ABOUT THE CLORE CENTER
The Clore Center serves as a central gathering place for industry and consumers to discover Washington wine and agriculture through engaging events and innovative programs. With over 900 wineries in Washington State and $300 million worth of grapes produced annually, it is the mission of the Clore Center to promote Washington wine and agriculture to our guests.
To do this we feature a different AVA each month, with wines in our tasting room lineup from different producers who source their fruit from the featured AVA.
It doesn’t matter where the winery is, where the winemaker lives, where their tasting room(s) are – all that matters is where the fruit grew.
Wineries featured in our tasting room and programs benefit from the increased market exposure and brand awareness, and the educated and passionate fan base the Clore Center creates.
The Clore Center Tasting Room - “How it works”
HOW TO BE FEATURED
If you are a winery seeking to be featured in the Clore Center’s tasting room, you may submit samples of your wines to our Wine Program Director, April Reddout, any time throughout the year. We suggest wineries submit their best-selling or flagship wines, or a wine that best tells your story.
Once wines are submitted, a tasting panel reviews the samples and wine program staff create a lineup that has a great variety of whites and reds. Though occasionally the grapes that are available in the AVA limit our variety during the month, this allows us to tell the story of each unique AVA. The Puget Sound is a good example of this. Considering the cold wet climate is better suited for white grape varietals, the Clore Center wouldn’t feature Malbec or Cabernet during the Puget Sound AVA lineup.
Once a wine is selected for feature, the Clore Center purchases your wines at wholesale. Typically, we will start with 1 or 2 cases of the selected wines, and often we re-order during the month. We respectfully request a 40% discount. We pour samples of and sell your wines at your retail cost; the only exception is sometimes we bump up the sticker price per bottle to cover any shipping costs (we make a strong effort to avoid this). In our tasting room and through social media, we tell the story of your wine, winery, and winemaker to guests, and share points of interest regarding the AVA.
WALTER CLORE “BEST CELLARS” WINE CLUB
Every month (or every other month based on which club) the Clore Center releases the top two selling bottles from the last release. If your wine is a top seller during the two months, we order more from you and release it to our wine club. To experience great wines from across the state, and avoid house palette, consider joining our wine club today! This is another exciting benefit of partnering with the Clore Center!
Winemakers and/or winery owners are invited to participate in our Winemaker Saturday series. Our guests love to come in and talk with folks from the featured wineries, generally resulting in high sales for that winery that day. If there is a Saturday during your featured month that you can join us in the tasting room from 11-5 and visit with our guests, we would love to have you, and we think you will enjoy the results.
The Clore Center holds monthly blind tastings and wine/food pairing workshops. Varietals featured during the month’s blind tasting programs are posted on our website under “events.” We encourage wineries to submit samples for consideration. Consumers come in for an after-hours experience where they have 6 wines pre-poured and all they know is the varietal they are sampling.
Please use this address for shipping:
Wine Program Director
Walter Clore Center
2140A Wine Country Road
Prosser, WA 99350
(509) 786-1000 x204