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Seminars and Speakers

Guests looking to further their Pinot noir studies are encouraged to attend one of our two add-on seminars. These seminars are held during the relaxed late afternoons on Friday and Saturday. Unlike the University of Pinot courses, which take place earlier in the afternoon, these seminars do carry an additional cost due to the quality of the wines and speakers. Because they are held on different days, guests are welcome to purchase tickets to both add-on seminars.

‣ADD-ON SEMINAR #1: Master Class - The Aroma of Color
$150 - Friday, July 25th, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

How do you smell color? Sensory scientist Dr. Jordi Ballester of Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, has devoted his academic career to exploring this idea. Join Dr. Ballester in a blind tasting as he explains the basis of his research, and experience first-hand the surprising results of his studies. After the blind tasting, engage your new-found knowledge as you enjoy a flight of wines from the IPNC cellar, sharing observations and opinions with Dr. Ballester. Seating is limited to 50 guests. Please note this seminar is offered as an add-on to the IPNC Full Weekend ticket. You must purchase an add-on ticket in order to attend this seminar.


Jordi Ballester, Université de Bourgogne (Dijon, France)

Dr. Jordi Ballester is a researcher in Sensory Science at the Université de Bourgogne, Dijon. Born in València, Spain, he studied Food Science at the Universitat Politècnica de València. In 2000, he moved to Burgundy where he started a PhD focused on the aroma of Chardonnay, which he achieved in 2004. After one year teaching sensory analysis in the Université de Bourgogne, he spent one year doing post-doctorate work at the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute in Ontario, Canada studying ice-wine aroma. In 2006, he came back to Burgundy where he teaches sensory science and wine tasting for oenology students in the Institut Universitaire de la Vigne et du Vin in Dijon. In addition to teaching, Dr. Ballester is a researcher at de Centre des Sciences du Goût et de l’Alimentation. Most of his research centers on cognitive aspects of wine description and categorization.

‣ADD-ON SEMINAR #2: Raiding the Cellar with Jamie Goode & David Lynch
$150 - Saturday, July 26th, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Spend an hour with the 2014 IPNC Grand Seminar Host Jamie Goode and Master of Ceremonies David Lynch, tasting through a flight of their favorite picks from the IPNC's extensive library. Have an informal chat with Jamie and David while  sommeliers fill your glasses with gems chosen from over 400 cases that have been carefully curated over the past twenty-eight years. Seating is limited to 50 guests. Please note this seminar is offered as an add-on to the IPNC Full Weekend ticket. You must purchase an add-on ticket in order to attend this seminar.


Jamie Goode, International Wine Writer and Author (London, UK)

Jamie Goode is a London-based wine-writer who is currently a wine columnist with UK national newspaper The Sunday Express. Jamie came to wine writing through a rather convoluted route. He earned a PhD in plant biology and spent several years working as a book editor before he began publishing wineanorak.com, which is now a leading wine website. He has also appeared on television (Richard and Judy, Sky News, BBC Breakfast, and BBC News Channel). He won the 2007 Glenfiddich Wine Writer of the Year award, and contributes regularly to a range of publications including The World of Fine Wine, Wine Business International, Wines and Vines, Sommelier Journal, The Drinks Business, and Imbibe. His first book, Wine Science, won the Glenfiddich Award for Drinks Book in 2006. Jamie is married to Fiona, and has two boys, aged 14 and 15. Aside from wine, his interests are cricket, football (he’s a Manchester City fan), hitting golf balls, playing guitar and relaxing with his family.
David Lynch, St. Vincent / Bon Appétit (San Anselmo, CA)

David was raised in Connecticut and graduated from Boston College. He worked as a senior editor for Wine & Spirits magazine and has authored wine-related articles for numerous periodicals and websites. In 2000, he began working at Babbo, first as wine director, then as general manager. In 2001, he received a James Beard Journalism Award for his writing, largely because of his work at Wine & Spirits magazine. In 2004, he won the James Beard Restaurant Award for Outstanding Wine Service at Babbo. David later became wine director of San Francisco’s Michelin-starred Quince and its more casual sibling, Cotogna. He was featured on the cover of San Francisco magazine in August 2011 as the magazine’s “Wine Director of the Year.” St. Vincent is his newest and first personal venture. The restaurant and shop feature wines from all over the world. David is also the contributing wine editor at Bon Appétit, where his “Wine Insider” column appears regularly. David and wife Josie have a 6-year-old son, Ellis, and live in San Anselmo, California.