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Ian Blackburn Presents: STARS of Italian Wine


March 25th – Wine entrepreneur and host Ian Blackburn has gathered some of Italy’s greatest wines for two memorable nights! We deliver the wines in tasting flights or bottles to your home and you Zoom LIVE to join us for each interactive panel tasting to taste along with TWELVE spotlighted world-class wineries from all over Italy. Join one or both nights! The event’s silent auction raises money and awareness for children’s cancer research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.100% of the auction proceeds provided via Unite The United Foundation, a public 501(c)(3) non-profit fundraising organization founded by the producers of the Vans Warped Tour and Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival.  

Early Bird Tickets are on sale now! Tickets will sell out; prices increase as the event date approaches.


  • Taste with the winemakers, owners and executives.
  • 2.0 pours or bottles available, shipping included in California.
  • Amazing wine community approach brings great people together!
  • Safe, social, fun…educational, entertaining and informative.

Night One – 4/21 Wednesday, 7PM PST

1. Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, 2017   

Featured by Proprietor, Giovanni Folonari

2. Michele Chiarlo, Tortoniano, Barolo, IGT, 2015 

Featured by Co-Proprietor, Alberto Chiarlo 

3. Insoglio del Cinghiale Toscana IGT, 2018 

Featured by Winemaker, Niccolò Lenzi

4. Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo, Toscana IGT, 2018 

Featured by Proprietor, Alberto Moretti

5. Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana IGT, 2017 

Featured by Proprietor, Alberto Moretti

6. Agricola Punica Montessu Isola dei Nuraghi IGT, 2018 

Featured by Proprietor, Salvatore Santu

Night Two – 4/24 Saturday, 7PM PST

1. Sella & Mosca Monteoro Vermentino Di Gallura Superiore DOCG, 2018  

Featured by Proprietor, Giovanni Pinna

2. Planeta Eruzione 1614 Nerello Mascalese, Sicilia DOC, 2016  

Featured by Patricia Toth

3. Travaglini Gattinara DOCG, 2017 

Featured by Proprietor, Alessia Travaglini

4. Trerose “Santa Caterina” Vino Nobile DOCG, 2015 

Featured by Andrea Lonardi

5. Col D’orcia Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG, 2015 

Featured by Proprietor, Count Francesco Cinzano 

6. Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi DOCG, 2016 

Featured by Proprietor, Piero Mastroberardino


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 and life is a work in progress…let’s see what the next vintage provides.



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