2005 International Pinot Noir Celebration, July 29 – 31, McMinnville, Oregon

This Year’s Master of Ceremonies: Alexander Payne, Screenwriter/Director of the Acclaimed Film ‘Sideways’

Tickets Are on Sale Now. For details, Contact the IPNC at 800-775-IPNC, info@ipnc.org or www.ipnc.org

MCMINNVILLE, Ore., April 11 /PRNewswire/ — For almost 20 years, wine lovers from all corners of the earth have converged in Oregon wine country for a weekend of unabashed worship and enjoyment of a single varietal: Pinot noir.

Without fanfare, corporate sponsorship or hoopla, the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) brings together winemakers and guests who share a common passion, regardless of politics, global affairs, rivalry, or ego.

What’s the secret to this particular event’s success? According to IPNC Director Amy Wesselman, “The participants enjoy themselves as much as our guests. We don’t know of any other event where vintners and guests mingle so well and totally enjoy each other’s company. Guests visit wonderful wineries, meet world renowned winemakers and enjoy incredible wines accompanied by exciting cuisine that never ceases to inspire.”

Eighteen years ago, a group of winemakers and wine lovers from the then-developing wine region of northwest Oregon wanted to share with the world their love and respect for the noble grape Pinot noir. This collaborative idea materialized into the IPNC. A wine event hailed by The Wine Advocate’s Pierre Rovani as “unquestionably the finest in the world,” the IPNC is a three-day educational festival dedicated to celebrating this elegant, food-friendly variety in the most appropriate way possible: spending a weekend getting to know winemakers and their wines.

A tri-continent theme unites this year’s IPNC, beginning with guests learning about the geology and terroir of New Zealand, Oregon and Burgundy during the bus tour seminar, vineyard tour and wine tasting. In step with the seminar, three chefs from diverse reaches of the globe will prepare a Grand Dinner on Friday that illuminates each of their favorite unions of food and wine from their countries of origin. On Saturday, all guests converge to enjoy fire-roasted salmon, barbequed meats from Santa Barbara county’s The Hitching Post and dancing under the stars in a lantern-lit grove of 100-year-old oak trees.

Guests will also have a chance to experience an in-depth tasting, led by Andrea Immer, of an international array of Pinots with five of the world’s most respected wine gurus: Michael Broadbent, Michel Bettane, Bob Campbell, Elin McCoy and Pierre Rovani.

A tasting-tour of the latest California artisan cheese paired with avant-garde California white wines, a New Zealand Sauvignon blanc and ceviche tasting, and a sparkling finale brunch complete the weekend. A non-stop flow of Pinot noir accompanies cuisine created by over 40 different chefs.

A pocket-sized version of the three-day weekend is available for $125.00: the Passport to Pinot, held on July 31 from 2-5:30 p.m. All of the Featured Pinot Noir wines will be poured by the winemakers, accompanied by food from ten of the Northwest’s top chefs.

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