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Broadcast Details

The IPNC is proud to present the eighth episode in our series of online conversations with winemakers and wine professionals from around the world. This episode is a very special broadcast, brought to you by the Oregon Chardonnay Celebration. Join moderator and renowned wine writer Jamie Goode for a discussion with notable winemakers as they compare their unique approaches and experiences making Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley, on Saturday, March 20th, 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 these wine luminaries, right from their living rooms!

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Featured Wines

To commemorate the broadcast, we have selected a special four-pack of Oregon Chardonnay to accompany the Celebration, available for purchase.

Brick House Wines 2018 Cascadia Chardonnay
Domaine Serene 2018 Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay
Lingua Franca 2018 Estate Chardonnay
Chehalem 2019 INOX Chardonnay

Pack Price: $175

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 8 – The Hand of the Winemaker

It has been said that the hand of the winemaker is even more impactful in Chardonnay than in Pinot Noir. Many winemakers also hold that while it’s easy to make an ordinary Chardonnay, it is very challenging to make outstanding Chardonnay that reflects its place of origin. Explore these topics with our four esteemed winemakers along with esteemed moderator Dr. Jamie Goode of Wine Anorak. Panelists include Katie Santora (Chehalem Wines), Thomas Savre (Lingua Franca), Doug Tunnell (Brick House Wines), and Rachel Zasadni (Domaine Serene).

Moderator

Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode is a UK-based wine writer, lecturer, wine judge and book author. With a PhD in plant biology, he worked as a science editor, before starting wineanorak.com in 1999, which became a popular wine website. Since 2005 he’s been the wine columnist for UK national newspaper The Sunday Express, and has written regularly for a range of publications, including The World of Fine Wine, Meininger’s Wine Business International, Noble Rot, Wine & Spirits, Vine Pair and Drinks International. He is active as a speaker/lecturer and also a wine judge, and is one of the co-chairs for the International Wine Challenge. Goode’s books include The Science of Wine, Authentic Wine, I taste Red and Flawless. He’s also prolific on Twitter (@jamiegoode) and Instagram (@drjamiegoode).

Panelists

Doug Tunnel

Overlooking Oregon’s verdant Chehalem Valley, Brick House is a 40-acre farm first planted to wine grapes in 1990. Brick House wines are grown in the vineyards surrounding a 1931 vintage, brick farmhouse. Certified organic in 1990 and Demeter Biodynamic® since 2005, Brick House produces Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Gamay noir in harmony with nature. The winemaking is decidedly non-interventionist, incorporating several unique strains of yeast native to the farm and the old-barn winery. The chardonnays are bottled on site and by hand, with an eye to quality at every step of the production process. Great care is taken to respect vintage variations and, most of all, the unique characteristics of the site. From the first day of pruning to the last of harvest, Doug Tunnell and his team strive to make wines that reflect the beauty and complexity of the Brick House farm.”

Thomas J.H. Savre

A native of France, Thomas Savre is among the most accomplished and energetic young winemakers in Oregon.  He joined Lingua Franca in May 2015 from his prior position at Evening Land, where he worked closely with Dominique Lafon to create Pinot noir and Chardonnay from Seven Springs Vineyard, directly adjacent to the LS Vineyard. At the Jules Guyot Institute, University of Burgundy, from 2008 through 2012, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Wine Science, and two Masters degrees, one in Viticulture Practices and the other in Enology and Winemaking. As the winemaker at Lingua Franca, Thomas crafts elegant wines that speak to the place from which they come and which have earned early, yet significant, accolades.

Katie Santora

Katie Santora joined Chehalem in 2012 as assistant winemaker. In her nine-year tenure, Katie has facilitated every aspect of the winemaking process. Her expert knowledge of our vineyard sites and house style made her the perfect candidate to assume the role of winemaker in 2018. In her current position, Katie considers herself a conductor as she empowers her team, ensuring everyone feels happy and productive. Winemaking allows Katie to be in tune with the grapes as they progress through the season, allowing her to have a deeper understanding of the vintage, and the world at large. Originally from Utah, Katie became interested in wine while attending UC Davis where she graduated with a degree in enology and viticulture.

Rachel Zasadni

Rachel Zasadni recently celebrated her 10-year anniversary with Domaine Serene Winery.  Her passion and dedication moved her up the ranks to Winemaker, where she oversees the production of 275 planted acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, within the Dundee Hills, Eola Amity Hills, and Yamhill Carlton AVAs.  Rachel has been an integral part the winemaking team and at the forefront of award-winning Chardonnays and the creation of Domaine Serene’s Sparkling wine program.  She is originally from Cleveland Ohio and studied Biochemistry at The Ohio State University, before moving out west and dedicating her life to fermentation.  With 13 years in the wine industry, she is fascinated by the sensory aspect of winemaking, mixing both science and art to create an expression of the land.  Working in the Willamette Valley has been such a rewarding experience for her as each vintage provides its own unique personality to the wines.

