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NY Wine Culinary Center openingRob Sands (with microphone), chief operating officer of Constellation Brands and chairman of the board of the New York Wine and Culinary Center, toasts the opening of the facility at a VIP gala June 16. RIT, Constellation Brands, Wegmans Food Markets and the New York Wine and Grape Foundation are primary partners in the non-profit venture, built with $7.5 million in public and private funds. Located in Canandaigua, the center aims to boost tourism and increase awareness of New York wine and other products through classes, tastings and other ongoing events. More than 700 attended the opening celebration, including, from left, State Senator James Alesi, RIT President Albert Simone, Wegmans CEO Danny Wegman, State Assemblyman David Koon (back), New York Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Brennan, State Assemblyman Brian Kolb, State Sen. Michael Nozzolio, Sands, State Sen. Dale Volker, and Alexa Gifford, executive director of the center. For more information about programs at the center, visit www.nywcc.com.