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Tasting the Transverse

A nod to the mountain ranges that create Santa Barbara County's unique and grape-friendly weather, this blog is the place to go for the latest news and information about Santa Barbara wine, winemakers, and wineries.

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Finding Our City's Flavor at Taste of the Town

Yesterday I visited the Arthritis Foundation's 29th annual "Taste of the Town," and am proud to report that we Santa Barbarans live in quite an epicurean city.

Feast with Qupé

Sister wineries Qupé and Verdad throw a winemaker dinner at Full of Life Flatbread in Los Alamos.

Wander the World with the Wandering Dog

Solvang's wine bar promises an exotic wine experience without leaving Santa Barbara County.

Dine and Dance with the Central Coast Wine Growers' Association

The Central Coast Wine Growers' Association will host it's annual dinner dance on Saturday, August 14th in Arroyo Grande.

Official Indy Rhone Tasting: Part One

Part one of the long-awaited official Indy Rhone tasting-- the second of our new wine tasting series.

Bottle Shout Out: 2007 Ken Brown Cargasacchi Vineyard Pinot Noir

Ken Brown's 2007 Cargasacchi Vineyard Pinot Noir and why it deserves your attention.

Ride Your Bike, Get Free Delivery from Municipal Winemakers

The newest downtown winery, Municipal Winemakers, offers free wine delivery for all who come on two wheels.

H.R. 5034

Why I (and pretty much the entire wine industry) don't care for CARE (the Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness Act).

Green Drinks at Kunin Winery

Social organization Green Drinks will turn Kunin Winery into its next environmentalism think tank on Tuesday, June 20th.

Taste Around the World with Pierre LaFond

Pierre LaFond Bistro takes taste buds on a trip around the world with its monthly Passport to the World of Wine event.

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All-Stars Winemaking Benefits Elementary Students

Second annual “Legacy” project raises money for The Family School in Los Olivos. Read story.

The Prosperous Drought: 2013 Vintage Report

A sommelier’s predictions for Santa Barbara County wines harvested last year. Read story.

Getting to Know Cool-Climate Syrah

A backyard tasting with Central Coast winemakers reveals Rhône varietal done in a savory style. Read story.

William James Cellars: Family on the Vine

Robin Bogue talks wine, Santa Ynez, and golfing the Vintners’ Fest. Read story.

Bob Dickey’s Enological Eye

Wine country photographer reveals how to get the best shots. Read story.

Summerland Winery: Vintners of the Village

The purveyors of fine pinot noir and more thrive in the seaside hamlet that straddles ... Read story.

Oreana Winery Puts Fun in Funk Zone

Winemaker Danny Miles explains the origins and future of Santa Barbara’s urban-wine pioneer. Read story.

Monday-Night Magic at Les Marchands

Wine flights and fine food in the Funk Zone's wine bar and bottle shop. Read story.

The Consul

Opera Santa Barbara presents "The Consul" by Gian-Carlo Menotti. Read More