I just got this E-Mail; although, I also read their press release, so I did know about this one.

Dear Friends,

We announced yesterday that we’re closing IPOB at the end of 2016. Therefore there will not be another membership tasting.

We are very grateful for your interest in IPOB, and we wish you all the best in your endeavors.

Full press release is here: http://inpursuitofbalance.com/#/concluding-ipob/

Warm regards,

Cc: Mary Christie ; Rajat Parr


Jasmine Hirsch

In Pursuit of Balance

The Press Release

Founders of the influential California winemakers’ group end the organization on a high note.

May 23, 2016, San Francisco — In Pursuit of Balance (IPOB) co-founders Jasmine Hirsch and Rajat Parr have announced that their organization of noteworthy California winemakers will close operations at the end of 2016.

“We created IPOB to change the dialogue around the meaning and importance of balance in California wine,” Hirsch said. “As we look back on what we have achieved, we’re gratified by the response of wine producers, the wine trade, and wine lovers who have accompanied us on our endeavor to affect the dialogue surrounding California wine. Together, we have brought this conversation to the fore of the global wine community.”

“IPOB was founded to show what balance in wine means to us,” Parr added. “It started as a small event to draw attention to producers who weren’t chasing after ratings from wine critics. It wasn’t supposed to be an ideological war, but we felt that balanced wines (in California) weren’t being paid enough attention to by the wine community, so we decided to shine some light on what we were doing.”

The San Francisco-based nonprofit group was formed in 2011 by Parr, proprietor of Sandhi Wines and Domaine de la Côte in Santa Barbara County, and Hirsch, the general manager of Hirsch Vineyards on the Sonoma Coast.

Not an easy decision, I’m sure…

To all things, there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven…