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RHÔNE WARRIORS | AT HOME EDITION

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Night One

Night Two

Night Three

NIGHT ONE - WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24

WINE LIST:

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

Rhone Warriors Night One
Rhone Warriors Night Two

NIGHT TWO - FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26

WINE LIST:

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

WINE LIST:

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. 

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