California's Pioneer Wine House
Bert and Cheri Sandman, great, great grandson of Charles Kohler.
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KOHLER & FROHLING
ON RESURRECTING A LEGENDARY LABEL
"It's been a lifelong dream of mine, to re-create my family's wine label," according to Bert Sandman, great-great grandson of Charles Kohler. "I want my family to know that we are part of not only the state's history but also the history of one of the largest industries in the world. Charles Kohler was known as the Father of the California Wine Industry. At one point, you couldn't go to a respectable dinner party without being served a Kohler & Frohling wine."
Kohler & Frohling had their original winery in Los Angeles plus the Tokay winery in Sonoma, in what is now Jack London State Park. They operated a 400,000-gallon facility at 2nd and Folsom Streets in San Francisco and their company headquarters was located at 626 Montgomery, the current site of the Transamerica Building in San Francisco.
"The Kohler & Frohling brand was ubiquitous, and I think it has the chance to become that again," according to Sandman. Bert is a retired construction industry executive and passionate preservationist of his family's rich heritage. He has uncovered his ancestor's original wine labels and trademarks and, through his passion and ardor for this unique legacy, has resurrected the Kohler & Frohling brand.