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Eat All About It: Walter Clore statue to be unveiled in Prosser

The Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center Outdoor Event Facility in Prosser, dedicates a statue to its namesake, Dr. Walter Clore, at a reception and dedication on Nov. 12.
The Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center Outdoor Event Facility in Prosser, dedicates a statue to its namesake, Dr. Walter Clore, at a reception and dedication on Nov. 12. File

The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser dedicates a statue of its legendary namesake at a public unveiling Nov. 12.

Clore, who died in 2003, was instrumental in transforming the region into a wine powerhouse. The Washington Legislature formally honored him as the “Father of Washington Wine.”

The Prosser Rotary Club began raising money for the statute to commemorate his legacy at the time of his death. The wine tasting and event center that bears his name was a work in progress, and the statue plan languished.

In 2014, the Rotary Club and Clore’s former colleagues, including Bob Early, took up the cause to finish the project. Malcolm Phinney, a well regarded sculptor from Joseph, Ore., received the commission. The statue is based on photos, with input from Clore’s heirs.

The dedication begins with a public reception at 1 p.m. and dedication at 2 p.m. The public is welcome.

Following the dedication, the Clore Center will conduct a tasting to compare Washington vintages with their counterparts from Argentina. The tasting begins at 3 p.m. Nov. 12. Cost is $15 per person, plus tax. Space is limited.

The Clore Center is offering two blind tasting events this week.

  • Nov. 3: It will sample Merlots at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person, plus tax.
  • Nov. 5: It will sample “bubbles” at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person, plus tax.

Go to theclorecenter.org for ticket and event information.

Wine, wine, more wine

The annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival is under way this week at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.

Much of it is closed to the general public, but next week a gala public tasting event is from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 12. Guests will sample wines submitted to the competition and food and microbrews produced in the Tri-Cities.

There is a silent auction to support wine-related education. This year’s event includes more than 425 wines submitted by 87 wineries. Tickets are $65 at the door. Go to tricitieswinesociety.com for details.

Gluten-free bakery debuts at Walla Walla Airport

The Port of Walla Walla cuts the ribbon at its newest airport restaurant, Hidden Valley Bakery Gluten Free & Artisan, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 46 Terminal Loop Road in the airport terminal.

Hidden Valley has been in business in Walla Walla for 17 years and recently took over the terminal restaurant space. The bakery is a popular destination for Tri-Citians seeking gluten free offerings.

It is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

The public is invited to its holiday open house, where it offers samples of its most popular offerings. The open house is from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 11 and from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 13. The number is 509-386-3460.

New Starbucks

The Tri-Cities’ newest Starbucks outlet has opened at Columbia Center mall. The Starbucks kiosk is situated near the Kennewick shopping center’s food court. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday.

Wendy Culverwell: 509-582-1514, @WendyCulverwell

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