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Legends of Washington Wine Announces 2012 Winemaker

Posted on June 26, 2012

The Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center is thrilled to announce Brian Carter as the 2012 Legends blend winemaker. Brian is the sixth winemaker to make an exclusive red blend to commemorate this year's induction into the Washington Wine Hall of Fame.

Brian Carter's 2012 Legends blend is truly a tribute to Dr. Walter Clore. Carter says, "During my first couple of decades in the industry, I was fortunate enough to have spent quality time with Walter, both in and out of the vineyards. This blend is a tribute to Walter Clore's vision and his edication to the success of Washington Wine. I know Walter would be thrilled to see so many distinctive varieties contributing to the wondrous wines being made in Washington today." The 2012 Legends blend consists of 32% Counoise, 20% Mourvedre, 20% Syrah, 16% Cinsault, and 12% Grenache.

Brian Carter's career began with study of microbiology at Oregon State University followed by two years at the University of California-Davis School of Enology.

Brian's impact on the Washington wine industry began with his work at Paul Thomas Winery where he was twice touted as "Winemaker of the Year" by Washington Magazine. Brian then began expanding his career as a consulting winemaker for a series of young wineries including McCrea Cellars, Hedges Family Cellars, Randall Harris, Silver Lake, and many more.

After years of producing wine for others, Brian created a small production of his own wine "Solesce" in 1997 at the Apex winery where he was winemaker and co-owner. This initial production quickly sold out and lead to the introduction of his signature series of wines, and the opening of his Woodinville tasting room in 2006. "It's great to see my passion for blended wines transformed into these new European-style blends using Washington State grapes," he says. The Brian Carter Collection epitomizes his commitment to quality, taste, and terroir.

Since his 1980 arrival into the Washington wine industry, Brian has earned numerous accolades including being the only three-time recipient of the Pacific Northwest Enological Society's Grand Prize, and being chosen as the Honored Vintner at the 2007 Auction of Washington Wines.

The Legends blend will be released at the 2012 Legends of Washington Wine Gala on August 10, 2012. An annual fundraising program in support of the Clore Center, Legends honors those whose contributions to the community and the wine industry are of historical and lasting significance. This garden party style event features the induction of the newest member of the Washington Wine Hall of Fame, release of the newest Legends blend, and a live auction.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call 509-786-1000.

Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center

Named after the late Dr. Walter J. Clore, the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center will be a centrally located, must-see learning center that promotes Washington State wine and food by actively engaging visitors to experience and realize the quality and diversity of Washington's wine and food products.

Dr. Clore began his life's work in 1937 studying vinifera grapes and their potential for growth in Washington soils. His research, a cornerstone of the industry's development, earned him official recognition from the Washington State Legislature as the "Father of the Washington Wine Industry." Still in its infancy, Washington state has much more to reveal in planting areas and suitable varietals.

Region: Washington
Job Function: Winemaking

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