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LAW School Student Comments

“I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you so much for a great class.  Pierre and I really enjoyed it and learned so much from you while you taking it.  We loved the wine-tasting aspect especially.  Now that the class is over and we’re more knowledgeable, we’ll definitely try and attend some of the other events that you offer down in Orange County (and perhaps LA).  It was nice meeting you and we wish you continued luck with your business!  We’re big fans!”
- Jody Bergougnan – LAW SCHOOL STUDENTS, 11-2011

Deciding to attend LAW school was a crucial first step in the journey toward my new career in the wine business.
I learned so much in just a few weeks and had a great time in the process. It’s serious study but Ian makes it fun too.
And once I received my JWE certification, it gave me the confidence to continue on to the next step and I’m now a Certified Specialist of Wine.
LAW School definitely helped prepare me for my new chapter in wine!
Thank you Ian!
Liz Barrett, CSW, JWE

My girlfriend and I attending the class when it was in Orange County.  We looked forward to our class each week and consider ourselves graduating from naive to sophisticated when it comes to understanding wine.  Ian is a talented instructor.
Robert Barnum

A really intensive, terrific, 4-week course. Taught me a lot…and taught me that I want to learn a lot more. Hoping for a graduate program :) .
Drew Matich

After becoming a LAW graduate, I decided to get a certificate through one of the more “established” programs which I will refrain from naming. After going through both programs, I can tell you that LAW was hands down a better experience in terms of rigor, openness to real discussion about wine, tasting a wider selection of wines in greater depth, and obtaining a better understanding of the makeup of wine aroma and flavor components. Ian has put together a very high quality program with LAW, which needs play second fiddle to no one.
John Stanley

I had a blast learning about wine and it’s origins and the tasting leassons were invaluable.
Tina Masiak

LAW school is a great program! Would love to do it again it was so good!
Marc Simon

LAW School was an amazing experience. Ian not only taught and coached, but CHALLENGED us to really immerse ourselves into the world of wine. I had been a hobbyist in wine prior to LAW School, but now, with the education and JWE credential behind me, I feel more like a consultant. I continue to gain knowledge in the world of wine by attending other LAW tastings and classes. Cheers!
Meghan Giffin

LAW School was a great way to really learn about wine, taught by an engaging and highly knowledgeable host!
Chris Storey

Overwhelming, engrossing, fascinating, illuminating and FUN… who knew that in a few short studious weeks I would actually be able to blind taste wines and have an idea where they might have been made and with what grapes?
Helen Melville

I loved this class, it was truly life changing. Although some what I learned has gotten a bit foggy, my point of view, vocabulary and appreciation of wine has forever been expanded and my life has been enriched for it. I have not yet had the opportunity to use my certification professionally, I have added it to my resume’ and will intensify my job search after the semester wraps.
Douglas de Wet

“Very comfortable, informative and delicious atmosphere.  Ian has great stories and great jokes.  I would definitely sign up for another class.”
Liana Lara

“Great Class!  Really fun and informative. Nice alternative to the normal night out of boring dinner. ”
Jenny Ryan

“Great Time!  I learned a lot and I can’t wait to attend the next event.  Ian is great.”
Tanesha Harvey

“Very informative and extremely eager to expand this knowledge on my future ventures”
Christina Martinez

“Ian is personable and fun.  The wine was the best. Smart Wine guy.  Good time.”
Sandra Brewer

“Learned a lot!  Had Fun!  I plan to return to attend other classes!”
Michelle Echegaray

“Very fun class, with lots of interesting information.  As a teacher, I know how hard it is to convey complex information clearly.  You did a wonderful job!  We’ll be back!”
Katharine Strunk

Scotch Tasting Class with Daniel Kelley – International Beverage Specialist

Scotch Tasting Class with Daniel Kelley – International Beverage Specialist

June 17, 2012
Josie Restaurant in Santa Monica
2424 Pico Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90405
3:00 PM – 5:15 PM

$49 Advanced


File Under: Taste a variety of great scotch & learn from a top professional…. STOP PRETENDING – START COMPREHENDING.  Even the most experienced Scotch lover will enjoy this in depth tasting of high quality smaller brands that absolutely kick the “scottish arss” of the big generic brands.  Daniel Kelley is a Scotch specialist with the great insider tips, and info… do not miss this scotch line up… many  $100 bottles will be opened.  A perfect gift for Dad, Perfect girls night out… perfect for one, perfect for all.

