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Michael Browne Releases Book: Pinot Rocks – a Winding Journey Through Intense Elegance

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(November 10, 2020 – Windsor, CA) — On the heels of his brand CIRQ and the successful launch of his new regional brand CHEV, renowned pinot noir winemaker Michael Browne announces the release of his new book, Pinot Rocks. Now available on Amazon in paperback, hardcover, ebook and audiobook. The audiobook is narrated by William Shatner.

Michael co-founded 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 give up in their pursuit of it. “No matter the goals you set for yourself, I hope my book will inspire and motivate someone to follow their passions and turn their dreams into reality, like I did”, says Michael Browne.

Intense, but elegant. Spirited, yet refined. This has been Michael’s mantra in everything he does. Michael, the consummate craftsman, continues to push boundaries in his pursuit to create very personal connections through his wines, and now tells his journey through wine in his first book.

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 twelve. By eighteen, he was a featured performer, a fire-eater, unicyclist, and trapeze artist among other acts. But it was during his work in the restaurant industry when Michael realized the simple beauty of family and friends enjoying the perfect setting which encompass – food, conversation, music and a bottle of wine together.

“For me, wine is storytelling”, says Browne. “I’ve built my brands, one enthusiastic wine drinker at a time. Whether I was on a restaurant floor, in the cellar or on the road, I learned that connecting with people around stories and with delicious wines cements very personal and deep-rooted friendships. I continue that meaningful practice with people through my CIRQ and CHEV wines.”

 “Pinot Rocks – A Winding Journey through Intense Elegance” is available now on Amazon in any format by visiting this secure link>> https://geni.us/PinotRocks

His estate winery property, located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, is a hilltop gem. Renovations will be completed in late Spring 2021, and accessible by appointment only, and based on availability. Surrounded by spectacular 360-degree views, the property is the perfect fit for CIRQ and CHEV and will be their permanent home for many years to come.


  • CHEV Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2018 –        $80
  • CHEV Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2018 –     $80
  • CIRQ Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2018 –         $150

About CHEV.

CHEV is sparked by Michael’s love and appreciation for old school workmanship. From classic cars to vintage clocks, CHEV pays tribute to bygone days when artisans crafted in their forge and the raw was hand-wrought to expert precision. Just like our grapes—exquisitely grown by master farmers, curated from renowned sites, and refined to delicious detail in our family shop. Crafted in a style all its own, CHEV is unbounded by region, born from exceptional vineyards, near and far. We welcome you to Join the Guild – limited release coming September 2020. To learn more, please visit: www.chevwines.com 

About CIRQ.

CIRQ launched in 2009, with Michael’s passion to make delicious wines from Russian River Valley’s most exceptional sites. Inspired by his childhood circus-performing days, our winery ringmaster brings the same intense study, balance and finesse to CIRQ – superbly blending the highest quality fruit from the Valley’s prime vineyards. The result is the best Pinot Noir possible through his lens, where uncommon breeding meets unprecedented flavors for the ultimate expression of this magical region. To learn more, please visit: www.cirq.com

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