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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.

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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Santa Barbara Wine Country Ordinance Shot Down

Supervisors effectively deny update to countywide rules after five years of planning. Read story.

LaBarge Winery Employs Meticulous Control  

Upscale Sta. Rita Hills project spares no expense in producing albariño, pinot noir, and more. Read story.

New Winery Rules Still in Limbo

County Supervisors push decision to November 22; ask vintners for detailed feedback; may form task ... Read story.

Re:Find Finds New Home

Central Coast distillery that uses spent wine grapes to restore Fox Theatre in Paso Robles. Read story.

Remembering Wine Country’s Early Days

Santa Barbara County’s pioneer vintners converge at the Museum of Natural History on Sunday. Read story.

Quality and Quantity at Cambria Winery

Winemaker Denise Shurtleff has been winning on both fronts since 1999. Read story.

Crown Point’s $185 Wines

Owner Roger Bower and winemaker Adam Henkel up the stakes in Happy Canyon. Read story.

Wine Therapy’s Glass Is Half-Full

Danielle Ogaz opens a new wine bar on State Street in the heart of downtown. Read story.

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