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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 Leader Leaving for Oregon

Morgen McLaughlin reflects on four years of directing the county’s Vintners Association. Read story.

Fine Dining and DIY Wine at Bottlest

Buellton’s Terravant facility reenvisions its restaurant and creates a make-your-own bottle program. Read story.

Trio of Santa Barbara County Tasting Trails

Sip Funk Zone bubbles, explore Buellton, and trolley into the Santa Maria Valley. Read story.

VitaJuwel Vino Vial’s Surprising Effects

Can these crystals make your wine smoother? Read story.

Buscador Opens New Tasting Room in Buellton

The philosophical owner Matt Kowalczyk pours ‘truth and integrity in wine.’ Read story.

Epic Views and Vines Atop Grimm’s Bluff

They’re growing quality cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc high above the Santa Ynez River. Read story.

Savoy Wines Coming to Anapamu Street

Bob Wesley partners with Paul Shields of Savoy Cafe to open new wine shop downtown. Read story.

Pairing Top Chefs with Star Winemakers

Chef Mossin Sugich and Winemaker Coby Parker-Garcia discuss Inside Wine S.B.’s pairing extravaganza. Read story.

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