Processing Pinot Noir grapes at Enkidu Production, Sonoma CA

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Stephen visited the Enkidu winery in Sonoma in October 2011 (with a shareholder and owner of the very cool 1967 Camaro) and was lucky enough to see how they carefully take the grapes, sort out the MOG (“Material Other than Grapes”) before they are de-stemmed, crushed and dropped into stainless-steel tanks for fermenting (and then barrel ageing). The end product is outstanding. So was the car.

Stephen Cronk
The author: Stephen Cronk

I became captivated with the world of wine whilst on a visit to the Barossa Valley during my gap year in Australia. I went on to join a London wine merchant and studied wine for several years before starting my own wine business at 24. I sold the business aged 30 and went into Telecoms for 15 years, during which time I began cooking up the plan to create Mirabeau.

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