WSU Tri-Cities partners with Port of Benton to deliver wine and cooking education – WSU Insider

Washington State University Tri-Cities is partnering with the Port of Benton to offer wine and cuisine training at the recently reopened Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser, Wash.

The Clore Center was established in 2014 with a $ 2 million grant from the Federal Economic Development Administration. It was named in honor of Walter Clore, who is widely known as the “Father of Washington Wine”. The 15,000-square-foot facility includes a tasting room, event space, and education center to educate individuals about Washington’s wine and agriculture industries.

As part of the new partnership, WSU Tri-Cities will offer seminars, events and in-facility classes for WSU Tri-Cities students and the public as part of its continuing education and workforce development programs. -work. WSU Tri-Cities will also lead the direction of the conservation and display of the Clore Historical Wine Archives at the center as part of its Washington Wine History Initiative.

WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Sandra Haynes said WSU Tri-Cities was delighted to partner.

“The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center is a true gem not only for the regional wine industry, but also for Washington’s vast wine industry statewide and beyond,” she said. . “We are delighted to offer programming that will not only educate individuals about the history of Washington State wine, but also provide sensory and other hands-on experiences that will allow individuals to immerse themselves in all that the Washington wine has to offer. “

Diahann Howard, PPM and executive director of the Port of Benton, said the partnership with WSU Tri-Cities presents an ideal opportunity for the center.

“WSU’s alignment with regional wine and cuisine education is indisputable and we are delighted to take this next step with them in ensuring that Dr Clore’s memory is honored,” she said. declared.

Reopening of the Clore Center

In December 2020, the former operator of the Clore Center was forced to close the centre’s doors due to difficulties resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Given WSU Tri-Cities’ established agendas in the areas of wine science, wine and beverage business management, and hotel business management, representatives from the Port of Benton contacted WSU Tri-Cities to see if the university would be interested in offering educational programs at the center. focused on wine and agriculture.

Educational programming led by WSU Tri-Cities

Byron marlowe

Byron Marlowe, WSU Tri-Cities Associate Professor of Hospitality and Wine and Beverage Business Management and Don Smith Distinguished Professor, will oversee the centre’s educational programming. He brings a wealth of knowledge in wine, culinary and hotel business management. He recently returned home after teaching and researching at IMC University of Applied Sciences in Austria as part of the Fulbright program, where he studied best practices for wine tasting room experiments that can be applied. in the whole world.

Educational programming began at the center with students completing the sensory components for the WSU Wine and Beverage Business Management certificate. Additional educational opportunities, including those open to the public, will be available soon.

As the lineup becomes available, more information will be posted on offers and dialogue opportunities with the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center on its new website at

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