Yearly Archives: 2011

Happy Hallo-Wine!

Who says kids get to have all the fun on Halloween? Grown-ups love the holiday too, so invite your friends and neighbors over to enjoy some red, white and boo! Continue reading

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“Cead Mile Failte” (A Hundred Thousand Welcomes)

I was asked how it felt to return to Ireland nearly 150 years after my great-grandfather, James Concannon, sailed from the rocky coast of the Aran Islands for America’s fertile shores.

Coming back for me always stirs something deep inside. It’s a reminder of so many of the Irish values that have made us who we are, a return to my family’s roots, our original homeland which is integral to our history and identity. I’m very proud of that spirit which I know began in this place – I see it all around me! Continue reading

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It’s time to tailgate

Whether you’re a fan of a high school, college or professional football team, you’re no doubt excited about the upcoming season. One of our favorite things about football is the food – specifically tailgate parties! Here are some ideas for easy-to-serve fare for your next tailgate celebration. Be sure to bring along several bottles of your favorite wine to toast your team! Continue reading

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A feast fit for Petite Sirah

This year, we were thrilled to celebrate our 50th years as America’s First Petite Sirah. We’ve been making this tasty varietal longer than anyone else in the United States! Since this wine has long been a part of our family celebrations, we thought we’d share some family recipes that you can serve alongside this original Concannon Vineyard wine. Continue reading

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From Ballerina to America’s First Professional Female Winemaker, Katherine Vajda: Winemaker at Concannon Vineyard (1950-1960)

As we celebrate our 128th consecutive year producing wine under the Concannon family label, I am reminded of the remarkable Katherine Vajda, our winemaker from 1950 to 1960.

Katherine was the first technically-trained, professional woman winemaker in the United States. Highly respected for her knowledge, skill and training, she served as an active participant on the Technical Advisory Board of the California Wine Institute.
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