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Broadcast Details

The IPNC is proud to present the third episode in our series of online conversations with winemakers from around the world.
Elaine Chukan Brown, JancisRobinson.com wine writer for America, will host Episode III of our Oregon Pinot Broadcast series with
Burgundy and Oregon’s Bright Stars on October 10, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. PDT, 2:00 p.m. EDT and 8:00 p.m. CEST.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear from Oregonian and Burgundian wine luminaries, right from their living rooms!

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Featured Wines

To commemorate the broadcast,
we have selected a four-pack of wines from the producers:

Wines to be announced.

Oregon Pinot Broadcast, presented by IPNC, is proud to partner with Valley Wine Merchants, a retail bottle shop in Newberg, Oregon, showcasing the best small lot wines from the Willamette Valley…and beyond. Through this partnership, we’re able to create this truly unique 4-pack for purchase, which can be shipped to more than 47 states throughout the continental U.S. Please note, orders will be held due to warm weather until later this fall. Buyers will be notified before the shipment.

Episode 3 – Burgundy and Oregon’s Bright Stars

It’s our pleasure to introduce you to winemakers Michael Fay of Château de la Crée, Clothilde Lafarge of Domaine Lafarge, Shane Moore of Gran Moraine, and Rajat Parr of Seven Springs and Domaine de la Côte. Each of these winemakers has drawn considerably on their knowledge of both Oregonian and Burgundian winemaking techniques to craft the amazing wines emerging from their cellars. Listen as they share stories with you of Burgundy and Oregon.

Moderator

Elaine Chukan Brown

Elaine Chukan Brown serves as the American Specialist at JancisRobinson.com, a contributing writer with Wine & Spirits Magazine, and a speaker at events worldwide. Her work has been featured in World of Fine Wine, Decanter, RobbReport, MensHealth.com, GuildSomm.com, Wine Business Monthly, San Francisco Magazine, Alquimie and Noble Rot, among others. She has been a celebrated guest speaker and led seminars about wine, writing, and inspiration around the world. Such speaking engagements have included The Women in Wine Leadership Symposium, Pinot Noir NZ, Texsom, ProWein, the UC Davis Viticulture & Enology Program, and the International Pinot Noir Celebration, as well as the Summer Literary Seminar, and the Association of Writers Program. She is a celebrated speaker, leading seminars in wine highly regarded by Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, winemakers, wine trade, and consumers alike.

Panelists

Clothilde Lafarge with her grandfather

Clothilde Lafarge

Clothilde Lafarge grew up in the family estate in Volnay. Throughout her childhood, she ran through the underground maze from the 13th century. Trained by her grandfather, Michel, and her father, Frédéric, at the art of tasting when she was young, she enjoyed trying to find the vintage of the wine by the nose. After her high school graduation, she studied business. During an internship for a wine merchant in England, she chose to work in the wine business. She obtained her master degree in Wine and Spirits from INSEEC Bordeaux. Then, she studied viticulture & oenology in Beaune and traveled and worked around the world for a year to build her winemaking skills in New Zealand (Marlborough) and Oregon (Willamette Valley). Since January 2018, she has been working in the family estate with her father and her mother, Chantal.

Shane Moore

Gran Moraine winemaker Shane Moore toes the line of recklessness to create wines that capture the best of our Yamhill-Carlton AVA vineyards. The diversity of sun exposures, elevations, rootstocks, and clones in our estate vineyards translate into a varied lineup of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Rosé of Pinot Noir and Brut Rosé—each with its own personality. Uniting them all is a lively, linear grace that brightens the palate and lightens the soul.

Shane Moore with Pinot noir glass
Michael Fay in the vineyard

Michael Fay

It was always Michael Fay’s dream to return to the Pacific Northwest and Oregon specifically as the Willamette Valley is the spiritual home and quality standard for Pinot Noir in North America. In May of 2017, Michael started in the role of Director of Winemaking and Viticulture at Domaine Serene Winery & Vineyards. Michael oversees the talented team of winemakers and viticulturalists at both Domaine Serene, located in the beautiful Dundee Hills of the Willamette Valley, and Château de la Crée in the Santenay region of Burgundy’s historic Côte de Beaune.

Rajat Parr

Co-founder of Domaine de la Côte, Rajat is a three-time James Beard Award winner and is regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on wine. A trained chef, Rajat grew up in Calcutta, India, before journeying to the United States where he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park. Concomitant with a star-struck career in the hospitality industry, Rajat became more and more interested in wine, crafting some of his own bottlings in both Burgundy and in the US. During this period, he became closer to Santa Barbara County winemaker Sashi Moorman, as they found mutual interest in pushing the boundaries of California wine, every vintage seeing how much earlier they could harvest to achieve more balanced alcohols, racier acidity, and purer flavors. In 2011, Rajat and Sashi launched Sandhi, producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from select vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills.  In 2013, they released wines from his new estate vineyard, Domaine de la Côte, located on the westernmost edge of the Sta. Rita Hills. Most recently, in early 2014, Rajat and Sashi took over the historic and acclaimed Seven Springs Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills of Oregon. In 2018, they launched the Raj Parr Wine Club, a label of unique and esoteric wines and styles sold directly to members.

