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10 Years of Terroir – An amazing night!

If Eastern Washington had red carpet events, it would have been rolled out at the Walter Clore Center on Friday, June 26, to celebrate 10 Years of Terroir. Ticket holders for this 10 year anniversary of the Horse Heaven Hills AVA had the chance to rub shoulders with growers, winemakers and other industry professionals, while tasting 10 wines from the 2005 vintage, made with Horse Heaven Hills fruit. All ten wines were stellar examples of beautifully-aged wine and included wines from Alexandria Nicole Cellars, Robert Karl, Fidelitas, Columbia Crest, McKinley Springs, Martinez & Martinez, Quilceda Creek, Buty Winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle and Sineann. The atmosphere was cheerful and celebratory of the impact the Horse Heaven Hills AVA has had on Washington Wine. An impromptu auction broke out to sell glass pours and full bottles that remained after the tasting, and I couldn’t believe that we had a retired auctioneer in […]

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Full Time Event Manager

The Clore Center has a current opening for a Full Time Event Manager. Please see below, or click the attachment to download the job description. Position open until filled. Submit resume and cover letter to info@theclorecenter.org. No calls please. Event Manager Job Description Event Manager (Full Time Exempt Position) Position Summary: Looking for a team-oriented self-starter with proven event management and customer service skills to coordinate and oversee private events at the Walter Clore Center facilities. Requires flexible hours including evening, weekends, and early mornings. The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center is a 501c3 dedicated to promoting and showcasing Washington’s bounty of wine and agriculture. The Center operates a tasting room on a daily basis featuring a rotating selection of Washington wines. Visitors can enjoy social and education programming and special events focusing on wine and food. The Center also offers 3600 sq ft of flexible indoor banquet space, […]

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Notes from the Albariño Tasting

Our recent Albariño tasting was a hit! We had a lively group of 27, who sniffed, swirled and tasted their way through six Washington Albariños. We had bottles from Barnard Griffin, Palencia, Idilico, Thurston Wolfe, NHV and Coyote Canyon. Our guest speaker was Mike Andrews, owner of Coyote Canyon, along with his winemaker, Justin Michaud, who spoke about the history of Albariño in Washington and about their wine specifically. Other industry folks in the house were from Thurston Wolfe and Bookwalter. Becky from TW was able to narrow down her wine to between two choices out of the six. Justin wasn’t so lucky and didn’t pick out his own wine, but was a great sport about it. We only share that in order to show that tasting wines blind is a whole different experience! Our next varietal for blind tasting is BARBERA and will be on July 2nd. ~April Reddout

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Blind Tasting Recap

Our recent Albariño tasting was a hit! We had a lively group of 27, who sniffed, swirled and tasted their way through six Washington Albariños. We had bottles from Barnard Griffin, Palencia, Idilico, Thurston Wolfe, NHV and Coyote Canyon. Our guest speaker was Mike Andrews, owner of Coyote Canyon, along with his winemaker, Justin Michaud, who spoke about the history of Albariño in Washington and about their wine specifically. Other industry folks in the house were from Thurston Wolfe and Bookwalter. Becky from TW was able to narrow down her wine to between two choices out of the six. Justin wasn’t so lucky and didn’t pick out his own wine, but was a great sport about it. We only share that in order to show that tasting wines blind is a whole different experience! Our next varietal for blind tasting is BARBERA and will be on July 2nd.

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WALTER CLORE WINE AND CULINARY CENTER CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY

Join the celebration of the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center’s one year anniversary!  The anniversary celebration is set to take place on May 30th at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center at 2140 Wine Country Road in Prosser.  Enjoy extended hours, live music from 4-7pm by the Kevin Selby Experiment, fresh fare and special glass pours, and event ticket giveaways!  All weekend a special $1.00 tasting fee will be offered, so bring your friends for a fantastic weekend event.  With support from private contributors and the Port of Benton, the Clore Center opened its doors to the public on May 31st, 2014 with a Grand Opening celebration.  Please call 509-786-1000 for more information.

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WALTER CLORE WINE AND CULINARY CENTER TO CELEBRATE GRAND OPENING

Prosser, WA- After nearly a decade of thoughtful planning, board dedication, community support, and construction, The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center invites the public to celebrate its Grand Opening on May 30, 2014 at 1pm. This event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring a special toast with Columbia Crest 2010 Walter Clore Private Reserve. Enjoy a selection of Washington wines and a variety of appetizers provided courtesy of Bon Vino’s, Castle Catering, Country Gentleman Catering and Mojave at Desert Wind. Guests to the Grand Opening are also encouraged to offer a special tribute or remembrance of Dr. Clore at the video booth. To RSVP for the Grand Opening, please call 509-786-1000 or email info@theclorecenter.org. Open daily starting May 31st from 11am-5pm, The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center will tell the story of the Washington wine industry beginning with Dr. Walter Clore’s wine grape research. Facility amenities include […]

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Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center Hires Tasting Room Manager

Prosser, WA – The Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center is thrilled to announce that it has hired April Reddout as Tasting Room Manager. This important hire is a significant step forward in the plans to open the long-awaited Walter Clore Center Tasting Room. April joins the Clore Center team with previous experience as Sales/Marketing Manager for Heaven’s Cave Cellars in Prosser, WA. While at Heaven’s Cave, April managed all aspects of the Tasting Room, and assisted with Heaven Cave’s “Make the Dash Count” Foundation. April brings a wealth of industry contacts and experience, along with enthusiasm and energy to support the Clore Center’s mission. April made her first splash in her new role while attending Taste Washington, March 29th & 30th representing the Clore Center and making connections old and new. April, who resides in Richland, is thrilled to rejoin the wine industry after a brief hiatus. “I’m thrilled […]

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

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