Jeff Morgan is better known as a wine writer than a winemaker. He was West Coast Editor for Wine Spectator from 1995 through 1999 and released his cookbook: Dean & DeLuca; The Food and Wine Cookbook in 2002. Jeff and his wife, Jodie, have just released a second cookbook called The Working Parents Cookbook. The wordsmith is also currently Editor at Large for Wine Enthusiast. Next year, look for his newest tome, The Book of Rosé, which features over 200 pink wines from around the world.
But most people don’t know that Jeff started his wine career working in the cellar and vineyards of a small winery in Long Island, New York. Before that, he was a saxophone player---the bandleader at the Grand Casino in Monte Carlo, in Monaco. That’s where he developed a love for fine rosé.
Daniel Moore has made wine for two decades in Northern California. He recently finished a 13-year stint as winemaker at Lynmar Winery in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, where his Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were highly acclaimed. Today he has started a new winery, Arista, also in the Russian River Valley, where the focus will be on Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. View all SoloRosa Wines Wines
About Other California
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few. Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.