Wine Science Center Gift

Wine Science Center Gift

WSU Wine Science Gift. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Fruit Grower Report.

The WSU Wine Science Center recently received another major shot in the wallet thanks to Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Dan Bernardo, Dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences couldn’t be happier.

BERNARDO: Obviously we’re really pleased with the million dollar gift from Chateau Ste. Michelle or Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. It really is a catalytic gift for really wine research and tech transfer.

There has been some confusion in the public eye between the Walter Clore Center going into it’s last phase of building and the proposed Wine Science Center in Richland.

BERNARDO: Well they really are completely complimentary projects. In fact we’ve put together materials to try to make certain people understand the complimentarity of the projects. They’re not competitive really at all. As I said in my comments, really that’s a great educational venue for us.

Bernardo talks about the time frame for the Wine Science Center.

BERNARDO: Well right now we’re in a fundraising mode. We have a large wine campaign that not only centers around that facility but also endowed chairs and other project funds around wine. We are about half way to our fundraising goal for the center itself and we would hope to complete our fundraising within a year.

He says they are also working on the design and may perhaps see a completed project in 2 to 3 years.

That’s today’s Fruit Grower Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network. 

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