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B.R. Cohn Winery: From father to son

He gave up the wine, but not the women and song.

When Bruce Cohn announced, earlier this month, that he would be stepping down as head of B.R. Cohn Winery, the press release said he “intends to focus his energy on the management of Grammy Award-winning band, the Doobie Brothers, and on the production of the B.R. Cohn Charity Fall Music Festival.”

It also said that Bruce’s son, Dan Cohn, would be taking over as CEO of the winery – a family legacy described as rare and enviable in the wine industry.

What it did not say is that the elder Cohn, now 67, is making strides in his personal life as well, due to his recent marriage to Laurie Molinaro. Nor did it mention that Dan Cohn’s young family has moved into the pool house, with his wife, Ashley, helping out in the wine tasting room, their 4-year-old daughter Kendall running around the grounds, and the other Cohn siblings continuing to lend their services.

“It’s an exciting time for the family,” Dan said Thursday, squinting in the sun as he stood on the front drive of the property, located at the south end of Glen Ellen, a stone’s throw from Highway 12. The space between is guarded by a grove of ancient picholine olive trees – the largest and oldest such grove in California, according to Dan.


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