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2007 International Pinot Noir Celebration

The IPNC in McMinnville, Oregon, is the granddaddy of all Pinot Noir festivals, now celebrating its 21st year. Set on the campus of bucolic Linfield College, this collegial celebration of Pinot Noir is eagerly attended by pinotphiles, wine educators, winery owners and winemakers who freely mix, speak Pinot, and dine outdoors with meals prepared by some of our country’s most prominent chefs. This year’s event will be held on July 27-29.

A grower Champagne Seminar headlines the 2007 IPNC featuring noted wine personalities Eric Asimov, Ghislain de Montgolfier, Rollin Soles, and Becky Wasserman. On July 27, there will be a tasting of sparkling Pinot Noir titled “The Secret Life of Pinot Noir: A Walk on the Sparkling Side.” The role of Pinot Noir in the wines of Champagne is often overlooked and this year’s celebration will provide a fresh look at the diversity of this well-loved sparkler. America has developed quite a thirst for grower Champagnes due largely to the fact that they are grown and vinified by hand, by producers who carefully oversee the grapes’ evolution from vineyard to bottle. The process is similar to that found in most small Pinot Noir wineries in Burgundy and Oregon, ensuring that the winemaker’s hand is involved in each step along the way.

Oregon winemakers are also planning a toast to IPNC 2007 Master of Ceremonies Georg Riedel, who will unveil his new Oregon Pinot Noir glass. Fifteen French winemakers will showcase their wines this year, more domains than ever in IPNC’s history and more than any other Pinot festival.

The IPNC is known for its exceptional cuisine. Featured chefs include Stephanie and Rocky Maselli of Marche Restaurant, Sue McCown of Coco la ti da, Mark Hosack of Hudson’s Bar and Grill, and John Sundstrom of Lark. Of course, Frank Ostini of the Hitching Post will head up a team for Saturday night’s Salmon Bake as he does every year.

Tickets for the IPNC are $795 per person and include all seminars, two grand tastings, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on two days, and the Sunday brunch finale. For tickets and details contact the IPNC at 800-775-IPNC or I hope to see you there!

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