STARS of Rhône Valley Wine
A Virtual Tasting of Some of the Rhône Valley's Greatest!
Sip, Swirl, Chat, Discover and Explore with leading experts of the region.
Wines Are Delivered to Your Door!
Wednesday, February 16
~ 7PM PST ~
Featuring Special Co-Host & Guest:
Michael Larner of Larner Vineyards
Michael Larner earned his Master’s Degree in Viticulture & Enology at the University of California, Davis and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His formal training in wine continued with cellar apprenticeships at Marchesi Antinori’s Tenuta Guado al Tasso (Bolgheri, Tuscany) and E. Guigal’s Château d’Ampuis (Rhône Valley, France). He previously worked with Santa Ynez-based wineries Babcock Winery and Rusack Vineyards. He has been making wine since 1999.
Chêne Bleu Aliot Blanc, IGP Vaucluse, Rhône Valley, France, 2016
Domaine Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage, Rhône Valley, France, 2019
Cuvée Floureto, Vacqueyras, Rhône Valley, France, 2019
Domaine Faury, Saint-Joseph Vieilles Vignes Old Vines, Rhône, France, 2019
Domaine De La Janasse, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vieilles Vignes, France, 2019
Jean-Louis Chave, Hermitage "Farconnet" Rhône Valley, France, 2017
HOW IT WORKS (FAQ)
The wines for this event are delivered to your home to arrive 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 UPS tracking information so that you are aware of the expected delivery time. Signature is required!
*Shipping is $15 flat-rate in the state of California.
Out of state shipping is additional and will be invoiced after purchase. Feel free to inquire by emailing us with your shipping address and info: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Zoom link will be emailed to you within 24 hours of the virtual tasting event date/time.
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 70-90 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!
*Some featured select winemakers are pre-recorded for the STARS of Rhone Valley virtual tasting on Zoom.
The brand importers and other guest experts 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.
In 1995, he started the internet’s first website dedicated to teaching the world about wine: LearnAboutWine.com. Hosting 100 classes a year for about 20 years – Ian is finally starting to get the hang of this. In 2009, Ian and his best friend Clay Mauritson started making wine together: BeekeeperCellars.com; while this brand remains a small production, Ian hopes to grow Beekeeper Zinfandel into something special.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 wineLA.com event business, Ian pivoted full circle and restarted LearnAboutWine.com 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"; is the latest chapter in the evolution of Ian’s dedication to wine education and the wine lifestyle. This bio is a work in progress…let's see what the next vintage provides. In the meantime, Ian continues to study for his Masters of Wine and to write his next book about his journey.