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Moon California Wine Country

By and
Third Edition, May 2011
Pages: 648

Price: $21.99 USD
ISBN: 9781598805956

Price: $9.99 USD
ISBN: 9781598809305

Locals and wine lovers Philip Goldsmith and Michael Cervin have the inside scoop on how to best experience California’s Wine Country, from swirling and sniffing lessons at Yountville’s Goosecross Cellars to glider rides over scenic Santa Ynez Valley. Goldsmith and Cervin offer great trip ideas, including Weekend Wine Warriors, Understanding California through Wine, and Highway Hugging. Whether you’re planning on doing some serious wine-tasting or simply taking a leisurely trip through some of California’s most beautiful areas, Moon California Wine Country gives you the tools you need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

What’s inside Moon California Wine Country

Enjoy the very best of California Wine Country with these itineraries:
    • Best of Napa and Sonoma
    • Varietal Tours
    • Best of Santa Barbara and the Central Coast
    • Romantic Weekends
    • Free Tours and Tastings
Explore what California Wine Country has to offer.

Recommendations for the top sights, recreation, entertainment, hotels, and food in:

    • San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles
    • Napa Valley including Napa and Vicinity, Yountville and Vicinity, Rutherford, St. Helena and Vicinity, and Calistoga
    • Southern Sonoma including Sonoma Valley and Los Carneros
    • Northern Sonoma including Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Alexander Valley
    • Mendocino County including Anderson Valley and Eastern Mendocino
    • Sierra Foothills including El Dorado County, Amador County, and Calaveras County
    • The Santa Cruz Mountains including Los Gatos and Saratoga, San Lorenzo Valley, and Santa Cruz
    • Monterey, Carmel, and the Santa Lucia Highlands including Carmel Valley
    • Santa Barbara Wine Country including Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley

Endless moves as a child, including a yearlong stint in North Africa, made Philip Goldsmith a travel addict at an early age. He has since lived and worked on two continents, forsaking the rain in his native England for the California sun, and racked up some impressive airline mileage as a globe-trotting business journalist and wayward traveler in search of personal adventure. He has survived flash floods in Malaysia, been stranded on a train in Spain, fallen off the Great Wall in China, and tumbled down the side of a volcano in El Salvador. Still, his desire for unusual and new experiences remains as strong as ever.

It helped that Philip inadvertently chose the right career path. After putting in more hours working on the student newspaper at the University of London than for his degree in chemistry, it was no surprise he found it easier to find a job as a journalist than as a scientist. More than a decade later, however, he once again found himself reading about chemistry, albeit the chemistry of wine.

Philip’s introduction to the joys of wine might have come from watching his father drink large quantities of the stuff to survive the many stressful family holidays in France. More likely, however, he acquired his expensive wine habit as a journalist when he was being wined and dined in style by some of Europe’s biggest corporations. Many companies wasted bottles of fine Bordeaux before he learned to appreciate them.

He now has a very European attitude to enjoying wine and hopes to live to a ripe old age by drinking a glass every day. When he’s not writing, traveling, or working hard to extend his life at local wineries, Philip often seeks out mishaps in the wine country’s great outdoors, whether mountain biking in the Santa Cruz Mountains, hiking in Napa, or canoeing down the Russian River in Sonoma. All are within easy reach of his home in San Francisco.

Michael Cervin grew up in La Cañada, a suburb of Los Angeles. After a brief acting career on TV shows including 3rd Rock from the Sun, Grace Under Fire, and The Young and the Restless, he relocated to Santa Barbara, where wine quickly became one of his passions.

Michael has written for major wine publications including Decanter, Wine & Spirits, Wine Enthusiast, and The Tasting Panel. His work has also appeared in Skywest, Westways, Fido Friendly, Food & Beverage World, Vine Times, and more than sixty other publications. He has served as a wine judge at the Santa Barbara County Fair, the Central Coast Wine Competition, the Monterey Wine Competition, and the El Dorado and Amador County Fair Wine Competitions.

Michael is the author of one other guidebook, Moon Santa Barbara & the Central Coast. His book of poetry, Generous Fiction, was published in 2009. He is currently the restaurant critic for the Santa Barbara News-Press. Find more information about his works at and on his blog,