Date: 07-Jun-2005 17:37
Author: Clint Hall, Seattle Email
Subject: Walter Clore
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Jenise, Walter Clore was (he died a couple of years ago) a Washington State University scientist who had a lot to do with developing the state's wine industry, especially in identifying good locations for vineyards. The state legislature called him the "Father of Washington Wine" or some such father title. As for Columbia Crest's Walter Clore Private Reserve Red Table Wine, I've never even tasted it, so you know more about it than I do. I unerstand it's meant to be aged, though, while I think their other wines are intended to be drunk right away. The name doesn't seem to have any significance except to honor Clore as he wasn't the winemaker as that's a fellow with a winey name, Ray Weinberger.
I once heard somebody say the Walter Clore PR Red was named after Columbia Crest's winemaker. That's a mistake which I suspect had something to do with the similarity of the name of the winery's initial winemaker, Doug Gore, who trained Weinberger.