- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) - Sonoma State University has officially broken ground of the new $9.2 million facility for its Wine Business Institute.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1TY9LKB ) that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and U.S. Rep Mike Thompson attended Wednesday’s ceremony to kick off work on the 15,000-square-foot Wine Spectator Learning Center.

The new facility will house three classrooms, a commons area, and a center for meetings between students, academics and business professionals.

The construction will be fully paid for by private donations, most notably the $3 million gift by Marvin Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator magazine.

Though nearby schools such as UC Davis, Fresno State and Santa Rosa Junior College all offer wine programs, Sonoma State is one of the only business-oriented wine studies programs available.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com

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