Happy Friday

Thank you letter

"I’m really glad Becky and I had an opportunity to savor a 2009 Olive Hill Estate Cab before it’s official release.

Man am I glad we did!  This is arguably one of the 2 best vintages of the Olive Hill Estate Cab we’ve tasted since our first purchase with you back in 1988!  Wow, wow, wow!  Deep and pure.  Some of the best berry nose and taste ever!  Mr. Cohn should go nuts with sales of this vintage.

Becky and I have been big, loyal fans of all of you and Mr. Cohn himself, of course at the winery for good reason.  He is one smart guy who understands very well how to serve his customers with an incredible portfolio of wines.  He smartly markets to all facets of wine consumers and a reason why I hope in these difficult economic times he stays successful for the long haul.

Tell Mr. Cohn and all of his staff (and especially Darlene) that we are patrons for life and continue to wish all continued success and good fortune for years to come.  Be sure and let me know if there will be a 2009 Special Selection in the works down the line!!”

~ Richard C. from Oregon
Email from March 29, 2013


Wine cork candles are perfect for setting a romantic mood at the dinner table. Just drink up before the candle melts all the way down.


Wine cork candles are perfect for setting a romantic mood at the dinner table. Just drink up before the candle melts all the way down.

(Reblogged from iwantmoretoys)

St. Patrick’s Irish Stew

Prep & Cook Time: 1 1/2 hours
Serves: 4
Pairs with: 2008 Olive Hill Cabernet or 2008 North Coast Petite Sirah

  • 1 tbsp B.R. Cohn California Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 lean lamb leg, trimmed of fat and cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, halved and sliced
  • 3 small Chantenay carrots or baby carrots, halved if Chantenay
  • 3 small Charlotte potatoes, halved
  • 3 tbsp pearl barley
  • 2 cups lamb stock
  • small bunch parsley, chopped
  • ½ bunch chives, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a non-stick casserole. Add the lamb and brown on all sides. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes until golden and softened. Add all the other ingredients except the herbs. Bring to the boil then turn down to a simmer. Cook for an hour, or until the lamb is tender. Cover if it looks like the liquid is evaporating too much. Stir in the herbs and salt and pepper before serving.

$35,000 Raised For Sonoma Valley Education Foundation

GLEN ELLEN, CA (January 2, 2013) – In an annual holiday tradition, philanthropist, vintner and concert promoter Bruce Cohn distributed a portion of the proceeds from his 26th Annual B.R Cohn Charity Events Fall Music Festival (www.brcohn.com) held in October at the B.R Cohn Winery Amphitheatre in Glen Ellen. The event raised $35,000 for the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation.

            “As the political discussions in our communities on education amplify, it reinforces to me the need to keep supporting outside-the-box organizations that help fill the need and bang the drum for improvement.  This is why I support the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation.” exclaimed Bruce Cohn.  “I hope this donation can help move kids and programs forward in Sonoma Valley.”

Since 1993, The Sonoma Valley Education Foundation (www.svgreatschools.prg) has raised over 5 million dollars for the public schools of Sonoma Valley. The purpose of the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation is to make sure every student graduates well prepared for college, career and civic responsibility. SVEF supports local schools by funding excellent program’s aimed at raising student achievement and creating a generation of students who love to learn. Currently the foundation funds the Exploratorium Science Program and the Visual Thinking Strategies Art Program in 5 local elementary schools, plus ‘Preschool for all’ at El Verano School, the Teacher Support Network at Sonoma Valley High School and the district wide School Garden Program.

“We are so grateful to all our donors, but especially Bruce and his team at B.R. Cohn Charity Events.  The concert weekend and their support are vital to our Valley and our kids”, exclaimed Laura Zimmerman, executive director of the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation.

            Highlights included the reunion of Michael McDonald after 6 years with original Doobie singers and songwriters Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons for two shows; Kenny Loggins performing Sunday’s show and singing with the Doobies and Dave Mason; Buddy Guy on Saturday leaving the stage and wading well into the crowd; and guest appearances by Dave Jenkins of Pablo Cruise and Jeff Watson of Night Ranger guitar jamming with the Doobies.

