Walter Clore wine, culinary center has quiet opening

It's awaiting finishing touches but has already hosted events

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PROSSER — The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center building in Prosser is open but still awaiting some finishing touches on its way to becoming a showcase for the state's wine industry, the Tri-City Herald reports.

The center opened quietly this year and has already hosted some events.

Construction of the $4 million facility was financed by a $2 million federal grant, a $1.4 million state grant and fundraising by the board of directors.

The center honors Walter Clore, who worked at Washington State University's crop research facility in Prosser and helped prove that wine grapes would be a viable crop in the Columbia Valley.

He died in 2003.