

The incoming Superintendent Ethan McKinley talks hopes and challenges.

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Viggo Mortensen Is Super Cool

SBIFF Honoree Speaks Many Languages, Slays Bad Guys, Barely Breaks Sweat

SBIFF honoree speaks many languages, slays bad guys, barely breaks sweat.

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Santa Barbara’s Newest Garagiste Winemakers

Who’s Pouring This Weekend in Solvang at Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure

Who’s pouring this weekend in Solvang at the Garagiste Festival’s Southern Exposure event.

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Films to Find at SBIFF 2019

A Selection of Solid Flicks Screening This Year

A selection of solid flicks screening at this year’s film festival.

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SBIFF’s Screen Cuisine Menu for 2019

Food and Drink Films to Digest During the Film Festival

Food and drink films to digest during the film festival.

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Chomping Southeast Asian Street Food at Tyger Tyger

Chef Daniel Palaima Comes Home to Lead Latest Eatery by Acme Hospitality

Chef Daniel Palaima comes home to lead latest eatery by Acme Hospitality.

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Celebrate Chinese New Year with Sliced BBQ Pork

Clay Lovejoy Resurrects Tommy Chung’s Recipe to Serve in The Pickle Room

Clay Lovejoy resurrects Tommy Chung’s recipe from Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens to serve in

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Mike DeGruy Doc Kicks Off SBIFF 2019

Ocean Filmmaker’s Widow Mimi DeGruy Crafts Complex Ode to Her Husband’s Legacy

Ocean filmmaker’s widow Mimi DeGruy crafts complex ode to her husband’s legacy.

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Firestone Walker Mind Haze

Paso Robles-Based Brewery Releases Its First-Ever Hazy IPA

The Paso Robles-based brewery releases its first-ever hazy IPA.

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The Great Agave Experiment

Can This Liquor-Making Plant Correct California’s Parched, Fire-Prone Landscape?

Can this liquor-making plant correct California’s parched, fire-prone landscape?

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RU-21 Hangover Cure

Pills Designed for KGB Aim to Keep Head Clear After Night of Drinking

These pills originally designed for the KGB aim to keep your head clear after a night of drinking.

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Matt Kettmann’s Year in Review

Our Senior Editor Picks His Favorite Stories from 2018

Our senior editor picks his favorite stories from 2018.

Get to Know Unite to Light’s Solar-Powered Lamp

Santa Barbara-Based Organization Distributes “Luke Lights” for Education, Global Health, and Disaster Relief

Santa Barbara-based organization distributes “Luke Lights” for education, global health, and disaster relief.

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Last-Minute Gifts for the Wine Lover

Books, Blending Kits, Tasting Tickets, Glassware, and More

Books, blending kits, tasting tickets, glassware, and more.

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Carpinteria’s Man of Manuka

David Noll’s Pacific Resources International Imports Honey and Sea Salt from New Zealand

David Noll’s Pacific Resources International imports honey and sea salt from New Zealand.

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Wine Club Watch

Gold Medal, Winc, and Raj Parr Clubs All Have Santa Barbara Roots

Gold Medal, Winc, and Raj Parr clubs all have Santa Barbara roots.

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San Ysidro Ranch Rises from Mud

Historic Montecito Resort Starts Serving Food, Will Open Cottages in March

Historic Montecito resort starts serving food, will open cottages in March.

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Make This: Jardesca’s Sonoma Mulled Wine

Learn Holiday Cocktails at Carpinteria’s Heritage Goods & Supply on December 19

This holiday sipper is part of a cocktail class at Carpinteria’s Heritage Goods & Supply on December 19.

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Island’s Lone Woman Not So Lonely After All

New Research Sheds Light on Real Life Story Behind ‘Island of the Blue Dolphins’ Saga

New research sheds light on real life story behind ‘Island of the Blue Dolphins’ saga.

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Integrating Ingredients and Information at Blackbird

Eye-Opening Menu Lifted by Knowledgeable Service at Hotel Californian’s Flagship Restaurant

An eye-opening menu is lifted by knowledgeable service at the Hotel Californian’s flagship restaurant.

