Pinot noir Celebration 2003
A Photo Journal
July 24- 27, 2003
Danell Johnnes and
2002-2003 IPNC President Joni Weatherspoon
by Jean Yates, www.northwest-wine.com
All images and content copyright 2003 Jean Yates Inc
Since 1985, the
International Pinot Noir Celebration has brought together an informal group of Oregon wine-lovers,
winemakers, restauranteurs and retailers.
While the tastings and events have
changed over the years, the original feel of the event remains constant:
an intimate gathering of Pinot noir lovers enjoying a weekend of wine,
food and conviviality.
The IPNC began with Opening Ceremonies on the lawn in front of the Student
Participants sat on bleachers while all of the winemakers participating in
the event were introduced by 2002-2003 IPNC President Joni Weatherspoon.
It was quite a sight,
all those great winemakers cheek to jowl on bleachers under a huge oak tree.
You say Noir, I say Nero
The sitdown tasting featured great Riedel glasses
Fritz Hatton introduces speakers
Centuries ago, when the Greeks first came to Italy,
they named the region Oenotria, the land of wine. Over the past 150 years,
noir has found its way into
Italy, from the alpine-influenced valleys of Alto Adige to the warmer climes
of Tuscany. Fritz Hatton will introduce you to a panel of Italy’s best
Pinot producers, exploring how Italians are unlocking the secrets of Pinot
nero with their own regional style.
was Daniel Johnnes. Daniel Johnnes is wine director for Myriad Restaurant
which includes Montrachet, Nobu, The Tribeca Grill, Layla, Rubicon
and Earth & Ocean. The James Beard Foundation honor- ed him as
the nation’s top sommelier in 1995. Daniel has contributed to
numerous pub- lications from Food & Wine to Gourmet and in 1996
published Daniel Johnnes’s Top 200 Wines, An Expert’s Guide
to Maximum Enjoyment for your Dollar.
sit down tasting of Italian Pinot noir
Pojer & Sandri
Ca del Bosco
Perfect peaches and wonderful wines
Keith Tabor, Sundance Wine Cellars., and
David O'Reilly, Owen Roe Winery
James Cahill and Tony Soter, Soter Vineyards
The Opening Luncheon
Continuing the theme of the morning
tasting, the luncheon had a distinctly Italian flavor.
have long recognized the kitchen table as the heart of culture,
of the international Slow Food movement, which
originated in Italy, has revived the fundamental concept that the enjoyment
of food is essential to the pursuit of happiness and well-being.
Gorham, David Machado and Cathy Whims prepared a multi-course
culinary illustration of the Slow Food philosophy.
Friday lunch under the oaks featured luscious local peaches
in baskets of straw, picked that moring at a local farm. A huge
variety of white wines and Oregon and Italian Pinot noir were available
as bottles were passed from table to table.
Lazy Afternoons and
Wine tasting under picnic umbrellas and oak trees
Cheryl Francis (Chehalem) and Sam Tannahill
(former winemaker at Archery Summit) under the trees at the alfresco
show off their latest collaboration, eight month
They also have a new winery, Francis
afternoon there were "alfresco" tastings of Italian,
French, California, and Oregon Pinot noirs
Amity Antica Terra Archery Summit Beaux Freres Belle Pente Beran Bethel Heights
Broadley Brooks Carabella Carlo & Julian Chateau Bianca Chehalem Edgefield
Elk Cove Evesham Wood Henry Estate King Estate Lemelson Panther Creek Patricia
Green Penner-Ash Ponzi Raptor Ridge Shea Wine Cellars Sineann Soter WillaKenzie
Au Bon Climat Baileyana Buena Vista Hartman Lane (DeLoach)
Hitching Post Mt. Eden Murphy-Goode Saintsbury Wildhorse
Highest Rated Wines
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Furious preparations for the
Friday night dinner,
the green shirted volunteers are local high school and college students.
Anne Nisbet, IPNC Culinary Coordinator,
and Joni Wetherspoon, owner and proprietor,
Seven Springs Vineyard.
At the Friday night dinner. Joni served as the President of
IPNC for the 2002-2003 term, and introduced the winemakers
the keynote speaker at the opening ceremonies on Friday
evening dinner preparations. Food was prepared
under tents and at huge outdoor grills.
grilling giant sea scallops on super hot coals at sunset.
night chef Cory Schreiber of Wildwood Restaurant
the first course, a salad of wild greens, thinly sliced
beans, roasted corn, and wild mushrooms.
Chefs plating out the first course Friday
volunteers and the sommeliers for the Friday night dinner.
The Grand Dinner
Each year, the keepers of the IPNC wine library
squirrel away some of the most sought-after wine treasures brought from
around the world by our Featured Winemakers. A dazzling array of wonderful
French Burgundies and Oregon Pinots were poured, and many of the winemakers
walked among the tables pouring tastes from giant double magnums.
Featured Northwest Chefs Paul Lemieux (Lucere),
Cory Schreiber (Wildwood) and Charles Ramseyer (Ray’s Boathouse)
were joined by Guest Chef Chris Gesualdi of New York’s legendary
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Traditional Northwest Salmon Bake
Salmon was prepared native Northwest style: on alder stakes over
a huge fire pit, accompanied by an outdoor buffet designed by Kevin
(Rivers), Frank Ostini
(The Hitching Post), and Roger Sprague (Depoe Bay) and desserts by Nancy Lindaas
and Emily Moore (E.C.C. and Emily’s Kitchen). After dinner, there was a
great band and lots of dancing.
night Salmon Feast, before the crowd.
grilling Indian style on the front lawn of Linfield College's Milrose
The salmon are pegged onto alder branches and grilled
near sweet scented flames of cedar and fruit wood.
The salmon chefs- hot work!
salmon pegged onto alder branches, ready to be placed by the fire.
Pegging salmon onto the Alder branches,
these people were so fast,
their hands just flew as they made dozens of
sticks of salmon.
preparing super fresh local baby veggies for roasting on the coals.
Desserts spread on a gorgeous display of fruit, cheese, and pastries
IPNC Executive Chef John Mercer
More gorgeous pastries
Setting out Desert Table
Showing off decadent cheesecakes
Salmon Feast Volunteers- local High schoolers full of exhuberant energy!
As darkness falls, grilling exquisite beef and pork fillets
Ready for feasting
Other images from the IPNC
Brian and Jill O'Donnell of Belle Pente Vineyard and Winery
Deb Hatcher of Hatcher Wineworks and A to Z Winery
Importer Martine Saunier pours bubbly from Champagne House Joseph Henriot
This Peach is delish!
Patricia Green Cellar's Thursday night dinner
Andy from Wildwood sautees fresh Chantrelles at Patty Green's
Thursday night dinner
Friday night salads ready to serve
Another view of salmon broiling Indian style