- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) - Officials at Sonoma State University say a $3 million donation will go toward building a new facility for its Wine Business Institute.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/1jkPpNg ) the gift announced Monday came from Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator magazine.

The money will support 15,000-square-foot facility that will house three classrooms, a commons area, and a center for meetings between students, academics and business professionals. It will be named the Wine Spectator Learning Center.

University officials envision the center will be a hub between academia and the needs of the multibillion-dollar wine industry.

The donation follows a $1 million gift by Gary Heck, owner of Korbel Champagne Cellars, made in January.

The school hopes to raise another $10 million in support of student programs.

Construction is expected to begin next year.

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

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