The International Pinot Noir Celebration Announces Program Details for 2012 Event to Be Held July 27-29 in the Heart of Oregon Wine Country

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Actor and Winery Principal Kyle MacLachlan announced as keynote. Event speakers to include Jacques Lardière of Maison Louis Jadot, Allen Meadows of Burghound and Josh Raynolds from Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar.

Noted actor Kyle MacLachlan will launch Oregon’s famed International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) for its 26th annual event July 27-29, 2012. Each year the IPNC brings a keynote speaker to launch the weekend's festivities and give guests a new perspective on Pinot noir. Kyle MacLachlan founded Pursued by Bear wine and is best known for his appearances in hit movies Dune and Blue Velvet and on television shows "Twin Peaks," "Sex & the City," "Desperate Housewives," and "Portlandia." During the weekend, world-renowned winemakers, northwest chefs, esteemed media, epicures and wine lovers will gather in McMinnville, Oregon for three days of exploring prized Pinots, savoring unforgettable meals and learning and celebrating with luminaries of the food and wine world.

IPNC Grand Seminar Host Allen Meadows, well-known for his unsurpassed expertise on Burgundy, will lead weekend guests on a tour through vineyards of Chambolle-Musigny, Echézeaux, Gevrey-Chambertin, Nuits-Saint-Georges and Vougeot. Guests will taste examples and hear from winemakers Bertrand Ambroise of Maison Ambroise, Grégory Gouges of Domaine Henri Gouges, Jacques Lardière of Maison Louis Jadot and Philippe & Vincent Lécheneaut of Domaine Lécheneaut. These five outstanding winemakers are bringing some true gems from their cellars to help guests experience the charm of each village. Allen’s thoughtful and considered approach to tasting will heighten and enrich attendees’ enjoyment of Burgundy for years to come.

The theme for the 26th annual IPNC is “The University of Pinot.” Allen Meadows’s morning seminar on the wines of Burgundy will be billed as “Study Abroad in Burgundy” while the afternoon will be filled with small seminar-style classes and tastings. A sampling of course offerings includes “Flying Winemakers” (Applied Cultural Studies 201), which explores the lives of winemakers who make Pinot noir on more than one continent, “The Coolest of the Cool” (Climatology 201), a tasting and discussion of why winemakers choose to grow Pinot noir in the most marginal of climates, “Sensory Evaluation of Pinot Noir” (Pinot 101), a guided, how-to tasting with Josh Raynolds of Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar.

Highly regarded as one of the world’s finest wine events, the IPNC also is praised as a showcase for the Northwest’s famed farm-to-table cuisine. This year, more than 60 chefs from the region’s most revered restaurants will cook for IPNC guests over the course of the weekend. Friday night’s Grand Dinner line up includes Dustin Clark of Wildwood, Chris Israel of Grüner, Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon & Little Bird, and pastry chef Kristen D. Murray, formerly of Paley’s Place, who will prepare a sumptuous multi-course meal specifically designed to pair with Pinot noir. Saturday night’s beloved Northwest Salmon Bake will feature chefs Andrew Biggs of Hunt & Gather Catering, Benjamin Dyer, Jason Owens and David Kreifels of Laurelhurst Market and Jason Stoller Smith of Timberline Lodge.

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 Eric Asimov, wine writer for the New York Times, describes as “one of those rare wine gatherings that works on every level”.

Tickets for the full event, held on July 27 – 29, include exclusive access to all seminars, tastings, tours and activities, as well as all meals over two days and the Sunday Sparkling Brunch Finale. Tickets are $975 and sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Two additional University of Pinot “post-grad” seminar options will be available for an additional fee. For details, contact the IPNC at 800/775-IPNC, info(at)ipnc(dot)org, or


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