On the afternoon of July 20, I was scheduled to arrive at the airport in Eugene, Oregon where I would meet friends and drive two hours south to the town of Idleyld Park located on the edge of the Umpqua National Forest in southern Oregon’s Cascade Range. 

Here we would stay in the Steamboat Inn, a historic inn situated along the banks of the Umpqua River and spend the next three days rafting on the Umpqua River and hiking the serene trails of the Umpqua National Forest shaded by towering Douglas Firs.

After a few days decompressing in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, I would leave my friends and drive three hours north to the town of McMinnville to attend the International Pinot Noir Celebration, the annual event dedicated to the world of Pinot noir.

Three days of drinking world class Pinots and exploring northwestern cuisine while hobnobbing with some interesting wine people would considered ‘work‘ as part of covering the event for a local magazine.

As with most events around the world, IPNC was postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Rather than scrap the article covering the wine and food of IPNC, the editor suggested a piece on the regional and stylistic differences of American Pinot.  

Sounded like a reasonable Plan B to me.

What better way to learn about wine in the midst of a global crisis than a Zoom webinar?  

I know…  

Does the wine world need yet another Zoom event?   

When the subject is Pinot Noir — Yes!

Especially when it includes great Pinot producers from around the country.

But, not one of those tired online chats that are more like college 101 lectures.  This Pinot chat will be interactive and informative and maybe fun.

If you love Pinot Noir or were scheduled to attend IPNC or have nothing else going on Saturday, May 9, please join us!   

Joining me in the discussion will be:

Christine Vrooman
Shepherd of the Vines, Ankida Ridge Vineyards
Amherst, Virginia 
Featured Pinot:  2017 Pinot Noir.  Order here.



Theodora Lee
Owner and Vintner, Theopolis Vineyards
Yorkville, California
Featured Pinot:  2017 Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir.  Order here.



Janie Brooks
Managing Director, Brooks Wine
Amity, Oregon
Featured Pinot:  2016 Janus Pinot Noir.  Order here.


Jason Lett
Winemaker, The Eyrie Vineyards
McMinnville, Oregon
Featured Pinot:  2016 Pinot Noir Sisters. Order here.



Order the featured Pinots from these wineries or open that bottle you’ve been holding for a special occasion.  Make Saturday, May 9 that special occasion.   

Make May 9th Open that bottle of Pinot Noir Night!

Register here to join us live on Saturday, May 9 (4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern):  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6UZG-EjvRTOvVwBKDUehgA

(This Pinot Zoom webinar is likely to fill up so the ‘chat will also be streamed live on the Drink What You Like Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/DrinkWhatYouLikeWineBlog/   )

Email me with any questions, comments, suggestions of other wineries that would like to participate or random complaints.