Founded by Bruce Cohn in 1984 in the heart of Sonoma Valley, BR Cohn Winery is renowned for producing balanced, elegant wines that maintain a standard of excellence from year to year. The olive oil company has recently introduced an Extra Virgin Meyer Lemon Olive Oil to the product line. This is the first citrus blend oil from the company and joins a robust line-up other oils, vinegars, gourmet tapenades and rubs.
Also of note, Bruce is the current manager for multi-platinum touring and recording artists The Doobie Brothers and has been since the band’s inception in 1970. Throughout the '70s he spent years on the road with them overseeing their rise to fame; often bumping elbows with the likes of The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Journey. Although he’s not on the road as much these days, Bruce still guides their career and the connection is quite evident upon visiting the BR Cohn tasting room, where his love for wine and music are clearly evident.
Each fall, wine lovers and music fans alike flock to the B.R. Cohn Winery Fall Charity Music and Golf Tournament, with proceeds benefiting the Valley of the Moon Children's Foundation and other youth charity organizations.
On the program, Bruce shared his early memories of working on his parents goat farm where they produced feta cheese, as well as, the influence of their musical gifts. As a young man, he studied communications and pursued music. Later, he purchased the estate in Sonoma Valley as a retreat from the demanding schedule of touring with The Doobie Brothers and slowly became aware of this unique land and micro-climate. After taking classes and acquiring a mentor, Bruce established the winery and the business has flourished ever since.
The BR Cohn Winery (Olive Hill Estate) offers Aroma Workshops, weddings and charity events. Next year they will offer culinary events with a visiting chef on hand to introduce fabulous dishes and demonstrate the pairing with BR Cohn wines. Bruce has several recipes on the website and invited listeners to submit their favorite recipes, as well. His children are all involved in the business and even Moose, the dog, has his own label (see Moose's Red with proceeds going to the local animal shelter). The Doobie Brothers Red Collection supports the National Veterans Foundation.
The BR Cohn website has an online store offering wine, olive oil, and gourmet food products. Be sure to visit the site often and take advantage of the special Wine Clubs they have available. Also, you may purchase tickets to the Fall Music Festival, Charity Auction and Golf Tournament scheduled for October 4-6, 2008. Guests include The Doobie Brothers, Kris Kristofferson, The Turtles, Todd Rundgren, and more. Bruce generously opens his doors each year for these events.
Listen to the interview with Bruce Cohn on The Recipe Box.
Visitors can explorethe rare Picholine olive grove at the beautiful B.R. Cohn Olive HillEstate Winery. Just five miles north of the town of Sonoma and a 45minute drive from San Francisco, the bucolic setting is perfect for animpromptu picnic. Guests can stock up on supplies at the B.R. Cohntasting room and head for the olive grove or one of the numerous patios.Sample award-winning olive oils and ultra premium wines daily from 10a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Winery tours areoffered by appointment and can be arranged by calling (800) 330-4064,ext. 124. The B.R. Cohn Olive Oil Company and B.R. Cohn Winery arelocated at 15000 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen, California 95442.