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Step into any tasting room in downtown Santa Barbara, and you’ll know instantly: This isn’t Napa. While Northern California’s famous wine town has a reputation for aloofness and occasional haughtiness, Santa Barbara’s approach is distinctly SoCal.

“Don’t even think about the beach!” That’s the counterintuitive advice I foist on every visitor to the idyllic, Mediterranean-style resort town where I’ve been officially based for 50 years. Here’s “My Santa Barbara.”