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Greg Brewer, Wine Enthusiast's 2020 Winemaker of the Year, is disciplined about doing things the same way year after year

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Greg Brewer, Wine Enthusiast's 2020 Winemaker of the Year, is disciplined about doing things the same way year after year

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

In 30 years, the Sta. Rita Hills hasn’t let Greg Brewer down.  “I’ve been reflecting a lot on my relationship with this place,” the Brewer-Clifton winemaker said. “I’m very loyal to this place. I’m very provincial in that way. I’ll always work here. I’ve only worked here.”  He describes his relation... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Greg Brewer, Wine Enthusiast's 2020 Winemaker of the Year, is disciplined about doing things the same way year after year
News: North County city councils mull campaign contribution limits with decision deadline fast approaching
News: Political Watch: December 3, 2020
Spotlight: The Tri-County Regional Energy Network reduces local energy use, trains the building industry workforce of tomorrow
News: Newsom hints at stay-at-home order for purple tier counties
 

News

Slow The Virus

Newsom hints at stay-at-home order for purple tier counties

By Malea Martin

Californians who live in purple tier counties may soon be under a stay-at-home order similar to those imposed at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Gavin Newsom flo...

Solvang accepts recall of former councilman Chris Djernaes

By Karen Garcia

Solvang City Council held a special meeting on Nov. 30 to accept the recall of former Councilmember Chris Djernaes and swear in the candidate elected to fill the vacancy. ...

Santa Barbara County sees record turnout in 2020 election

By Kasey Bubnash

It’s official—Santa Barbara County certified its 2020 general election results on Nov. 25, marking the completion of an election that was extraordinary in more tha...

Child care providers struggle to meet increased need caused by COVID-19

By Malea Martin

Santa Barbara County is struggling to meet new child care needs created by the pandemic, but local organizations are finding ways to support providers. Children’s Res...

Political Watch: December 3, 2020

• On Nov. 21, U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) hosted his fourth annual Citizenship Recognition Ceremony where he virtually presented Special Congressional Reco...

North County city councils mull campaign contribution limits with decision deadline fast approaching

By MALEA MARTIN

As the dust continues to settle after Election Day, local city councils are grappling with how much individual donors should be allowed to influence future elections. With th...

Spotlight

The Tri-County Regional Energy Network reduces local energy use, trains the building industry workforce of tomorrow

By Malea Martin

Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties have some of the most ambitious climate goals in the state: Santa Barbara County’s new 2030 Climate Action Plan will seek to r...

Cannabis Corner

An ag panel discusses present challenges, potential for the future

By ZAC EZZONE

Labor shortages and government regulations tied to groundwater usage continue to hinder local farmers, but technological advancements could ease some of these concerns, accord...

Commentary

In a misguided cleanup effort, the city of Lompoc evicted the rabbits and quail from a popular trail

By RON FINK

Everyone follows a path through life; some paths are littered with traps and dead ends, others with an easy ride/walk/run and nothing but positive outcomes. In Lompoc, the ci...

Letters

Make President Trump the man of the past four years

By Jan Lipski, Vandenberg Village

President Donald Trump is this year’s—in fact for the past four years—Man of the Year.  Not since the likes of Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Theo...

Renew your efforts to stay masked

By Masked & Mighty Coalition members, SB County

This week kicks of the fall and winter holiday season, amid a doubling of COVID-19 case numbers across Santa Barbara County. This alarming trend is also reflected nationally a...

Canary

Kick, kick!

By THE CANARY

Nothing like kicking a man when he’s down. Solvang Mayor Ryan Toussaint reveled in it on Nov. 30, verbally chastising recalled City Councilmember Chris Djernaes at a spe...

Arts

Santa Ynez Valley Concert Series hosts virtual Bach tribute, featuring Grammy-winning violinist Johnny Gandelsman

The Santa Ynez Valley Concert Series presents a virtual program, A Violinist Explores Bach’s Cello Suites, featuring violinist Johnny Gandelsman on Thursday, Dec. 3, at ...

Cypress Gallery presents Into the Light, a new exhibit showcasing local artist Kathy Badrak

The Lompoc Valley Art Association presents Into the Light, a new multimedia art exhibition at Cypress Gallery, which will open on Friday, Dec.4, and is scheduled to remain on ...

Cuyama Buckhorn's first artist-in-residence, Kimberly Sutherland, releases latest issue of RURAL series

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

If there’s one thing Kimberly Sutherland is no stranger to, it’s talking to strangers.  While creating the second installment of her ongoing art project and ...

Lompoc-based filmmaker and Mad Sin Cinema founder Shane Ryan discusses upcoming projects

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

From the suburbs of Buellton and Santa Maria to the sprawling fields of the Santa Ynez Valley, local filmmaker Shane Ryan never gets tired of shooting on location at destinati...

Film

SLO Motion Film screens 'Stoke Chasers' and 'Unnur' on Dec. 5

Virtual or in-person screening on Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., through SLO Motion Film, either at Whalebird Kombucha or slomotionfilm.com/events/stoke-chasers Two local filmmake...

Eats

Greg Brewer, Wine Enthusiast's 2020 Winemaker of the Year, is disciplined about doing things the same way year after year

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

In 30 years, the Sta. Rita Hills hasn’t let Greg Brewer down.  “I’ve been reflecting a lot on my relationship with this place,” the Brewer-Clifto...

Hot Stuff

YOU HAD ME AT CELLO

The Clark Center for the Performing Arts in Arroyo Grande presents Holiday Blues and Bluegrass, featuring Dirty Cello (pictured) on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 6 to 7 p.m., as par...

GUITAR HERO

The Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) presents Home for the Holidays, a virtual cabaret production, which will stream live on Saturday, Dec. 12, starting at 6 p.m. Featured ...

CRITICAL INKING

Gallery at Marina Square in Morro Bay will be showcasing works by local artist Don Doubledee through Tuesday, Dec. 29. Doubledee’s pen and ink drawings often depict scen...

A STAR IS BORN

Creative Me Time hosts a pickup date for its take-home Resin Workshop on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 to 11 a.m. Each participant will receive a kit with materials to complete th...





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