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Cars at Clore

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:29
A very relaxed environment for car shopping A very relaxed environment for car shopping

By Alan Smith

The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser is a wine tasting facility, to be sure.

But it’s also an educational center for consumers seeking more wine knowledge and a deeper wine country experience.

Last weekend the venue hosted a gathering that added the opportunity for learning more about high-end transportation, as well as wine, when McCurley Cadillac and Mercedes Benz dealerships in the Tri Cities invited visitors to explore their vehicular world, as well as the world of wine. “It was a beautiful showcase of what we can do here,” commented April Reddout, the Clore Center tasting room manager.

A Friday night invitation-only party was held for VIP customers of these luxury auto brands, followed by an all-day Saturday event open to the public. A broad array of Cadillacs and Mercedes Benzes were displayed on a lawn adjacent to the Center’s main tasting facility and, while test-driving wasn’t on the menu for this event, the cars were open and visitors, often with wine glass in hand, could sit behind the wheel and even start the engines of some very desirable automobiles. There were salesman like Bryon Goller and Dustin Whitehouse of Pasco’s McCurley Integrity Chevrolet-Cadillac on hand to answer questions, but the tasters and tire kickers could explore these pricey vehicles in a very low-key atmosphere.

Visitors to the Walter Clore Center are invited to taste wines for a $5 non-refundable fee (the charge being a requirement of Washington’s Liquor Control Board). On Saturday the tab for all visitor tastings was picked up by the McCurley dealerships.

Saturday was overcast and threatening to rain, which may have kept the attendance at this event from being larger, but organizers seemed satisfied with the results. April Reddout reported that the sponsoring auto dealerships were pleased and plan to reprise the event next year. “It’s nice that it wasn’t too crowded,” said Reddout, who added that there was a wide range of people who attended, "who could see that our atmosphere is casual and relaxed—never snobby or elitist.” In addition to daily tastings, the Walter Clore Center offers light food and sells bottled wines from many parts of Washington’s Wine Country. They also convene themed tastings on a monthly basis. Further information can be found at www.theclorecenter.org.

Last modified on Sunday, 25 September 2016 18:35


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