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March 28, 2016 Posted by admin in Wine

Winemaker John Concannon

Concannon Wines - Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles), Chardonnay (Monterey), Petit Sirah John currently leads in senior management and is dedicated to pursuing the best sustainable practices and artisanal winemaking techniques for crafting wines that area a true varietal expression of their terroir.

Committed to the success of the Central Coast and the California wine industry, John recently presented at the International Cabernet Symposium and also serves on the boards of the Petite Sirah Advocacy group, PS I Love You and the Livermore Valley Wine Growers Association.

Over 130 years ago, our Founder, James Concannon imported extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon vines directly from Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux. In 1965, his grandson, Jim, collaborated with UC Davis in selecting cuttings from one of those vines for heat treatment.

Consistently producing some of the best quality fruit and these highly successful Cabernet Selections became known as Concannon Cabernet Clones 7, 8 and 11 due to their high quality and disease-resistant properties.

These dynamic Clones helped revive the California wine industry and played a key role in helping California Cabernet achieve international recognition.

Today, we are proud that an estimate 80% of California's Cabernet Sauvignon is planted to our Concannon Clones.
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March 28, 2016 Posted by admin in Wine

Nothing but Rosé

Rosé wine has gained tremendous popularity in recent years. Understand, when I refer to Rosé, I am referring to DRY Rosé wine. DRY= NOT SWEET. These wines are fresh, bright, lively and varied. They are without the extra sugar that buries aroma and flavor. Many consumers have caught Rosé Fever and sales have skyrocketed all over the US including locally. This is also in part to the many excellent offerings available for less than $15.

France is the Motherland of the traditional Dry Rosé. They are by far, the biggest volume producer in the world. It's hard to go wrong with any Rosé from Provence, the Loire or the Rhone Valley. Spain, Italy and the US are producing more each year and the quality has improved greatly. There are also some fine offerings from South America and Australia.

Most Rosé wines are blends of multiple grape varietals. The most common used are Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Mouvedre, Pinot Noir and Sangiovese(Italy). These red grapes are lightly crushed and left to macerate for a few hours up to a few days. The juice is then strained out and fermented in tanks. The resulting product, Rosé wine, is meant to be consumed sooner rather than later. Rosé, with a few exceptions should be consumed within the first two or three years of vintage.

The usually annoying cliche' "food-friendly" is meant for Rosé. Their versatility makes them a match for almost anything. These are fantastic barbecue wines and are easily matched to steak, seafood and chicken. They complement French, Italian and Asian cuisine. They are also great to take along on a picnic or to the beach.

Please stop by to see our selection of Rosé wines. New titles and old favorites are arriving daily. You may catch Rosé Fever too.
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Recipes from behind the Bar with Ralph - Football Edition

Football season is right around the corner and when most people think of football Sundays and tailgating they think of beer. There are some pretty party drinks for the ladies and some hard core whiskey and brandy drinks for the guys. Each drink is designed to represent the city, mascot, or colors of your favorite team. Below are a few some samples of team drinks.

 

Philadelphia Eagles:


The Eagle
  • 1 ½ oz. gin
  • ¾ oz. crème de violette
  • 1 oz. lemon          
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 egg white

Preparation:
  • Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake well
  • Strain into a wine glass

Detroit Lions:


The Lions Paw
  • 1 oz. Southern Comfort liqueur
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. raspberry wine

Preparation:
  • Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until well blended. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a slice of fruit.
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Recipes from behind the Bar with Ralph

Enjoy the final weeks of summer with one of these refreshing drinks.

Baileys Spiced Cake Martini

Mixing up this drink is literally a piece of cake. This drink is Hip to Sip and make your party extra scrumptious.

Ingredients
 
  • 2 oz. Baileys Irish Cream with a hint of Hazelnut Flavor
  • .5 oz. Smirnoff Spiced Cake Vodka
  • Nutmeg Powder

Directions;
  Combine Baileys, Vodka, and ice in a shaker and shake up
Strain into a martini glass and sprinkle with nutmeg

Baileys Mudslide

As it turns out you can really have your cake and drink it too with this old favorite. Serve this creamy drink during cocktail hour or as a sweet after dinner indulgence.

Ingredients
  • 2 oz. Baileys Irish Cream with a Hint of Coffee Flavor
  • .5 oz. Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka
  • .5 oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Ice

Directions;
Mix Baileys, Vodka, Godiva, and Ice in a blender until frothy
Swirl chocolate syrup around glass before pouring.

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