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Allen Shoup Named 2014 Inductee to Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame

PROSSER, WA – Founder and managing partner of Long Shadows Vintner, and former CEO of Chateau Ste. Michelle, Allen Shoup has been selected as the 2014 inductee into the Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame. The Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center will honor Mr. Shoup during the Legends of Washington Wine induction gala to be held at 6:30pm on Friday, August 8, 2014 at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center. Allen Shoup is widely recognized as one of the founding fathers of the Washington wine industry.  He spent 20 years building Chateau Ste. Michelle and its affiliate wineries, serving as the company’s CEO for 17 years.  Currently, Allen is managing partner of Long Shadows Vintners, which he established in 2002, as well as managing partner since 2008 of the Benches at Wallula Gap, a 650-acre vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. Long Shadows is a continuation of […]

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Tickets Now Available for Clore Center Raffle

Prosser, Washington — Raffle tickets are now on sale for a 2000 Harley-Davidson Millennium Edition FXSTD Softail Deuce. The raffle drawing will take place during a ‘Biker Rally’ themed party to be held at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center Vineyard Pavilion on the evening of Friday, November 1, 2013. Raffle ticket purchasers need not be present to win. The beautiful 2000 Harley-Davidson FXSTD Softail Deuce is Vivid Black with only 1,800 original miles. Like all Softails that year, the 2000 Deuce carried Harley’s new Twin Cam 88B motor, the “B” signifying the added balance shafts that provide smoother operation. Some additional features of the bike are a ‘Quick-Release’ windshield and a set of leather saddle bags. Tickets for the raffle are $100 each and only 300 will be sold. To purchase tickets, or to request technical information about the bike, please contact the Clore Center at 509-786-1000. Walter […]

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Mike Hogue Selected as 2013 Inductee Into Washington Wine Hall of Fame

MIKE HOGUE SELECTED FOR WASHINGTON WINE HALL OF FAME PROSSER, WA – Mike Hogue, owner of Hogue Ranches, has been selected as the 2013 inductee into the Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame. Mr. Hogue will be honored by the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center at their annual Legends of Washington Wine induction gala, which will be held the evening of Friday, the 9th of August, at 6:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Clore Center in Prosser. Mike Hogue joined parents Wayne and Shyla Hogue in the family’s farming business in 1964, at which time there were no wine grapes planted on the family’s ranch. However, with Mike’s belief in the potential of Washington State vineyards and fruit, he took a chance and planted six acres of Riesling in the Yakima Valley in 1974. The high quality of the grapes he grew on those six acres led […]

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Annual Moteur de Vine Ride to Visit Puget Sound AVA and Olympic Peninsula

Fifth Annual Moteur de Vine Benefit Motorcycle Ride to Visit Puget Sound AVA and Olympic Peninsula Prosser, Washington — Registration is now open for the 2013 annual Moteur de Vine fundraiser ride. Now in its fifth year, the ride provides an up-close look at Washington State’s grape-growing regions known as American Viticultural Areas (AVA). The annual ride is the creation of long-time wine industry veterans Bill denHoed and Scott Pontin. The ride is intended to provide people who may not be involved in the wine industry with an in-depth exposure to Washington’s AVAs and a better grasp of what makes each region unique. Each year, the ride grows as it moves around the state. Based out of Olympic Lodge in Port Angeles, Washington, this year’s ride will begin on the evening of Friday, August 24, with a no-host social and dinner. On the morning of Saturday, August 25, riders will […]

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Donations For 2013 Legends Gala

    UNIVERSAL PACKAGING INC. MAKES DONATIONS FOR 2013 LEGENDS GALA   Universal Packaging Inc. has announced its continued support of the Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame, an annual event of the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center. Universal Packaging will donate the wine bottles, screen print labeling, and etched wine glasses for the Clore Center’s 2013 Gala, which will be held Friday, August 9 at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center in Prosser, WA. “Universal Packaging, Inc. has been proud to partner with the Legends of Washington Wine event since its inception,” states CEO Steve Pelkey. “It is exactly the type of event we feel strongly about — where the real pioneers are recognized for their good work.” Each year, the Legends Gala honors an inductee into the Washington Wine Hall of Fame who has exemplified legendary status because of substantial commitment and contributions made to […]

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Toast to Construction

Check out photos from our “Toast to Construction” event from Friday, May 24, 2013, in the gallery. We had a lovely event, with more than 100 guests who attended as we made our toast to celebrate the final phase of construction on the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center. Mayor Paul Warden from the city of Prosser, Sheila Collins, representing Governor Jay Inslee, and Port of Benton Commissioner Jane Hagarty each spoke in support of the Clore Center’s progress. Bob Stevens, President of the Clore Board, along with Deb Heintz, 1st Vice President of the Clore Board, also provided updates of the construction progress of the Clore Center. The highlight of the event was a champagne toast to the ongoing support and progress of the Clore Center, which is scheduled to be completed sometime in the Fall of 2013. A special thanks goes out to the Port of Benton, Castle Catering, and St. Michelle Wine Estates. […]

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Legends of Washington Wine Announces 2013 Winemaker

  Legends of Washington Wine Announces 2013 Winemaker   Prosser, WA – The Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center is pleased to announce Greg Lipsker and Michael White, owners of Barrister Winery in Spokane, as the 2013 Legends blend winemakers. Greg and Michael are the seventh in a line of winemakers to make an exclusive blend to commemorate this year’s inductee into the Washington Wine Hall of Fame. The Legends blend will be released at the 2013 Legends of Washington Wine Gala on Friday, August 9, 2013. An annual fundraising program in support of the Clore Center, Legends honors those whose contributions to the community and the wine industry are of historical and lasting significance. This garden party style event features the induction of the newest member of the Washington Wine Hall of Fame, release of the newest Legends blend, and a live auction. For more information or to purchase tickets visit […]

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Construction Progress

As of April 17, 2013, construction of the Clore Center is on schedule for completion in October!

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Nominations Open for Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame

Nominations are open for the 2013 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 considers the nominee’s impact on the wine industry, contributions to the community, and their historical and lasting significance for future generations. The selection committee includes representatives from each of the state’s viticultural regions. Committee members independently review and rate the nominees. The Legends Gala honoring the 2013 inductee will be hosted at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center’s Vineyard Pavilion on the evening of Friday, August 9, 2013. Previous inductees to the Hall of Fame include: S.W. […]

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Walter Clore Center and Port of Benton Announce Architect

For Immediate Release CONTACT Deb Heintz Prosser Economic Development Association 509-786-3600 Walter Clore Center and Port of Benton Announce Architect   Kennewick, WA – During the annual meeting of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers, Clore Board Representative Mike Hogue announced that ALSC Architects of Spokane, Washington had been contracted to design the 15,000 square foot Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center.   Named in honor of the late Dr. Walter J. Clore, the Center will promote the quality and diversity of Washington State wine and food through education and hands-on experience. The Clore Center will be located in Prosser, Washington on 24 acres overlooking the Yakima River. Prosser is home to the largest irrigated agricultural research center in the United States (WSU-IAREC) where Dr. Clore began his research in 1937 on small fruits and vegetables. The Clore Center site is easily accessible by car from I-82, Exit 82. […]

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Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center
P.O. Box 1228
2140 Wine Country Road
Prosser, Washington 99350
509.786.1000 phone
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Located off Interstate 82 at Exit 82. We are located next door to Desert Wind Winery.

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