• The International Pinot Noir Celebration each July is the best consumer wine event in the United States.

    Washington Post - Dave McIntyre
  • It's the tops; there is nothing as well-run and instructive

    The New York Times - Frank Prial
  • The IPNC offers great foods, fantastic wines, and interesting lectures all wrapped up in a very casual, relaxed atmosphere that simply makes it a joy to attend.

    Vinography - Alder Yarrow
  • The IPNC consistently attracts the brightest stars in the wine world... perhaps best of all is the opportunity to interact with pinot producers from all of the world's greatest regions. - Allen Meadows
  • I'd recommend IPNC as an intro for casual Pinot lovers or a full-on master class for winemakers. Actually, I'd say it's required!

    Sunset Magazine - Sara Schneider
  • IPNC is one of those rare wine gatherings that works on every level

    The New York Times - Eric Asimov
  • One of the most enjoyable wine weekends in the world

    Jancis Robinson -
  • Despite Oregonians' inherent modesty and laid-back-to-the-point-of-sleepy nature, they manage to throw one hell of a festival

    Food Republic - Richard Martin
The IPNC is proud to present the fifth episode in our series of online conversations with winemakers and wine luminaries from around the world.
Join Ernst Loosen, James Frey, Harry Peterson-Nedry, and Luisa Ponzi, with Moderator Ray Isle, Executive Wine Editor of Food & Wine, on Saturday, January 16th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. PST, 2:00 p.m. EST and 8:00 p.m. CEST.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear from Oregonian and German wine luminaries, right from their living rooms!

34th Annual
International Pinot Noir Celebration

2020 Event Postponed
July 23-25, 2021
at Linfield College
McMinnville, Oregon

The IPNC is a three-day event, famous around the globe, as a mecca for lovers of Pinot noir and northwest cuisine. During the weekend, world-renowned winemakers, northwest chefs, esteemed media, epicures, and wine lovers will gather in McMinnville, Oregon, for three days of exploring Pinot noir, savoring unforgettable meals, and learning and celebrating with luminaries of the food and wine world.

Along with the speakers and chefs, it is the relaxing and festive atmosphere that sets the IPNC apart from all other wine events. Whether tasting Grand Cru Burgundy or walking through Oregon vineyards with the grower who planted them, guests find themselves unwinding in picturesque Oregon wine country for what wine legend Jancis Robinson described as “one of the most enjoyable wine weekends in the world”.



Carolyn Wells Kramer 2017 Andrea Johnson Photography 2017
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Finally, we’d like to introduce the German wine legend...  Ernst Loosen!  Ernst Loosen was born into a great tradition of German winemaking. The Dr. Loosen estate on the Mosel River has been in his family for over 200 years, so you’d think it only natural for him to take up the family legacy as a profession. Looking to the New World to rejuvenate the image of Riesling, in 1999 Ernst entered into a joint venture with Chateau Ste. Michelle in Washington state. Together they produce a Washington Riesling, called Eroica, which has set a new bar for expressive, top-quality Riesling in the United States. The wine is regularly praised as the finest example of American Riesling currently being produced. In addition to his passion for Riesling, Ernst is a lifelong Pinot Noir fanatic, a variety that he has produced in the Pfalz since 1996. After numerous visits to Oregon over the years, he found a kindred spirit in winemaker Jay Somers, founder of J. Christopher Wines. They formed a partnership in 2010, built a new J. Christopher winery and have established a vineyard in the northern Willamette Valley.  Join us tomorrow at 11:00am Pacific Time for Episode 6 of the Oregon Pinot Broadcast! Visit today to learn more!
Introducing the truly one-of-a-kind,  Harry Peterson-Nedry!  Myers Briggs needs to create a new acronym for this man. A left-brain-meets-right if ever there was one, Harry Peterson-Nedry holds degrees in both chemistry and English. Harry’s interest in wine began innocently enough as a consumer passion, but soon developed into a consuming passion—one that was ultimately rooted in 1980, when he purchased land for what would grow to become the phenomenal Ridgecrest Vineyards. His fledgling winery, Chehalem, allowed him to put into practice a hands-on, yet scientific approach to winemaking. A mini-generation removed from Oregon’s founding winegrowers, Harry was in a unique position to benefit from their successes and learn from their failures. He recently sold his interest in Chehalem in order to make wine solely from his favorite vineyard.  There is still time to register for this Saturday's event! Visit today to learn more!
Now introducing the brilliant, kind, and talented...  Luisa Ponzi!  After working and completing her post-graduate studies at the CFPPA in Beaune, France, second generation winemaker Luisa Ponzi returned to the Willamette Valley in 1993 to begin her career at Ponzi Vineyards. The Ponzi family has had the rare opportunity of farming the same land for fifty years. The 150 acres are situated on five sites located on the eastern slope of the Chehalem Mountains AVA. Luisa is a primary figure in the establishment of the Laurelwood District AVA, recognizing the importance of soil type and geology to winemaking in the region. Luisa consistently produces cellar-worthy cuvées with each vintage. With twenty-seven vintages under her belt, an eye for innovation, and a supreme understanding of winemaking, Luisa has paved the for world-class Oregon Chardonnay, Pinot noir, and Riesling.  Registration is still open for this Saturday's virtual webinar! Visit today to find out how you can join the conversation!
Next up is the humble and talented...  James Frey!  Not having gone to school for wine, James Frey trained himself to become a winemaker with the help of mentors like Oregon’s Josh Bergström and Burgundy’s Jacques Lardiere. Since the whole family lives on site, James and his wife Andrea have been committed to farming in a manner that creates a healthy and diverse ecosystem. This includes preservation of the natural habitats that surround their vineyards, dry-farming, never using herbicides, never tilling, extensive composting, bee-friendly viticulture and hand-harvesting every cluster. Today, Frey Family Wines encompass the brands of Trisaetum (Willamette Valley); 18401 Cellars (Walla Walla) and Pashey (Sparkling); all produced by James at the winery on Ribbon Ridge. Despite outside influences pushing for expanded production, staying small and very hands-on has become a core principle; therefore, production levels have remained constant at a total of around 6,000 cases each vintage.
Registration is still available! Buy wines and sign up today at!
With Episode 6 of the Oregon Pinot Broadcast only 5 days away, we would now like to introduce you to our incredible panel! First up, our esteemed moderator...  Ray Isle!  Ray Isle is the Executive Wine Editor of Food & Wine and the Wine & Spirits editor for Travel + Leisure. He oversees all wine coverage for Food & Wine and writes the monthly “Bottle Service” column, plus contributes regular print and online features about wine, spirits, and wine-related travel to both brands. His articles about wine, beer, food and spirits have appeared in a wide range of national publications, he has been nominated three times for a James Beard Award, has twice won the IACP Award for Narrative Beverage Writing, and has won a NATJA Gold award for his travel writing. He speaks regularly on wine at live events and is a frequent guest on national media, having appeared on programs such as NBC’s Today, CNBC’s On the Money & Squawk Box, NPR’s All Things Considered, and American Public Media’s Splendid Table, among others. Follow his wine exploits on twitter @islewine and on Instagram @rayisle.  Registration is still open so don't miss your opportunity to join the conversation! Buy wines and sign up at today!


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