LIVERMORE, Calif., July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Exposition and
State Fair has selected three individuals for the annual Lifetime
Achievement Award. Jim Concannon, Jerry Lohr and Robert Gallo were chosen
as the 2007 recipients based on their outstanding lifetime of contributions
to the California wine industry.
Having served Concannon Vineyard for over 50 years, Jim Concannon is
currently the ambassador representing the winery that his grandfather James
Concannon established in 1883. In 2008, Concannon Vineyard will be
celebrating 125 years of growing wine grapes and making wine.
According to the California State Fair, Jim Concannon was chosen this
year because, "His contribution to the wine business reaches back to the
late 1960s when he acted in a leadership capacity to provide Cabernet
Sauvignon root stock used in the development of what are now known as Clone
7, 8 and 11. This in turn advanced the opportunity for California Cabernets
to lead the world in quality standards for this red wine grape. Concannon
was the first to produce wine labeled as Petite Sirah in 1964 from a 1961
vintage, and led the nation in advocacy for Petite Sirah wine." Jim is also
being recognized for his family's involvement as a founding member of the
The three winners will be recognized for their work at the California
Grape and Gourmet at Cal Expo on July 12, 2007.
According to Jim Concannon, "The stature of the people who have
received this award before me, and the two gentlemen who will be sharing
the stage with me this year, are all people of profound commitment and
passion. I'm deeply honored to be identified with such outstanding people.
I gratefully accept this distinction, as it honors the Concannon Family, my
Grandfather, Father, and brother Joe, for their dedication, commitment, and
hard work for so many years. This is very humbling, and also very exciting.
I'm so pleased that I'm the one in my family to witness Concannon Vineyard
stepping into the spotlight, to take its historical place as one of
California's founding wineries."
Sample and media contact: Jo Diaz
SOURCE Concannon Vineyard