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STARS of New Zealand vs. Australia vs. California


Wednesday, September 22 @ 7pm PST

September 7th – STARS events are celebrations of fantastic wines from all over the world, and we learn about them from the STAR winemakers and owners! This time, legends of Australia, New Zealand, and California join together for an incredible conversation about style and place. Wine expert Ian Blackburn hosts this interactive tasting of winemakers and proprietors from Amisfield, Kale, Leeuwin, Merry Edwards, Seresin, and Tellurian as they taste along with us! Tasting flight or six bottles delivered to your door.  100% of silent auction proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Children’s Cancer Research. 

Limited to 60 guests. Prices increase as the event date approaches! STARSOFWINE.COM

  • Amisfield Breakneck Reserve Pinot Noir, New Zealand, 2018
    • Hosted by Sam Davies, Winemaker
  • Kale Wines Heritage “McGah Vineyard”, Napa Valley, 2016
    • Hosted by Kale Anderson, Winemaker
  • Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay, Margaret River, West Australia, 2019
    • Hosted by Gavin Speight, Vice President
  • Merry Edwards Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, 2019
    • Hosted by Brown Uzoechi, Estate Sommelier
  • Seresin Estate “MOMO” Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2019
    • Hosted by Leah Seresin, Proprietor
  • Tellurian Wines Tranter Shiraz, Heathcote, Australia, 2017
    • Hosted by Daniel Hopkins, Proprietor


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 and journey into wine education. 

Working with and around great wine brands for most of his adult-life; leading wine and culinary adventures around the world – Ian loves to share his story and his passion.  When Covid shut down wineLA.com, Ian’s event business, Ian pivoted full circle to ZOOM as a way to bring his version of wine education and entertainment to a limitless audience. Partnered 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. More at www.WineCloudinc.com

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