In keeping with the hedonistic appeal of Pinot Noir itself, the emphasis is very much on the word celebration.

Decanter - Tim Atkin

The International Pinot Noir Celebration is quite literally the grandaddy of All Pinot events

PinotReport - Gregory Walter

It’s the tops; there is nothing as well-run and instructive

The New York Times - Frank Prial

Nowhere is Pinot’s profile embraced more robustly than at the annual International Pinot Noir Celebration.

U.S.A Today - Jerry Shriver

Every morning of IPNC a fleet of buses spreads out over the Willamette Valley taking groups to seminars and sumptuous lunches, but you don’t know where your going until you get there. - Craig Camp

To have the privilege of holding these wines in your mouth for just a few minutes on a Saturday morning is the reason to travel to McMinnville in July. - Patrick Comiskey

Nowhere else in the world, not even in Burgundy – the ancient motherhouse of pinot noir – can you find such a sense of nurturing, caring and commitment as be found annually in this most unlikely of locales.

The Sunday Oregonian & The Wine Spectator - Matt Kramer

The IPNC is truly unique among Pinot Noir festivals in that the food rivals the wine. The meals are creative, original, fresh, and made with local artisan farm-to-table ingredients.

The PinotFile - Rusty Gaffney

I go to events like this all over the world and unquestionably the finest in the world is the IPNC.

Pierre Rovani -

The IPNC is an ideal mix of hedonism and education – summer camp for wine lovers…anyone who’s passionate about pinot noir must attend the IPNC at least once.

Bloomberg - Elin McCoy

Add up all the tastings, the seminars, the mystery-vineyard tours, the elegant alfresco meals — not to mention little bonbons such as pétanque (France’s version of bocce) on the lawn — and this three-day extravaganza is easily worth the price of entry. - Katherine Cole

IPNC really is a fantastic event, bringing together Oregon’s Pinot Noir producers with some high caliber international guest wineries for a weekend of serious tasting and some pretty serious dining, great wines, and also one of the most remarkable gastronomic experiences I’ve had. - Jamie Goode

IPNC is one of the great wine events of the world, and unquestionably the greatest for lovers of Pinot Noir.

Bon Appetit - Heather John

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

Everyone mingles. Your tablemate at lunch may be a winemaker from Burgundy, or a grape grower from New Zealand, or a high school principal from Chicago.

The New York Times - Frank Prial

Of all the festivals, fairs, fétes, and other wine gatherings my work takes me to, the one I most enjoy is the International Pinot Noir Celebration…it’s the gaiety of the event and its lack of pretension that I find especially appealing.

Gourmet - Gerald Asher

This laid-back extravaganza is admirable for its unique mix of high-class wines served with low-key attitude.

Wine Enthusiast - Paul Gregutt

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


2015 Review from PinotFile

2015 Seminars from The World of Fine Wine

Interview with 2015 Master of Ceremonies Sam Neill for Food & Wine

2015 Overview from Oregon Wine Press

2015 Passport to Pinot from Statesman Journal

2014 Winemakers from Ask A Winemaker

On the 2014 Grand Seminar from The World of Fine Wine

2014 Passport to Pinot from Oregon Wine Press

2014 Review from WineAlign

2014 Tasting Notes from Vinography

2014 IPNC Preview from PinotFile

Wall Street Journal highlights IPNC as a must-attend event for Pinot fans

2013 Review from Food Republic

2013 Review from WineJulia

2013 Photos from Portland Monthly

2013 Review of the Sunday Passport to Pinot from Wine Press NW

Comments and Photos from IPNC guests throughout the 2012 event

2012 Recap from San Jose Mercury News

Full IPNC 2011 Event Recap: Francoise Villeneuve and Antoinette Bruno of beautifully documented their IPNC experience with stunning photographs and detailed descriptions of the weekend activities. If you missed the event or just want to relive it, be sure to read this article!

Media Attendees

  • 2017 Media Attendees

    L.M. Archer, Oregon Wine Press
    Julie Arnan, 425 Magazine
    Eric Asimov, The New York Times
    Tamara Belgard, Sip with Me, Oregon Wine Press
    Elaine Brown, WakaWaka Wine Reviews,
    Randy Caparoso, The SOMM Journal
    Patrick Comiskey, Wine & Spirits, L.A. Times
    Eric Degerman, Great Northwest Wine
    David Furer, The SOMM Journal
    Rusty Gaffney, PinotFile
    Jamie Goode,
    W. Peter Hoyne, Chicago Sun Times
    William Kelley, Decanter
    Anne Krebiehl, Wine Enthusiast
    Allen Meadows,
    Alix Meyer, Freelance, Université de Bourgogne
    Stuart Pigott, Author
    Josh Raynolds, Vinous
    Treve Ring, WineAlign
    Chris Sawyer, The Sommelier Files
    Yoshiji Sato, Shuhan News

    Guest Sommeliers
    Steven Grubbs, Empire State South
    Justin Timsit, Gramercy Tavern

