Nominations are open for the 2014 Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame. Nominees are individuals who exemplify legendary status because of contributions and commitment to the Washington wine industry.
Eligible candidates must have been Washington residents for 25 years and involved in the wine industry for 25 years. Nomination forms and criteria are available at www.theclorecenter.org on the Legends of Washington Wine drop-down list under the ‘Events’ tab. A selection committee, made up of previous inductees, considers the nominee’s impact on the wine industry, contributions to the community, and their historical and lasting significance for future generations. Committee members independently review and rate the nominees. The Legends Gala honoring the 2014 inductee will be hosted at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center on the evening of Friday, August 8, 2014. Previous inductees to the Hall of Fame include: S.W. “Bill” Preston, founder of Preston Premium Wines; John and Ann Williams and Jim and Pat Holmes, wine pioneers from Red Mountain; Stan Clarke, a 30-year industry veteran; John Anderson, a visionary and mentor who believed Washington would compete globally based on premium quality grapes; David Lake, MW, renowned for his experimentation with new varietals and for wine innovations; Bill Powers, pioneer of low-impact and organic viticulture; Dr. Myles Anderson, founder of the Institute for Enology and Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College; George Carter, research partner of Dr. Walter Clore; and Mike Hogue, whose vision helped define the Washington wine industry. A commissioned bronze piece will remain on display at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center to memorialize each inductee. The Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame is a project of the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center. Named after the late Dr. Walter J. Clore, the Clore Center will be a centrally located learning center that promotes Washington wine and food by engaging visitors to experience the diversity and quality of Washington’s wine and food products. 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 Washington Wine”. 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”. Still in its infancy, Washington state has much more to reveal in planting areas and suitable varietals. The Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center is being developed in partnership with the Port of Benton, as well as a large contingency of private supporters. Fundraising for the Clore Center is ongoing and contributions are welcome and appreciated. For more information or to make a donation, call 509.786.1000 or visit www.theclorecenter.org.