B.R. Cohn namesake passes reins to son

[caption id="attachment_85697" align="alignright" width="300"] Dan Cohn and Bruce Cohn[/caption]

GLEN ELLEN -- Bruce Cohn, who has managed the rock band The Doobie Brothers for more than four decades and started B.R. Cohn Winery three decades ago, said he plans to focus on band management and the annual benefit concert that draws thousands to the Sonoma Valley property, passing oversight of the wine and food company to his oldest son.

Dan Cohn, 39, who has been senior vice president and national sales manager for the past dozen years, moved up to chief executive officer, said Bruce Cohn, 67, put the succession plan into action nearly 20 months ago.

"This transition fulfills a long-term objective of family succession," Bruce Cohn said in a statement.

The announcement caps a succession plan nearly 20 months in process and helps address rumors circulating in the wine business that the businesses' financiers were pushing for a change in management, according to Dan Cohn.

"Rumors are rumors," he said. "We were going through succession. With this announcement, we're putting all the rumors at bay."

Dan Cohn said he plans to concentrate on growing the winery's national wholesale and direct-to-consumer businesses as well as improving the Olive Hill estate and other ultrapremium wines.

"The estate was really founded on single-estate cab," he said. "We have a microclimate from a hot spring that comes up in the property and keeps it seven to 10 degrees warmer than the rest of Sonoma Valley."

Long-planned capital improvements likely will come next year, after enhancements and repositioning of the wine brands this year, according to Dan Cohn.

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