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Pinot Rocks

Written by: Michael Browne
Narrated by: William Shatner
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Publisher's Summary

Intense, but elegant. Spirited, yet refined.

The complexities that describe Michael Browne’s wines describe his life experiences, too. With a tumultuous childhood and an adolescence filled with feelings of isolation, Michael joined the circus when he was 12. By 18, he was a featured performer, fire-eater, unicyclist, high-wire walker, and trapeze artist. But it was during his work in the restaurant industry years later when Michael realized the simple beauty - and potential - of family and friends enjoying the perfect bottle of wine together.

Michael co-founded his first California winery, Kosta Browne, in 1997 with a few hundred dollars and the goal of helping people create meaningful moments with one another. In Pinot Rocks, Michael shares his journey and offers insight and inspiration for those who believe in the American dream and choose to never stop pursuing it. No matter the goals you set for yourself, this book will motivate you to follow your passions and turn your dreams into reality.

©2020 Michael Browne (P)2020 Lioncrest Publishing - Michael Browne

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  • mike
  • 2020-11-18


Do you enjoy Pinot Noir Wine, or wine in general ?
Have you wondered about what separates a high end crafted wine compared to a low price wine? What about the business and marketing aspects?
What is really important in crafting wine, and attention to detail. Or how about a interesting story about a young man from a rural town in Washington State, who joined the circus. In time saving tips along with his partner working at a restaurant to buy grapes in Sonoma County, and learning so many lessons moving forward. Finally the wine community, and the interaction amongst everybody in assisting one another.
I have listened to a lot of audio books. The readers are generally good. This gentlemen was exceptional. I am speaking about William Shatner.
Wow, I couldn’t stop listening, and sat in the car when I got home not wanting to leave the story, and the story teller. This book is also in print form,but I highly recommend the audio book. Well done Mr. Browne, and Mr.Shatner.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-06-28

great perspective on high end wine making

To me the author seems to not have a lot of perspective on his childhood and the family and cultural factors that led to his success. I feel like he could have some years of therapy and rewrite this in a way that would appeal mote to me.

But once he gets into the wine making and wine business, he really shines. This is someone with a genuine passion that shines through.

And, William Shatner did not disappoint!

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  • Justin Basch
  • 2021-07-14

Wine and business - what a combo!

Absolutely loved this book. If you like wine and like entrepreneurship, this book is a must read!