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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.