Highlights from IPNC

Joe Roberts shares his highlights from the recent International Pinot Noir celebration, with... you guessed, 5 Great Pinots!


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Highlights from IPNC Every Summer, over seventy international wineries, fifty celebrated chefs, a small army of sommeliers and wine media, and a few hundred passionate wine lovers descend upon McMinnville, Oregon. This college town in the heart of Oregon wine country is host to the International Pinot Noir Celebration (more commonly shortened to IPNC), a long-standing event that has become the preeminent place-to-be for anyone who considers himself or herself a Pinot Noir fanatic. IPNC’s events include large dinner events, educational seminars, winery visits, and of course prodigious opportunities to taste (or imbibe) Pinot Noir wines from all over the globe.

A standout in the IPNC lineup are the alfresco tastings, during which the event’s featured wineries - hailing from locales such as Burgundy, California, Oregon, Italy, Canada, Argentina, New Zealand, Germany, and elsewhere - pour for attendees in a walk-around, grand tasting format. If you missed IPNC in 2014, here’s a glimpse of a few of the grand tasting highlights. These wines showcase some of the best producers on hand during IPNC, and remind us of the breadth - and the high quality - of Pinot Noir currently available to wine lovers.

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  • Pinot Noir was grown in Oregon long before the 1960's.
    This excerpt is from 1901 Bulletin #66 "The Grape in Oregon", Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station Corvallis Oregon.

    Black Hamburg does excellently, and White Chasselas, Red Burgundy,
    Sweetwater, Black July, Muscatel, Red Mountain, Chasselas
    Fountainbleu, Muscat and a few others in favored localities and un-
    der proper treatment, a.s in the vicinity of Forest Grove, yield very
    good crops of choice fruit.

    Richard Sommer at Hillcrest Vineyards was the first to grow Pinot Noir in Oregon post-prohibition in 1961. Charles Coury was next, bringing his first Pinot Noir to market the same year David Lett released his..

    So Eyrie ties for second place post-prohibition Pinot Noir production in Oregon.

    Sep 08, 2014 at 5:29 PM

  • Mac - But Eyrie should be first in Willamette for Pinot?

    Sep 08, 2014 at 6:13 PM

  • Forest Grove is at the northern end of the Willamette Valley.

    Sep 08, 2014 at 6:45 PM

  • Snooth User: bev hope
    1118718 37

    I've been to IPNC in the past but I missed it this year. Please tell me how it was decided that these 5 wines are highlighted and not the others - hundreds if not thousands. Were they someone's favorites? If so, whose? I am familiar with the areas, ut not any of the 5 wineries.

    Sep 08, 2014 at 8:47 PM

  • Snooth User: snoman
    229582 210

    Try yhe Foxen if you can. Good pick.

    Sep 08, 2014 at 10:55 PM

  • I am shocked at the prices of these wines. One does not need to pay $50+ to get great Oregon pinot.

    Sep 09, 2014 at 9:05 AM

  • Sorry, but before I spend that kind of money on pinot, I'll buy a bottle of Knob Creek or Woodford Reserve small batch bourbon AND of bottle of decent pinot for the same money.

    Sep 09, 2014 at 11:08 AM

  • there is a lot of good pinot in the wv for under these prices. try cardwell hill, sweet cheeks, or benton lane.

    Sep 10, 2014 at 3:31 PM

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