It’s been too long since my last journal entry, but this wine is worth the wait. As the label says, this past weekend I ran up to Sonoma County and stopped in at B.R. Cohn Winery about 10 minutes north of downtown Sonoma in Glen Ellen. Founder Bruce Cohen offers a wide variety of wines, reds and whites, in the $18 to $55 price range. Today I’m going to share a few thoughts on the Sonoma Count Zinfandel at B.R. Cohn Winery.
We picked up a few bottles of their sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, and BR Cohn 2009 Sonoma Valley Zinfandel. This winery offers several great reds, but I found their 2009 Zin extra smooth with deep flavor and aroma, an excellent sipping or food pairing wine. And a great value at $28 retail, $22.40 for club members.
Also on the grounds at B.R. Cohn are cigar and gift shops that feature Bruce Cohn’s affinity for classic cars and celebrate Bruce’s roughly 40 years as manager of the rock band The Doobie Brothers. They also feature their own olive oils and other gourmet food items. Next time you’re in Sonoma, I definitely recommend a stop at B.R. Cohn Winery.
After visiting B.R. Cohn, I headed south to check out Sauced BBQ & Spirits for dinner in downtown Livermore. Luckily I got there before the dinner rush, as the entire restaurant was packed by 6pm, with large crowds waiting outside. Sauced blends the atmosphere of a kid-friendly family restaurant with a sports bar for a great dining experience. The menu is BBQ with several styles of sauces. Worth trying: “burnt ends” (chunks of pork loin well done), ribs, wings and cheeseburgers. The Mac N Cheese and coleslaw sides are also very good. They have a full bar and feature local wines. 2300 1st Street, Livermore, CA 94550. Tel (925) 961-1300.
B.R. Cohn Winery 15000 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen, CA 95442
Telephone 800-330-4064 http://www.brcohn.com
(Originally published November 2012)