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Peter Michael Adds Its Support To Wine Spectator Learning Center At Sonoma State University

August 31, 2015

The Michael family, founders of California’s Peter Michael Winery, have joined the ranks of industry sponsors for Sonoma State University’s Wine Spectator Learning Center. The Michael family’s $300,000 donation to Sonoma State’s School of Business and Economics will be used to create The Peter Michael Winery Executive Classroom at the Wine Spectator Learning Center, which will house the university’s future Wine Business Institute. “The curriculum offered by the Wine Business Institute fills an important need, and we are very excited to contribute to the future impact this program will have in the wine industry,” said Paul Michael, son of Sir Peter and Lady Michael.

Construction on the new Wine Spectator Learning Center is slated to begin next year, and its doors will open for classes in early 2017. More than $6 million has been committed to date to fund the project, which is expected to cost a total of $9.1 million. Other sponsors include the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation ($3 million), American AgCredit, Gerret and Tatiana Copeland of Bouchaine Vineyards, Gary Heck of Korbel, Charles Merinoff of Charmer-Sunbelt, Fred Pierce of Pierce Education Properties, Chris Underwood of Young’s Market Companies and Ron Rubin of Rubin Family of Wines. Additional donors will be announced in the coming months.

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