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This is an event that Louis Foppiano asked me to start. We held it at his winery for six years, then we took a year off. After that year, Louis decided that he would let Concannon Vineyard run with it… And, we run we did. Last year was a huge success, just as it had been at Foppiano.

This is my 7th Annual Petite Sirah Symposium blog posting.

The one addition was that a media tasting was created, and my media friends couldn’t have been more delighted.

All of this returns this year as people are beginning to register for the 98 coveted seats.

With Dr. Vino (Tyler Coleman) as our keynote speaker, this year’s symposium promises to be more important and interesting than ever before.

Consider this:

  • When I began keeping records on Petite Sirah, there were sightly over 60 growers and producers of Petite Sirah in California – combined.
  • That was in 2002.
  • Today, only eight years later, there are now 126 growers + 723 producers. That’s 849 companies.

Something is going on, and I know what it is… Winemakers love their Pet Projects… period.

Registrations for the 8th Annual PS Symposium at Concannon Vineyard are now being accepted.

Choose appropriate PS I Love You Membership Status

The following is the agenda for the day’s event.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Concannon Vineyard, 4596 Tesla Road, Livermore, CA


7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Registration

8:30 – 8:35 a.m. WELCOME ~ Jim Concannon & John Concannon, Concannon Vineyard

8:45 – 9:30 a.m. The making of a more widely accepted variety

BREAK ~ 9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

SESSION II MARKETING ~ Dan Berger, Vintage Experiences, Clark Smith, Grape Crafter
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Understanding the Terroir of Your Petite Sirah, as discovered by Appellation America and the Riverside International Wine Competition

SESSION III ENOLOGY ~ Christophe Paubert, Stags’ Leap Winery
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. The making of a more widely accepted variety

BREAK ~ 11:15 – 11:30 a.m.

SESSION IV VITICULTURE ~ Larry Mettler, Mettler Family Vineyards ~ Bob Swain,
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Mendocino Wine Company/Parducci ~ Paul Foppiano, Foppiano Vineyards ~ Best farming practices for climates (Mettler, Lodi ~ Parducci, Mendocino ~ Foppiano, Sonoma)

ANNUAL LUNCHEON w/MEDIA ~ 12:30 ~ 1:30 p.m.

BEST OF THE PETS TASTING With MEDIA ~ 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Jim and John Concannon, Hosts | Concannon Vineyard

If you are a media person and want to attend this tasting, please call Jo Diaz, 7070-620-0788 for your reservation.

Seating for the symposium portion is limited to 98 people. Each year it’s a sell out, so please don’t procrastinate. If you are interested in reserving your space today, please register with link provided below.

Hope to see you there.

I have media passes available upon request. Call me. [707] 620-0788.

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