If you’ve been reading my blog then you know wine is my drink of choice. While I prefer the sweet taste of Moscato, I like to broaden my horizons and try different wines. How will you know if you like it or not if you don’t give it a try, right?
So, I started off 2012 with a splendid bottle of Concannon Crimson & Clover Red Wine.I paired it with my usual New Years Eve dinner: T-Bone Steak, Fried Shrimp, broccoli, baked potatoes and Hawaiian dinner rolls.To my surprise, I really enjoyed the Concannon Crimson & Clover. Even though it was a red wine, it was light and not bitter at all. It really brought out the richness of the beef. Half way through the bottle,
old acquaintance had been forgotten and never brought to mind. That is until I heard
the sweet ringing of gunshots from outside. I decided to exit the dinner table and make my way to my sanctuary, my bedroom. Back to the wine…
All Concannon Conservancy wines are sourced 100% from grapes grown in precious Livermore vineyards that are protected from urban encroachment by a conservation trust that preserves the land for perpetuity. All the Conservancy wines are terroir-driven with an emphasis on balancing fruit with wine-making style. The Tri-Valley Conservancy now has over 3,100 acres.
From John Concannon 4th Generation Vintner:
This is the first release of our Conservancy Crimson and Clover, a wine that was created as a tribute to my father, Jim Concannon, the father of America’s First Petite Sirah and presented to him at a celebration of his 80th birthday which was held at Concannon Vineyard on July 25,2011.
The name Crimson & Clover reflects pride in our heritage; the clover is the traditional Irish symbol for prosperity and crimson pays homage to the strong, bright,deep red color of the blend.
This wine is unique in the Conservancy tier as the first Petite Sirah blend and consists of 50 percent Petite Sirah, 25 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 15 percent Sirah and 10 percent Zinfandel. Crimson & Clover upholds the virtues of a Petite Sirah, while adding rich deep berry flavors, softness and complexity. 10,000 cases will be produced.
So, that’s why the wine was so light. It’s a mixture of several wines. How cool is that? Very cool in deed. Sold at $15 a bottle, it’s also affordable. So, what are you waiting for? Go out and broaden your horizons.