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NIGHT ONE - WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Melville Winery: Syrah, Estate, Sta. Rita Hills, California, 2018
Andrew Murray Vineyards: Mourvedre, Curtis Vineyard, Estate Grown, Santa Ynez Valley, California, 2018
Lasseter Family Winery: Lasseter Chemin De Fer, Justi Creek Estate Vineyard, Sonoma Valley, California, 2017
Tablas Creek: Esprit de Tablas Rouge, Estate, Adelaida District, Paso Robles, California, 2018
Force Majeure Vineyards: Parvata Red Wine Blend Red Mountain AVA, Washington, 2017
LAW Estate: GSM Blend, “Sagacious”, Paso Robles, California, 2017
NIGHT TWO - FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26
RD Winery: Grenache, Rossi Ranch, Sonoma Valley, California, 2019
Ledge Vineyards: Bien Nacido Estate, Block 11 Estrella Clone Syrah, 100% Syrah, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County, California, 2018
Nelle Winery: Syrah, Coastview Vineyard, Gabilan Mountains, Monterey County, California, 2018
Skinner Vineyards: Syrah, El Dorado, California, 2018
Denner Vineyards: Dirt Worshipper, Central Coast, California, 2018
Jada Vineyard & Winery: Syrah, Jersey Girl, Paso Robles, California, 2017
NIGHT THREE - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27
Troon Vineyard: Syrah Whole Cluster Fermented, Applegate Valley, Washington, 2018
McKahn Family Cellars: Viognier, Catie's Corner Vineyard, Russian River Valley, California, 2019
Dusty Nabor Wines: Syrah Kimsey Vineyard Ballard Canyon, California, 2018
Bushong Vintage Company: “Power, Corruption & Lies”, Paso Robles, California, 2018
Brecon Estate: Forty-Two Red Rhone Blend, Central Coast, California, 2018
Byron Blatty Wines: Agenda Syrah / Tannat Blend, Los Angeles County, California, 2017
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Ian Todd Blackburn, Wine Entrepreneur
Being a wine anything wasn’t part of the original plan - and when you're raised in a military family, drinking wine may not be the first idea that comes to mind, either. Ian discovered the wine industry at the ripe age of 21 and didn't consider it a career option, but working for top chefs in the formidable dining rooms of early 1990s Los Angeles blew doors open - leading Ian to a career in wine education.
In 1995, he started the internet’s first website dedicated to teaching the world about wine: LearnAboutWine.com. Hosting 100 classes a year for about 20 years – Ian is finally starting to get the hang of this. In 2009, Ian and his best friend Clay Mauritson started making wine together: BeekeeperCellars.com; while this brand remains a small production, Ian hopes to grow Beekeeper Zinfandel into something special.Working with and around great wine brands for most of his adult-life, and leading wine tours and culinary adventures around the world - Ian loves to share his story and his passion.
When Covid shut down his wineLA.com event business, Ian pivoted full circle and restarted LearnAboutWine.com and launched ZoomIntoWine.com as a way to bring his version of wine education and entertainment to a limitless audience. With his family’s wine store Merchantofwine.com, virtual wine tastings with wine delivered "at home"; is the latest chapter in the evolution of Ian’s dedication to wine education and the wine lifestyle. This bio is a work in progress…let's see what the next vintage provides. In the meantime, Ian continues to study for his Masters of Wine and to write his next book about his journey.