SOURCE: Concannon Vineyard
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Mar 14, 2012) - Concannon Vineyard founder James Concannon was recognized today as one of "The Great Irish Americans of Yesterday" at the 2nd Annual Irish America Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon at the New York Yacht Club. He is the first vintner to be formally inducted into the enduring Irish America Hall of Fame and will share this honor with John F. Kennedy, President; John Huston, renowned film director, screenwriter and actor, and father to Anjelica Huston; Charles Carroll, Signatory to the Declaration of Independence; and Commodore John Barry, Founder of the US Navy, among others. The Irish America Hall of Fame presentation will be held at Irish America Day on July 4, 2012 in New Ross, County Wexford, Ireland. www.irishamerica.com/hall-of-fame
"It's a great honor to have my great-grandfather, patriarch of Concannon Vineyard, recognized for his contributions and named to this esteemed list of Irish American leaders. His achievements have shaped our desire to build on his legacy of tradition with innovation in grape-growing, winemaking and estate management practices," said John Concannon, fourth generation vintner at the Livermore winery.
When James Concannon planted white Bordeaux cuttings in the late 1883, Concannon Vineyard became one of the first wineries to make Bordeaux-style wines in California. The vineyard he planted and the wines that he began producing soon after have flourished for over 128 years, making it one of California's longest lived wineries. Over the next four generations, the Concannon family has earned recognition for its great commitment to sustainability programs, stewardship of the land and quality enhancement initiatives, including pioneering of Concannon clones 7, 8 and 11, bedrocks of California Cabernet Sauvignon that replanted much of Napa Valley in the 1970s, and bottling of America's first varietally labeled Petite Sirah over fifty years ago.
"The Irish America Hall of Fame honors the extraordinary achievements of Irish-American leaders of today, from their significant accomplishments and contributions to American society, to their personal commitment of safe-guarding their Irish heritage and the betterment of Ireland," stated Irish America Magazine co-founder and editor, Patricia Harty. "James Concannon continues to inspire us with his vision to come to America, establish a winery that has been a pillar of the wine industry for 128 years, raise a family of ten with his wife Ellen, while making many contributions to church and community, always proud of his rich Irish heritage and maintaining a close connection to Ireland," she continued.
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Irish America magazine is the leading national publication of Irish interest in North America. Since its inception in October 1985, Irish America has become a powerful vehicle for expression on a range of political, economic, social and cultural themes that are of paramount importance to the Irish in the United States. It has helped re-establish the Irish ethnic identity in the U.S. (40 million according to the last U.S. census) and highlights the best political and business leaders, organizations, artists, writers and community figures among the Irish in America. www.irishamerica.com
About Concannon Vineyard
With four generations of family involvement, Concannon Vineyard's pioneering contributions to California winemaking and viticulture have built a landmark winery with an enduring commitment to creating outstanding, award-winning wines proudly served on American tables for over 128 years. Founder of America's first Petite Sirah, Concannon Vineyard also introduced Concannon Cabernet Sauvignon clones 7, 8 and 11, which provided the backbone of Napa Valley's Cabernet resurgence in the 1970s and 1980s. The historic winery earned organic certification for its estate vineyards in 2010 and preserves an agricultural way of life by protecting vineyards from urban development through its Conservancy tier of critically acclaimed wines. For additional information, www.concannonvineyard.com