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Preston Premium Wines
Pasco, Washington

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Preston Premium Wines, Washington State's premier family owned Preston Premium Winesand operated winery, located in the fertile irrigated farmlands of Washington State's Southern Columbia Basin, is one of the most promising winegrowing endeavors of the world. Eastern Washingon, climatically similar to Northern Europe, is fast gaining recognition as a major production area for wine grapes of exceptional varietal character and balance.

Bill and Joann Preston were among the enthusiastic pioneers who early-on recognized the potential of Vintis vinifera in this unexploited area. The Preston family established their 50-acre vineyard in 1972-73, planting several varieties of native European grapevines at their Pasco site (heat summation Region II). This was increased to 171 acres in 1979. The facility is now run by their son and daughter Brent Preston and Cathy Preston-Mouncer.

The Preston family, in fulfillment of a long-time goal, broke ground for their winery building in the spring of 1976. The first crush, approzimately 190 tons, got underway in late September of that same year. The white wines were allowed limited skin contact and then cold fermented in jacketed stainless steel tanks to maximize fruitiness and varietal character. The red wines were fermented in open stainless steel tanks and allowed to "dry out" on the skins to maximize color and flavor extraction. Controlled fermentation with pure yeast strains is an important element of Preston's winemaking style.

Barrel aging in Limousin, Alliers and Nevers (French) oak, adds a desirable degree of fullness and complexity to Preston's dry wines, while the semi-dry wines are aged and finished in stainless steel cooperage. Careful grape culture with a critical eye on crop levels and control of pests and diseases brings truly outstanding fruit in the Columbia Basin. Preston Wines have been rated among the finest in the world.


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The Preston Vineyards consists of 200 acres, 171 are grapes which will produce approximately 130,000 gallons annually. 20 acres are landscaped and are used for winery buildings, park and the owners' homes. The vineyard consists of ten varieties of European vinifera: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, White (Johannisberg) Riesling, Gamay Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Royalty and Merlot.

PRESTON AWARDS

1998 Chardonnay "Reserve"
"88 Rating" - Wine Spectator Magazine (August 1999)
"Bronze" - Indy International Wine Competition (August 1999)
"Recommended" - NW Palate magazine (Sept./Oct. 1999)
"Bronze" - Tasters Guild International Wine Judging, Florida (Sept. 1999)

1998 Chardonnay
"87 Rating" - Wine Spectator Magazine (August 1999)
"Bronze" - Indy International Wine Competition (August 1999)

1998 Gamay Beaujolais Rose
"Bronze" - World Wine Championships (June 1999)
"Bronze" - Central Washington State Fair (June 1999)
"Bronze" - Long Beach Grand (August 1999)
"Silver" - Indy International Wine Competition (August 1999)
"Bronze" - Tri-Cities N.W. Wine Festival (November 1999)

1997 Cabernet Sauvignon - New Release July 2000
"Silver" - Indiana International Wine Competition, IN (August 2000)
"87 Rating" - Wine Spectator Magazine (August 31, 2000)

1997 Cabernet Sauvignon "Reserve" (new release)
"Gold" - Seattle Enological Society Festival (August 2000)
"Silver" - International Eastern Wine Competition, NY (June 2000)
"Outstanding Award" - Wine Press Northwest (Summer 2000)
"Gold" - San Francisco International Wine Competition, CA (July 2000)
"Silver" - Indiana International Wine Competition, IN (August 2000)
"89 Rating" - Wine Spectator Magazine (August 31, 2000)

1993 Cabernet Sauvignon (Western White Oak)
"Silver" - Indy International Wine Competition (August 1999)
"Silver" - Indiana State Fair Wine Competition (August 1998)
"88 Rating" - Wine Spectator Magazine (September 15, 1996)
"Silver" - World Wine Championships (September 1996)

1995 Cabernet Franc
"Gold" - Seattle Pacific NW Wine Festival (August 1999)
"Gold" - Tri-Cities Northwest Wine Festival (November, 1997)
"Silver" - Indiana State Fair Wine Competition (August 1998)
"85 Rating" - "Silver" - World Wine Championships (September 1997)
"Bronze" - Dallas Morning News Wine Competition (March 2000)

1997 Merlot - New Release July 2000
"Bronze" - Indiana International Wine Competition, IN (August 2000)
"83 Rating" - Wine Spectator Magazine (August 31, 2000)

1997 Merlot "Reserve"
"Award of Excellence" - Tri-Cities A La Carte Festival (May 2000)
"Silver" - San Francisco International Wine Competition, CA (July 2000)
"Bronze" - Indiana International Wine Competition, IN (August 2000)
"88 Rating" - Wine Spectator Magazine (August 31, 2000)

1995 Merlot (Western White Oak)
"Bronze" - Indiana State Fair Wine Competition (August 1998)
"88 Rating" - Wine Spectator (January 31, 1998)
"87 Rating - Silver" - World Wine Championships (February 1998)
"84 Rating" - Wine Press Northwest (Spring 1998)
"Bronze" - 1998 Los Angeles County Fair Wines of the Americas (May 1998)
"Bronze" - Northwest Wine Summit (August 1998)

 

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