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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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Bien Nacido Wins Best Vineyard of the Year

The nation's oldest and most prestigious wine competition, the State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, gave Santa Barbara County's Bien Nacido Vineyard the title of 2010 "California Vineyard of the Year."

The Second Annual Wine Growers' Cook-off

The Central Coast Wine Growers' Association invites all to attend it's second annual Wine Growers' Cook-off in San Luis Obispo.

The Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association Gives Direct Relief International $220,000

Through Direct Relief International, the SBCVA saves the world one wine at a time.

A Wine Festival Weekend

Santa Barbara's Annual Wine Festival and San Francisco's 6th Annual Pinot Days promise wine lovers a memorable weekend.

Celebration of Harvest Tickets on Sale

The Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association is now selling tickets for the October 9 event.

A Re-cap of the First Official Independent Wine Tasting

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 will forever go down in history as the day of the Independent’s first official wine tasting. Six Indy employees, an intern, and a friend—half self-titled wine geeks, half admittedly unfamiliar with the fancy beverage—gathered in the office conference room to blindly sip nine wines. These are the results.

Dragonette Cellars Opens New Los Olivos Tasting Room

The winery, which shares Ampelos' Lompoc warehouse, has opened its first tasting room in downtown Los Olivos.

Sagebrush Annie's Cabernet Sauvignon Takes the Gold

The Ventucopa winery's 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon wins the gold medal at the 2010 Consumers International Wine Competition

Montecito Country Club Hosts "Taste of the Nation"

An afternoon of delicious philanthropy at Share Our Strength's "Taste of the Nation: No Kid Hungry" event.

Get to the Good Stuff With winEmergency's Tasting Results

What happens when you put a bunch of wine nerds in a room with 35 bottles of vino.

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Savino Preservation System

Review of Savino Wine Preservation System. Read story.

Ken Brown Quotables

Fresh off the lips of a pioneering Santa Barbara winemaker, starring in next week’s Food ... Read story.

Mr. Picky's Stemless Glass

Review of Mr. Picky's Stemless Measuring Glass. Read story.

Mesa Memories of Chris Whitcraft

Three friends remember the winemaker, neighbor, and co-founder of this weekend's Santa Barbara Wine Festival. Read story.

Red Wine With Blues

Longoria Wine meets Coco Montoya at this weekend’s Red, White & Blues at Buttonwood. Read story.

Editing Wine with Kurt Russell

Movie star makes Gogi pinot noir in Lompoc with Ampelos Cellars, opens tasting room in ... Read story.

Get Inside Urban Wine

Urban Wine Trail's Summer Celebration goes down this weekend. Read story.

Dancing About Wine

State Street Ballet interprets AVA Santa Barbara and Pali Wine Co. in Funk Zone performance ... Read story.

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