STARS of Merlot 2022 presents the the 4th Annual STARS of Merlot
Wednesday, October 26th @ 7 PM 
A virtual & interactive presentation involving you and the experts!

Merlot is once again gaining ground and LearnAboutWine is gathering the brightest STARS in Merlot for a virtual tasting on October 26th. This 60 MINUTES OF MERLOT MADNESS is in alignment with the #MERLOTME movement, and features wines from a diverse and amazing array of terroir. The winemakers themselves will appear as guest speakers! STARS events present a unique opportunity to taste the best and learn about the current trends and perspectives of the experts. Per organizer Ian Blackburn,  “This lineup of producers is sensational and not to be missed.”  

LearnAboutWine services over 3,000 wholesale accounts and will also perform a virtual trade tasting via Zoom. Noted top accounts will be invited to participate, and receive a tasting kit delivered via local courier. 

Evening participants will have a choice of (a) tasting flight kit (2.0 oz) or (b) bottle kit delivered to your door. Early Bird tickets are on sale now - limited to 40 guests. Prices increase as the event date approaches! Visit STARSOFWINE.COM for tickets and information.

 ✦  Featured Wineries & Representatives ✦
Bernardus Winery, Santa Lucia Highlands, California 
Hosted by Rob Baker, Director of Sales & Marketing
Bookwalter, Columbia Valley Washington
Hosted by John Bookwalter, Owner & President
McIntyre Family Wines, Arroyo Seco 
Hosted by Steve McIntyre, Founder & CEO
Once & Future Wine, Sangiacomo Vineyard, Carneros
Hosted by Joel Peterson, Winemaker
Sullivan Rutherford Estate, Napa Valley 
Hosted by Jeff Cole, Winemaker
One BLIND Merlot, to be named later and blind tasted at the event.

About Ian Blackburn

Ian discovered the wine industry at the ripe age of 21 while working for famous chefs such as Thomas Keller and then at 24 for Joachim Splichal in Los Angeles’ top dining rooms. The discovery of wine and his endless need for knowledge quickly engulfed Ian’s life, and his passion redirected his career from restaurants and hotels to vineyards and education. In 1995 was born, becoming the first website dedicated to wine education.

With over 25-years of experience traveling the wine world, Ian is a published author (Wiley Publications, 2002), has 10 vintages of top level winemaking on his resume at Beekeeper Cellars, and is considered one of the region's best wine educators. Ian’s push to evolve and his ability to pivot has produced a strata of new concepts such as, (virtual education), (the family’s online wine store), and now the return of in-person gatherings with - using all the great gathering spots in LA as potential venues.


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