LearnAboutWine.com 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. Merchantofwine.com 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!!!!
BODEGUES CAPITA VIDAL, 'RESERVE BODEGA' BRUT NATURE CAVA, PENEDES, SPAIN, NV
Bodegas Virgen de Lorea, Señorío de Otxaran Txakoli, Txakolina, Spain, 2021
Bodegas Muga, Rosé "Rosado" Rioja, Spain, 2021 - 92 Points
Raul Perez, Mencia, "Ultreia Saint Jacques" Bierzo, Spain, 2020 - 93 Points
Clos Figueras, Serras del Priorat, Priorat, Spain, 2021 - 91 Points
R. Lopez De Heredia, Viña Cubillo Crianza, Rioja, Spain, 2014 - 94 Points
Abadia Retuerta, Selección Especial, Sardon de Duero, Spain, 2016 - 96 Points
Domaine Oinea - Lune Noire 2019 Classic Methode Sparkling Wine NV
Tetramythos, Roditis, Peloponnese, Greece, 2020
Kalogris, Mrs. Poulia Skin Contact, Peloponnese, Greece, 2020
Domaine Paterianakis, Melissokipos, Crete, Greece, 2019
Tetramythos, Mavro Kalavrytino Natur, Peloponnese, Greece, 2021
Elinos Winery "Taralas" Xinomavro, Naoussa, Greece, 2007 - 91 Points
Thymiopoulos, "Earth & Sky" Xinomavro, Naoussa, Greece, 2019
SORELLE BRONCA "PARTICELLA 181" BRUT, PROSECCO DI VALDOBBIADENE SUPERIORE DOCG, VENETO, ITALY, NV
Benanti, Etna Bianco, Sicily, Italy, 2021
Colleformica, Skin Contact Formica Gialla, Lazio, Italy, 2019
Luciano Sandrone, Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy, 2018 - 94 Points
Casanova di Neri, Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy, 2019 - 90 Points
Aldo Conterno, Langhe Rosso, Piedmont, Italy, 2017 - 90 Points
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 Learnaboutwine.com 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 Merchantofwine.com & we still deliver!
2022 Appeared in the Movie “A Perfect Vintage”
ZoomIntoWine.com - virtual tastings and education
MerchantofWine.com- procured wines and my wine of the month club
LearnAboutWine.com- wine education and events
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