WSU researcher named to state Wine Hall of Fame

July 3, 2012 

— The late George Carter, a Washington State University research scientist who worked side-by-side with the famed Walter Clore, was announced Tuesday as the 2012 inductee into the Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame.

The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary will honor Carter, who died in 2007 at age 94, during the Legends of Washington Wine induction gala to be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center in Prosser.

Past inductees include S.W. "Bill" Preston, Preston Premium Wines; John and Ann Williams and Jim and Pat Holmes, Red Mountain pioneers; Stan Clarke, a 30-year industry veteran; John Anderson, a visionary and mentor to the Washington wine industry; Guy W. "Bill" Powers, whose Badger Mountain Vineyard was the first Washington vinifera vineyard to be certified organic; David Lake, Master of Wine and long-time winemaker for Associated Vintners/Columbia Winery; and Myles Anderson, co-founder of the Institute for Enology and Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College.

Legends of Washington Wine are selected for their contributions of historical and lasting significance to the community and the wine industry. Nominations are received from the public, and an industry-based selection committee evaluates and scores recommendations based on specific criteria.

Carter graduated from UCLA in 1935 with a degree in chemistry and took graduate courses at both University of California-Berkeley and Washington State University. With his background as a chemist, Carter made wine from more than 100 grape varieties planted by Clore throughout Washington and at the research block at WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (IAREC) in Prosser.

Carter and Clore became friends and traveled together to some of the world’s best-known wine and grape growing regions. When dining, they were known to ask for Washington wines and demand that they be added to the restaurants’ wine lists. Together, they helped transformed the state's wine industry and proved that grapes grown in Washington state could produce world-renowned wines. Carter's position as WSU research enologist continued until his retirement in 1977.

As part of his day-to-day activities, Carter developed a system for classifying American, European and hybrid grape varietals. In recognition of his winemaking accomplishments, Carter was elevated to a Supreme Knight in the International Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine.

Carter was married 69 years to his wife, Susan. The couple had eight children, with whom he enjoyed camping and hunting. Carter continued to make wine and work in the family vineyard until his death.

A George and Susan Carter scholarship has been established with the Washington State Wine Industry Foundation that will provide yearly scholarships to individuals who pursue education in winemaking or enology. For more information, go to www.washingtonwinefoundation.org.

Tickets and sponsorships for the Legends Gala, supporting the Clore Center, are available via PayPal at www.theclorecenter.org. More information is available by calling the Clore Center at 509-786-1000. Reservations may also be made by calling the same number.

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