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Food: Toto, We’re Not in Napa Anymore: A World-Class Wine Region, post-Sideways

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“Santa Rita Hills—isn’t that near Napa or Sonoma?” Before Sideways hit it big with the 2004 Oscar for Best Picture, most people had trouble pinpointing this world-class wine region on a map. Visiting the area then was a sleepy, small-town affair, with a few tasting rooms leading the tourism charge. Five years later, the Santa Rita Hills, 45 minutes north of the city of Santa Barbara, is still a laid-back, welcoming place, the international spotlight having only refined tourist offerings and, thankfully, not detracted from the raw beauty of the region.

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