Wine Camp | Virtual: Saturday, February 4th at 3PM
Wine Camp | Virtual: Saturday, February 4th at 3PM
How It Works
This class takes place online via Zoom. We deliver wine tasting kits to your home! Tasting Kits are carefully handled, managed, and delivered within a certain timeframe to maintain their freshness by our friends at merchantofwine.com. If you are 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 (a signature is required!).
The associated Zoom link will be emailed to you within 24 hours of the virtual tasting event. We encourage you to have proper glassware to maximize your tasting experience. Tastings typically run for approximately 120 minutes but may run longer if the conversation continues, as we ask fun questions and encourage you, the audience, to participate with us LIVE and in the chat box, too!
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 LearnAboutWine.com 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, ZoomIntoWine.com (virtual education), MerchantofWine.com (the family’s online wine store), and now the return of in-person gatherings with LearnAboutWine.com - using all the great gathering spots in LA as potential venues.
The Internet's #1 intro to wine class, endorsed by:
100,000+ students have attended Wine Camp since we started in 1995!
Acquire the skills you need to elevate your personal wine appreciation.
History, anecdotes, and laughs all served in generous portions
SIX great wines with instruction and guidance
how wine is made
how to describe what you taste
how to pair food and wine
on reading labels, purchasing, and storing wine
emerging trends in the wine industry
any question you've ever had about wine
For thousands of years, people have made and enjoyed wine. If it's been around so long, why is it so difficult to learn about wine? Why is it so intimidating? We know how to demystify this ancient beverage.
Whether you’re new to wine or would like to take your wine knowledge to the next level, Wine Camp is the perfect class. We’ll give you the confidence and foundation you need to explore the world of wine. This two-hour tasting class is an exploration of SIX wines with expert instruction and guidance by Ian Blackburn.
You’ll learn how wine is made, improve your ability to describe wine, learn the best way to serve wine, how to pair food and wine, and so much more. Increase your level of appreciation, gain a depth of enjoyment, and be able to make confident wine purchases!
WINES WITH US!
WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY...
"It's much easier to learn about wine when the wines are great!"
- Ian Blackburn
DRY CREEK VINEYARD, FUMÉ BLANC, SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, 2020Learn More
ALBERT BICHOT CHABLIS, BURGUNDY, FRANCE, 2018
GREGORY GRAHAM SANGIACOMO VINEYARD, CHARDONNAY, CARNEROS, 2019
AMICI, OLEMA, PINOT NOIR, SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, 2019
BUEHLER, CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, 2017
BEEKEEPER CELLARS, "SECRET STONES,” ROCKPILE, SONOMA COUNTY, 2014
Which Experience Fits You Best?
Join class from anywhere! We deliver wine to your home!
HOW IT WORKS (FAQ)
This class takes place online via Zoom.
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 in the state of California
Out-of-state shipping is additional and will be invoiced after purchase by our shipping partner www.merchantofwine.com
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 class date/time.
We encourage you to have proper glassware to maximize the tasting experience.
This tasting class typically runs for approximately 120 minutes, but may run longer if the conversation continues, as we encourage you, the audience, to participate! We pose fun questions and encourage you to use the Zoom chat box, too!
ABOUT 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.