Rajat Parr

Broadcast Details

The IPNC is proud to present the second episode in our series of online conversations with winemakers from around the world.
Co-moderators Elaine Chukan Brown and Cameron Douglas will guide a conversation about Central Otago: Sustainability is Key on Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear from wine luminaries, right from their living rooms!

Donate $20 to Attend

Featured Wines

To commemorate the broadcast,
we have selected a four-pack of wines from the producers:

2016 Rippon “Rippon” Mature Vine Pinot Noir
2017 Quartz Reef Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
2018 Mt. Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Noir
2018 Felton Road Calvert Pinot Noir

Four-packs are available for purchase from Valley Wine Merchants.
Please note orders will be held due to warm weather until fall and buyers will be notified before shipment.

Episode 2 – Central Otago: Sustainability is Key

Sustainable Winegrowing NZ™ is widely recognized as a world-leading sustainability program and was one of the first to be established in the international wine industry in 1997. Learn about this particular certification and how four of Central Otago’s finest winemakers are integrating sustainable practices in their vineyards, often going above and beyond the requirements by incorporating both organic and biodynamic farming.

Moderator

Elaine Chukan Brown

Elaine Chukan Brown serves as the American Specialist at JancisRobinson.com, a contributing writer with Wine & Spirits Magazine, and a speaker at events worldwide. Her work has been featured in World of Fine Wine, Decanter, RobbReport, MensHealth.com, GuildSomm.com, Wine Business Monthly, San Francisco Magazine, Alquimie and Noble Rot, among others. She has been a celebrated guest speaker and led seminars about wine, writing, and inspiration around the world. Such speaking engagements have included The Women in Wine Leadership Symposium, Pinot Noir NZ, Texsom, ProWein, the UC Davis Viticulture & Enology Program, and the International Pinot Noir Celebration, as well as the Summer Literary Seminar, and the Association of Writers Program. She is a celebrated speaker, leading seminars in wine highly regarded by Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, winemakers, wine trade, and consumers alike.

Cameron Douglas

Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas is an experienced wine writer, commentator, judge, reviewer, presenter and consultant. At home in NZ he is the wine and beverage feature writer for a number of publications, and has his own bi-annual magazine – World of Wine. He reviews wines and makes his notes available on his website both to the wineries and the public, as a courtesy to the Industry. Cameron spends much of his time involved in education – academically in charge of the Wine and Beverage Program at AUT University in Auckland, and ‘out in the field’, consulting for the Wine, Hotel & Restaurant, Tourism sectors, and the interested public. He is on the Fine Wines of New Zealand Masters team in association with Air New Zealand. He served on the Board of Directors for the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas, and is committed to being an instructor and examiner for the MS program both in the USA and Oceania.

Panelists

Rudi Bauer

Austrian-born Rudi Bauer is the winemaker at Quartz Reef winery in Central Otago. Rudi studied viticulture and winemaking in Austria and Germany before coming to New Zealand in 1985 and falling in love with the country, the wine and a “Kiwi girl” – the New Zealand wine industry’s gain! Working vintages in New Zealand, California and Oregon gave Rudi a taste for Pinot Noir, and he moved to Central Otago making the region’s first gold and trophy winning Pinot Noir in 1991. In 1996, Rudi created Quartz Reef, the first vineyard in Bendigo; specializing in Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Méthode Traditionnelle. Rudi was awarded Winemaker of the Year in 1999 and again in 2010. He was also honored to be the first New Zealand winemaker nominated for the prestigious “Der Feinschmecker Winemaker of the Year” in 2010. Most recently, in 2019, Rudi was awarded Gourmet Traveller Wine NZ’s Leadership award.

Matt Dicey

Matt Dicey was born in South Africa to third generation grape growers, bringing a lifelong association with wine to bear on over two decades as Mt Difficulty’s winemaker. After moving to New Zealand, Matt’s parents recognized Central Otago’s potential for Pinot Noir, and were among the first to plant vines in the Bannockburn sub-region. In 1992 Matt helped plant the Long Gully vineyard, one of the four oldest sites along Bannockburn’s famed Felton Road. After earning a Master’s Degree in Oenology and Viticulture, Matt spent four years working as a winemaker in Oregon, Tuscany and South Africa’s Western Cape. Returning in 1998 for Mt Difficulty’s first harvest, Matt helped build the winery where he has remained as winemaker ever since, creating terroir-driven Pinot Noirs of exceptional finesse.

