Due to the overwhelming response of our fundraiser, we sold out of the special release Russian River Chardonnay in under a week. Thank you for your support!


July 9 – 23, 2021

Special Limited Release!

2018 Russian River Chardonnay

This generous donation from The Hess Collection allows us to offer you a special chardonnay for just $20, normally priced at $45, with all proceeds benefiting Lasallian student education.

Russian River Chardonnay

BLEND: 100% Chardonnay
ALCOHOL: 14.4%
PH: 3.35
TA: 0.62 gms/100ml
COOPERAGE: Aged for 18 months in 100% Burgundy French oak barrels; 35% new
HARVESTED: October 14, 2018
CASES: 1,123 (9L)

Boldness doesn’t always have to roar. The power of these wines comes from the adept control and balance of fruit, acid, oak, and time. This wine is inspired by the subtleties in strength—captured through the bright acidity created by the cool climate in the Sonoma Coast and coaxed into powerful flavors by the winemaker at the blending table.


“Showcasing the dynamism and energy of the Russian River Valley, this wine displays both a vibrant aspect of fruit and a confident oak profile. It presents beautiful layers of crisp, bright Asian pear and golden apple that lead to luscious notes of lemon curd developed from malolactic fermentation. The deft baseline of toasted oak introduces notes of buttered French toast and hints of crème brûlée, which are complemented by a signature backbone of acidity nurtured on the Sonoma Coast.” – Stephanie Pope, Winemaker


Every vintage and harvest presents a unique set of challenges and obstacles. Vintage 2018 began on schedule at the end of February, and spring brought moderate temperatures that progressed into a warm summer. Steady growing conditions continued into the fall with harvest starting slightly later than normal, and in some areas, extending long into the first week of November. After lengthy hang time, the fruit was picked at its peak, promising exceptional flavor in bottle.


The De La Salle Christian Brothers and their lay partners are stronger than ever today; and the legacy of Brother Timothy, his commitment to serve those in need, continues with the annual release of the Brother Timothy Cabernet Sauvignon.

All proceeds benefit the Lasallian Christian Brothers Foundation and will continue helping underserved youth transform their lives through education.

“a little wine in moderation seems to have been good for me.”

— Brother Timothy Diener

Your support helps to provide those most in need with a quality Lasallian education.

Thanks to the overwhelming response of our wonderful donors who have purchased wine to support student scholarships in the past, LCBF has raised thousands of dollars to help support Lasallian education in our schools through our seasonal wine sales. We appreciate your participation in these fundraisers and thank you for all you do to advance our mission of education to those in need.

“…a special bottle of cabernet, not only because of the story of Brother Timothy and that it’s providing charity for at risk children; it’s special because it’s small production, hard to find and very good wine, to top it off.”


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About Br. Timothy Diener


Br. Timothy Diener was a renowned pioneer among the Christian Brothers and California vintners alike.

After Prohibition ended, Br. Timothy was the winemaker for Christian Brothers for many years at Mont La Salle in Napa, CA. In 2003, a number of winemakers paid tribute to Brother Timothy on his 75th anniversary as a Christian Brother. Guests included Robert Mondavi, who characterized his friend and fellow vintner as one of a handful of industry pioneers.

He was a legend; he was the heart of the industry

— Robert Mondavi

This Brother Loved to Make Wine … and he was good at it

The Christian Brothers were a major force in the wine industry during the middle decades of the 20th century. People across the United States knew of and bought their products. Admirers included Randle Johnson, winemaker for The Hess Collection Winery.

“When I was growing up, my parents had Christian Brothers wine on the table. My father’s favorite brandy was Christian Brothers,” says Johnson in a Chicago tribune story.

After the Brothers moved out of winemaking, The Hess Collection took a long term lease on some of the Mont La Salle vineyards and makes a limited edition of cabernet sauvignon with grapes from vines Diener planted. This wine is used to promote scholarships for the Lasallian Education Fund which seeks to give access to Lasallian schools to families with few economic resources.

More About the Lasallian Christian Brothers Foundation Seasonal 15-Day Wine Sale

Through the Wine for Scholarships sales, proceeds from your purchase support the Lasallian mission which strives to promote a human and Christian education to the young especially the poor. Just as Brother Timothy believed in his mission as a Christian Brother and science teacher, so did he pour his heart and soul into finely crafting the best wines. For Brother Timothy, there was never a conflict between making the wine and pursuing an educational mission. He once stated: “What I say is that a little wine in moderation seems to have been good for me.” Today, the Christian Brothers and their Lasallian partners continue to place their greatest focus on the need for improving the education of young people.  We invite you to share in the legacy of Brother Timothy by your support for Lasallian education.