IPNC Health & Safety Statement: COVID-19
April 2, 2020
Dear Friends of IPNC,
Like you, the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) Board of Directors has been carefully monitoring the development of COVID-19 and its impact on daily life in the United States and abroad. For weeks we remained optimistic and hopeful that we would all Celebrate together this July for the 34th annual IPNC in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley. However, the current situation makes it impossible for us to know the viability of travel and whether we can expect to resume physical proximity for large groups.
The health and safety of our guests, winemakers, chefs, volunteers, partners, and vendors are of the utmost importance to us. It is with a heavy heart that we share that the IPNC Board of Directors has voted to postpone the 2020 IPNC until July 23-25, 2021. We share your disappointment and will miss celebrating with you. IPNC is a special anniversary for so many of us and a highlight of our summer. Your presence will be sorely missed.
IPNC is one of the most important events of the year in the Pacific Northwest. This difficult decision will affect tourism to our region in addition to our featured winery partners, guest chefs, and local farmers. The current epidemic is proving to be devastating for the arts, events, restaurants, and local economies. The International Pinot Noir Celebration is a 501 (c) 6 non-profit organization that re-invests all ticket sales back into the success of the event every year. An event of this magnitude requires year-round planning, and ticket sales provide the sole source of funding for our annual operations. We respectfully request that you consider rolling over your ticket(s) to 2021, or, if you are able, to contribute your purchase price to the IPNC. This will provide us with the cash flow needed to continue operations for 2021 and beyond.
If you choose to roll over or donate your ticket, we will gratefully acknowledge your generosity with a complimentary three-bottle shipment from an Oregon IPNC winery.
We offer three options to our ticket holders:
- Roll over your ticket(s) to 2021
- Donate your ticket(s)
- Request a full refund
Please let us know your preference by filling out this form as soon as possible, but no later than by 5 p.m. PST Friday, May 1. If you do not respond by May 1, your ticket(s) will automatically roll over to 2021.
Should you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 503-472-8964. IPNC staff is currently working remotely, and calls will be returned as soon as possible.
It is our greatest hope that you can join us July 23-25, 2021 in the world-famous Willamette Valley to celebrate our beloved Pinot noir – and each other!
Until then, we wish you and your loved ones good health.
Yours in Pinot noir,
The IPNC Board of Directors and Staff
Clifford Robben, IPNC President, Loosen Bros. USA
Matt Berson, IPNC President Emeritus, Portland Wine Company, Love & Squalor Wines
Gina Hennen, IPNC Secretary, Adelsheim Vineyard
Thomas Savre, IPNC Treasurer, Lingua Franca
Clare Carver, big table farm
Christine Collier Clair, Willamette Valley Vineyards
Michael Davies, REX HILL & Matzinger Davies
Bryan Hill, àMaurice Cellars
Greg Jones, Linfield College
Michelle Kaufmann, Stoller Family Estate
Linda Levy, Automotive Events
Phil Oswalt, Multnomah Athletic Club
Hallie Whyte, Soter Vineyards
Amy Wesselman, Executive Director
Anne Nisbet, Culinary Director
John Hernandez, Office Manager & Event Coordinator