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Somming it Up: Best Wines of 2018

Monday, December 03, 2018

As our 135th harvest comes to a close and we prepare for what 2019 has in store, we wanted to take a moment to pay tribute to the best wines of 2018 as decided by our very own Concannon team. We’ll take you through each wine, tasting notes, pairing recommendations, and more. Did you have…

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Unusually Delicious Wine and Dessert Pairings

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Take a delicious and unusual journey with your palate as we taste through a variety of delicious wine and dessert pairings. Try these deliciously different sweet and salty desserts, from chocolate chip cookies with red miso buttercream to bacon-bourbon brownies, all perfectly paired with Concannon Vineyard wines. Indulgent Wine and Dessert Pairings Chocolate Chip Cookie…

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Thanksgiving Wine Pairings for Classic Dishes

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

As we focus on giving thanks for family, friends, abundant opportunities, and our 135th harvest, we felt it only fitting to share some of our favorite Thanksgiving wine pairings and tips for choosing a wine to serve with your meal. A toast to 2018! Tips for Pairing Wines with Thanksgiving Dinner Crisp Whites & Lighter-Bodied…

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Exceptional Wine and Cheese Pairings

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Wine and cheese are both exceptionally unique in flavor and style. Similar to wine, some cheese gets better with age, while others should be enjoyed early on. At Concannon, we pride ourselves on the complexity of our wines, and how each brings something special out of the cheese we pair it with. Join us as…

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Crave-worthy Wine and Ice Cream Pairings

Monday, September 17, 2018

I Scream, You Scream! It’s Concannon’s Ice Cream Social for Adults! On the list of life’s indulgent pleasures, wine and ice cream are crave-worthy additions. Who better to take us through the tasting experience than Estate Sommelier, LeeAnn Kaufman, who partnered with Humphrey Slocombe for unique and delicious pairings! Here are some wine and ice…

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What is Cabernet Sauvignon? Cabernet 101

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Cabernet Sauvignon, known as the king of red wine grapes, is a hugely popular grape, and the source of approximately 90,000 acres of California vineyards. But what is Cabernet Sauvignon? Since an estimated 80% of California Cabernet Sauvignon grapes come from our Concannon Clones and Cab is the top selling red wine, we felt it…

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Petite Sirah Wine & Grapes 101

Monday, June 04, 2018

Petite Sirah, also known as Durif, is a red wine and grape varietal that holds a history as rich as its flavor. LeeAnn Kaufman, Concannon Vineyard’s CMSA Sommelier, recently hosted an evening for visitors to experience the wonders of the under-appreciated varietal, and we felt it important to share the experience with everyone. LeeAnn is…

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Celebrating Earth Day at a Certified Sustainable Winery

Sunday, April 15, 2018

We interviewed Paul Buwalda, Concannon Vineyard Viticulturist and a prominent member of our winegrowing team, to find out what it takes to become a certified sustainable winery. It turns out, there is a lot that goes into this certification! From our water conservation efforts to the treatment of our customers and employees, we are proud to share what we have done to…

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The Concannon 2017 Rosé of Petite Sirah

Friday, April 06, 2018

It’s finally that time of year again! The sun is out, the shades are on, and all we want in our glasses is a crisp, refreshing pour of Concannon Rosé of Petite Sirah. This delicious pink juice has become a summertime staple. Rosé wines have long been acquainted with the dog days of summer and provide…

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California Cabernet Clones: The Little-Known Story

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Cabernet Sauvignon is not only one of the world’s most popular wine varietals, but also the dominant grape grown in California, covering approximately 90,782 acres according to The Wine Institute. Did you know that an estimated 80% of California Cabernet comes from our Concannon Cabernet Clones 7, 8, and 11? With so much of California’s…

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Wine Ratings Explained: How Wines are Scored

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

For wine lovers, the most influential variable when choosing a wine is, generally, it’s score. If you’re given the choice between an 80-point wine and a 90-point wine, you’re likely going to choose the 90-point wine because it is deemed “better,” but what makes a great wine and what is a good wine score? Let’s…

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Chocolate and Wine Pairings

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly, and sweet cards and aromatic roses are everywhere. The question on every wine lover’s mind? What wine goes with chocolate? There is no one wine that pairs perfectly with all chocolates, and while chocolate and wine have a marvelous romance, finding the perfect chemistry can be complicated if you aren’t…

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Staff Picks for Best Wine of 2017

Monday, January 15, 2018

As we move into the 2018 year, we’re already feeling some nostalgia for the incredible wines we released and tasted in 2017. Last year we were able to release a variety of new vintages, including one from our Concannon Cabernet Clones that pays tribute to the first of our iconic Concannon Clones, which helped elevate…

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Concannon Celebrates Its 134th Anniversary Harvest

Monday, November 20, 2017

The 2017 Harvest ― An Excellent Vintage! Hello from Concannon Vineyard! Well friends, my family and I are happy to let you know that Concannon’s 134th Anniversary Harvest Season came to a close on November 8th with the final pressing of our Cabernet Sauvignon! All of the new wine is now in the cellar for…

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From The Magic of Harvest To The Magic in The Glass

Monday, November 07, 2016

Hello from Concannon Vineyard! The harvesting of our Cabernet Sauvignon has just marked the end of our 2016 harvest ― and the beginning of celebrating 133 consecutive vintages! We’ve picked some of the most beautiful fruit that I’ve seen in years, so we all have much to look forward to from the new wines being…

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Honoring Our Past With A New Collection

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The name Concannon, translated from ancient Gaelic means “wisdom without compromise,” and it’s fitting for our family—especially as it relates to our wines. Since 1883, Concannon Vineyard has been a trailblazer in the industry, pushing through hard times with grit and determination, and pushing the boundaries with our unconventional ways. The Concannon story began when…

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