Saturday’s October 6 concert featured a memorable performance by the Doobie Brothers reuniting with Michael McDonald. It was a thrilling afternoon of music by the legendary Buddy Guy, performing for his first time at the festival, as well as WAR, the Turtles, daughter of Doobie Brother Tom Johnston, Lara Johnston, and Scars on 45.

            Sunday’s show again featured the reunion of the Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald; also sets by Kenny Loggins, Dave Mason, the Turtles, Zen Road Pilots, Tyrone Wells, and son of Doobie Brother Pat Simmons, Pat Simmons Jr. opened the concert.

This year’s festival was held in the memory of Michael Hossack, the longtime drummer of the Doobie Brothers who passed away this year. The festival’s olive grove stage was renamed the Michael J. Hossack Memorial Stage. Performers this year were FAIRHAVEN, Jaime Kyle,  Luv Planet and Pat Simmons Jr.

The popular and lively charity auction and dinner was held Friday, October 5 at the B.R. Cohn Winery’s 140-year old Olive Grove. The spectacular five-course meal was prepared by the who’s who of Sonoma Valley chefs including Jeffrey Lloyd of the Michelin rated Cafe LaHaye; Peter J. Smith of The Lodge at Sonoma; Ari Weiswasser of the hot new Glen Ellen Star; Sondra Bernstein and John Toulze of the Girl and the Fig; Carlo Cavallo of Sonoma Meritage and Scott Howard of Scott Howard Events and Brick and Bottle.

            The celebrity golf tournament returned again to the famed Sonoma Golf Club on Monday, October 8. Celebrity golfers this year included Kenny Gradney of Little Feat and Bill Gibson of Huey Lewis and the News.

           Over the years Cohn has been able to raise over 6 million dollars for various local and national charities including national veteran’s organizations. Proceeds from this year’s festival will be spread among several charities including: Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, Redwood Empire Food Bank, The Guardsmen, Operation Homefront, and American Legion Post 489.

            Event sponsors and partners included: KFOG 104.5/99.7, 107.7 The Bone, the River 97.7, 96.9 The Eagle, Lagunitas Brewery, Sonoma Index-Tribune and Sonoma Magazine, Fiji water, Napa Register, the Bohemian, Sonoma Chevrolet, The Flamingo Conference and Resort and Grapevine Party Rentals.

KFOG Interviews Bruce Cohn (5mins)

We are looking forward to the 26th annual BR Cohn Fall Music Festival. Bruce Cohn shares about the concert and family history. Joins us Oct 6 & 7 with the Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald, Buddy Guy, Kenny Loggins, WAR, Dave Mason, The Turtles and more! 

Please listen to the audio at our blog - 


Recipe: Three Cheese Margherita Pizza

Prep & Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 8

Pairs with: 2010 Mendocino County Sangiovese

  • 3 tbsp B.R. Cohn Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 4  vine ripened tomatoes thinly sliced
  • 2 (12 inch) pre-baked pizza crusts (I use Boboli thin crust)
  • 8 oz  shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 oz shredded fontina cheese
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, washed, dried, shredded
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese

Stir together B.R. Cohn Olive Oil, garlic and salt; toss with tomatoes and allow to stand for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Brush each pizza crust with some of the marinade. Sprinkle the pizza with mozzarella and fontina cheeses throughout the top but keep it thin. Place the sliced tomatoes across the entire pizza then sprinkle with the shredded basil and Parmesan cheese.

Cook the pizza in the over for about 10 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and golden brown.

Six Top Winery Concerts: A roundup of…

Six Top Winery Concerts: A roundup of summer and fall music festivals at your favorite wineries across the country. -by Wine Enthusiast Magazine http://www.winemag.com/Wine-Enthusiast-Magazine/Web-2012/Six-Top-Winery-Concerts/ Read more

Michael McDonald to perform with Doobie Brothers

Vintner, philanthropist, and music artist manager Bruce Cohn is very pleased to announce that tickets are on sale NOW for the 26th Annual B.R.  Read more

Salmon Steaks with Hot Pesto & Tomatoes Recipe

Prep & Cook Time: 50 mins
Serves: 4
Pairs with: 2010 Carneros Chardonnay

4 salmon steaks, 6-8 oz each

2 tbsp B.R. Cohn 15 Year  Read more