If you love the rich flavors of Pinot Noir as they glide across your tongue and awaken your senses, then the 2013 International Pinot Noir Celebration is an event you simply cannot miss. The 27th Annual International Pinot Noir Celebration will be held July 26-28 2013. The night before the event officially commences, guests are welcome to register early. It’s advisable to do so as the Vineyard Tour and Winery Lunch starts promptly at 9:15 a.m. the next morning.
Throughout the course of the weekend, guests will participate in grand seminars led by notable winemakers, delight their palates in walk around tastings and enjoy an al fresco lunch outdoors. For an hour, participants can join in for some lessons in the University of Pinot. Learn about a vast array of topics related to Pinot Noir. When the sun starts to set, this wine event knows just what to do to keep you invigorated. At the 2012 festival, Northwest chefs prepared an exquisite four course meal on the first night. The second night played host to the Northwest Salmon Bake, in which hungry mouths indulged in an outdoor buffet feast.
Vineyards to which guests are introduced during wine tasting segments of the program are wide and varied. These wineries have sent representatives from Europe, the Southern Hemisphere and other parts of the United States to be a part of this International Pinot Noir Celebration. Of course, others are from Oregon’s very own backyard. Some of the winery names include La Crema from Santa Rosa, California; Red Car Vineyards from Sebastopol, California; Averill Creek from Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island and Quail’s Gate Winery from Kelowna, British Columbia. Food and wine are the perfect couple, and this wine event makes that known with the presence of chefs such as Jason Franey from Canlis in Seattle, Washington and Paul Bachand from Recipe in Newberg, Oregon, who work to ensure that your cuisine is the perfect pairing to your wine.
Tickets to this wine tasting and education extravaganza are necessary. A package for the complete weekend costs $900. You can also purchase tickets solely to the Walkabout for $125 or solely for the Salmon Bake at the price of $175. This event, going into its 27th year, is slated to take place from July 26 to 28, 2013 at Linfield College located in McMinnville, Oregon.