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Concannon Mini Reuben

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this modern take on classic Corned Beef and Cabbage. The recipe, which calls for either deli or homemade corned beef, offers a perfect menu for toasting with friends. Pair with Petite Sirah from the foremost Irish/American winery, Concannon Vineyard , whose founder was born on St. Pat’s day in 1847.

Concannon Mini-Reuben with Caraway Slaw, Roasted Garlic Aioli and Irish Cheddar
Prep time 30 min
Serving One
Recommended Wine Pairing: 2005 Concannon Petite Sirah
1 small clove of garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon Concannon Petite Sirah
1/4 teaspoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon water
Dill sprig
4 teaspoons Concannon Petite Sirah
2 tablespoons chicken stock (canned or boxed)
1/8 teaspoon caraway seeds
Pinch salt
1 cup store-bought shredded cabbage (e.g., Fresh Express or Dole cole
1/4 teaspoon Concannon Petite Sirah
1 tablespoon Roasted Garlic Aioli (recipe below)
1/4 of a whole bay leaf
2 slices cocktail rye bread
4 thin slices of corned beef (deli or homemade)
1/4 teaspoon of sugar
Concannon Roasted Garlic Aioli
Pre-heat oven to 425F°. Place garlic clove in ovenproof container; add 1 tablespoon Concannon Petite Sirah, the olive oil, water. Cover with foil,
roast for 20-25 minutes, or until it can be easily pierced. Remove and cool. Mash garlic with any remaining cooking liquid; stir garlic, dill, ¼ tsp wine into aioli. Set aside; reduce oven temperature to 375°F.

Concannon Caraway Slaw
In a saucepan, place bay leaf, sugar, 4 tsp Concannon Petite Sirah, chicken stock, caraway seeds, salt and cabbage. Toss to coat cabbage.
Cover and bring to quick boil, then reduce heat to low, keeping covered until cabbage wilts, about 30 seconds. Uncover, turn up heat to medium
and boil away liquids, about 2 minutes. Discard bay leaf.

Spread rye bread with 3/4 tablespoon aioli. Add slaw then place corned beef folded on top. Add one slice Irish Cheddar. Heat sandwich open
faced in oven for 5 minutes or until cheddar melts, cover with second slice of rye bread if desired.

Concannon Vineyard introduced America’s first varietally labeled Petite Sirah in the 1960’s. This pioneering California- Irish family continues to lead in creative wine and food pairings and sustainable practices throughout its vineyard and winery operations. To learn more, visit www.concannonvineyard.com.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Irish style at Concannon Vineyards Founder’s Day 2010 Celebration!  The event is in honor of  founder James Concannon’s birthday, St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1847.  The event will feature music on the lawn featuring The Cooltones, a Big Band Jazz from the San Francisco Bay Area! The show starts at 1:30 PM.  Other fun festivities include gourmet picnic fare for purchase by Barbara Llewellyn Catering and  a Bottle Signing from 11:00AM-1:00PM with 3rd and 4th Generation Vintners Jim and John Concannon.

With a legacy for excellence dating back to 1883, Concannon Vineyard is known worldwide for its award-winning wines, as well as its historic role in the wine industry. Irish immigrant JamesConcannon was drawn to the gravelly soil of Livermore more than a century and a quarter ago. A true pioneer, he crossed the country in a covered wagon and settled his family first in Oregon, then later in California. James Concannon planted the country’s first Petit Sirah vines in 1911 and for half a century the grapes were used primarily for blending. At their customers’ insistence, the winery bottled its first Petit Sirah in 1964 and continues to focus on this popular varietal today.

In 2009, the winery renovated their  tasting room.  The dramatically remodeled tasting room has been enlarged (nearly doubling capacity)
to make it more comfortable for guests who can also meander outside to sip wine al fresco on the brand new patio while listening to the sounds of the outdoor fountain created from historic Livermore stamped brick. A park-like setting and fresh flowers make this a welcome respite especially on a sunny day.  Additionally, the winery is the official site of the summertime Livermore Shakespeare Festival, which will be featuring the classic “Romeo & Juliet” in 2010.

Concannon Founder’s Day Celebration 2010

Admission:  Free

March 13, 2010, 11:00AM-4:30PM


Concannon Vineyard is located at 4590 Tesla Road in Livermore, California.

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