While most are familar with Michael Browne from his ongoing role as founding winemaker and partner at Kosta-Browne, few actually knew that as a child he was in the circus. He walked the high wire, ate fire, was catcher on the trapeze as well as juggled. It is these experiences that lay theĀ  groundwork for what kind of winemaker he would become. While not every show went as planned, he learned to adapt, he learned that risk-taking, practice, balance and the trust of others can really pay-off. CIRQ is his personal Pinot Noir project launching with the 2011 vintage. Along with grower-partner Charlie Chenoweth, they have established two estate vineyards,exceptionally unique in the heart of the Russian River.