Nick Mills

When Nick Mills was asked to provide a DNA sample for testing, there was some confusion when the lab results came back with the words: “Rippon”, “schist” and “compost”. While it dispelled awkward questions on one front, it only served to reinforce what was always known about him: his family farm is in his blood.Born on a massive ball of molten rock that spins around in a vacuum, Nick was raised within Rippon, a complete farm entity that exists on the eastern flanks of a zone of crustal up-thrust that has become known as Kā Tiritiri o te Moana:The Southern Alps of New Zealand. Son of Central Otago viticulture pioneers Rolfe and Lois Mills, Nick was born around the same time as his parents’ first plantings and is part of the fourth generation on the 100-year-old family farm. As children, Nick and his siblings’ school holidays were spent selecting, planting and nurturing the vines they now tend; together, their roots have become firmly embedded in Rippon’s schist soils. As much a product of the land as the vines and wines of Rippon themselves, Nick, since 2002, has headed the team of flora and fauna, friends and family that live and work in avery unique and distinct place.

Blair Walter

Blair Walter grew up on a farm in rural Waikato and studied Horticultural Science at Lincoln University (Canterbury, N.Z.). His penultimate year of study was spent at Oregon State University where he was involved in their viticulture program and wine sensory evaluation panels. Previous vintage and winemaking experience includes vineyards and wineries in New Zealand, Australia, California, Oregon and Burgundy. Blair started at Felton Road in 1996, planning and readying the winery for its inaugural vintage in 1997. His skill and vast experience as a winemaker brought a minimalist approach: making wines in the simplest, gentlest, most hands-free way possible. Regular visits to other winemaking regions of the world helps Blair keep abreast of his peers, while indulging in the joy of seeing how far Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir can be taken by the established masters of the craft.

Broadcast Details

The IPNC is proud to present the first episode in our series of online conversations with winemakers from around the world.
New York Times Wine Critic, Eric Asimov will launch the series with
The Oregon & Burgundy Connection on July 18, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. PDT, 2:00 p.m. EDT, and 8:00 p.m. CEST.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear from Oregonian and Burgundian wine luminaries, right from their living rooms!

Donate $20 to Attend

Featured Wines

To commemorate the broadcast,
we have selected a four-pack of wines from the producers:

2017 Domaine de Montille, Beaune 1er Cru les Sizies Pinot Noir
2017 Dominique Lafon, Beaune 1er Cru Vignes Franches Pinot Noir
2018 Walter Scott, Sojeau Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
2018 Bergström, Bergström Vineyard, Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

Four-packs are available for purchase from Valley Wine Merchants.
Please note orders will be held due to warm weather until fall and buyers will be notified before shipment.

Episode 1 – The Oregon & Burgundy Connection

Especially in the early days of Oregon’s winemaking history, the interconnection between winemakers in Oregon and in Burgundy was strong. Oregon winemakers looking to train and to make a name for themselves studied and interned in Burgundy. A few forward-thinking Burgundians saw Oregon as a wild-west of winemaking: land was inexpensive, and nothing like the rules and regulations in Burgundy existed in Oregon. Some Burgundians purchased property in Oregon and put down roots. As a notoriously difficult to make wine, Pinot noir winemakers tend to share ideas and resources in order to be able to create the best wines possible. Learn about the transfer of ideas, hard-work, and knowledge that bounced back and forth across the pond in the early days, and still takes place today. 45 minutes

Moderator

Eric Asimov

Eric Asimov is the chief wine critic of The New York Times, a position he assumed in June 2004 after having covered wine with The Times’s tasting panel and in his Tastings column for the Dining section. Asimov created the $25 and Under restaurant reviews in 1992 and wrote them through 2004. He is a co-author of “The New York Times Guide to Restaurants 2004,” the fifth edition of the guide. He has also reviewed takeout food for The Times in his To Go column and has offered commentary on food and wine on WQXR since 1999. His freelance work previously appeared in Food and Wine, Details and Martha Stewart Living. His first book, “$25 and Under: A Guide to the Best Inexpensive Restaurants in New York,” was published annually by HarperCollins from 1995 to 1998. At The Times, he was editor of the Living section from 1991 to 1994 and editor of Styles of The Times from 1994 to 1995. Asimov is a graduate of Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Conn., and did graduate work in American studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Eric lives with his family in Manhattan.

