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Concannon Irish Whiskey

March 6, 2013

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If consumers confuse Livermore’s Concannon Vineyard with the Irish whiskey of the same name, the mixup is understandable---the two products have a common lineage.

James Concannon left Ireland for America in 1865, harboring the dream of creating great Bordeaux and Rhone-style wines in the New World. Ten years later he wandered across the country to California, became intrigued with the Livermore Valley, and immersed himself in the world of winemaking. Eventually, he became the first Irish immigrant to start a successful winery in the U.S. His operation survived Prohibition, and eventually became known as a champion of California Petite Sirah and the potential of Livermore as a viticultural area. (more…)