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Mac McQuown

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Recorded July 21st, 2020

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Mac McQuown with moderator David Freeman, July 21, 2020

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John “Mac” McQuown is a self-described anarchist, a legend in the finance industry, an environmentalist, entrepreneur, philanthropist and creator of the Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards and Winery in Sonoma.

According to Mac, “The environment is just a problem of figuring out what’s going on. And then when you figure it out, solving it. And you know damn well the government’s not going to solve it. You don’t have to be an anarchist to come to that conclusion”.

Mac’s interests and influence extend well beyond the world of finance, the environment and philanthropy. In 2004, he and his wife Leslie established Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards and Winery in Sonoma, which produces world-class Cabernet Sauvignon wine. But Stone Edge is no ordinary winery. It is also a unique microgrid, a self-sustaining property with energy supplied by solar panels, hydrogen generated by a solar-powered electrolyzer, and a triple-redundant mini-gas turbine, all funneling power into onsite batteries. The complex control system is flawlessly designed to pull power at any given moment from the most efficient and sustainable source.

Stone Edge Farm is also designed for maximum water conservation, with soil moisture probes, flow meters, and constant oversight, to make use of every drop of available water. The Stone Edge microgrid was one of 13 winners of California’s highest environment honors, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award. Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards and Winery is a confluence of the McQuown’s interests, a blend of ethics and aesthetics, and a demonstration farm for what is possible.

Mac will discuss the journey he and Leslie have taken with Stone Edge, where it is today and where it is headed. As for the future of power generation, according to Mac, “There aren’t going to be any utilities by the time your grandkids are full-grown. There will be no utility grids”.

Get ready to join Mac in conversation, Tuesday, July 21.

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    As an environmentalist, what changes in behavior or thought do you believe are most critical for individuals and/or companies today?

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    What is the name of Jorge’s Company?

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    What you and Jeff created at Carmenet (Specifically Moon Mountain Cab & that delicious Zinfandel port) was legendary. Can you talk about your thoughts and vision that led to the marvelous elements brought together to create the Stone Edge Farm Estate Winery experience? BTW, I wish I still had a bottle of Moon Mountain Estate Reserve!

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    What led you to architecture?

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    Where do you find most of your inspiration?

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    What does it really take to be an entrepreneur?

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    How does the microgrid distinguish Stone Edge from other vineyards?

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    How has the pandemic impacted your life and what you know about investment?

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    Who are some of your favorite authors, whether fiction or non-fiction, and have they influenced your writing?