IPNC logoThe International Pinot noir Celebration (IPNC) held during the last weekend in July in McMinnville, pays tribute to Oregon’s most revered grape. The participating wineries are chosen after a panel of judges taste all wine submissions blind. This prevents any preconceived biases or packaging from influencing the expert tasters.

While the primary focus is on Oregon producers, IPNC stays true to its name and celebrates Pinot noir produced from across the globe. Seventy wineries from as far away as Austria and New Zealand were selected for this year’s IPNC, the 27th of its kind.

For three days, participants travel from winery to winery, walking the vineyards in order to fully understand how our cool climate, soil and overall terroir influences Pinot noir. They are treated to elegant meals prepared by featured chefs from the Pacific Northwest, a real who’s who in the world of foodies. Since Pinot noir is such a versatile wine, its goes beautifully with many different foods.

This year’s keynote speaker is Terry Theise, author & filmmaker of Reading Between the Wines as well as specialty wine importer with a portfolio focused on Austria, Germany & Champagne. Theise also waxes poetic in his much anticipated annual wine catalogs, alternating between callous language and an expressive eloquence clearly written by a man smitten with wine. No doubt it will be one unforgettable keynote speech.

If you are a pinot oenophile, sadly, tickets are already sold out for both the full weekend pass and the legendary Salmon Bake. But Sunday afternoon’s Passport to Pinot event on July 28th from 2-5pm still has a limited number of tickets available.

Here’s a list of the 2013 IPNC participating wineries:
AUSTRALIA

10 Minutes By Tractor

AUSTRIA

Hillinger

CALIFORNIA, USA

Acacia

Anthill Farms

Bonaccorsi Wine Company

Breggo Cellars

Cakebread Cellars

Edna Valley Vineyard

Etude

Failla

Flowers Vineyard & Winery

Gainey Vineyard

Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery

Hirsch Vineyards

Kutch Wines

Laetitia Vineyard & Winery

Saintsbury

Sojourn Cellars

CANADA

Blue Mountain Vineyard & Cellars

Norman Hardie Winery

FRANCE

Maison Ambroise

Domaine Arnoux Peré & Fils

Domaine Charles Audoin

Bachelder Borgogne

Domaine Champy

Domaine Clos de la Chapelle

Domaine des Clos

Domaine Cyrot-Buthiau

Evening Land Vineyards au Chateau de Bligny

Domaine Gille

Domaine Jean Grivot

Domaine Marc Roy

Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

Aurelien Verdet

GERMANY

Ziereisen

NEW ZEALAND

Bell Hill Vineyard

Nautilus Estate

Pegasus Bay Winery

OREGON, USA

Adelsheim Vineyard

Amalie Robert Estate

Amity Vineyards

Anam Cara Cellars

Antica Terra

Argyle Winery

Ayres Vineyard

Belle Pente Vineyard & Winery

Bethel Heights Vineyard

Big Table Farm

Brick House Wine Co.

Carabella Vineyard

Cristom

De Ponte Cellars

Elk Cove Vineyards

Erath Winery

JK Carriere

Lemelson Vineyards

Longplay Wine

Lumos Wine Co.

Lundeen Wines

Matello Wines

Matzinger-Davies Wine Co.

Montinore Estate

Patton Valley Vineyard

Ponzi Vineyards

Raptor Ridge Winery

Sass Winery

Solena Estate

Soter Vineyards

Tendril Wine Cellars

Trisaetum

Van Duzer Vineyards

WillaKenzie Estate

Winderlea Vineyard & Winery

Witness Tree Vineyard

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About the Author: Michele Francisco

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