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The Lighter Side of IPNC Producers

We are delighted to be offering wines from three of the honored participants of this year’s International Pinot Noir Celebration: Lumos Wine Company of Philomath, Oregon, Hanzell Vineyards of Sonoma, California, and Henri Giraud of Aÿ, France. IPNC is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, and has been held at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon every year. Many of the wines submitted to the jury are sold out by the time each year’s selection process is complete. However, the wineries and individuals selected to be included in IPNC as based not on a single bottle or a single vintage; being selected is more akin to receiving a Noble Prize for Literature, where selection is based on one’s overall body of work, or in the case of wineries, a demonstrated commitment to quality, integrity, and appeal!

Yes, it is July and temperatures are still high, but when you read our descriptions you will feel inspired to make these lovely wines your own. We’ve chosen something summer appropriate from each of our three featured producers that we hope will make these hot summer afternoons a little more enjoyable.

NV Henri Giraud Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut- Produced in the heart of France’s Champagne region, this 100% Chardonnay Champagne is all but completely sold out and not to be missed. Preserved citrus fruits, fresh hazelnuts and, above all, the fine fragrances of spring flowers – acacia, mock orange and honeysuckle – offer a magnificent bouquet of great restraint and distinction. In the mouth, the initial impact is very fresh, frank and savoury, without any bite. This is accompanied by an uplifting and crisp effervescence.

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2012 Hanzell Vineyards Chardonnay – Produced in Sonoma, California, this Chardonnay has brilliant aromas of tangerine, beeswax, chamomile and wet stone, combined with Hanzell’s signature floral scent reminiscent of honeysuckle and jasmine. Pink grapefruit, pear and apricot expand out over the rich, viscous mid-palate. Though surprisingly well integrated in its youth, the concentration and vibrant structure of this wine suggest an extremely good vintage for aging in the cellar.

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2013 Lumos Wine Company “Julia” Temperance Hill Pinot Gris – Representing Oregon, this Pinot Gris has pleasant aromas and flavors of honeyed melon, spiced apple, nectarines and nougat with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, cream and mineral kissed finish. Read more about Lumos Wine here!

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Enjoy this rare opportunity to share in this spectacular 50th Anniversary occasion by purchasing our IPNC Curated Selection.

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Aidan O'Leary

As the Well Produced food contributor, she tries to focus on seasonal dishes that span the entire spectrum from clean eating to comfort food. She loves peonies, ponies, and paper (of the hand made variety).

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