In Pursuit of Balance was a non-profit organization that sought to promote dialogue around the meaning and relevance of balance in California pinot noir and chardonnay.

IPOB was created by Rajat Parr of Domaine de la Côte and Sandhi, and Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Vineyards, to celebrate wineries striving to produce balanced pinot noir and chardonnay in California. Our first event was held in San Francisco in 2011.

This growing group of producers was seeking a different direction with their wines, both in the vineyard and the winery. This direction focused on balance, non-manipulation in the cellar, and the promotion of the fundamental varietal characteristics which make pinot noir and chardonnay great – subtlety, poise and the ability of these grapes to serve as profound vehicles for the expression of terroir. Simultaneously, members of the media and trade had been vocal in calling for greater restraint and balance in wine, and this has become one of the hottest topics in the wine world.

Please read the Manifesto of Balance for more information.

IPOB concluded operations at the end of 2016. To read the press release regarding the closure, please click here.