Broadcast Details

The IPNC is proud to present the seventh episode in our series of online conversations with winemakers and wine professionals from around the world. Join moderator and renowned wine writer Julia Coney for a discussion with young and up-and-coming professionals in the Oregon wine industry, including Chevonne Ball (Dirty Radish), Lily Hanridge (Linfield University), Cassidy Robinson (Premier Cru Solutions), and Jarrod Williams (Ruby Vineyard & Winery), on Saturday, February 20th, 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 these wine luminaries, right from their living rooms!

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Featured Wines

To commemorate the broadcast, we have selected a special four-pack of wines to go along with the presentation, available for purchase.

Lavinea 2018 Elton Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Martin Woods 2018 Gamay Noir
Ruby Vineyard 2017 Flora’s Reserve Pinot Noir
Pressing Plant 2015 Pinot Noir

Pack Price: $229

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 7 – New Voices in Oregon Wine

Join renowned wine writer Julia Coney for a rousing conversation with up-and-coming young talent within the Oregon wine industry as they discuss everything from their motivations and ambitions to proposed pairings, and unique industry insights.

Moderator

Julia Coney – @juliaconey

Julia Coney is a Washington, D.C. and Houston, Texas-based wine writer, wine educator, speaker, and consultant. Her wine writing includes stories on wine, winemakers, personal essays, and the intersection of race and wine. She holds a WSET Level Two Certification in Wine and Spirits and is currently pursuing her Master Level Champagne Certification with the Wine Scholar Guild. Her work has been featured in Wine Enthusiast, Vinepair, Food + Wine, The Tasting Panel, Plate Magazine, Forbes.com, WineEnthusiast.com, Glamour, Essence, The Washington Post, and numerous print and digital publications.  She is a 2019 Fellow of the Professional Wine Writers Symposium at Meadowood Napa Valley. Julia has spoken on writing, diversity, inclusion, intersectionality, and more at wine2wine in Verona, Italy, Assemblage Symposium, Women in Wine Leadership Symposium, and CIA Sommelier Summit and Beverage Professionals Conferences.

Panelists

Lily Hanridge – @lily.hanridge

While it was challenging to be born in South India but raised in Arizona, Lily found refuge in India’s cuisine. She grew up cooking Indian dishes and food from all over with her family, discovering a passion for food and wine. She later enrolled in culinary classes, and worked in wine bistros to learn about the industry. After high school, she started working at the Oregon Wine History Archive to become familiar with Oregon’s people, stories, and wine before enrolling at Linfield University in Wine Studies. Since then, she has also worked with the IPNC, interned for the Assemblage Symposium, and earned Level 1 & 2 WSET Wine and Spirit certification. She takes pride in being a woman of color and a part of the future of the wine industry. Lily is thrilled to be a part of this panel alongside people she has looked up to for years.

Cassidy Robinson – @premiercrusolutions

Cassidy Robinson was born and raised in Billings, Montana and moved to Oregon in 2016 to study Business Marketing and Wine Studies at Linfield University. Throughout her time at Linfield, Cassidy gained experience in the wine industry on a local and global scale by working in tasting rooms in the Willamette Valley and by living in Aix-en-Provence, France for a semester to study wine. After graduating from Linfield in Spring of 2020, Cassidy has most recently been hired as the Account Manager for a well-recognized wine marketing firm, Premier Cru Solutions. She is excited to make an impact on the Oregon wine industry, and to learn as much as she can along the way.

Chevonne Ball – @dirty_radish

Recently named a Wine Enthusiasts Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers of 2020, and a Rising Star by SevenFiftyDaily, Chevonne Ball is the Owner and Founder of Dirty Radish. Her travel company connects travelers to her favorite places, Oregon and France, for world class hospitality and wine education. After moving to France in 2009 “on a wing and a prayer,” Ball fell in love with the food, wine, and people in Beaujolais in particular. She made it her mission to bring that passion to others who realize the region has so much more to offer than just Nouveau. She honed her wine skills and became a Certified Sommelier and French Wine Scholar. Since establishing Dirty Radish in 2017, Chevonne has expanded her services to include wine and travel itineraries, hospitality consulting services, educational seminars, and her own line of Dirty Radish merchandise (coming Spring 2021!).