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Santa Barbara’s Latke King

Douglas Weinstein is Making 2,500 Potato Pancakes for Hanukkah

Douglas Weinstein is making 2,500 potato pancakes for Hanukkah.

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Virtual Reality Gets Real in Solvang

Jamie Baker’s Space VR Offers Completely Immersive Video Gaming and Learning Experiences

Jamie Baker’s Space VR offers completely immersive video gaming and learning experiences.

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Annual Holiday Hootenannies to Hit

Presidio Stroll, Wine + Beer Champagne Bash, Hanukkah Party, and More

Presidio stroll, Wine + Beer Champagne bash, Hanukkah party, and more.

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Eat This: Vegan GreenGO Taco Trio

A Flavorful Meatless Meal on Upper State Street

A flavorful meatless meal on upper State Street.

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Make This: Thuk Prahok

Finch & Fork Chef Peter Cham’s Cambodian Dipping Sauce

Finch & Fork Chef Peter Cham makes this Cambodian dipping sauce.

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Stir-Fry Wishes and Kunming Dreams

Georgia Freedman’s <em>Cooking South of the Clouds: Recipes and Stories from China’s Yunnan Province</em>

Santa Barbara-raised Georgia Freedman publishes Cooking South of the Clouds: Recipes and Stories from China’s Yunnan Province.

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Carlitos Celebrates 40 Years

Leslie and Carlos Lopez Opened Their Ever-Popular Mexican Restaurant in 1978

Leslie and Carlos Lopez opened their ever-popular Mexican restaurant on State Street in 1978.

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Chef’s Corner: Brendan Collins @ After Hours Pop-Up

Loquita’s Sous Chef Hosting Later-Night, Multicourse Dinners Around Town

Loquita’s sous chef is hosting later-night, multicourse dinners around town.

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Day-by-Day at the Live Oak Café

The Always Exhausting, Occasionally Rewarding Life of Running Your Own Restaurant

Inside the always exhausting, occasionally rewarding life of running your own restaurant.

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BYOB! Hosts Learn to Home Brew Day

Supply Shop on Upper State Street Teaches How to Brew Beer and More on November 3

Supply shop on Upper State Street teaches you how to brew beer and more on November 3.

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Zachary Rosen Hosts ‘Biegrnette: Light, Life, & Death’ @ SBCAST

Certified Cicerone Pairs Beer and Food with Mixed Media, Written Word, and Performance Art

Certified Cicerone pairs beer and food with mixed media, written word, and performance art.

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Ridge Vineyards’ Classic California Wines

Santa Cruz Mountains Icon Pouring at El Encanto and Wine + Beer in November

The iconic Santa Cruz Mountains winery is pouring at El Encanto and Wine + Beer in November.

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Brave & Maiden’s Elevated Tasting Experience

Direct-to-Consumer Evolution Hits the Santa Ynez Valley

Direct-to-consumer evolution hits the Santa Ynez Valley.

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Epicurean S.B. Goes Big for Anniversary

“Pure Imagination” on November 4 Features Food, Wine, Song, Dance, and More at Hotel Californian

“Pure Imagination” on November 4 features food, wine, song, dance, and more at Hotel Californian.

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A CBD Smorgasbord

Mini-Reviews of Vape Pens, Balms, and Capsules That Promote Healing, Not Highs

Mini-reviews of the latest vape pens, balms, and capsules that promote healing, not highs.

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How to Make Food Your Medicine

Nutrition, Healing, Herbs, and More Coming to Plant Food and Medicine Conference

Nutrition, healing, herbs, and more coming to Plant Food and Medicine Conference on October 27.

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Breakfast Sandwich @ Bob’s Well Bread Bakery

Start the Morning Right with This Hand-Held Turkey-Sausage Delight

Start the morning right with hand-held turkey-sausage delight.

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Foot-Stomping Fury in Solvang

Melville’s Dedication to the Practice; Plus, Wine and Beer Buzz Around Town

Melville Winery’s dedication to the practice; plus, wine & beer buzz around town.