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March 1st, 2015

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7/24 SummerTASTE – a featured event on DowntownNews

July 20th The Big Bu as featured in “On the Radar” on YELP!

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The Big Bu – Malibu’s Premier Tasting!

Saturday, July 20th, from 2pm to 5pm
Saddle Peak Lodge, Calabasas
Advance Price: $69
Special 2 for $120
(See below for additional $10 off!)
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Participating Wineries:
Colcanyon Estate
Hoyt Family
Dolin Estate
Sage Hill
Rosenthal Estate
Malibu Solstice
Bodegas Gomez
Cielo Farms

J Hamilton
and more to come…
      Live music by:
Something Hot Band

  • Tray passed appetizers provided by The Saddlepeak Lodge – one of So-Cal’s best restaurants
  • A silent auction benefiting Meals on Wheels West
  • One of the best settings – on the private patio of the Lodge.


*As seen in Gayot*
Its been a couple years since our last event in Malibu, but its time we return and remind people how good a wine event can be.

Saddle Peak Lodge

Proceeds go to:
SPONSORED by Cornell Tasting Room: features SummerTASTE!




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July 24th SummerTASTE as featured in “On the Radar” on YELP!

SummerTASTE: Hollywood




Wednesday July 24th from 6:30-9:00pm

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(Photo Credit: Andrew Hong / FRAMESNATCHER website)

File Under:  This is event 3 of 8 SummerTASTES in the series.  A set of social tastings with a topic and a goal to raise money for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles through TJ Martell Foundation. Many producers and Educators will pour the large number of wines donated from the LearnAboutWine library.  Space 15-Twenty is home of Umami Burger and Urban Outfitters (and other great stores as well).  A gourmet cheese selection is provided as well as a generous selection of Chocolates by “Marsatta Hand Crafted Chocolate!”   Note:  No food is provided by Umami Burger but you are able to purchase at the event and you can enjoy a burger with your wine tasting. DJ music is provided by our resident wine educator and DJ Ian Blackburn.



Old World Vs New World Wine List
Rioja Wines
La Fenetre – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Burgundy – Collection of wines from Burgundy (Pernot, Giroud, Jadot and others)
Bordeaux vs California – Cabs and Merlots (nothing shabby here!)
Rieslings, Alsacian, and things in tall bottles that rule!
Bubbles from another mother – Italy, Spain, France, Other
Italians like Chianti, Barbera vs Local Version – including a few killers from Temecula (wow!)
Rhones – France vs California
Taste 30 plus wines – Cheese and Chocolate! 


DJ music fills the air, wine fills the glass, and for one small price… Cheese, Chocolate, Wine, Music, Charity and a great audience.

Join us…as we raise money for Children’s Cancer and Aids Research Charity, The T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION


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Our 2013 SummerTASTE Schedule:

• Aug 7 BIG RED DARK AND INKY at Fig@7th, Downtown


• Sept 4 CALIFORNIA CLASSICS at FIG@7th, Downtown

• Sept 18 Anything PINOT at Space 15 TWENTY, Hollywood

• Oct 2  BRANDS TO WATCH at Fig@7th, Downtown

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Korean BBQ Wine Dinner at STAR KING


Red wine and beef, cliche isn’t it… but how about Korean BBQ’ed Piedmontese Beef?  Your invited to an extraordinary “insider’s” culinary adventure at the new Star King Korean BBQ, already acclaimed by cutting edge national food writers, celebrities and now has the attention of LA’s Wine Guru Ian Blackburn at LearnAboutWine.  Star King BBQ is the only restaurant grilling the extraordinary Piedmontese beef over live coals right at your table (smokeless, on the finest Korean oak bricks called soot).  Three tantalizing Korean dipping sauces, plus a variety of delicate, little side dishes called banchan enhance the beef.

On Ian’s recent visit, he was so impressed, he wants to start a Crusade!  Ian will not only share his passion but his fantastic wines and a spirited conversation on Red Wine with Korean BBQ!  Ian said “Korean restaurants are some of Los Angeles’ best kept secrets, and you don’t have to be Korean to love them.”  Ian also noted that “The Korean Market is very interested in wine and reaches all-time highs”  promising for all wine producers as Korean’s love to indulge and spend good money on great wine.  Proprietor Jackie Yoo, second generation meat business expert (and recent LearnAboutWine student), will fill you in on the centuries-old banchan and Korean BBQ tradition – beef is especially dear to Koreans because most of it is imported to their rugged little country, and fermentation is key – and also the next trend in the food movement here.

The huge, light colored Piedmontese cattle are so special because they are endowed with a genetic trait that produces muscle and very little fat, resulting in a more textured and richer taste than the esteemed Kobe, also lower in fat and calories, higher in protein and more tender than prime.  Originating as beloved working farm animals in northern Italy, only a few have been caringly bred in the Midwest since the late 70’s—still representing only 1% of all cattle today.  Kept free of antibiotics, steroids and growth hormones, these animals are vegetarian, grass fed and finished with grains for a fuller, more lush taste.

Star King offers Piedmontese in their bold steak tartare, dramatic tomahawk cut, and also the more traditional Korean BBQ fare of brisket, boneless short ribs, rib eye steak, and offals.  If you have tasted bulgogi and galbi BBQ, you are in for a memorable experience; most connoisseurs even prefer it over Wagyu and Kobe because Piedmontese is so buttery, without being the film.
Ian Blackburn’s industry leading, tend setting tastings continue to go where no cork has gone before… and this time its into KOREA TOWN!  While the events are not built to be “cheap” – Ian’s 67 Yelp Reviews with a 4.5+ average hone in on quality opportunities and he gets the “BEST OF BREED” involved.  STAR KING is the BEST OF BREED and very english friendly… and with the unique features and benefits of the world class beef, the beautiful facility, the clean and fresh nature of the food and setting – Ian is sending out an invitation to his 50,000 consumer list the first week of July.

There will be 5-7 different variety served including “kimchi” and Salad


Do Tori Muk Muchim

Acorn jelly made in house tossed in a light sesame dressing with cucumbers, jalopenos, chives and toasted seaweed


An all time Korean traditional favorite (glass noodles sautéed with vegetables in a light sweet soy based sauce)

 Bosot bokum

 Sliced King oyster mushrooms sautéed together with vegetables


See Details about the Beef Above

 Piedmontese Steak tartare

 Julienned rare beef blended with our special sauce.  Mixed at the table with sliced asian pears.  Egg yolk (optional)

 Piedmontese Brisket Point

Thinly sliced brisket point grilled at the table with bean sprouts.

Piedmontese Tomahawk Ribeye

 36 ounces of wow!! brushed lightly with olive oil to bring out the perfect caramelization on the grill.

Star King’s signature marinated short rib

 Out signature short rib marinated in our special soy based marinade for 48 hours.


Soy bean paste stew

 A staple in Korean food.  A more rustic taste than a miso soup. Served with plain white rice or scorched rice soup.


Assorted fruit platter with rice punch

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LAW Facts

Older wines that have been cellared properly will contain sediment due to the aging process. By properly decanting the wine, the sediment will remain in the bottle.
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