First Brewer’s Ball features La. Craft beers on tap _lowres

Advocate staff photo by Bill Feig. -- Charles Caldwell and his business partner William McGehee have started Baton Rouge's new (and only) brewery. The story looks at what characteristics the beer has. (There are two: The Voodoo Bengal pale ale, right, brewed with Louisiana cane syrup. The other is "Perfect Tin Amber" ale, left, and it is a classic American amber ale.)

Sonoma Valley’s B.R. Cohn Winery will be featured at Alexander’s Highland Market’s bimonthly wine dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday. An hors d’oeurves reception will begin at 6:40 p.m. in the market’s cafe, 18111 Highland Road, Baton Rouge.

Six wines will be sampled, with courses featuring Louisiana coconut fried alligator with Crystal hot sauce and pineapple chutney; Abita root beer-braised Hollywood Farms beef short ribs; quail lollipops; a duck and berry salad with Louisiana strawberries and duck cracklins; and speckled trout with chargrilled oyster sauce and crispy fried crawfish tails. Wines will include a California riesling, Silver Label cabernet, zinfandel, chardonnay, and Olive Hill and Gold Label cabs.

B.R. Cohn Winery is a family-owned and -operated estate winery in Sonoma Valley. Founder Bruce Cohn became manager of the Doobie Brothers and remains manager of the rock ’n’ roll group today.

He purchased Olive Hill Estate, a former dairy, as a retreat and later founded a winery.

For more information, call (225) 615-7800.