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Joey Tensley’s Syrah Empire

How a Bakersfield-raised, soccer-crazed potty mouth became Santa Barbara’s flying winemaker. Read story.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Zachary Wasserman’s Frequency Wines

Tensley’s assistant winemaker starts own label, pairs with Toro Y Moi on bottling. Read story.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Summertime Is Ready for Riesling

Santa Barbara County producers who are doing well with the noble white grape. Read story.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Brave & Maiden Estate Debuts at Botanic Garden

New Santa Ynez Valley winery on Refugio Road to pour during educational summertime series in Santa Barbara. Read story.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Black Sheep Finds Growing Sta. Rita Hills Roots

Lompoc winery behind Holus Bolus plants for the future; will pour at Saturday’s S.B. Wine Festival. Read story.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Armada Wine Bar’s Old World Treats

Tasting the world at Santa Barbara’s hidden yet happening wine & beer merchant. Read story.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Fun with Cabernet Franc

Rundown of recent Santa Barbara County bottlings of the Bordeaux grape and Loire star. Read story.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Toasting 40 Years of Brander Vineyard

Santa Ynez Valley’s sauvignon blanc stalwart Fred Brander plants for future on strengths of the past. Read story.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Jump-Starting Star Lane Vineyard

Winemaker Tyler Thomas reenergizes breathtaking Happy Canyon property and focuses ambitious winery’s goals. Read story.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Wild Wine Harvest of ’95

Old vines, Saucelito Canyon, and Santa Barbara’s Mountain Drive converge in Sean Christopher Weir’s memoir The Mad Crush. Read story.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Wicked Wine Grapes of Rancho Salsipuedes

Bentrock and Radian vineyards thrive on the challenging western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills. Read story.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Women Winemakers Thrive in Santa Barbara

Last month’s Los Alamos gathering shows off the region’s female clout. Read story.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Understanding Sustainable Wine Standards

Three Santa Barbara County wineries exploring eco-minded wine. Read story.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Cult on the Block: Levo Wines

A look at the stylish, “honest” wines of 25-year-old Bret Urness. Read story.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tasting Wines from Santa Barbara Highlands

How the Cuyama Valley could be its own grape-growing appellation. Read story.

Thursday, April 9, 2015
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