As we all step back into the world of in-person gatherings, the wine event specialists at LearnAboutWine are working harder than ever to produce innovative and exciting in-person events for wine lovers everywhere! Founder and Wine Expert Ian Blackburn has teamed up with the talented TV personality and Cookbook Author & Chef Bob Blumer to create a truly unique wine dinner in an utterly Hollywood setting. This promising wine dinner will feature a delectable multi-course meal along with expertly paired wines.
The conversation at this event is sure to be captivating, as Ian and Chef Bob are encouraging guests to bring “a special bottle with a special story”. This event is limited to 10 guests. Tickets can be found here!
*Bob's Menu with Ian Blackburn's Pairings*
Smoked salmon and peach sno-cones
Kongsgaard, Rosé, Napa Valley, 2020
Bodegas Muga, Conde de Haro Brut Rosé Cava, Rioja, Spain, 2016
Wild mushroom risotto
Bodega Chacra, “Barda”, Pinot Noir, Patagonia, Argentina, 2020
Little gem Caesar salad
Marchesi Antinori, Cervaro Della Sala, Umbria IGT, Italy, 2019
Sous vided Gwen Butcher Shop hanger steak + fried Myrna potatoes
Bodegas Vega Sicilia, Valbuena 5º Año, Ribera del Duero, Spain, 2015
A very surreal dessert
Blandy's, Colheita Bual, Madeira, Portugal, 2003
When you're raised in a military family, drinking wine may not be the first idea that comes to mind, but that is what happened! Ian discovered the wine industry at the ripe age of 21 and didn't consider it a career option, but working for top chefs in the formidable dining rooms of early 1990s Los Angeles blew doors open - leading Ian to a career in wine education.
Working with the world’s greatest wine brands for most of his adult-life; leading wine tours and culinary adventures around the world; Ian loves to share his story and his passion. When Covid shut down wineLA’s event business, Ian pivoted full circle and restarted digitally and launched ZoomIntoWine.com as a way to bring his version of wine education and entertainment to a limitless audience. With his family’s wine store Merchantofwine.com, virtual wine tastings with wine delivered "at home" provide a pathway, and now we celebrate the return of live events!