Archive for the Tag 'Concannon Vineyard'


Adam Richardson ~ Then and Now

Years ago, when we were both working for Concannon Vineyard, Adam Richardson was hired to be their winemaker, while I was already their PR consultant. I had the joy of writing Adam’s bio for the winery. At the time, Adam had a strong background with Gallo. If you want to learn the wine business on […]


Blessing of a harvest in fall is as important as the blessing of the vines in spring

The blessing of a harvest is a major, religious tradition in all wine regions. In the spring, many ceremonies also occur for the blessing of wine grape vines. I once had to research “why,” when asked; so, I went to my dear friend the Reverend Doctor John Staten. John and his family own Field Stone […]


Viticulture 101 ~ 3 ~ TENDRILS

Viticulture 101 ~ 3 VIT 101: During spring, the color green is bright and vibrant in the vineyards, with all of the new foliage. You can see wine grapes growing in the background of this picture. I took this picture at Concannon Vineyard in Livermore. The reason I chose this image it to show you […]


Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® ~ These are the brands that want you to enjoy Petite

Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® … This coming Friday evening (February 21, 2014) is the Eighth Annual Dark & Delicious event, put on by PS I Love You… a labor of love for all included within this story. (The name says it all, really, doesn’t it?)


The Sweet Spot of Petite ~ Petite Sirah Port

The Sweet Spot of Petite ~ Petite Sirah Port… Dark, Delicious, and Decadent… In late 1979, the first Petite Sirah Port was produced in Napa Valley. The increase of producing a Petite Port is on the rise, as evidenced by the members of PS I Love You, when queried, “Who among you produces a Port?” […]


A new dawn for Petite Sirah

A new dawn for Petite Sirah has emerged. After 11 years of informing people that variety exists as a stand-alone cultivar, PS I Love You has been tasked with taking it to a new level of understanding.


The Top 10 Reasons to Attend the 2013 Petite Sirah Symposium

The Top 10 Reasons to Attend the 2013 Petite Sirah Symposium, sponsored by Concannon Vineyard. Become part of the movement Don’t find yourself reading about how it went, and thinking you can completely recapture the day from any article. No story can condense into anything that will be earth shattering for you. Lead the parade […]


11th Annual Petite Sirah Symposium ~ Registration has begun ~ Sponsored by Concannon Vineyard

11th Annual Petite Sirah Symposium ~ Registration has begun ~ Sponsored by Concannon Vineyard The Link For Registering The Day’s Agenda ELEVENTH ANNUAL SESSIONS, LUNCH & TASTING: Concannon Vineyard TUESDAY JULY 23, 2013 REGISTER NOW AGENDA 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast 8:30 – 8:40 a.m. WELCOME ~ John Concannon 8:40 – 8:50 […]


Turning up the sizzle on an already hot commodity ~ Petite Sirah Symposium

The Petite Sirah Symposium, about to go into its eleventh incarnation, has been a sellout every single year of its existence. The mother lode of single variety symposiums, people have gathered in the past to discuss a single variety known as Petite Sirah; but those events have never been formal or continuous, nor have they […]


Ridge’s Winemaking Philosophy with David Gates

Minimal Intervention ~ Maximum Attention, … That’s a Paul Draper quote, by the way. Even though “Minimal Intervention ~ Maximum Attention” flowed easily from V.P. Of Vineyard Operations David Gates in conversation, he was quick to tell me, when I said that’s a great title, that those words belong to Paul Draper. (Off to an […]