Jarrod Williams – @rubyvineyard

Jarrod has been working in the beverage industry for over ten years getting his start as a bartender in Philadelphia. His love of craft cocktails took him to Baltimore and D.C. where he developed cutting edge cocktail programs which gained national recognition. Upon returning to Philadelphia, he shifted his focus from cocktails to wine gaining his WSET Level 3 and curating lists for the city’s top restaurants. Seeking a new challenge, he packed his bags and moved to the Willamette Valley in 2018 where he worked his first harvest with Ruby Vineyard, learning the intricacies of the winemaking process. After harvest ended, he joined Ruby Vineyard’s sales team and is currently their regional sales manager.

Broadcast Details

The IPNC is proud to present the sixth 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 these wine luminaries, right from their living rooms!

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Featured Wines

2018 Dr. Loosen “Red Slate” Riesling Dry
2018 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese
2017 J. Christopher Appassionata Riesling GG
2018 Ponzi Riesling
2019 RIDGECREST Estate Dry Riesling, Ridgecrest Vineyards
2018 Trisaetum Ribbon Ridge Dry Riesling

Pack Price: $186

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 6 – Riesling Rock Stars from Oregon & Germany

Join wine legend Ernst Loosen and four pre-eminent Riesling winemakers from the Willamette Valley AVA’s sub-region “Chehalem Mountains” to talk about this spicy and delicious varietal that is often compared to Pinot Noir in terms of complexity and nuance. Compare old-world wines from Germany with new-world wines from Oregon side by side as each winemaker discusses the sense of place their Riesling wines embody.

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.

Panelists

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.

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.

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.

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.

Broadcast Details

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 Dorothy Gaiter and Terry Theise for a holiday celebration of grower Champagnes on Saturday, December 12th, 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 these wine luminaries, right from their living rooms!

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Featured Wines

To commemorate the broadcast, we have selected a four-pack of Champagne selected by Terry Theise himself. Order now to taste along with Dorothy & Terry. This selection will also make a wonderful holiday gift for someone extra-special in your life!:

Chartogne-Taillet Cuvée Ste.-Anne
Marc Hébrart Blanc de Blancs Brut
Marc Hébrart Mes Favorites Vieilles Vignes Brut
Moussé Fils “Effusion” Rosé “Perpetuelle de Blanc et de Rouge” Brut

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 5 – A Celebration of Grower Champagne

Join two of the wine world’s most illustrious wine legends, Dorothy Gaiter and Terry Theise for a discussion and tasting of four grower Champagnes, hand-picked by Terry himself. Terry has spent a lifetime helping small growers from Champagne build a following all over the world. Dorothy will draw stories out of Terry, while contributing tidbits of her own vast knowledge and love of Champagne.

Speakers

Dorothy Gaiter

Dorothy Gaiter, senior editor of The Grape Collective, conceived and wrote The Wall Street Journal’s wine column, “Tastings,” from 1998 to 2010 with her husband, John Brecher. They’ve written four wine books and created the “Open That Bottle Night” annual celebration of wine and friendship. Gaiter has been a reporter, editor, columnist, and editorial writer at The Miami Herald, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, which twice nominated her work on race for the Pulitzer Prize and once for “Tastings.” She has been tasting and studying wine since 1973.  She’s won awards from the Newswomen’s Club of New York and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Terry Theise

Terry Theise, winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional, is an importer of boutique wines from Germany, Austria, and the Champagne region of France. His articles have appeared in The World of Fine Wine magazine. He was Wine & Spirits’ Man of the Year in 2001 and Food and Wine magazine’s “Importer of the Year” in 2006. He is most recently the author of the critically-acclaimed, Reading Between the Wines, and What Makes Wine Worth Drinking: In Praise of the Sublime.

Broadcast Details

The IPNC is proud to present the fourth episode in our series of online conversations with winemakers from around the world. Julia Coney, noted wine writer, will host Episode IV of our Oregon Pinot Broadcast series with French-born Winemakers in Oregon on November 8th, 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:

2017 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Laurène, Dundee Hills
2017 Lingua Franca Estate, Eola-Amity Hills
2018 Phelps Creek “Cuvée Alexandrine”, Columbia Gorge
2017 Domaine Nicolas-Jay, Willamette Valley
2017 Résonance, Résonance Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton
2019 Résonance Rosé of Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

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 4 – French-born Winemakers in Oregon

“On a splendid morning of July 1987, in the hills of Dundee, my father looked at me and said, ‘Let’s try to make wine here. I believe in this place.’ In 30 years  the journey has been as challenging as it has been a fascinating adventure.” – Véronique Boss-Drouhin. In more recent years, emissaries from Maison Louis Jadot, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Domaine Méo-Camuzet, and Domaine Marc Roy have decided to put down their roots in Oregon as well. Join renowned moderator Julia Coney and explore what makes their wines special as they share tales of their adventures in the New World.

