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Crimson & Clover and ‘A Pair To Remember’

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Having just returned from Manhattan, I am still feeling its cultural intrigue and intensified energy from millions of enthusiastic fans celebrating a tremendous Super Bowl victory. As overnight, New York donned celebratory Giant’s colors and logos, I found myself most enjoying the dramatic night scene of the Empire State Building lit in spectacular blue. Continue reading

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Inspired By the Future, Rooted In Tradition

Here at Concannon Vineyard, we’re always looking to the future by blending innovation with our rich family tradition. Our family legacy began in 1865 when my great-grandfather, James Concannon, sailed to America from the rocky coast of Ireland, becoming the first Irish immigrant to establish a successful winery in America. Continue reading

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A Concannon Christmas Story

Long ago, and in the same house in which I was reared, the first Concannon Family Christmas in Livermore was celebrated by my Great Grandparents, James and Ellen Concannon. That celebration was over 128 years ago… Continue reading

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The Concannon Coat of Arms

The Concannon clan’s history has been recorded for over a thousand years in Ireland, and Concannon is one of its oldest family names. In the 1600s, when the English occupied the Irish territory, a choice was commanded: Give up your faith, or give up your land. With conviction and without hesitation, my family answered, “We’ll give up our land.” 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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