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The International Pinot Noir Celebration Announces Affiliation with the Oregon Chardonnay Symposium

Oregon Chardonnay Symposium to be renamed Oregon Chardonnay Celebration
July 10, 2015

The Oregon Chardonnay Symposium, founded in 2011, has joined forces with the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC). The Symposium has grown from a small gathering of artisan producers to one of the largest single varietal tastings in the state. The merger is a natural step in the evolution of Oregon Chardonnay as it becomes one of the leading white wine varietals in Oregon. As part of the transition, the event will now be called the Oregon Chardonnay Celebration, highlighting the aspects of education about and enjoyment of the varietal in a noncompetitive environment.

The 2016 Oregon Chardonnay Celebration will be held Saturday, February 27, 2016 at The Allison Inn and Spa in Newberg, OR. The event includes a topical seated tasting and panel, followed by a walk around tasting of over 40 Oregon Chardonnays.

“Founders Paul Durant and Erica Landon approached the IPNC board several months ago, as the OCS event has grown both in terms of interest and scope. It is a natural fit for the IPNC to oversee and guide the Oregon Chardonnay Celebration to the next level,” comments Amy Wesselman, executive director of the International Pinot Noir Celebration.

“Erica and I co-founded the Oregon Chardonnay Symposium out of a simple belief that Chardonnay produced in Oregon is unique, complex, and distinctive. We have always sought to elevate both the stature and recognition of Chardonnay produced in our state,” says Paul Durant. "We are thrilled to work with the IPNC team as we continue to move the event forward.”

About the International Pinot Noir Celebration

The International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) is a three-day event, famous around the globe as a mecca for lovers of Pinot noir and northwest cuisine. During the weekend, world-renowned winemakers, northwest chefs, esteemed media, epicures, and wine lovers gather in McMinnville,
Oregon, for three days of exploring Pinot noir, savoring unforgettable meals, and learning and celebrating with luminaries of the food and wine world. Along with the speakers and chefs, it is the relaxing and festive atmosphere that sets the IPNC apart from all other wine events. Whether
tasting Grand Cru Burgundy or walking through Oregon vineyards with the grower who planted them, guests find themselves unwinding in picturesque Oregon wine country for what wine legend Jancis Robinson described as "one of the most enjoyable wine weekends in the world”.

About the Oregon Chardonnay Celebration

Founded as the Oregon Chardonnay Symposium in 2011 by Paul Durant of Durant Vineyards and Erica Landon of Walter Scott, the Oregon Chardonnay Celebration was created to showcase the unique characteristics and distinctive qualities of Oregon Chardonnay. Each year the event focuses on a particular aspect of the varietal, providing attendees with a deeper understanding of the wines they love. In 2015, the Symposium joined forces with the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) to provide support for continued growth under the direction of Oregon Chardonnay Symposium founders and the IPNC Board of Directors.

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