Celebrating its 31st year, IPNC (International Pinot Noir Celebration) is a three-day extravaganza of all things pinot but it's also become a great excuse to throw pre-IPNC winemaker's dinners and uniquely Oregon gatherings.
One such opportunity is Counter Culture at Anne Amie Vineyards. A few tickets are still available for this evening affair that runs from 6-10 p.m. You know there'll be wine there — after all, it's happening in the Willamette Valley at a vineyard with stunning Pacific Coast Range views. Specifically, 15 wineries running the gamut from Hood River-produced sparkling to bottles from independent French vintners weaving their interpretation of Burgundian wines from Beaujolais and Maconnais vineyards and everything in between.
Along with the nectar of the vines will be 13 different restaurants. Keep hunger at bay with bites of pork and shrimp dumplings from Biwa and Parasol, or fresh corn pakoras with cherry chutney from Bollywood Theater. Vegetarians will appreciate a vegetarian BLT from the Country Cat crowned with "coconut bacon'" and finished off with a swipe of basil aioli. Fish lovers rejoice at Ember & Vine with their smoked salmon crostini garnished with goat cheese, dill and caper spread or phla plaa tuna from Pok Pok.
To enjoy all this plus live entertainment as the sun sets over the rolling hills of the Willamette Valley, purchase tickets now. This event sells out every year and, once you've attended, you'll understand why.