Did you know that CRN’s own Larry Van Aalst served as a mentor to Kosta Browne Winery founder and executive winemaker Michael Browne?
The man behind the award-winning wines told The Press Democrat‘s Peg Melnik that, as an 18-year-old, he began working at Equus Restaurant in Santa Rosa and sommelier Larry served as his mentor.
“Larry taught me what to look for in wine from the perspective of a sommelier,” Browne said. “He said focus on pinots because the right pinots are the best in all the world.”
Larry – who is still sommelier at Equus Restaurant at Fountaingrove Inn – broadcasts the popular What’s Cookin’ on Wine: Sonoma Wine Report from there every Wednesday at 9:00 PM Eastern/6:00 PM Pacific on CRN 1. Check out the show’s page and listen now to past episodes on CRN’s website!