has announced a grant of $3 million from the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation, the charitable arm of Wine Spectator magazine, toward construction of a new building for the university's .
Founded in 1996, WBI was the first academic program in the United States to offer degrees focused exclusively on the business aspects of the wine industry. Upon completion, the planned 14,500-square-foot Wine Spectator Learning Center will house three dedicated classrooms, a student commons with areas for collaboration and student-run businesses, and an industry center with space for professional and academic faculty and program leadership. Construction on the building is expected to begin in late 2015.
"Sonoma State University has taken a leadership position in wine business education, a specialized but important field that deserves support," said Wine Spectator editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken. "The potential benefits to the wine industry are enormous. We are pleased to be able to help the university and its students achieve their goals."