Thursday, March 30, 2006

New Wine and Culinary Center For Washington State

Washington State wine industry leaders celebrated this week with a ground breaking ceremony for a $9.2 million project to showcase Washington state's viticulture history, wineries, and local produce. The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center is named for Walter Clore, the "father of Washington wine." Dr. Clore worked to develop many of the area's vineyards while spending 40 years with the Washington State University extension office.

The Yakima Valley center, located in Prosser, will be a destination spot for tourist as well as a gathering place for vineyard owners and vintners. The 24-acre site will include a 17,500 square-foot building, vineyards, organic gardens and a public park. The building will include a cafe, restaurant, demonstration area, gift shop, classrooms and theatre. The center is predicted to open in May of 2007.

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