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Several new and long-standing events will delight visitors and locals across the Tri-Valley this year. The Irish spirit will be celebrated throughout the region’s downtowns and wine country. Here are some highlights of the exciting festivities:

ImageThe City of Dublin hosts its 29th annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18 in the Civic Plaza. This admission-free event is perfect for the entire family. The festival promises an authentic Irish experience with three stages of entertainment, an Irish tea cottage, carnival rides, crafts and more. The Dublin Lions Club Parade kicks off Saturday at 9:30 am and the Shamrock 5k is Sunday morning. 


Downtown Pleasanton gets the holiday started early with the first-ever St. Patrick’s Day Brew Crawl on Friday, March 16. Enjoy local craft beer and appetizer tastings in at several downtown Pleasanton businesses. Tickets are available online and at several downtown locations for $30 pre-sale and $35 at the door. The last downtown brew crawl sold out in advance, so get your tickets quickly!

Livermore Valley wine country gets in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with several wineries holding special events. Gold on Greenville Road invites you to taste the Gold Medal-winning wines from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition at participating wineries on Greenville Road. Bent Creek Winery will showcase its 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2009 Zinfandel Port, Charles R Vineyards highlights its 2009 Zinfandel, McGrail Vineyards & Winery for its 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve and Wood Family Vineyards showcases its 2009 Zinfandel. This is an admission-free event, but a $5 tasting fee applies at each location.


Cedar Mountain Winery and Eagle Ridge Vineyard will also have special Irish-themed events and wine pairings during the weekend.

For a complete list of St. Patrick’s Day events in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville visit the CVB event calendar. Make it a St. Patrick’s Day weekend getaway and book an overnight stay at one of Tri-Valley’s hotels.


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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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