IONE, CA: Taste the fine wines of Amador County and tour the historic Preston Castle. Experience the history and feel the sensation of the past. Attendees will sample fine wines, poured by 15 different wineries, from commemorative Preston Castle wine glasses. A new addition this year is Turley Wine Cellars, a renowned producer of outstanding Zinfandels.
Sip a glass of wine, enjoy a variety of gourmet hors d'oeuvres, and listen to live music on the patio and in the Castle. Local favorite Manny Sosa will be playing in the Wine Cellar.
Val Starr & The Blues Rocket, a premier blues and blues rock band, will be playing on stage in the courtyard. They bring a unique style of traditional blues infused with blues songs from rock artists to create an entertaining show for dancing on the floor, dancing in your chair, drinking and listening or just listening and enjoying yourself! Val Starr is a top class vocalist and shares the stage with top notch musicians to create the best in today's California Blues.
You can also wander the public areas of the Castle. Docents will be available to answer your questions.
This has become one of Amador County's premier wine events, and is always a sellout, so get your tickets now!
Amador Cellars, Bella Grace, Bray, Clos du Lac, Drytown, Karmere, Nine Gables, Scott Harvey, Sera Fina, Sobon, Tanis, TKC, Turley, Vino Noceto, Wine Tree Farm.
Tickets, $40, available at Clark's Corner in Ione or online at www.prestoncastle.com
Preston Castle Wine Tasting and Tour
Saturday, September 14, 3 pm to 6 pm
Preston Castle, Ione - About 35 miles southeast of Sacramento, CA off HWY 104 in Ione
Sponsored by Preston Castle Foundation
Jerry Funderburgh and Marie Nutting, Chairpersons
About Preston Castle Foundation
The strikingly beautiful Romanesque style Preston Castle, on a hill in Ione, was actually the administration building for the Preston School of Industry, the first major attempt in California at rehabilitating, instead of just imprisoning, young offenders. Opened in 1894, the Preston School of Industry became a leader in the juvenile prison reform movement by giving convicted boys a real chance at life by educating them not only in academics, but in all of the useful trades of the time. Closed in 1960, when the Preston Youth Authority moved into a new administration building down the hill, the Preston Castle was left to deteriorate due to weather, vandalism, and general neglect. It now serves as a vacant, but vitally important landmark for Ione, Amador County, and the Motherlode. It is a California State Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Mission of the Preston Castle Foundation is to preserve, rehabilitate, and utilize the historic Preston Castle site. This year we are pushing hard to obtain our own utility connections that will ultimately lead to acquiring the title to the property. To help raise money for this important project, the Foundation sponsors several fund raising events throughout the year. In addition to the upcoming Wine Tasting and Tour on September 14, we will hold the exciting and spooky Preston Castle Halloween Haunt the two weekends prior to Halloween, Oct. 18, 19, 25, and 26, and a holiday fair/bazaar called Old Tyme Christmas on December 14 and 15.
Also, Castle Tours are available on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays, and selected Thursdays, from 10 am to 1 pm. Help Save The Castle and learn more about our history, events, and tours by visiting www.prestoncastle.com. All contributions are tax deductible.