Top Collectibles: Then vs Now at Otium presents
Top Collectibles: Then vs Now at Otium
Thursday, October 27th @ 6:45 pm PST


LearnAboutWine continues to innovate as leaders in the wine edutainment space. Our latest bold and daring dinner is evidence of that. On Thursday, October 27th at 6:45 PM we will gather at an incredible private patio space at OTIUM, one of LA’s most desirable dining destinations. The iconic Chef Timothy Hollingsworth brought Otium to an incredible space right next to The Broad museum.  

On this occasion, we are pairing THEN vs NOW - a side by side tasting of an older vintage and a current vintage. In total, guests will taste approx $30,000 worth of collectible wines with a multi-course meal.

Hosted by wine expert Ian Blackburn and his LearnAboutWine team, this side by side tasting is a remarkable way to experience wine and give it context. Some would say this is a ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE, we specialize in this idea.  Information and tickets here!

✦ Wine List ✦
(all wines are from top scoring storied vintages) 
Château Pétrus, Pomerol, France, 1975 vs 2016 | Valued at $10,000  
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien, Bordeaux, 1966 vs 2016 | Valued at $1000
Château Talbot, Grand Cru Classé, Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France, 1961 vs 2016 | Valued at $750
Château Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France, 1982 vs 2009 | Valued at $6,000
Louis Latour, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, Côte-D’Or, France, 1997 vs 2018 | Valued at $500
Château Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France, 1982 vs 2016 | Valued at $2,500
Château Margaux, Margaux, Bordeaux, France, Guess vs 2016 | Valued at $6,000
Aubert Wines, UV-SL Chardonnay, Sonoma, 2010 vs 2015 | Valued at $750
Château Montelena, Chardonnay, Napa Valley, 1975 vs 2019 | Valued at $500
Müller-Catoir, Im Breumel GG, Riesling, Germany, 2009 vs 2016 | Valued at $250
And more… some blind, a few desserts, and surprises. 

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.