If it’s seemed a little quiet over here recently, there’s good reason. I spent Friday night at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon for the International Pinot Noir Conference. Yes, I stayed on campus — in the dorms even — with three co-workers.
It always seems like one night shouldn’t be so exhausting, but somehow, every year, IPNC knocks me out of commission for a while.
Maybe it’s due to eating super rich food all day (foie gras, Iberico pork, veal sausage and more foie gras) or because we drink wine from 3pm till
3am 8am. (Yes, we partied like true college freshmen this year. I saw the sun rise and everything.)
Here are a few pictures from this year’s Grand Dames Dinner, which is set in the middle of the Linfield College campus. Four chefs (all women this year which I thought was awesome) put out an amazing dinner for around 500 people. There’s a reason this is one of my favorite events to “work.”
The best part about dinner is that each table is matched with a winemaker. This year my companions and I struck gold with French winemakers Bertrand Ambroise and his son François of Maison Ambroise. Besides the numerous wines that are poured for each course, they brought several of their own bottles to share with us. Each one was incredible.
By the end of the night our table looked like this:
The whole meal was pretty unforgettable but the best part of the night was the afterparty…sadly only one picture from that is fit for this blog…