Too Sexy

Eric C. Sorensen, 35

Wine drinkers are often considered sexy...but does it hold true for wine makers? When you're talking about Sorensen, founder of Golden Angels Cellars in Eureka, California, it does. He specializes in mead, known for its ability to inspire romance.

Sorensen happened upon mead after taking a beermaking class from a professor who was an expert in the art of mead-making. Sorensen and his wife, Suzanne, then opened Golden Angels Cellars in 1998, and they now produce 5,000 cases of wine per year.

But it's not enough for Sorensen just to do well-he wants success for his entire community. "We decided to feature just locally made products [in our store]," says Sorensen.

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Devoting his time to local children is also a large part of Sorensen's life. This father of three does volunteer work with his wife, acting as liaisons between government agencies and children involved in court cases. Helping children, running a business, being a good husband and father-that's just part of everyday life. What's sexy? Says Sorensen, "Having a well-balanced life."

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This article was originally published in the October 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Too Sexy.

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