WINE: Clore Center to hire architect in January

By the Tri-City HeraldDecember 19, 2011 

PROSSER — The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser announced today that it has acquired enough funding to hire an architect in January, according to Kathy Corliss, the project's director of administration.

The project has secured $5.3 million in funding, which includes $3.4 million in state and federal grants. The goal of the project is to reach $6.3 million, and $1.7 million has been spent on site infrastructure and the Vineyard Pavilion, a satellite building to the future Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center.

Next month, the Clore Board of Directors and Port of Benton will hire an architect in January. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2012 with completion in 2013.

The conceptual 15,000 square foot building and grounds will offer several indoor and outdoor venues including a tasting room, demonstration kitchen, agriculture and viticulture exhibits, classrooms, conference rooms, office space, retail shop, instructional vineyards, interpretive and production gardens and a walkway along the Yakima River.

The center is named after the late Walter J. Clore, whose research for Washington State University served as a key component to the growth of the Washington wine industry. He began working in Prosser in 1937 and died in 2003.

While the Clore Center is being designed and built, the Vineyard Pavilion, a 2,400 square foot satellite building to the main Center, is open and available for event rental. Last summer, the Legends of Washington Wine gala and the annual Prosser Wine & Food Fair were moved permanently to the grounds.

The project's board of directors includes Ceil Blaine of Precept Wines, Tri-City attorney Francois X. Forgette, Jeff Gordon of Gordon Brothers Family Vineyards, Randy Hageman of Milne Fruit Products, Thomas Henick-Kling of Washington State University, Mike Hogue of Mercer Estates, Scott Pontin of Pontin Del Roza Winery, Kelly Tucker of Reininger Winery and Dave Wyckoff of Wyckoff Farms.

Financial contributions to the Clore Center are tax deductible. For more information or to make a contribution, please visit the website at

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