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Wine Spectator: Sonoma State University Breaks Ground On New Home For Wine Business Institute

June 3, 2016

It was a shovelful of dirt 20 years in the making. Sonoma State University broke ground on a new home for its Wine Business Institute June 1, beginning construction on the Wine Spectator Learning Center. The $9.15 million facility, financed in part by a $3 million contribution from the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation, will serve as the new home of the institute upon completion in summer 2017.

A group of 300 guests and dignitaries from the wine, education and political worlds gathered on the lawn of the shady Rohnert Park campus at SSU, which is part of the California State University system.

“It’s a special privilege to be able to work with such a great institution,” Marvin R. Shanken, Wine Spectator editor and publisher, told the crowd. “The wine industry is just now being born, getting started. The future needs and depends on institutions like this one to train and educate people to go into the wine industry.” Wine Spectator has more.

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