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Wine Hall of Fame nominations now open

PROSSER – Nominations are open for the 2014 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 at least 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, made up of previous inductees, considers the nominee impact on the wine industry, contributions to the community and their historical and lasting significance for future generations. Committee members independently review and rate the nominees.

The Legends Gala honoring the 2014 inductee will be hosted at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center in Prosser on the evening of Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.

Previous inductees to the Hall of Fame include S.W. “Bill” Preston, founder of Preston Premium Wines; John and Ann Williams and Jim and Pat Holmes, wine pioneers from Red Mountain; Stan Clarke, a 30-year industry veteran; John Anderson, a visionary and mentor who believed Washington would compete globally based on premium quality grapes; David Lake, MW, renowned for his experimentation with new varietals and for wine innovations; Bill Powers, pioneer of low-impact and organic viticulture; Dr. Myles Anderson, founder of the Institute for Enology and Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College; George Carter, research partner of Dr. Walter Clore; and Mike Hogue, whose vision helped define the Washington wine industry.

A commissioned bronze piece will remain on display at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center to memorialize each inductee.

The Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame is a project of the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center.

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