September 15, 2004
Partners Dan Kosta and Michael Browne followed their taste buds into winemaking, parlaying their experience as sommeliers into a boutique Pinot winery in Sonoma. The only venture capital that Kosta Browne Winery needed for its first vintage, 1997, was 20 bucks a night in pooled tip money. Their small investment bought a half-ton of Pinot Noir, a single barrel and a used, hand-crank crusher. As business plans go, it wasn't a bad one, because after just a handful of vintages Kosta Browne is making flavorful Pinot Noirs in Sonoma County.
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