California companies donate to WSU Tri-Cities wine center

By The Tri-city heraldSeptember 17, 2013 

Two Napa, Calif.-based wine industry companies have pledged $250,000 and other support to the Wine Science Center soon to be under construction at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

Sister companies Cooperages 1912 and Oak Solutions Group are making the joint donation through the Boswell Family Foundation, said a release. The Boswell family founded the companies' parent, Independent Stave Co.

"It is clear the Wine Science Center will play a vital role in the Pacific Northwest as a center for research and education, helping to sustain and continue the tremendous growth this market has experienced," said company President Brad Boswell.

The center is a $23 million project being built at the corner of University Drive and George Washington Way in north Richland. It will include classrooms, conference rooms, laboratory space and a wine library. The project's ground breaking will be Sept. 26.

Cooperages 1912 and Oak Solutions Group support the wine industry by offering wine barrels, oak alternatives and enological tannins to help with the aging process.

The donation is the latest to come to the center this month. Hamilton Cellars in Richland provided $100,000 to the project last week. Just under $4 million is needed to fully cover the projects's cost.

In addition to the Boswell family's donation, Cooperages 1912 had a made 10-year commitment to provide barrels for junior and senior students in the university's viticulture and enology program. Both companies also will bring in a visiting lecturer on barrels and oak alternatives.

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