There’s no doubt Petite Sirah holds a special place in the heart of Concannon’s wine-making history.
Known as the “little grape that could,” Petite Sirah (PS) is known for its small berries and bold, concentrated flavor. It burst onto the California wine scene in 1961 when 3rd-generation vintner James Concannon (or Mr. C as he’s known around here) was the very first to bottle it as a varietal. Previously used for blending, this unique grape, with its jammy fruit flavors and generous, age-worthy tannins, has since ushered in many PS-lovers and consistently gained in popularity since its birth fifty-one years ago!
On July 31st we will be hosting a portion of Petite Sirah I Love You’s 10th Annual Petite Sirah Noble Symposium – a sold-out conference dedicated to the importance of Petite Sirah in the wine industry. PS I Love You is an organization Concannon Vineyard is closely tied with whose mission is to promote, educate, and legitimize PS as a noble varietal, with a special emphasis on its terroir uniqueness.
The keynote speaker this year is one of the nation’s most prolific food and wine industry veterans, Evan Goldstein, Master Sommelier. Among many other “superstars” announced to present is none other than our very own John Concannon, 4th generation vinter, who will speak on the “State of Grape: 100 Years of Petite, and Going Strong.”