IPNC Host

Matt Berson

Matt Berson, the owner and winemaker of Love & Squalor, began his adventure in winemaking in 2003 when he was rescued from his illustrious restaurant career by a band of marauding Oregon winemakers. He was first taught the rudiments and joys of winemaking by Patty Green of Patricia Green Cellars. Then, he scurried in the cellars of Jimi Brooks (Brooks), Jay Somers (J. Christopher), Larry McKenna (Escarpment, NZ), and Erni Loosen (Dr. Loosen). The Love & Squalor label was launched in 2006 while he was the assistant winemaker for Ransom Wines. It focuses on Pinot noirs and Rieslings sourced from the vineyards of the Northern Willamette Valley. The wines are unmanipulated and honest. Berson lives in Portland in an old house filled with curly girls, including his wife and partner in crime Angie Reat, with whom he operates the Portland Wine Company urban winery and tasting room.

Panelists

Josh Bergström

Bergström Wines is a family owned and operated artisan producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It was started in 1999 by Dr. John and Karen Bergström, with the help of their son Josh Bergström and his wife Caroline Bergström. Josh Bergström has been crafting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Oregon’s Willamette Valley for 23 years. He is owner, general manager and winemaker at his family’s eponymous winery Bergström Wines in Newberg, Oregon. Josh and his team farm 70 acres of Biodynamic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from 5 different sub AVA of the Northern Willamette Valley. A native Oregonian, Josh studied business at the University of Oregon before going on to receive a postgraduate degree in Viticulture and Enology in Beaune, France. Beaune is where Josh and Caroline met. Caroline grew up in Burgundy and studied wine and spirits marketing at the famed Lycée Viticole. Together they roamed the Burgundian hillside villages, depleting communal stores of wine, bread, jambon persillé, and almost made escargots an endangered species. They returned to Oregon in the summer of 1999 to craft their family’s first vintage.

Dominique Lafon

Dominique Lafon was born in Burgundy in August 1958. He studied Viticulture & oenology in Beaune, graduating in 1980 followed by internships in California and Alsace (Domaine Weinbach). From 1982 to 1986 Dominique was employed by Le Serbet (Becky Wasserman) for both buying and sales, while working harvest and following the wines at the family Domaine des Comte Lafon. He returned to the domaine full time in August 1986, taking back the sharecropping arrangements over the next few years. The Domaine was founded by Dominique’s great grandfather, Comte Jules Lafon, in the early 1900s. It owns outstanding white wine (Chardonnay) vineyards in Meursault and Le Montrachet, and red wine vineyards (Pinot Noir) in Volnay and Monthelie. The average total production for 16 hectares (40 acres) is 7,000 cases, of which one third are red. The domaine moved to organic and biodynamic farming by 1998, having started trials in 1995. Dominique purchased for the family a domaine in the Maconnais, Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon, in 1999 – starting with 7ha with additional purchases in 2003, 2009 and between 2014 and 2016 to reach 26 ha today. Dominique started his own company “Dominique Lafon” in 2007, working 4 hectares in the Cote de Beaune. He also consults in Oregon, firstly with 7 Springs vineyard (2007-14) and subsequently with Larry Stone for the Lingua Franca label. Dominique has two children, Léa (born 1989) and Guillaume (1991) with his former wife, Anne Roumier.

Etienne de Montille

Domaine de Montille (60 acres) and Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet (30 acres) craft their wines from bio-dynamic certified vineyards located mainly in Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay, Pommard, Beaune, Corton and Vosne-Romanee. The family estate was established around 1730. In 1990 Etienne de Montille took over from his father Hubert. Since 2000 he has acquired significant pieces of prime land, including the Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet. He now owns and manages the estates with his team, including Brian Sieve, a winemaker from the United States. The style of the red wines has progressively evolved from Hubert’s style with the consistent use of a large quantity of stems during a long fermentation with moderate foulage and pigeage at natural temperatures to develop complexity in the wine. The white wines are pure, fresh, and focused with mineral aromas accompanied by a palate with tension and a slight saline character. To express the distinctions of the Burgundian terroirs, they moderately apply new oak ranging from 0% to maximum 50%. The wines’ firm structure, based on their acidity, tannins, and moderate alcohol, allows for great aging potential. 

Ken Pahlow

Partners Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon started Walter Scott in 2008 after years of living, studying and working within the Oregon wine industry. Ken had spent 18 years working for some of Oregon’s top winemakers, learning both production and marketing, while Erica is both an Advanced Sommelier and wine educator, focusing much of her passion on the Willamette Valley. In 2012, Sue and Andy Steinman joined the winery, helping the business realize goals and grow production. The winery specializing in Pinot noir and Chardonnay from exceptional vineyards sourced primarily from the Eola-Amity Hills appellation of the Willamette Valley. Our focus is to produce wines of elegance and purity, while conveying transparency of site and character of vintage.

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