Concannon Vineyard Takes Home the Gold — Multiple Golds at Prestigious “Best of the Bay Wine Competition”

Livermore, California (EastBayDaily) — Concannon Vineyard was awarded 3 of only 11 gold medals awarded at the recent Best of the Bay Wine Competition, supporting its long-standing reputation for producing outstanding wines. Open to wineries in the San Francisco Bay area, the 2011 Best of the Bay Wine Competition attracted over 200 entries.

Celebrating 50 years as America’s first Petite Sirah, Concannon Vineyard received gold for its signature varietal: the 2008 Reserve “Nina’s Cuveé” Petite Sirah. ” We’re so honored to receive this high recognition for our flagship varietal– especially during such a significant year,” said John Concannon, fourth generation vintner. “Not only can we commemorate my father’s contribution to the wine industry – bottling the first Petite Sirah – but my grandparents as well, for whom the winning wines were named.”

In addition to the Nina’s Petite Sirah gold, the 2008 Reserve Syrah and 2009 Conservancy Chardonnay also received gold. Along with the organic cellar certification, the Conservancy tier of wines, sourced from vineyards set aside in a land trust that protects them from urban development, are a prime example of the winery’s commitment to sustainability and preserving a way of life for future generations.

With four generations of family involvement, Concannon Vineyard’s pioneering contributions to viticulture and winemaking have positioned it as a landmark winery with an enduring commitment to creating outstanding, award-winning wines. Founder of America’s First Petite Sirah, Concannon introduced Cabernet Sauvignon clones 7, 8 and 11 which provided the backbone of Napa Valley’s Cabernet resurgence in the 1970s and 1980s. With Concannon wines served on family tables for over 128 years, the pioneering winery has invested millions to revitalize its estate vineyards and restore its historic winery, ensuring that future generations continue to enjoy the world-class wines envisioned by its founder James Concannon. For additional information, Concannon Vineyard

The Best of the Bay Wine Competition is a regional competition open to all wineries located in nine San Francisco Bay Area Counties. Three judging panels comprising of three judges that are carefully selected wine industry professionals – such as restaurant sommeliers, winemakers, or seasoned wine competition judges – will award Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals to the top wines entered into 35 categories. The competition is produced by the Alameda County Fair under the direction of Gerald D. Boyd, Chairman of Commercial Wine Judging.

For more information, Best of the Bay Wine Competition.

For more information, photos or to speak with Jim or John Concannon, contact Patricia Schneider 415/717-7595 or psa(dot)patricia(at)gmail(dot)com.


Patricia Schneider
PSA for Concannon Vineyard