2014 Idaho Winery of the Year:
Wine Press Northwest
March 11, 2014
When Leslie Preston left Boise for college, she had no idea making Idaho wine would bring her back home.
The journey began at the University of Oregon to study romance languages, which got her into the nation’s top winemaking school — University of California-Davis — as a French Lit instructor.
She knew little about wine, even though it surrounded her. Winemaking students would take her class in preparation for internships in France.
“To be honest, winemaking started as a misguided interest,” Preston said. “I wanted to find something that blended traveling and studies in France. Apparently, I’m a slow learner because it took me awhile to get it.”