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Ian Blackburn Presents: STARS of Pinot – July 11, 12 & July 21, 22


June 22nd – Ian Blackburn brings us the 7th annual event of the beloved PINOT NOIR varietal: The STARS of Pinot!! Taste and discover TWENTY-FOUR top efforts in four lively evenings of tasting with the proprietors and winemakers! We deliver wine tasting flights or full bottles to your home and you taste with us LIVE on Zoom! Join one, two, three, or all four nights at 7pm as we tour the Pinot world, from Burgundy to Oregon, Monterey to Santa Barbara, North Canterbury to Sonoma and Napa to the Russian River. Taste along with SIX world-class wineries EACH NIGHT! Silent auction 100% benefits Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Early Bird tickets are on sale now – limited to 60 guests. Prices increase as the event date approaches; sign up early for the best value! STARSOFPINOT.COM

  • Virtual tasting LIVE with the winemakers, owners and experts
  • Tasting flights or bottles shipped to your address
  • Wine community brings great people together
  • Social, educational, entertaining and informative


  • Résonance
  • Willamette Valley, Oregon 2018
  • Talisman Wine
  • Adastra Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain 2017 
  • Argot    
  • “Motifs” Sonoma Mountain 2014
  • Maison Louis Jadot
  • Domaine Des Heritiers, Pernand Vergelesses, Clos De la Croix de Pierre, Burgundy, France 2017
  • Native 9
  • Ranchos Ontiveros, Santa Maria 2016
  • Melville Winery
  • Sta. Rita Hills, California, 2019 


  • Domaine Della
  • “Earl Stephens Vineyard” Russian River  2018
  • Addax Wines
  • Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2018 
  • Cellars 33
  • Hummingbird Hill, Sonoma Coast 2017
  • Shokrian
  • Shokrian Vineyard, Santa Barbara 2016
  • Foxen Vineyard & Winery
  • Block 8-Bien Nacido, Santa Barbara 2017
  • Coelho Family Wines
  • Zeitoun Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon 2017 


  • Mt. Beautiful Winery
  • North Canterbury, New Zealand 2018 
  • Hanzell Vineyards
  • Sonoma Valley, California 2014
  • Holocene Wines
  • “Memorialis”, Yamhill-Carlton, Oregon 2019 
  • Maison Louis Latour
  • Beaune 1er Cru “Perrières”, Burgundy,  France 2016
  • RAEN Winery
  • Royal St. Robert, Sonoma Coast 2018
  • Domaine Philippe Colin
  • Santenay Rouge, Côte De Beaune, Côte D’or, Burgundy, France 2016


  • En Garde Winery
  • En Garde, Starkey Hill, Russian River 2018 
  • Astrolabe
  •  Marlborough, New Zealand 2017  
  • Cordant Winery
  • Cordant Central Coast Pinot Noir, Central Coast, 2018
  • Wrath Wines
  • Tondre Grapefield, Santa Lucia Highlands, 2018
  • J. Christopher Wines
  • J. Christopher Medici Vineyard Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, 2018
  • Ampelos Cellars
  • Santa Rita Hills, 2019 


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 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, 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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