FROM Matt Kettmann
A search for Santa Barbara’s oldest grapevines You may think of Santa Barbara’s winemaking industry as relatively new, but in fact, its roots go far back. Venture into the Goleta foothills and you’ll find remnants of San Jose Winery, where the padres of Mission Santa Barbara made wine almost two centuries ago.
Ojai wines make a comeback The Ojai Vineyard promised great things for wine growing in the Ojai Valley when it was founded in 1983. But a grape virus called Pierce’s disease soon began ravaging the region’s vines. Now, wineries and vineyards are returning, using better viticultural techniques to track and control the disease.
New culinary hot spots in Santa Barbara There are always new restaurants popping up in Santa Barbara. Some make it, but others are gone before the end of the year. Local food and wine writer Matt Kettmann dined at a couple spots recently that he thinks have what it takes to last.
Breaking the rules of Old World wine From sourcing top-quality grapes to creating an alluring label, winemakers around the world work hard to make sure their brand stands out. Matt Kettmann from the Santa Barbara Independent has been following one particular guy in Buellton who’s putting a new spin on the industry by super-macerating his wines.
Post disasters, Santa Barbara’s wine industry bounces back The Thomas Fire and mudslides in Montecito weakened Santa Barbara’s tourism industry and impacted local businesses. But, it hasn’t been all bad. Matt Kettmann from the Santa Barbara Independent says some wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley saw more foot traffic than usual, and rescheduled charity events are packed.
A slew of non-alcoholic beverages hits Santa Barbara Boozy beverages often grab the most attention. But, from avocado tea to caffeine water, three new drinks created in Santa Barbara offer an alcohol-free alternative.
The rise of Latino winemakers It's no surprise that immigrants are the backbone of California's wine industry. Most men and women working in the fields are foreign-born, mainly from Mexico and Central America. But, several Latino farmworkers along California's Central Coast and beyond have worked their way to the top and started their own wine labels.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.