Stars of Merlot Wine

October is Merlot Month!

Join the Merlot conversation with the winemakers!
SEVEN world-class wines delivered directly to your home for an amazing online wine tasting event!
Taste along and learn about wine with the legends themselves, LIVE on Zoom! 

Wednesday, October 27

Stars of Merlot Price Chart
Arietta Hudson Vineyards Merlot

Arietta Hudson Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley, 2018 
Hosted by Fritz and Caren Hatton, Proprietors

Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot, 2018 
Hosted by Neil Bernardi, VP of Winemaking

Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot
Rutherford Hill Winery Oakville Merlot

Rutherford Hill Winery, Napa Merlot, 2019 | $35
Hosted by Marisa Taylor, Winemaker

Seavey Vineyards Estate Merlot, Napa Valley, 2018 
Hosted by Jim Duane, Winemaker

Seavey Vineyards Estate Merlot
Sullivan Rutherford Estate J.O. Sullivan Founder's Reserve Merlot

Sullivan Rutherford Estate J.O. Sullivan Founder's Reserve Merlot, Napa Valley, 2018 
Hosted by Jeff Cole, Winemaker

Truchard Vineyards Merlot, Carneros, Napa Valley, 2019 
Hosted by Anthony Truchard, Winemaker

Truchard Vineyards Merlot
Sullivan Rutherford Estate J.O. Sullivan Founder's Reserve Merlot

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards Reserve Merlot,
Sonoma Valley, 2018 | $40
Hosted by Chris Louton, Winemaker

How It Works

The wines for this event are delivered to your home to arrive right before 7pm! Bottle Kits may arrive at your door earlier, but Flight Kits are carefully handled, managed, and delivered within a day of the event to maintain their freshness. If your shipping address is outside of our Los Angeles courier delivery zone, we will also email you your tracking information so that you are aware of the expected delivery time. Signature is required!

The associated Zoom link will be emailed to you within 24 hours of the virtual tasting event. A printable tasting mat, digital brochure and link to the charitable auction will also be emailed to you. We recommend that you plan to enjoy a snack or dinner while wine tasting with the hosts on the Zoom! We also encourage you to have proper glassware to maximize the tasting experience.

Tastings typically run for approximately 90 minutes but may run longer if the conversation continues, as we encourage you, the audience, to participate and communicate with the experts. We pose fun questions and encourage participation in the chat box, too! Our virtual tasting events enable us to assemble the greatest wine talent in the world and to deliver you an exceptional wine experience, regardless of your address!

*Out of state shipping is additional and will be invoiced after purchase. CA deliveries are $10 and handled by

*Featured select winemakers are recorded in advance for the STARS of Merlot virtual tasting event on Zoom. The brand importers and executives will be present to answer and engage with the audience.

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Ian Todd Blackburn, Wine Entrepreneur

Being a wine anything wasn’t part of the original plan - and when you're raised in a military family, drinking wine may not be the first idea that comes to mind, either. 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 and around great wine brands for most of his adult-life, and leading wine tours and culinary adventures around the world - Ian loves to share his story and his passion. When Covid shut down his event business, Ian pivoted full circle and restarted and launched as a way to bring his version of wine education and entertainment to a limitless audience. With his family’s wine store, virtual wine tastings with wine delivered "at home" is the latest chapter in the evolution of Ian’s dedication to wine education, edu-tainment and the wine lifestyle. This bio and life is a work in progress…let's see what the next vintage provides.

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