A Pair of Enduring Pinot Noir Festivals Arouse Pinotphiles
Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival
The 19th Annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival will be held May 20-22, 2016, in Anderson Valley. The
event was first formalized into a festival in 1997, and has increased in popularity over the ensuing years in step
with the rise in quality of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. The event, sponsored by the Anderson Valley
Winegrowers Association, is always sold out. I love this festival for its country flavor and the hospitality of the
friendly hosting wineries. A few days in this bucolic valley with its picturesque vineyards, moss-covered oaks,
old apple-drying barns, split-rail fences and welcome tranquility is guaranteed to invigorate your spirits.
The Anderson Valley appellation was founded in 1983, and is located in northwestern Mendocino County, along
Highway 128. As the crow flies, the valley is about 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and about 15 miles long,
opening to the Pacific Ocean by the Navarro River. At 38 degrees latitude, the climate is mostly Winkler Region
1. There are 30 bonded wineries and 32 tasting rooms. As of 2015, there were 91 vineyards owned by 71
farmers, with a total planting of 2,502 acres (99 fallow acres excluded). There are 1,736 acres of Pinot Noir,
539 acres of Chardonnay and small amounts of Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Pinot Gris and Riesling.
The Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association has 55 member wineries (both in and outside Anderson Valley)
and 48 member growers. About 50 wineries will be pouring Pinot Noir in all its forms at the Festival’s Grand
The 2016 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival schedule of events:
Friday, May 20: Technical Conference including lunch at Mendocino County Fairgrounds, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00
Friday evening, May 20: Casual BBQ at Pennyroyal Farm, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.. Outdoors, bring a jacket!
Saturday, May 21: Grand Tasting in the tent at Goldeneye Winery, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Arrive early for more
time with winemakers.
Sunday, May 22: Visit Winery Open Houses. An opportunity to visit some wineries that are usually not open
and revisit other favorites.
Accommodations in the Anderson Valley are very limited (check the PinotFile Travel Directory). Other options
are in the town of Mendocino, a 45 minute twisting drive through the redwoods, Cloverdale, a 60 minute drive
along Highway 128, or Healdsburg, an 80 minute drive north on Highways 101 and 128. For more information
and tickets, visit www.avwinescom. Each year there is a commemorative poster at the event created by
nearby Cloverdale artist Gerald Reis and available for purchase.
International Pinot Noir Celebration
The granddaddy of all Pinot Noir festivals, the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC), will hold its 30th
annual event July 29-31, 2016. Master of Ceremonies James Halliday is welcoming pinotphiles and
winemakers from all corners of the globe to three days of unforgettable meals, seminars, vineyard tours, and
joie de vivre among fellow lovers of Pinot Noir. IPNC is the ultimate Pinot Noir Bacchanal. Although IPNC is
held on a college campus (Linfield College in McMinnville), there are no early morning classes and no tests.
IPNC has hosted well over 200 winemakers from France, and many from Australia, New Zealand, Italy,
Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Canada and South Africa, along with hundreds of Oregon and California Pinot
Noir winemakers. The emphasis is always on quality (wineries are accepted to participate based on merit) and
stylistic diversity, with many new winery faces appearing each year. There is no judging of wines for the event
as this is a pure celebration of Pinot Noir.
This year’s more than 70 winery participants were just announced:
Oregon: Alexana Estate Vineyards & Winery, Anam Cara Cellars, Archery Summit, Ayres Vineyard,
Bergstrom Wines, BrickHouse Wine Company, Brittan Vineyards, Chehalem, Colene Clemens,
Cristom Vineyards, Domaine Drouhin Roserock, Domaine Serene Vineyards & Winery, Elk Cove
Vineyards, Foris Vineyards Winery, Harper Voit, J. Christopher Wines, J.K. Carriere, Johan
Vineyards, La Crema Winery, Lange Estate Winery, Lazy River Vineyrd, Owen Roe, Panther
Creek Cellars, R. Stuart & Co., Rex Hill, Shea Wine Cellars, Sineann, Sokol Blosser, Solena
Estate, St. Innocent Winery, Tendril Wine Cellars, Trisaetum, Walter Scott Wines, Winderlea
Vineyard & Winery, Witness Tree Vineyard.
California: Au Bon Climat, Benovia, Cuvaison, Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Failla, Flowers Vineyards &
Winery, Freeman Vineyard & Winery, Lutum, Masút Vineyard & Winery, Peay Vineyards, Phillips
Hill Winery, Sandhi Wines, Small Vines Wines, Spell Estate, Thomas Fogarty.
North America: Blue Mountain (British Columbia), Wyncroft Marland (Michigan), Ankida Ridge (Virginia),
Syncline Winery (Washington).
Southern Hemisphere: Bodega Chacra (Argentina), Bindi Wines (Australia), Coldstream Hills
(Australia), Craggy Range (New Zealand), Dawson James (Tasmania), Mac Forbes Winery
(Australia), Peregrine (New Zealand), Stonier Wines (Australia), Tolpuddle Vineyard (Tasmania),
Yabby Lake (Australia).
Europe: Maison Ambrose (Burgundy), Champagne Henri Giraud (Champagne), Domaine Charles
Audoin (Burgundy), Domaine Huguenot (Burgundy), Domaine Fougeray de Beauclair
(Burgundy), Domaine Henri Gouges (Burgundy), Domaine Marc Roy (Burgundy) (Alexandrine
Roy pictured below at a previous IPNC), Domaine Du Marquis D’Angerville (Burgundy), Philippe
Pacalet (Burgundy, Domaine Vacheron Vignerons (Sancerre), Weingut Burg Ranevsburg and
Weingut Heitlinger (Germany).
Tickets for the full weekend ($1,195) are now 80% sold out. Act promptly if you want to attend! The Full
Weekend Ticket includes 2 Grand Outdoor Tasting, numerous seminars, Friday Night Grand Dinner, Saturday
Night Salmon Bake, a Vineyard Tour & Winery lunch, University of Pinot courses, small format tastings, Friday
and Saturday Breakfast on the Patio, and Sunday Sparkling Brunch Finale. Sunday afternoon Passport to
Pinot Tasting tickets ($125) are sold separately. All wines served at Passport have been served during the Full
Weekend. Visit www.ipnc.org.
This year more than 60 chefs from the Northwest region will cook for IPNC guests over the weekend. Although
Pinot Noir is the star at IPNC, the food deserves equal billing.