In Pursuit of Balance seeks to promote dialogue around the meaning and relevance of balance in California pinot noir and chardonnay. To find out about upcoming events, please join our mailing list.
The Wineries of IPOB
Click here to see the list of our 2015 member wineries.
Watch the 2014 Seminars
Watch the seminars from In Pursuit of Balance on Monday, March 10, 2014.
Seminar 1: Vine Age
Seminar 2: Defining Ripeness in Pinot Noir
Seminar 1: Vine Age
Alder Yarrow, wine writer – Vinography.com
Michael McNeill Winemaker, Hanzell
Steve Matthiasson Winemaker, Matthiasson
Adam Tolmach Winemaker, Ojai
Pax Mahle Winemaker, Wind Gap
Does vine age matter? Wine professionals debate the relative merits of old vs. young vines, and whether vine age makes a difference in the quality of a wine. What exactly constitutes an “old” vine? How does vine age effect viticultural and winemaking decisions, terroir expression, clonal expression, ageabilty and the overall quality of pinot noir and chardonnay? Moderator Alder Yarrow will address these questions, accompanied by a panel of IPOB winemakers. Attendees will taste through a selection of pinot noirs and chardonnays chosen to highlight the complex question of vine age.
Wind Gap “Woodruff Vineyard” Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mtns 2012
Wind Gap “James Berry Vineyard” Chardonnay, Paso Robles 2012
Matthiasson “Michael Mara” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, 2011
Matthiasson “Linda Vista” Chardonnay, Napa Valley, 2011
Ojai “Bien Nacido Vyd” Pinot Noir, SMV 2012 (planted 2002)
Ojai “Bien Nacido Vyd” Pinot Noir, SMV 2012 (planted 1973)
Hanzell “de Brye Vyd, East Slope” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Valley 2012 (1999 planting)
Hanzell “de Brye Vyd” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Valley 2012 (1976 planting)
Hanzell “Ambassador’s 1953 Vyd” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Valley 2012
Seminar 2: Ripeness in Pinot Noir
Dr. Jamie Goode, wine writer – Wineanorak.com
Josh Jensen Winemaker, Calera
Wells Guthrie Winemaker, Copain
Katy Wilson Winemaker, LaRue
Justin Willett Winemaker, Tyler
Ripeness is one of the great debates in the wine world today. Is ripeness entirely subjective or can it be quantified with scientific measures such as alcohol percentages and pH? The question of what is ripe has become one of the most controversial and divisive questions amongst winemakers, wine critics and consumers. Moderator Dr. Jamie Goode will take on this thorny topic, together with wine writer Jordan MacKay and a panel of IPOB winemakers. A selection of pinot noirs will be poured to accompany the discussion.
Tyler “Sanford & Benedict” Pinot Noir, Sta Rita Hills 2011
Tyler “Bien Nacido – Old Vine” Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley 2011
Calera “Mills Vyd Lot A” Pinot Noir, Mt. Harlan 2013 (barrel sample)
Calera “Mills Vyd Lot B” Pinot Noir, Mt. Harlan 2013 (barrel sample)
LaRue “Rice-Spivak Vyd” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2012 (barrel sample)
LaRue Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2010 (100% Rice-Spivak Vyd)
Copain “Kiser En Bas” Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 2010
Copain “Kiser En Bas” Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 2007