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Welcome to Inside Wine Santa Barbara!! Our group features tastings with winemakers and sommeliers who give us the "inside scoop" on viniculture, viticulture, wine-food pairing and wine appreciation.

IWSB was co-founded in September of 2012 by Tama Takahashi and Lila Brown, "baking buddies" at the School of Culinary Arts at SBCC. In 2015, when Lila moved away to Sonoma, Hana-Lee Sedgwick served as Co-organizer for two years before welcoming a baby into her family.

In 2023, Meridith Moore, who organized the Santa Barbara Wine & Food Festival at the Museum of Natural History for years, joined as co-organizer.

We hand-select the best and most interesting winemakers and wineries to share with our membership. We are not a business; we are a not-for-profit Meetup and share our passion for wine without compensation just to widen our own wine knowledge and to connect with other wine aficionados.

Membership is free (must be 21+). Welcome! Join in and celebrate the diversity and quality of our wine and food in this unique and remarkable region of the world!
--co-organizers Tama and Meridith