International Pinot Noir Celebration
This is the granddaddy of all Pinot Noir Festivals, now entering its 22nd
year. This summer’s IPNC will be July 25-27, 2008. The theme is
“Sustainability Without Sacrifice” and the featured winemaker is Dominique
Lafon from Meursault, France. The number of guests is limited to 700 to
ensure the intimate atmosphere of the event, so don’t delay to register if you
plan to attend. For information and registration visit the website at
www.ipnc.org or phone 800-775-IPNC. Accommodations are limited in the
Willamette Valley so plan ahead. The student rooms on campus are a bit
spartan, but are comfortable and within walking distance to all event activities.
This celebration of Pinot Noir is unique for several reasons. First, it is held
on a small bucolic college campus, Linfield College, in McMinnville. Second,
all of the events including meals are held outdoors. Third, it is attended
by more Burgundian vignerons than any other Pinot Noir Festival in
North America. Fourth, the mix of attendees includes winemakers, winery
owners, growers, wine distributors, wine retailers, wine writers and consumers,
all in a good mix. Fifth. the event draws highly lauded chefs in the
Pacific Northwest and feature the best artisan foods in the region. And
finally, great Pinot Noir flows like water.
If you plan to go, consider arriving a few days early or staying a few days
afterwards to visit wineries (most require appointments) such as those
featured in this issue.
I will be attending as usual this year and I hope to see a contingent of the
Crew there. There will be plenty of opportunity to meet and drink Pinot
together. Please look me up.