STARS of California Wine
A Virtual Tasting of Some of California's Greatest!
Sip, Swirl, Chat, Discover and Explore with the Winemakers and Proprietors.
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WEDNESDAY | JANUARY 26
Kevin Buckler, Proprietor
Adobe Road Winery SHIFT, Premium Red Blend, North Coast, 2019
Ian Blackburn, Co-Founder/Winemaker
Beekeeper Cellars “Secret Stones” Zinfandel, Rockpile, Sonoma County, 2018
Elizabeth Vianna, Winemaker & GM
Chimney Rock Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Stag’s Leap District, Napa Valley, 2018
Joseph Smith, Winemaker & Proprietor
Red Phoenix Wines "Rubeus" Red Blend, Napa Valley, 2017
Trey Fletcher, Senior Winemaker
Sanford Winery & Vineyards Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills, 2019
Sherman Thacher, Proprietor & Winemaker
Thacher Winery and Vineyard Cinsault, Glen Rose Vineyard, Paso Robles, 2020
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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.