International Pinot Noir Celebration
It started as a group of Willamette Valley family winemakers inviting other producers of Pinot Noir to share their bounty once a year. Today, IPNC, as it is known, has become one of the world’s most acclaimed and admired wine events, noted as much for the extraordinary quality of wines as it is for the caliber of its chef participation. This success is largely due to the energy and commitment of IPNC’s long-time executive director, Amy Wesselman.
“The success the IPNC and Oregon Pinot Noir has enjoyed over the past 25 years could not have taken place without the collegiality and collaborative atmosphere that is unique to the Oregon wine industry. Whether it’s phoning a fellow wine grower to strategize about a challenging vintage in the vineyard or planning events such as IPNC, Oregon Pinot Camp, or Salud, we all seem to recognize that when we work together, we can make great things happen. Twenty-five years ago, we visited markets to let them know Oregon was an emerging region for Pinot Noir. Now we are educating people about the subtleties of our various AVAs. The learning curve among our customers has been magnificent, and this kind of education cannot be accomplished by one winery alone.
“Oregon wine growers are inherently experimental and curious. We love to play around with everything from new organic sprays in our vineyards and biodynamics to experimental trials in our cellars. And to top it off, we share the results with our colleagues so what we have learned helps all Oregon Pinots improve. I don’t see Oregon as a place where wine growers will think “well, we’re now pretty well established as an international player in the world of Pinot Noir so we’ll just rest on our laurels.” The desire to improve wine quality, and to lessen environmental impact, will continue to drive us toward refinement.”