Mark Aselstine
 
September 22, 2011 | Mark Aselstine

Kosta Browne Success After Being on The Brink

I admit, I love a great feel good story.

Kosta Browne certainly qualifies.  As one of the top Pinot Noir producers in the Russian River Valley with a waiting list of 8,000 for its own wine club and media mentions too numorous to count, including a recent plug on USA's hit spy drama Burn Notice, many people likely think things have always run smoothly at the small vintner.  Of course, behind the curtain things have not always been rosy.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat does a better job telling the story than I could in this space, but in many ways this is the classic story of starting a small business.  Trying to put food on the table while growing a business and raising a family can be an all emcomapssing set of responsibilities for Browne's founders.

More than anything else I think looking at the experiences shared in this article reminds me that the path to success in the wine industry is not always a straight forward line.  There are often bumps along the way, but hard work can help turn challenges into opportunity.  It's a fun read, especially if you've ever started a small business of your own.

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