Moderator

Julia Coney

Julia Coney is a Washington, D.C. and Houston, Texas-based wine writer, wine educator, speaker, and consultant. Her wine writing includes stories on wine, winemakers, personal essays, and the intersection of race and wine. She holds a WSET Level Two Certification in Wine and Spirits and is currently pursuing her Master Level Champagne Certification with the Wine Scholar Guild. Her work has been featured in Wine Enthusiast, Vinepair, Food + Wine, The Tasting Panel, Plate Magazine, Forbes.com, WineEnthusiast.com, Glamour, Essence, The Washington Post, and numerous print and digital publications.  She is a 2019 Fellow of the Professional Wine Writers Symposium at Meadowood Napa Valley. Julia has spoken on writing, diversity, inclusion, intersectionality, and more at wine2wine in Verona, Italy, Assemblage Symposium, Women in Wine Leadership Symposium, and CIA Sommelier Summit and Beverage Professionals Conferences.

Panelists

Véronique Drouhin-Boss

Established in 1987, Domaine Drouhin Oregon is owned by the Drouhin Family of Burgundy (Maison Joseph Drouhin). Fourth-generation winemaker Véronique Drouhin-Boss produces wines of distinction, balance, elegance and longevity. Philippe Drouhin, who oversees the family vineyards in Burgundy and Oregon, is responsible for the 225-acre estate. Today, 124 acres are under vine and are certified sustainable by L.I.V.E. The family’s principled approach to viticulture and winemaking, and long experience with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, have earned an international reputation for excellence. In 2013, the Drouhins purchased the Roserock vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills, and debuted the Roserock wines in 2016.

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.

Jean-Nicolas Méo

Cofounder and Winemaker: As the owner and winemaker of the Cote D ‘Ors famed Domaine Méo-Camuzet, Jean-Nicolas Méo’s path to Oregon’s Willamette Valley first went through the great grands crus of Burgundy, where he spent nearly 30 years making wines from legendary vineyards like Richebourg, Clos de Vougeot, Corton Clos Rognet and Echezeaux. In 2012, inspired by a three-decade interest in the quality and potential of Oregon’s Pinot Noirs, Jean-Nicolas partnered with his longtime friend, Jay Boberg, to found Nicolas-Jay in the Willamette Valley. At Nicolas-Jay, Jean-Nicolas applies insights gained from his experience making Pinot Noirs from some of the world’s greatest winegrowing sites to craft exciting and elegant Pinot Noirs that authentically show the terroir of the Willamette Valley, and some of its very finest vineyards.

Thibault Gagey

Surrounded by the scenic region of Burgundy, Thibault Gagey was educated throughout his teen years on the process of winemaking and business of wine from his grandfather, Andre Gagey and father, Pierre-Henry Gagey, who were both known for their significant roles at Maison Louis Jadot. After building this experience in the wine industry, he returned to Burgundy in 2014 to work for Maison Louis Jadot as the Deputy General Manager. He has since taken an interest in returning to the US for Louis Jadot’s latest project, Résonance, located in the Yamhill-Carlton Valley of Oregon. He has been working alongside family friend and renowned Burgundy winemaker, Jacques Lardière. This exciting new project allows Thibault to work between two beautiful terroirs- Burgundy and Oregon.

Alexandrine Roy

Alexandrine Roy is the 4th generation of the Roy family to farm her holdings in Gevrey-Chambertin and Marsannay. It is a tiny domaine of just four hectares that is meticulously cared for as if it was a personal garden. Alexandrine is a true farmer, consistently ploughing the soils of her old- vine vineyards (many of which are more than 100 years old) to allow the roots to dig deep into the shallow limestone. The resulting wines from these delicately cared for plots show a lovely purity and elegance that have garnered the domaine praise from around the world. Through minimal intervention and extraction, Alexandrine allows her old vines to express themselves with immense depth of flavor and clarity. For the uninitiated – and there seem to be fewer and fewer each year – Burgundy rarely is as pristine, or downright delicious, than with the extraordinary wines of Alexandrine Roy.

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:

  • 2017 Château de la Crée, Santenay Monopole Clos de la Confrérie Pinot noir
  • 2017 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay
  • 2017 Evening Land Seven Springs Estate Pinot noir
  • 2018 Gran Moraine Yamhill-Carlton Pinot noir

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!

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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!

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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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