Skynyrd in Sonoma: Doobie Brothers' Manager Rocks Out

We learned very quickly on Monday that one day in wine country wasn’t even close to enough – there are so many beautiful places – so we made a slight change to the original itinerary and left a chilly, overcast day in San Francisco for 80-degree sunshine in the valley (we were originally planning to drive down to Pebble Beach and Carmel).

I had great recommendations for Napa, but we decided to head into Sonoma and wing it. We drove through the quiet valley town, eventually emerging on Sonoma Highway and it was very beautiful – the classic wine country feel.

I liked the look of B.R.Cohn Winery when we passed it – it was nestled up there on a hill – and we decided to turn back and give it a try.

Not sure if any of you recognize the name, but I had absolutely no idea that B.R. Cohn is the manager of the Doobie Brothers.

I also didn’t know that every year in September they hold a concert at the winery to raise money for charity.

This past year’s performers? Doobie Brothers, Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Lynyrd Skynyrd, among others.

Seeing those acts perform anywhere would be a treat – but how about on a stage in the hills of wine country?

It’s sort of a cool idea for a fall escape – you know, something to build a trip around. A few days in Sonoma/Napa highlighted by a concert stacked with classic rock idols? You could do worse, for sure (I’ll keep my eye out for ticket information and update you).

The wine was really nice, too – the dessert wine especially so for me. I bought a bottle of the 2008 Cab Sav Port ($40, 375ml).

A little pricey, but I wanted to get something to remind me of my experience, and I really enjoyed pairing the dessert wine with chocolate at the tasting. I was putting the chocolate in my mouth and then adding in the wine, letting it soften the candy.

We brought a picnic of bread, meats, and cheeses and we paired it with the Rose – which was on sale ($18).

See – spend a little, save a little. It all works out in the end.

Check out the vineyard, stage, and views (more on Facebook):

Part of the stage for the annual show.
A touch of fall in the town of Sonoma.



  1. You are right, one day in Sonoma is not enough! Thanks for visiting our winery, and glad to hear you enjoyed the Cabernet Port. It’s a tasty treat. Stay tuned for our concert next year. Oct 6th & 7th, 2012

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