It had been roughly five years since they were last selected as a featured winery at this well regarded event entirely focused on Pinot Noir. Each year IPNC's organizers carefully select and invite a diverse representation of Pinot Noir producers from around the globe, amounting to over fifty wineries.
The daily itinerary for the event is impressive; peppered with activities ranging from on-campus seminars, off-site vineyard tours, a Grand Dinner, alfresco tastings, a heavily attended "Salmon Bake," a Champagne Brunch, and a large Pinot Noir tasting on the closing day of the event that is open to those who did not sign up for the entire weekend event.
Mt. Beautiful's CEO Robert Watkins discussing the terroir of North Canterbury in a seminar on AVAs, hosted at Belle Pente Winery.
Of the wine media circulating the event was Dr. Jamie Goode of Wine Anorak.
Mt. Beautiful's CEO Robert Watkins (left) and Rick Moshin of Moshin Vineyards.
Mt. Beautiful's Suzanna Mannion (left) and wine / travel writer L.M. Archer at the Grand Dinner Friday evening.
The Russian River's Moshin Vineyards were neighbors at the tastings. Pictured here is Rick (at left) and Richard
Saturday evening's Salmon Bake lured over 1500 wine loving guests.
Countless beautifully crafted and heartfelt meals were prepareed throughout the event.
Left to Right: Winemaker Thomas Houseman of Anne Amie Vineyards and Mt. Beautiful's Suzanna Mannion