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25. March – Entrepreneur and host Ian Blackburn has brought together some of Italy’s finest wines for two unforgettable evenings! We deliver the wines by air or bottle to your home, and you participate live in each interactive tasting with TWO world-class wineries from across Italy. Join us for an evening or two! A silent auction at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is raising money for pediatric cancer research. All proceeds from the auction were donated to the United Fund to Unite, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by the producers of the Vance Warped Tour festival and Rockstar Energy Mayhem.

Early bird tickets are on sale now! Tickets will sell out; prices will go up as the event date approaches.

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  • Safe, social, fun… educational, entertaining and informative.

The first night is Wednesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. PST.

1. Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, 2017

Submitted by the owner of the hotel, Giovanni Folonari.

2. Michele Chiarlo, Tortoniano, Barolo, IGT, 2015

Presented by co-owner Alberto Chiarlo.

3. Inzoglio del Cinchiale Toscana IGT, 2018

Presented by the winemaker, Niccolò Lenzi.

4. Tanuta Sette Ponti Croniolo, Tuscany IGT, 2018

Submitted by the owner of the hotel, Alberto Moretti.

5. Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana IGT, 2017

Submitted by the owner of the hotel, Alberto Moretti.

6. Agricola Punica Montesu Isola dei Nuraghi IGT, 2018

Submitted by the innkeeper, Salvatore Santo.

The second night is Saturday 4/24 at 7pm PST.

1. Sella e Mosca Montereoro Vermentino di Gallura Super Super Range DOCG, 2018.

Submitted by the innkeeper, Giovanni Pinna.

2. Planet Eruzione 1614 Nerello Mascalese, Sicily DOC, 2016

Submitted by Patricia Toth

3. Travaglini Gattinara DOCG, 2017

Submitted by the owner, Alessia Travaglini.

4. Trerosa Santa Caterina Vin Nobile DOCG, 2015

Film by Andrea Lonardi.

5 Col D’Orcia Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG, 2015

Presented by the owner of the hotel, Count Francesco Cinzano.

6. Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi DOCG, 2016

Presented by the owner of the hotel, Piero Mastroberardino.

ABOUT IAN TODD BLACKBURN, A WINE ENTREPRENEUR.

Wine was not part of the original plan – and when you grow up in a military family, drinking wine is not necessarily the first thought that comes to mind.

Ian discovered the wine industry at the ripe old age of 21 and hadn’t considered it as a career choice, but working for top chefs in the big dining halls of early 1990s Los Angeles blew open the doors and led Ian to a career in wine education. In 1995 he launched the first website dedicated to sharing knowledge about wine: LearnAboutWine.com. He’s been doing 100 courses a year for 20 years. Ian is finally starting to get it.

In 2009, Ian and his best friend Clay Mauritson began making wine together: BeekeeperCellars.com; although this brand is still a small production, Jan hopes to make Beekeeper Zinfandel something special.

Ian has spent most of his adult life working with and for major wine brands. He also presents wine tours and culinary adventures around the world. Ian loves to share his story and his passion.

When Covid closed its event company WineLA.com, Ian completed the circle and relaunched LearnAboutWine.com and launched ZoomIntoWine.com to bring his version of wine education and entertainment to an unlimited audience. Through family-owned wine shop Merchantofwine.com, virtual tastings with home delivery are the latest chapter in the evolution of Ian’s commitment to wine education and lifestyle. This biology and this life are a work in progress …. Let’s see what the next pot will do.

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