Author spotlight: Hana-Lee Sedgwick

Hana-Lee Sedgwick is a writer, wine consultant and lover of all things wine and food. As a Certified Specialist of Wine and Sommelier, she loves to explore the world of wine in and around her hometown of Santa Barbara. When not trying new wines or traveling, she can be found practicing yoga, cooking, entertaining and enjoying the outdoors. Visit her popular blog, Wander & Wine, for wine tips, tasting notes and adventures in wine and travel:

For Starters
By Hana-Lee Sedgwick   |   December 24, 2020

Giving Santa Barbarans yet another reason to venture out for wine is Aperitivo, an Italian-inspired wine bar from owner-operators Brian Dodero and Andrea Girardello – two food and beverage veterans who met while working at the Four Seasons Biltmore.  Taking its name from the Italian tradition of gathering after work for a pre-dinner drink and […]

No Fuss and No Chemicals, a Natural Wine Trend Here to Stay
By Hana-Lee Sedgwick   |   December 24, 2020

Natural wine refers to wine made from grapes farmed without pesticides and with minimal intervention in the cellar, meaning nothing is added or removed. Devotees think of it as the purest form of wine, and something as essential as choosing to eat organic foods. The arrival of two new natural wine-focused bars to downtown Santa […]

Photographers Capturing This Moment in History
By Hana-Lee Sedgwick   |   May 14, 2020

During these times of uncertainty, it’s safe to say we are all missing a human connection with those in our community. Though we are technically “all in this together,” self-isolating at home tends to feel, well, rather isolated. It’s no wonder why “The Front Steps Project” – an idea hatched by two photographers on the […]

Santa Barbara’s Inaugural Culinary Experience
By Hana-Lee Sedgwick   |   February 27, 2020

Though we are all captivated by Santa Barbara’s stunning scenery, historic charm, and laid-back vibe, there’s no denying that Santa Barbara County has become a destination in its own right for food and wine. What we lack in Michelin stars and grandiose dining experiences we make up for in talented winemakers, skilled chefs, dedicated farmers, […]

Feast Like the Romans Did
By Hana-Lee Sedgwick   |   October 4, 2018

It’s not every day you see a crowd of hungry revelers enjoying local food and wine while dressed in togas. Yet, that’s exactly what you’ll find at the “Feast of Apicius” event on Saturday, October 20, at the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum.  Held from 2 to 5 pm in Fleischmann Auditorium, this delicious wine […]

Summer Sipping in Santa Barbara
By Hana-Lee Sedgwick   |   June 7, 2018

While I’m all for vacations to far off places, summer in Santa Barbara is a special time – especially if you love food and wine. For all you oenophiles who need an excuse to stick around this summer, there’s a plethora of fun wine and food-related events in the coming months. From weekly wine tastings […]