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George Yatchisin
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George Yatchisin writes about food, wine, and cocktails from Santa Barbara, where he lives with his amazing wife, dogs, chickens, and chinchillas.
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    It's easy to think of sparkling wine producers in the U.S. hankering after the cachet of Champagne, one of the last bastions of French privilege in the wine world. A weekend like this one will make it clear that the upstart Americans have learned a thing or two.
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    How a server at one of Santa Barbara's best restaurants became one of the county's best winemakers.
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    We may run out of water, but we won't run out of wine -- at least not the 2014 vintage. For while the drought ravages California, checking in with several winemakers in Santa Barbara suggests the 2014 vintage will have relatively high yields.
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    Turns out you can crush a grape and get gin. One Paso Robles winery is bottle grape-derived spirits for fun and profit.
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    Truett-Hurst does sell a Central Coast Pinot Noir, part of a Schucks label that's billed "fish wine." (That means, "goes with fish." Took me a second too.)
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    A handy guide to Santa Barbara County's sparkling wine producers, as well as the locations where you can taste them.
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    Les Marchands may be the ideal wine shop: these are the elements that make it so.
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    Malibu has just been designated an American Viticultural Area, giving it legitimacy as a wine-growing region. But a proposed Land Use Plan might put a stop to grape-growing there.
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    A recent craft beer festival had some excellent new local beers on offer. Here are our favorites.
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    Some movies, at best, get a DVD re-release on their tenth anniversaries. "Sideways," 2004's tale of a sodden Santa Ynez bachelor party romp, recently scored a bunch of fine fêtes instead.