Kudus for Jones of Washington
Blog: Winemaker's Journal
March 12, 2012
Talk about good timing.
Allan Williams, marketing director for Jones of Washington, let it out today that the Quincy winery has been named Washington Winery of the Year by Wine Press Northwest Magazine. The award is highlighted in the magazine's Spring edition that will be mailed out this week.
It's a significant award, seeing that there are now some 700 wineries in the state. This is the first time a winery from North Central Washington has been named for the award by the Kennewick-based quarterly magazine, which covers the state's wine industry.
It's also a timely award as Jones of Washington releases a quartet of 2011 white wines. New vintages of Pinot Gris, Viognier, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc should be on the shelf at groceries and wine stores — as well as the Quincy tasting room — this week.
You may recall that the 2010 Jones Sauvignon Blanc was judged Best White at last year's North Central Washington Wine Awards, sponsored by our own Foothills Magazine. Jones won 12 medals in that judging, including a double gold for its 2006 Barrel Select red blend.
The winery is owned by the Jack Jones family of Wenatchee and Quincy. Jack's son, Greg, manages the family's 1,600 acres of Quincy and Mattawa vineyards. Victor Palencia is head winemaker for Jones of Washington's 8,000-case annual production. He's also head winemaker for J&S Crushing, a Mattawa bulk wine producer owned by Jack Jones and Dick Shaw.
For more information about the winery or to order wine, check out their website.