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B.R. Cohn Winery Finds Earthquake Losses Less Than Feared

August 27, 2014


Glen Ellen, CA (August 27, 2014) – As the dust settled from Sunday’s earthquake in Napa, B.R. Cohn Winery president and CEO Dan Cohn was able to get a more accurate assessment of the damages at B.R. Cohn’s Napa warehouse facility. He was relieved to find that damages were less than they originally feared.

“We have a barrel warehouse pretty close to the earthquake epicenter, so we were very concerned about damage,” said Cohn. “As our cleanup has progressed, we’ve seen that the damage and loss of wine is less than we originally thought. The initial report in the hours after the quake was that we might have lost up to half of our 2013 vintage in barrels. As we sift through things, it’s clear that estimate was not accurate, fortunately. It looks more like 10 or 15 percent. We are still assessing the extent of the damage.”

B. R. Cohn’s Napa warehouse had approximately 2,600 wine barrels at the time of the quake, but only about 1,100 were full with wine. A significant portion of the 2013 vintage was in tanks and secure at B.R. Cohn’s Glen Ellen winemaking facility for bottling, which reduced losses, according to Cohn.

“It looked a lot worse than it was,” said Cohn. “We’re hard at work cleaning up, but we’ll come through fine. We’ve been around for 30 years – we’re dusting ourselves off and moving on with business.” He added that the B.R. Cohn winery and tasting room in Glen Ellen were largely unaffected by the earthquake and were open for business as usual.

“Thankfully we dodged a bullet with no fatalities and the B.R. Cohn vineyard and tasting room unharmed,” said Cohn. “It’s times like these that give us perspective and strengthen us. I’d like to thank our wholesalers, restaurants and retailers for their support through this tough time. The B.R. Cohn family, winery and olive oil company have been overwhelmed with all the love and good wishes from friends and supporters – we are very grateful. We’re one of the oldest family vineyards in the valley and we’re looking forward to many good years to come. I invite everyone to join us for a celebration at the B.R. Cohn Fall Music Festival coming up next month.”

Cohn pointed to a number of developments on the immediate horizon for B.R. Cohn as the winery celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. They are hosting the famed B.R. Cohn Fall Music Festival September 20 and 21; they have two more concerts coming up in the new Summer Music Series (September 6 and October 18); and B.R. Cohn is introducing a vibrant new label with the release of the 2013 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley.

Founded in 1984, B.R. Cohn Winery is renowned for the estate-grown wines from its Olive Hill Vineyard in Sonoma Valley, for its award-winning olive oils, vinegars and other specialty foods, and for its Charity Fall Music Festival. B.R. Cohn Winery is located at 15000 Sonoma Highway 12 in Glen Ellen, and its wines are nationally distributed. The Sonoma Valley tasting room is open daily from 10am – 5pm. Additional information is available at

About B.R. Cohn Winery

Founded in 1984 by Bruce Cohn, the estate winery is known for its critically acclaimed, world-class, ultra-premium cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, merlot, pinot noir and award winning gourmet estate olive oils, vinegars and gourmet specialty food products. The tasting is a top destination for visitors and hosts numerous unique experiences throughout the year, including the B.R. Cohn Charity Fall Music Festival, which marks its 28th anniversary in 2014 and has raised more than $6 million for local charities.

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