As much as I am enjoying my NW road trip tasting and exploring and learning about NW wines in Idaho and Washington, I can’t stay here in Walla Walla any longer than today because I want to spend a few days in Willamette Valley before I zoom down to the Bay Area for the Petite Sirah symposium next Tuesday June 26. I’ve also been invited to the Jim Concannon Tribute Dinner the previous night which kicks off the Ninth Annual Petite Sirah Symposium at Concannon Vineyard. It’s also Jim Concannon’s 80th birthday, so we’ll be celebrating 50 years of Petite Sirah and 80 years of life of this amazing thought leader in wine. (Photo montage by Jo Diaz).
According to this blog post “Concannon Is Pulling Out All of the Stops For Petite Sirah’s 50th Anniversary” by Jo Diaz:
It was Jim Concannon who was the first to embrace Petite Sirah as a variety, taking it from the obscurity of its hearty Burgundy days, and recognizing it as more than a simple blending grape. It was he who first labeled Petite Sirah as such in 1964 with a 1961 vintage.
Media Luncheon & Tasting of Petite Sirahs
Following the Ninth Annual Petite Sirah Symposium
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Lunch ~ 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Media Tasting ~ 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
4590 Tesla Road
Livermore, CA 94550
Learn more about Petite Sirah and PS I Love You, an industry advocacy group which also organizes “Dark & Delicious” each February. This consumer tasting event introduces many to the delights of this definitely dark varietal paired with various tasty and delicious bites, many featuring pork! psliloveyou.org
Thanks to Jo Diaz of Diaz Communications and Wine Blog Org “Juicy Tales” for the invitation! I am very excited to be able to attend the event this year!
Check out her blog post Concannon Is Pulling Out All of the Stops For Petite Sirah’s 50th Anniversary to see a list of all the wineries involved as well as the wine bloggers and other media folks in attendance and you’ll see why this is a MUST attend event for Petite Sirah lovers, advocates, and wine media!
PS Sorry if you read this before I made all the Petit Sirahs into Petite Sirahs! I think I caught them all now! Please email if you ever see an egregious error! (Compliments and samples are nice too!)