Dec. 192022

Vincent Morrow, MS

A native of Phoenix, Vincent Morrow moved to California to attend Sonoma State University on a soccer scholarship. His proximity to wine country piqued his interest in wine, and when it came time to pick a concentration for his bachelor’s in business administration, he chose wine business strategies and marketing.

A Master Sommelier before the age of 31, Morrow honed his wine knowledge working at renowned wineries such as Ridge Vineyards, and at lauded Bay Area restaurants that included The French Laundry, Gary Danko, Benu, and 0′ by Claude Le Tohic. Along the way, he was named 2016 USA Champion in the TopSOMM Young Sommelier Competition, and entered the 2017 Chaine des Rotisseurs Jeunes Sommeliers Competition, winning the USA Championship and placing 3rd overall in the world.

At PRESS, which is home to the largest collection of Napa Valley wines in the world, Morrow looks to build on the vision of late founder Leslie Rudd: to curate a cellar that is timeless in its breadth and depth of Cabernets and hidden gems, and a cellar that also includes lesser-known varieties produced in the region, to ensure they get the spotlight and attention they deserve. He looks to create exciting pairings that match with Tessier’s modern American and technique-driven cuisine.

Morrow, in addition to his work at PRESS, was designated as the 2022 Iconoclast Dinner Experience Wine Honoree, named the 2022 Somme­lier of the Year by VinePair and the 2022 Michelin California Sommelier of the Year, and acts as the Chairperson of the Diversity Committee of the Court of Master Sommeliers, where he is intent on making the organization more inclusive of women, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and unrepre­sented communities within the wine & hospitality industry.

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