Walter Clore Center: Grand Opening

by Shona Milne on May 20, 2014

If you want to know about Washington wines the Grand Opening of the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center is the place to be at the end of the month.


Prosser, WA- After nearly a decade of thoughtful planning, board dedication, community support, and construction, The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center invites the public to celebrate its Grand Opening on May 30, 2014 at 1pm. This event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring a special toast with Columbia Crest 2010 Walter Clore Private Reserve. Enjoy a selection of Washington wines and a variety of appetizers provided courtesy of Bon Vino’s, Castle Catering, Country Gentleman Catering and Mojave at Desert Wind. Guests to the Grand Opening are also encouraged to offer a special tribute or remembrance of Dr. Clore at the video booth. To RSVP for the Grand Opening, please call 509-786-1000 or email

Open daily starting May 31st from 11am-5pm, The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center will tell the story of the Washington wine industry beginning with Dr. Walter Clore’s wine grape research. Facility amenities include an expansive Tasting Room showcasing a rotating selection of Washington wines, agricultural themed exhibits, and wine and culinary program anchored by a chef’s demonstration kitchen. There is no charge on entry or to view the exhibits. Visitors can enjoy a variety of wines for a nominal tasting fee of $5.00. For more information please visit

About The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center

Named after the late Dr. Walter J. Clore, the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center is a centrally located, must-see learning center that promotes Washington State wine and food by actively engaging visitors to experience and realize the quality and diversity of Washington’s wine and food products. The Clore Center is located on 16 acres of scenic view property overlooking the Yakima River and Cascade Mountains. The property and buildings are owned by the Port of Benton, and the project is operated by the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center Board of Directors. Dr. Clore began his life’s work in 1937 studying vinifera grapes and their potential for growth in Washington soils.  His research, a cornerstone of the industry’s development, earned him official recognition from the Washington State Legislature as the “Father of the Washington Wine Industry.”

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