Spain vs. Italy vs. Greece Dinner presents Spain vs. Italy vs. Greece Dinner | Papille Gustative 

Saturday, July 15th @ 6:45 pm PST


Imagine - three glasses - one is from Spain, one is from Greece, one is from Italy - but which one is which?  The wines will be blind and we select our favorites and reveal!!!   The wine quality is very good - but focuses on extreme values…. We believe it will be eye opening, just how good the wines of Greece are… we believe dollar for dollar Italy and Spain may be the best values on the planet however… so the conversation will be amazing. Sommelier Ian Blackburn selected special wines he stands behind; many he has either interviewed or visited personally. The restaurant is hyper-farm-to-table and enjoys wowing guests with their thoughtful and generous presentations. This event is scheduled to take place in the private dining room inside. All dietary needs will be met with 72 hours advance notice. This dinner should be very popular - and seating is very limited. Get your tickets now.

See the amazing menu and the wine list!

All Wines Served Blind - One from Spain, Greece, Italy - but which?  And Which do you prefer!   21 wines - 21 guests - fun - fast and festive!!!!  



  2. Bodegas Virgen de Lorea, Señorío de Otxaran Txakoli, Txakolina, Spain, 2021

  3. Bodegas Muga, Rosé "Rosado" Rioja, Spain, 2021 - 92 Points

  4. Raul Perez, Mencia, "Ultreia Saint Jacques" Bierzo, Spain, 2020 - 93 Points

  5. Clos Figueras, Serras del Priorat, Priorat, Spain, 2021 - 91 Points

  6. R. Lopez De Heredia, Viña Cubillo Crianza, Rioja, Spain, 2014 - 94 Points

  7. Abadia Retuerta, Selección Especial, Sardon de Duero, Spain, 2016 - 96 Points


  1. Domaine Oinea - Lune Noire 2019 Classic Methode Sparkling Wine NV 

  2. Tetramythos, Roditis, Peloponnese, Greece, 2020

  3. Kalogris, Mrs. Poulia Skin Contact, Peloponnese, Greece, 2020

  4. Domaine Paterianakis, Melissokipos, Crete, Greece, 2019

  5. Tetramythos, Mavro Kalavrytino Natur, Peloponnese, Greece, 2021

  6. Elinos Winery "Taralas" Xinomavro, Naoussa, Greece, 2007 - 91 Points

  7. Thymiopoulos, "Earth & Sky" Xinomavro, Naoussa, Greece, 2019



  2. Benanti, Etna Bianco, Sicily, Italy, 2021

  3. Colleformica, Skin Contact Formica Gialla, Lazio, Italy, 2019

  4. Luciano Sandrone, Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy, 2018 - 94 Points

  5. Casanova di Neri, Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy, 2019 - 90 Points

  6. Aldo Conterno, Langhe Rosso, Piedmont, Italy, 2017 - 90 Points

  7. Podere Poggio Scalette 'Capogatto' Alta Valle della Greve IGT, Tuscany, Italy 2017 - 94 Points



ABOUT IAN TODD BLACKBURN Wine Educator, Professional Sommelier / Host and Master  of Wine Student 

I discovered the wine industry while working with Chef’s Thomas Keller and Joachim Splichal in the top dining rooms of Los Angeles. My passion redirected my career from restaurants/hotels to vineyards and wine-education. Now with over 25-years of experience hosting events; leading trips around the wine world; I published a wine book; produced my own wine called Beekeeper Cellars and sat for the difficult Master of Wine Exam! Today, I am considered one of the region's best wine educators and work for my 100,000 total followers (follow me), visiting vineyards and wine regions and producing over 100 wine classes and events a year for my businesses and my team.      



1995 was created

2003-2005 TASTE on Two Rodeo – weekly tastings on Rodeo Drive 

2005 LASupportsLA donated $250K to Hurricane Katrina Charities 

2007 My wine class was featured on ABC’s The Bachelor 

2010 Sold 5000 Groupons in one day to survive the great recession 

2016 Appeared in the Movie “Sour Grapes” – Yes, Rudi was originally a student

2019 Surpassed 1 million dollars in Charity donations through our various events 

2020 Pivoted to our own retail store called & we still deliver! 

2022 Appeared in the Movie “A Perfect Vintage” 


Websites: - virtual tastings and education procured wines and my wine of the month club wine education and events 


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