Q: What are the dates for the 2016 IPNC?A: The dates for the 2016 Celebration are July 29-31, 2016. Tickets are now on sale and available on a first come, first served basis. Click here if you would like to be added to our mailing list and receive periodic updates about the upcoming event. The IPNC can also be contacted directly by phone (800/775-4762) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Q: What are my ticket options?A: There are 3 types of tickets to the IPNC: Full Weekend, Salmon Bake and Sunday Passport to Pinot.
- The Full Weekend ticket provides access from the morning of Friday, July 29 to Sunday, July 31 at noon. Full Weekend guests enjoy exquisite meals, seminars, tastings, winery tours, etc. over the course of the three day event.
- The Salmon Bake ticket provides access to a Saturday evening meal featuring fresh Northwest salmon paired with Pinot from around the world. All Full Weekend guests have access to the Salmon Bake and do not need to purchase an additional ticket. A la carte tickets to the Salmon Bake will be available for purchase in the spring.
- The Sunday Passport to Pinot ticket provides access to all 70+ featured Pinot noir wines and 15 Northwest chefs over the course of a 4 hour walkaround tasting. The Sunday Passport to Pinot is not included in the Full Weekend ticket because Full Weekend guests will have already enjoyed the featured Pinot noir wines in tastings on Friday and Saturday. For more details on your ticket options, refer to our Event Overview.
Q: When was the first IPNC?A: In late 1985, an informal group of Oregon wine-lovers, winemakers, restaurateurs, and retailers envisioned a premier wine event, to be held in the heart of Oregon wine country. Each year since the first annual event was held in 1987, the IPNC has evolved and matured, with a commitment to staying fresh, innovative, and relevant.
Q: How do I learn more about Featured Wineries?A: Please visit our Featured Wineries page for photos and bios of each participating winery.
Q: How can I learn more about participating chefs and restaurants?A: Check out our Featured Chefs page and follow the links provided to individual restaurants.
Q: How many wines are tasted throughout the IPNC weekend?A: Each year there are 70+ featured wineries pouring a variety of wines for you throughout the event. Furthermore, the IPNC library is stocked with wines from years past. Guests participate in seminars, tastings, small format activities and memorable meals, resulting in the unique opportunity to taste more than 250 wines at each IPNC!
Q: What is the format of the full weekend event?A: Full Weekend Guests are involved in a wide variety of activities starting Friday morning and concluding Sunday at noon. Every IPNC features a central seminar that explores an aspect of Pinot noir, from food pairing to the importance of terroir. All guests will also be transported to a local winery for a vineyard tour and winery lunch. In the late afternoons before dinner, guests will have the opportunity to taste through all of the wines of the Featured Wineries (70+). Following the tastings, guests enjoy two major outdoor meals at the Grand Dinner on Friday and the Salmon Bake on Saturday. For a full itinerary of the event, please see this outline.
Q: Who creates the meals enjoyed during the event?A: Approximately 60 guest chefs create the meals served throughout the Celebration. They are assisted by staff from their restaurants along with roughly 40 other professional and amateur chefs who volunteer their time for the IPNC. Chefs have traveled from all parts of the U.S., France, Canada, Japan, and New Zealand to cook for IPNC participants.
Q: Can I buy tickets just for certain segments of the weekend?A: A la carte tickets are only available for the Salmon Bake on Saturday night and the Passport to Pinot on Sunday. All Full Weekend guests attend the Salmon Bake and will find their tickets included in the registration packet that they pick up at the beginning of the weekend. In addition, the IPNC offers approximately 250 salmon bake tickets to interested non full-weekend guests. These tickets sell out well in advance of the celebration.
Q: What is the Passport to Pinot event, and do Full Weekend Guests attend?A: The IPNC Passport to Pinot is an outdoor tasting on Sunday afternoon, July 31, from 2:00 - 6:00 pm. All of the 2016 featured wineries will be present to pour samples of their featured pinot noirs. Formerly known as the Sunday Walkabout, the event is considered separate from the Full Weekend activities. As such, it is not included in the Full Weekend ticket (full weekend guests will have already tasted all of these wines at afternoon tastings on Friday and Saturday). Passport guests will sample wines under the shade of the Oak Grove at McMinnville's Linfield College. Interspersed between the pouring wineries are 15 Northwest chefs providing a splendor of food to pair with the pinots. The combination of food, wine, and relaxed atmosphere make the Passport to Pinot a very popular event. For more information, please see this overview. Tickets can be purchased here.
Q: How can my organization become a supporter of the IPNC?A: The International Pinot Noir Celebration is a not-for-profit organization. We are grateful for the annual contributions of our vendor partners. Their continued support is a valuable part of the ongoing success of the IPNC. If you are a vendor and are interested in contributing in-kind donations to our event, please contact us at email@example.com.
Q: How can I learn more about participating as a Featured Winery?A: Visit our Domestic or Foreign Winery Information pages or view this list of FAQs to learn how we select our Featured Wineries.