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05Dec2013_7g_San-Ramon_Sandi-Swan_Home_Yellow-RoseThere were four awesome wineries that we visited. The Joseph Swan Vineyards photos are below in another, separate post. The wineries that we are looking at here are: Concannon Vineyards, Ravenswood Winery, which Robin helped to start in the early 1970’s, and Bedrock Wine Company. Just a little background. Concannon Vineyards was the first American winery to plant Petite Syrah in 1883 and it was blended at that time. The single variety was not bottled and released until 1961, according to the G-G-Grandson of the founders, Jim Concannon who we met. Robin helped to start Ravenswood Winery with winemaker Joel Peterson, who is known as the “Godfather of Zinfandel”. Joel owned the winery until several years ago when he sold it. He is still employed at the winery. Morgan Twain Peterson, son of Joel Peterson is a good winemaker by his own right. Morgan owns and is the winemaker at Bedrock Wine Company. Enjoy these photos and now you know some of our favorite “go to” wineries and wines. Just remember the names of these four and you will do well. Cheers!! The rose pictured here is from our hosts home and garden, Sandi Swan.

Concannon Vineyards

Concannon Vineyards

Concannon Vineyards

Concannon Vineyards

Fountain in the Concannon courtyard.

Fountain in the Concannon courtyard.

Sandi Swan and Robin

Sandi Swan and Robin

Concannon Vineyards Petite Syrah. We had to buy some Petite Syrah (PS) and have it shipped home for the February 2014, Treasure Valley Wine Society program, "PS I Love You".

Concannon Vineyards Petite Syrah. We had to buy some Petite Syrah (PS) and have it shipped home for the February 2014, Treasure Valley Wine Society program, “PS I Love You”.

Ravenswood Winery. The fireplace was going ... It was cold for California, 30 degrees! See the ravens?

Ravenswood Winery. The fireplace was going … It was cold for California, 30 degrees! See the ravens?

Robin is talking with Kristin Wastell, tasting room manager and a delightful person.

Robin is talking with Kristin Wastell, tasting room manager and a delightful person.

Holiday decorations at Ravenswood Winery tasting room.

Holiday decorations at Ravenswood Winery tasting room.

Ropbin and Morgan Twain Peterson, owner/winemaker at Bedrock Wine Company.

Robin and Morgan Twain Peterson, owner/winemaker at Bedrock Wine Company.

Chris, business partner at Bedrock, and Robin discuss the wines in the vineyard.

Chris, business partner at Bedrock, and Robin discuss the wines in the vineyard.

Bedrock vineyards.

Bedrock vineyards.

Old vines in the vineyard. This one is about 100 years.

Old vines in the vineyard. This one is about 100 years.

One of the Bedrock Wine Company wines.

One of the Bedrock Wine Company wines.

The "Chicken Coop" where Bedrock started.

The “Chicken Coop” where Bedrock started.

Morgan serves Sandi a taste of the wine.

Morgan serves Sandi a taste of the wine.

Sandi Swan and Robin at the "Chicken Coop".

Sandi Swan and Robin at the “Chicken Coop”.