R News January and February 2017
A Recipe from the Box
According to legend, the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC)
was conceived among wine makers and foodies who gathered at Nick’s Italian Cafe in McMinnville, OR. Since Remy’s mom, Joan Drabkin, was a cook and organized the catering at Nick’s, she was there when this group, who had a great feeling of camaraderie, came up with the idea of IPNC. They wanted it to be a celebration and not a contest, but they also felt that the food was just as important as the wine. In August of 1987, IPNC was born. The first year, Joan volunteered to be the culinary director, and she continued in this position for 14 years. In 1993, she started the International Pinot Noir Recipe Collection, which takes the recipes from celebrated chefs cooking for hundreds of people at IPNC and prepares them for a family group.