Keep on rockin’ in the free world…

Another IPNC is in the books, and as always it was a great one. The best wine event in the USA every year? No doubt about it. If you’ve never been, make sure you make it at least once – it truly is the best of the best.

It all kicked off with the Oregon premier of American Wine Story on Thursday night, a documentary that we’re featured in that tells the story of several US winemakers who abandoned successful careers to chase their dreams of making wine. Look for it this fall on demand and on iTunes, and Amazon, etc. It’s playing the film festival circuit now, and will then be in independent theaters.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday was non-stop tastings, meals, tastings, seminars, meals, tastings, and tastings. And then we had some wine.

Our '99 Chardonnay - the first Scott Paul wine ever...

On Friday we were part of a blind-tasting seminar, with five winemakers (3 Oregon, 1 California, 1 Burgundy) each presenting a wine, and everybody trying to identify whose was whose. Only three of the winemakers correctly identified their own wines (fortunately we were one of them) – it’s a very humble experience tasting blind, to be sure.

Yes, please...

The Grand Dinner Friday night and Saturday night’s Salmon Bake were the highlights as always, with thousands of bottles of amazing wines making the rounds. Favorites for me were a lovely ’95 Bonnes Mares from Domaine de Vogüé (merci François Millet!), a young but stunning ’11 Richebourg from A-F Gros, and a side by side of ’04 Musigny from Mugnier and de Vogüé (the de Vogüé won this round in a close call.)

We’re now in the middle of what looks like a long stretch of sunny, 90-degree days. The vines are happy, the grapes are plumping up, and summertime in Oregon is good. Let’s have some Grower Champagne, if you don’t mind…