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2013 GRAND SEMINAR: The Architecture of Pinot Noir
Moderator Terry Theise (importer, author, and winner of the 2008 James Beard Foundation Award for Oustanding Wine and Spirits Professional) and Eric Asimov (chief wine critic of The New York Times) led a panel of esteemed international winemakers, including Steve Doerner of Cristom Vineyards, Mathilde Grivot of Burgundy’s Domaine Jean Grivot, Ehren Jordan of Sonoma’s Failla, Alexandrine Roy of Burgundy’s Domaine Marc Roy, Sherwyn Veldhuizen & Marcel Giesen of New Zealand’s Bell Hill Vineyard, and Hanspeter Ziereisen of Germany’s Weingut Ziereisen.
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"IPNC is one of those rare wine gatherings that works on every level." - Eric Asimov, The New York Times
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Alfresco Lunch in the Oak Grove
This year, the on-campus Alfresco Lunch was prepared by two groups of talented chefs. On Friday, the meal was composed of dishes from Ox’s Gregory Denton & Gabriella Quiñónez Denton, Luce’s John Taboada, and Le Pigeon’s pastry chef Lauren Fortgang. On Saturday, the culinary creations of Lincoln’s Jenn Louis, Allen Routt of the Painted Lady in Newberg, and Autumn Martin of Seattle’s Hot Cakes Bakery were on display under the trees.
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Alfresco Tasting
Before dinner on Friday and Saturday, IPNC hosts two grand tastings in which 37 winemakers pour the weekend's featured Pinots. Guests have the exciting opportunity to taste, discuss, and enjoy these featured gorgeous bottles with the winemakers who created them.
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Camp Stumptown
Stumptown Coffee's on-tap cold brew coffee service kept the crowd awake through hours of wine tasting, all weekend long.
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It wasn't all Pinot all the time...
The weekend featured plenty of other beverages, including a plastic pool full of Moscato d'Asti and a special beer event. Portland’s The Commons brewery and IPNC beer curator Christian DeBenedetti poured a special, limited-run beer collaboration created just for IPNC: The Oude Eiken, a saison style ale fermented with a rare Belgian yeast strain and barrel aged at The Commons for a short time in Pinot noir barrels. The one-of-a-kind beer was served alongside Madrone, another great farmhouse style beer from The Commons.
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Vineyard Tour and Winery Lunch
At registration, each IPNC guest is given a number that designates which tour bus they'll board for a visit to an undisclosed winery location. We visited Marsh Vineyard for a guided stroll through the vines with Longplay Wines winemaker Todd Hansen and Roco winemaker Rollin Soles.
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Vineyard Tour and Winery Lunch
A true Texan through-and-through, Rollin Soles of Roco (and the founder of Argyle Winery) has been producing fine wines for more than 20 years. His passion for the profession was on display during his vineyard tour.
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Vineyard Tour and Winery Lunch
After the vineyard tour (and plenty of in-the-vines sipping) guests sit down to a multi-course lunch created by one of our talented guest chefs. Our bus traveled from Marsh Vineayrd to Roco Winery for a Bollywood-themed meal from Milwaukie Kitchen & Wine chef Pascal Sauton.
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Vineyard Tour and Winery Lunch
The Bollywood-themed lunch featured bindis, bangles, and a spirited performance from a troup of Bollywood dancers.
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Pinot Gris and Cheese Tasting
Featured wineries’ Pinot gris were paired with artisan cheeses selected by Steve Jones of Portland’s Cheese Bar. Participating wineries included Adelsheim, Belle Pente, Carabella, Elk Cove, Matello, Montinore, Raptor Ridge, and more.
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IPNC Salmon Bake
A long-standing tradition of the IPNC, the Salmon Bake buffet dinner showcases wild salmon roasted on alder stakes over a huge custom-built fire pit. Guests from around the world bask in the warm glow of a lantern lit Oak Grove where cellared Pinot noir and wines from around the world accompany an extravagant outdoor buffet designed by local chefs, followed by an assortment of hand-crafted desserts. After dinner, the wine keeps flowing until the early hours of the morning, complete with live music and dancing under the stars.
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