This is the perfect wine for a casual night of pizza and pasta: complex enough to keep you interested, but fun enough to quaff without worrying too much. Aromas of wild raspberries, graphite and woody spice lead into tangy cranberry touches on the sip. The strong acidity adds to the wine's food-friendly spiciness.
A fifth generation Californian originally from San Jose, Matt Kettmann covers California’s Central Coast and South Coast for the magazine. He is also the senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent, where he’s worked since 1999, has written for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Wine Spectator, and Smithsonian, and co-founded New Noise Santa Barbara, a music festival.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.