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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.

Blog archive by year:

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.

Sunstone Crafts Special Film Fest Wine

Longtime Santa Ynez Valley winery produces “Lumiere Brothers” blanc and rouge blends. Read story.