It's for California vintners only, which in my mind, makes it slightly idiosyncratic. Oregonians tend to make wines that are in better balance, due to their cooler climate, so I guess the original IPOB gang didn't think those producers needed any help communicating their "IPOB-ness." Basically the IPOB club wanted to escape the bad rap that overly ripe California wines from Burgundian vines were getting and thus separated themselves from the pack. It's a marketing move.
As a group, in contrast to the Rhone Rangers or the Oregon Pinot gang, fewer of these producers are growing organically or Biodynamically. Why Oregonians - with a lot more wet weather than California - can grow Pinot without using pesticides or fungicides more than Californians is a bit of a mystery to me. Or perhaps most of the organic/Biodynamic producers (Alma Rosa, Ampelos, Benziger, Porter Creek, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, and more) don't seem to gravitate to IPOB. Whatever.
The tasting was well attended by a powerhouse bunch of buyers, wine merchants and press.
Enjoy these photos from the IPOB tasting in SF.
UPDATE: Since this post was published, Ron Washam, the savagely humorous Hosemaster of Wine, has weighed in on the IPOB movement. Don't miss his coverage here.
|There was plenty of time to socialize before the|
tasting as the seminars were late in letting out.
|Calera, one of California's greatest wineries|
focused on Burgundian varietals, makes
7,000 cases from its organic estate vines.
|Calera's unique terroir - on limestone soild in San Benito County - is |
haunting and remote, and a great place to visit.
|Pouring Littorai's Mays Canyon (grown at the Demeter certified|
Porter Bass vineyard on Mays Canyon Road)
|Tasting the Brosseau Chard at Copain|
|Like Calera, Brosseau's organic vines are located on limestone rich|
soils, but in the Chalone AVA
|Somms wanted to let attendees know they were alive and well,|
despite reports of their disappearance from SF restaurants,
an assertion Jon Bonné, San Francisco Chronicle wine writer,
made in a recent column. Locals disagreed and let the crowd know.