Slainte and St. Patrick’s Day

An Old Irish ToastAfter 128 years and four generations of producing world-class wines, Concannon is pleased to celebrate yet another Saint Patrick’s Day in our vineyard.

In 1883, James Concannon, born St. Patrick’s Day in 1847, traveled from Ireland to California’s Livermore Valley and planted grapes in its rocky soil. Today, we carry on his dream of producing quality Bordeaux and Rhone-style wines, honoring his vision and hard work. Throughout the year, we tend the vines and work together to create the signature wines we have become known for, so in honor of the Concannon family’s Irish heritage, we’d like to raise a toast: Slainte!

Slainte is a Gaelic word used in Ireland and Scotland toasting “to your health.” A hospitable culture, rarely short on clever turns of phrase, one Irish toast goes:

May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings,
Slow to make enemies, quick to make friends,
But rich or poor, quick or slow,
May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward!

As you gather with loved ones this St. Patrick’s Day, consider offering up a traditional Irish verse or two. Better still, join our family as we celebrate our heritage and successes in the style of Ellen and James Concannon at our Founder’s Day Celebration, and again on St. Patrick’s Day.

Founder’s Day Celebration: From 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on March 12th and 13th we’ll drink and be merry in celebration of our heritage and customs, raising our glasses to the vision and dedication of James Concannon.

St. Patrick’s Day at Concannon: In true Irish style, we’ll be celebrating at the winery from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 17th! So put aside those green beers and sample our own corned beef and cabbage with fine Concannon wines in the historic barrel room.

Keeping with our family tradition, we open our family estate to you. Stop in for the festivities, take a tour or enjoy our award-winning wines.


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