Every year during the last weekend in July, seventy of the world's best Pinot noir-producing wineries, fifty top Pacific Northwest chefs, and hundreds of wine lovers from Burgundy to Tokyo come together for three days of education, libations, and celebration at McMinnville's Linfield College.

The International Pinot Noir Celebration is an all-inclusive tour through the wilderness of the world's most mysterious grape, led by the people who have loved it their whole lives: headlining wine writers, multi-generation Burgundian vignerons, Oregon Pinot pioneers, Northern California winemakers that refuse to bow to the big-and-bold bottle trends of the Golden State, and an entire globe worth of wine producers, distributors, and everyday drinkers alike. 

This year's event featured top-shelf seminars led by wine gurus Terry Theise (legendary German, Austrian, and Champagne importer) and the New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov, sunny walkabout tastings, surprise vineyard visits, and unforgettable meals under the stars. Check out our slide show by clicking the photo above for a recap of the weekend's events.

IPNC is a bucket-list event for any passionate wine lover—a crash-course in world class wine, without an attitude. It's a weekend that draws you in with open arms, begging you to make new lifelong friends (both the two-legged and bottled kind). Didn't make it this year? Mark your calendar for the 28th annual festival, July 25-27, 2014. Early bird tickets are available now!