Terry Theise to Keynote 27th Annual International Pinot Noir Celebration at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, July 26 - 28

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Seminars feature Terry Theise, Eric Asimov, Mathilde Grivot, Paul Lukacs, Allen Meadows & Rajat Parr. Cuisine from the Pacific Northwest's top chefs.

Legendary wine importer Terry Theise will launch Oregon’s International Pinot Noir Celebration into its 27th annual event this July. Terry Theise’s contribution to bringing small, farmer-produced wines into the United States is as inestimable as his love of Grower Champagne and Riesling (the varietal known in some circles as the white version of Pinot noir). During the weekend, world-renowned winemakers, northwest chefs, esteemed media, epicures and wine lovers will gather on the beautiful campus of Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, for three days of exploring Pinots from all over the world, savoring unforgettable meals, and learning and celebrating with luminaries of the food and wine world.

During the IPNC Grand Seminar entitled “The Architecture of Pinot Noir”, co-moderators Eric Asimov and Terry Theise will introduce guests to a new approach to enjoying wine. Just as a gifted architect combines the simple elements of stone, steel, wood and glass into a work of art that invites us in and encourages us to stay, a wine grower also aims to create a wine that is greater than the sum of its parts. Eric, Terry and our international panelists will lead a discussion that transcends into the realm of appreciating wines that possess harmony, beauty, distinctiveness, personality, and soul. Panelists include Steve Doerner of Cristom Vineyards, Mathilde Grivot of Domaine Jean Grivot, Ehren Jordan of Failla, Alexandrine Roy of Domaine Marc Roy, Sherwyn Veldhuizen & Marcel Giesen of Bell Hill Vineyard and Hanspeter Ziereisen of Weingut Ziereisen.

After receiving rave reviews from guests for its inaugural year in 2012, “The University of Pinot” will now be an annual part of the IPNC. Allen Meadows’ panel on “Sleeper Vintages” (Evolution 201) will feature an international array of wines that have aged into beauties, even though they were made in vintages that were not at first well-received. Other offerings include “The Nuances of Oak” (Wood Shop 410) with Adam Campbell and Rick DeFerrari, “Northern California AVAs” (Geography 201) with Rajat Parr, “Three Oregon AVAs under the Microscope” (Geology 220) led by Doug Tunnell, “The History of Wine” (History 301) with Paul Lukacs, and “It’s All Greek to Me” (International Relations 401), a seminar led by renowned international wine consultant, Kyriakos Kynigopoulos, just to name a few.

Praised as a showcase for the Northwest’s famed farm-to-table cuisine, the IPNC will host 50 chefs from the region’s most revered restaurants. For Friday’s Grand Dinner, Renee Erickson of The Whale Wins and The Walrus & The Carpenter, Vitaly Paley, Ben Bettinger, and Patrick McKee, of Paley's Place and Imperial, Mark Hosack of Gracie's, and David Briggs of Xocolatl de David will prepare a sumptuous multi-course meal specifically designed to pair with Pinot noir. Saturday night’s Northwest Salmon Bake will feature chefs Andrew Biggs of Hunt & Gather Catering, Benjamin Dyer, Jason Owens and David Kreifels of Laurelhurst Market and Simpatica Catering, 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 wine legend Jancis Robinson described as "one of the most enjoyable wine weekends in the world".

Tickets for the full weekend event, held July 26 – 28, include exclusive access to all seminars, tastings, tours and activities, as well as all meals over two days and the Sunday Sparkling Brunch Finale. Weekend tickets are $975 per person. Two additional “Post Grad” seminar options will be offered to weekend guest for a separate fee. All tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. For full details, contact the IPNC at 800/775-IPNC (4762) or visit http://www.ipnc.org.

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