Friday of IPNC we were off campus and visited Coeur de Terre in the McMinnville AVA. After quick breakfast (pain au Chocolat and bacon make me happy) and a slightly lost bus driver, we made it to the vineyard.
We were greeted by Scott and Lisa and served a lovely Pinot Gris to start. After a quick discussion on harvest, mildew and soil, which included a hole dug to show the different layers, we moved inside to talk about “Earth, Wind and Sky: Ingredients of a Great Site for Pinot Noir.”
We then moved back out side for some rosé and lovely appetizers. We socialized with Scott and Lisa, their two big dogs and our fellow IPNC Patrons before moving back inside for our lunch.
Chef Dustin Clark from Besaw’s prepared us a great meal.
We ended the meal with some impulse purchases – who doesn’t need a couple magnums, right?
We returned to campus, without getting list this time and enjoyed the Reislings and Ceviche tasting in the academic quad of my alma mater. There were a dozen or so wineries pouring Reislings and one was serving our of a little kiddie pool. After this long day we needed a nap.
The afternoon tastings were in another quad on campus. We reconnected with some old IPNC friends during the informal tasting session. It was hot, so we weren’t really feeling the wines, but we were enjoying the conversation and sense of community. After the afternoon tasting we headed to the Grand Dinner.
I didn’t snap a picture of dessert because it was just a cupcake. Yes, just a cupcake with a birthday candle. We celebrated IPNC’s 30th Birthday ensemble.
All in all our first day at IPNC was a winner this year. Check out #IPNC for other photos from the revelers.