Saturday, July 17, 2010

International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC)… Wines From Oregon and Beyond

Well, the wild #PinotNoir Twitter Tryst is sadly behind us. And, while  I drank and tweeted about some fabulous Pinots and helped lead the Willamette Valley (#WV) to victory, truth be told, all it really did is tease and whet my whistle (okay, maybe even made me drool just a bit) for the Grand Puba of Pinot Noir events. Coming up next week is the illustrious 24th Annual International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) in McMinnville, Oregon, featuring over 60 premier Pinot noir producers from Burgundy, Oregon, California, New Zealand, Australia, Austria, Alsace and Italy. From July 23rd-25th, Pinot lovers from all over the globe will gather to taste and revel in the finest Pinots from, well, all over the globe (hence the word “International” in the title).

The International Pinot Noir Celebration is known for bringing Pinot producers, aficionados, acclaimed chefs and foodies together for a truly memorable and remarkable weekend of more than just tasting world-class wine and eating taste-tempting foods. Showcasing some of the world’s finest wines, the event, emceed this year by Food & Wine Magazine’s Ray Isle, offers unique opportunities for education including exciting seminars, guest speakers, tastings, group activities, vineyard tours and festivity galore. Serving as a showcase for Northwestern farm-to-table cuisine, the exceptional event also honors and hosts international chefs, contributing to the intercontinental theme and creating an unforgettable pairing with specific Pinots. But it’s the salmon bake I hear that’s to die for!

Historically, the event has brought together over 11,ooo wine geeks to explore the finicky and much-loved varietal. Epicurians and oenophiles, don’t miss out — the whole weekend Passport is already sold out, but a few precious tickets to Sunday’s Grand Tasting of over 60 Pinot Noirs are still available. Visit IPNC for more information and to purchase your tickets before they're all gone. Hope to see you there!

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