IPNC will begin accepting submissions OCTOBER 17, 2016 from wineries interested in being featured at the 2017 event.
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Each year in the fall (October – early December), the IPNC accepts wine submissions from Pinot noir producers who are interested in being Featured at the next July event. If you have never participated in the IPNC, you must submit a wine sample and an interest form for consideration. Wineries that have been featured in the past are encouraged to submit an interest form, but not required to submit a wine sample. Please note that wineries featured at the recent 2016 event will not be selected.
The IPNC celebrates Pinot noir from all the major growing regions of the world. Through our selection process, the IPNC hopes to introduce guests to the outstanding quality and diversity of Pinot noir now being produced around the world. The Celebration is designed to give maximum opportunity for casual interaction between the featured winemakers and attending guests. Due to the confines of the venue and our commitment to maintaining the event’s intimacy, we are limited in the number of wineries we can feature annually. Approximately 70 Pinot noir producers are featured each year. The IPNC’s goal is to select a slate of wineries by focusing on quality, both of the individual wines presented and the event as a whole, as the principal criterion. Quality will also be the dominant factor in the determination of the number and distribution of participating wineries. Secondarily, the theme and focus of the program will influence selection, number, and distribution of wineries. Several other factors are also taken into account, such as region, diversity, participation history, and size.
A wine selection panel consisting of winemakers, restaurateurs, and retailers appointed by the Board of Directors will be meeting in mid-December 2016 to blind taste through samples and formulate a list of proposed featured wineries for the 2017 IPNC. This process takes several weeks. After the Board reviews the list in January, the selected wineries will receive an invitation to participate by the end of February.
Participation as a Featured Winery requires a registration fee of $1500, a contribution of four to six cases of wine, and the participation of two winery representatives throughout the IPNC weekend. Other participation details will follow the selection process.
Submission Details & Requirements
If you would like your winery to be considered for inclusion in the 2017 IPNC, please fill out the form below and send it with two bottles of the same wine to:
IPNC Selection Committee
410 NE Third St., Suite 5
McMinnville, OR 97128
Please note, these instructions refer to the 2017 Featured Winery selection. All samples must arrive by November 25, 2016. Please do not send your submissions before October 17, 2016. There can be no exceptions to the December deadline, as the tasting panel will meet soon after that date. Samples must be from the 2014 or 2015 vintage. Please limit your submission to ONE selection, as only one wine per winery will be reviewed. Samples must be finished and bottled (barrel samples will not be accepted, but unlabeled bottles are ok). To be eligible for participation, a winery must produce at least 500 cases of Pinot noir annually (as of the current calendar year) and should have produced at least three commercially available vintages of Pinot noir.
Thank you for your interest in the International Pinot Noir Celebration!
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“The event is not only the premier wine event in the country – and incredibly, amazingly well-run – but it truly reflects the spirit among the wine community.” -Andy Peay, Peay Vineyards
“The weekend was an awesome combination of wonderful camaraderie, intellectual interest and unabashed hedonistic debauchery (all good, right). In the end, it’s not about the liquid in the glass, but about the feelings it helps elicit and the friends you share it with.” -Dan Goldfield, Dutton-Goldfield