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Antoinette Chatham and John Matthews

Residents at The Preston of the Park Cities raised a glass to Texas Wine Month with Texas winemaker John Matthews during the senior living community’s Watermark University class on October 1.

Matthews, owner of Cassaro Winery and Vineyards in Ovilla, TX, has a family wine-making history that dates back to when his grandfather, Giuseppe Cassaro, emigrated to the United States from Italy in 1919.  Matthews wanted to continue the family tradition and planted his first European varietals in 2015. The original vineyard consisted of just ten vines. Today, Cassaro contains nearly 2,000 vines and uses 100 percent Texas grapes to make award-winning wines in an Italian style.

At the tasting and lecture, residents and family members enjoyed tasting three wines – Cassaro Luce Albarino, Cassaro Pinot Grigio, and Cassaro Texano Superiore – as Matthews shared winetasting techniques, pairing suggestions, and tales from the vineyards.

“Having a wine education class with a true Texas winemaker was a great way for our residents to observe Texas Wine Month, which is celebrated each October,” said Ke’o Velasquez, Executive Director, The Preston of the Park Cities.

“Watermark University classes like this one give our residents unique opportunities to meet interesting individuals and to learn from experts in a number of fields and industries,” he continued. “And when wine and chocolates are involved, that makes for an even more enjoyable time!”

The presentation by John Matthews was part of the community’s Watermark University fall series, which features integrated programmatic offerings in the seven dimensions of wellness (spiritual, emotional, vocational, physical, social, environmental, and intellectual).

The program is a signature of Watermark Retirement Communities® at the 58 communities in 21 states it manages, including The Preston of the Park Cities, which is owned by Dallas-based Silverstone Senior Living.

The Preston of the Park Cities,, is a full-service luxury rental retirement community offering Assisted Living, The Bridge and Memory Care. The community is located at 5917 Sherry Lane, Dallas 75225.


The Preston of the Park Cities is a full-service luxury rental retirement community with 134 residences offering Assisted Living, The Bridge and Memory Care.  Located at 5917 Sherry Lane, Dallas 75225, in the prestigious Park Cities / Preston Hollow area, the community features an amenity-rich lifestyle with dynamic programs, fine dining, and concierge services. The Preston of the Park Cities is owned by Dallas-based Silverstone Senior Living and operated by Watermark Retirement Communities®. Visit for more information.


Silverstone Senior Living develops high-quality senior housing communities which provide independent living, assisted living and memory care services in Texas, Florida and the Mid-Atlantic states. The principals of Silverstone have extensive experience and an excellent track record in the real estate industry. This experience includes designing, developing, managing, operating and owning premier properties throughout the nation and across all the major asset platforms for both public and private companies. Silverstone is committed to developing and operating “best in class” communities that are as comfortable as home, luxurious as a country club, and provide the highest level of care.  Visit for more information.


Watermark creates extraordinary communities where people thrive. We believe aging is about renewal rather than retirement. Watermark communities are known for highly trained and caring associates, a lifestyle built on choice, fine amenities, integrative wellness and innovative programs including the award-winning Watermark University featuring a wide variety of engaging classes for residents and area seniors. Watermark has been named in the top 25 Best Workplaces for Aging Services in a national program conducted by the Great Place to Work Institute and published on A privately held company with a reputation for over 30 years for service, innovation, integrity and financial stability, Watermark manages more than 65 retirement communities coast to coast. Based in Tucson AZ, Watermark is ranked as the nation’s 9th-leading senior housing operator by the American Seniors Housing Association. Visit for more information.