  • 2016 Media Attendees

    Talia Baiocchi,
    Elaine Brown, Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews,
    Julie H. Case, Freelance Journalist,
    Rusty Gaffney,
    Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast
    Emily Grosvenor, Freelance Journalist 
    Dave McIntyre, The Washington Post
    Allen & Erica Meadows,
    Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle
    Adam Morganstern, Forbes
    Andy Perdue, Seattle Times, Great NW Wines
    Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Vinous
    Rachel Signer, Freelance Journalist
    Håkon Skurtveit, VINMONOPOLET
    Jeff Kralik, The Drunken Cyclist

  • 2015 Media Attendees

    Jordi Ballester, La Revue des Oenologues
    Patrick Comiskey, Wine & Spirits Magazine
    Mary Cressler,
    Jameson Fink,,
    Rusty Gaffney,
    Christine Havens,
    Neal Hulkower, Oregon Wine Press
    Ray Isle, Food & Wine
    Akiko Katayama, AGORA
    Allen Meadows,
    Lauren Mowery, Village Voice,
    Jane Parkinson, Numerous UK publications including Decanter
    Bryce Wiatrak,
    Jessica Yadegaran, Seattle Magazine

  • 2014 Media Attendees

    Sean Berringer, Beast TV, Ask a Winemaker
    Jon Bonné, San Francisco Chronicle
    Elaine Brown, Hawk Waka Waka Wine Reviews
    Damien Casten, Candid Wines, Ask a Winemaker
    Patrick Comiskey, L.A. Times, Wine & Spirits
    Rusty Gaffney, The PinotFile
    Jamie Goode, The Wine Anorak
    David Lynch, Bon Appétit
    Meg Maker, Wine Journalist
    Elin McCoy, Bloomberg
    Jordan MacKay, San Francisco Chronicle, Cooking Light
    Greg Piaz,
    Josh Raynolds, Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
    Treve Ring, WineAlign
    Joe Roberts,
    Rainer Schäfer, Fine, Falstaff, Die Zeit
    Lisa Shara-Hall, Wine Business Monthly
    Maureen Tkacik, Harper’s Magazine
    Alder Yarrow,

  • 2013 Media Attendees

    William Allen, Simple Hedonisms
    Charles Antin, Food & Wine
    Eric Asimov, The New York Times
    Corie Brown, Zester Daily
    Christy Canterbury MW, freelance
    Katherine Cole, The Oregonian
    Julia Crowley,
    Alberto Farinasso, Slow Food Italy
    Scott Greenberg, The Tasting Panel
    Richard Hemming,
    Peter Hoyne, Chicago Sun Times
    Michael Jamais, Livets Goda
    Allison Jones, Portland Monthly
    Paul Lukacs, The Washington Times, Washingtonian, WineReviewOnline
    Lou Marmon,
    Richard Martin, Food Republic
    Dave McIntyre, The Washington Post
    Allen Meadows,
    Mary Orlin, The Huffington Post, Wine Fashionista
    Zahid Sardar, Dwell
    Mark Savage MW, Savage Selection
    Lisa Shara Hall, Wine Business Monthly
    Marguerite Thomas, Wine News, LA Times, Decanter, WineReviewOnline
    Lixue Yin, freelance

  • 2012 Media Attendees

    Stacy Adimando, Food Editor of Every Day with Rachael Ray
    Tamara Belgard, Sip with Me
    Talia Baiocchi,
    Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka, Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews
    Katherine Cole, The Oregonian, MIX Magazine
    Patrick Comiskey,,Wine & Spirits
    Laurie Daniel, San José Mercury News
    Christian DeBenedetti, Food & Wine
    Rusty Gaffney, Grape Radio
    Bonnie Graves, Freelance
    Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, Seattle Times
    Jim Gullo, MIX, Travel & Leisure, Alaska Airlines
    John Haeger, Author
    Marnie Hanel, Departures
    Kevin Max, 1859
    Allen Meadows,
    Janis Miglavs, Author
    Kerry Newberry, Edible Portland
    Jenny Peters, LA Daily News
    Gary Peterson, Luxury Lifestyles Magazine
    Margaret Rand, Decanter
    Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer’s Int’l Wine Cellar
    Gabby Savage, The Drinks Business
    Lisa Shara Hall, Wine Business Monthly
    Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report
    Bruce Waiverman, The Globe and Mail
    Lucy Waiverman, The Globe and Mail,Food & Wine
    Alder Yarrow, Vinography

  • 2011 Media Attendees

    William Allen, Simple Hedonisms
    Eric Asimov, The New York Times
    Talia Baiocchi,
    Antoinette Bruno,
    Katherine Cole, The Oregonian
    Cole Danehower, Northwest Palate
    Christian DeBenedetti, Food & Wine
    Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times – Wine Enthusiast
    Allison Jones, Portland Monthly
    Karl Klooster, Oregon Wine Press
    Ruth Lieu, Vinography
    Jordan Mackay, San Francisco Magazine
    Allen & Erica Meadows, Burghound
    Alyssa Rapp,