Scotch List:

Speyburn 10 years old single malt scotch. Speyside.
Light and grassy, straight forward entry level single malt.

Hankey Bannister blended scotch.
A unique blend of 5 Inverhouse Distilleries malt whiskys.
This blend contains a much higher malt content than most blends.

Old Pulteney 12 years old single malt scotch. Highland.
Nice notes of sea salt air and butter. The true maritime malt.

Old Pulteney 17 years old single malt scotch. Highland.
The use of Spanish sherry barrels provide a soft pallet and nice floral notes in this truly exceptional malt.

anCnoc 12 years old single malt scotch. Highland.
Produced at the renowned Knockdhu distillery, anCnoc has light smoky notes with a nice hint of honey.

anCnoc 16 years old single malt scotch. Highland.
American oak bourbon barrels allow sweet citrus and vanilla to entice the pallet. Non chill filtered.

Balblair ’00 vintage single malt scotch. Highland.
Released exclusively in vintages Balblair is bottled only at the peak of perfection when the timing is just right.

Balblair ’89 vintage single malt scotch. Highland.
Produced in ’89 and bottled in 2010 this 21 year old expression is filled with hints of raisin, fruits and rich spiciness.

A little bit about Daniel Kelley:

Daniel started with International Beverage Group in 2006 as one of the first sales managers in the company. After 15 years of restaurant and bar experience he had acquired a plethora of knowledge about beer, wine, and spirits making him a good fit for this emerging company. He has had the unique opportunity to visit distilleries in Scotland, and train with the people responsible for the production of the fine whisky’s you will be tasting today. As a member of many bar tender groups, and a regular to scotch clubs and tastings all over the U.S. he is considered to be a true scotch professional.

Ian Blackburn on Swoop’s World Online Radio!

Ian Blackburn on Swoop’s World Online Radio on Wednesday June 6, 2012 at 8pm/PST (11pm/EST)!

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Rioja at Rivera Restaurant Tonight! – Sold Out

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Welcome starts at 730 – Sit down for dinner at 8pm

This event is SOLD OUT!

Click here to download the brochure

ZIN and OUT – A Night of Robert Biale Wines and In & Out Burgers

ZIN and OUT – A Night of Robert Biale Wines and In & Out Burgers

June 15, 2012 8:00 PM – 10:15 PM
Downtown LOFT 218, Los Angeles

Advanced $49, Valued at $99
Click here to purchase

File Under: Seated tasting, prompt start, special guest speaker Robert Biale’s own Dave Pramuck, a very social event/winemaker visit, wine tasting with today’s #1 brand in great Zinfandel “Robert Biale”, Zinfandel and burger pairing, Learn about Zinfandel

A delicious and educational experience as we journey through 10 Robert Biale wines with the winemaker and chow down with all you can eat “In and Out Burgers and Fries” …we call it…. Zin N Out – you will call it educationally delicious!   A great night of wine and entertainment from the leaders in Edutainment…

Dave Pramuck – One of the best known ZINFANDEL experts will be hosting and pouring a cross section of Zins, Syrah, Petites, and a look at the Robert Biale portfolio of great wines

Like Father, Like Son – Syrah, Petite Sirah Blend 2008
Kiger Syrah 2007
Old Kraft Zinfandel 2009
Black Chicken Zinfandel 2010 – maybe the most famous Zin in California today!
Southern Trail Zinfandel 2009
Pollo Bianco 2011
Estate Petite Sirah
Thomann Station Petite Sirah
Basic Black


LAW Facts

A vertical tasting compares a single wine or similar wine over several vintages. Contrast this term with a horizontal tasting.
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