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STARS of Merlot: Virtual Tasting with Wine Delivered!


October 15th – October is Merlot Month! Learnaboutwine.com invites you to #MerlotMe with the greats: Sullivan Estate, Rutherford Hill, Duckhorn, Arietta, Seavey Vineyards, Truchard Vineyards and St. Francis Winery – with winemakers or proprietors tasting along with us! Tasting flight or SEVEN bottles delivered to your door. Wine community brings great people together! 100% of silent auction proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Early Bird tickets are on sale now – limited to 60 guests. Prices increase as the event date approaches! STARSOFWINE.COM #merlotme #starsofwine #learnabouwine 

Arietta Hudson Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley, 2018 ($75)

95 points – Wine Enthusiast

An especially savory, nuanced style…a fabulous wine” (AG)
Winemaker –  Andy Erickson

Presented by Fritz and Caren Hatton, Proprietors

Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot, 2018 ($56)

Winemaker – Renee Ary

Presented by Neil Bernardi, VP of Winemaking

Rutherford Hill Rutherford Hill Winery Napa Merlot 2019 ($22)

Presented by Marisa Taylor, Winemaker

Seavey Vineyards Estate Merlot, Napa Valley, 2018 ($65)

93 points – Jeb Dunnuck

Winemaker – Jim Duane, Philippe Melka (Consulting)

Presented by Jim Duane, Winemaker

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards Reserve Merlot, Sonoma Valley, 2019 ($40)

Winemaker – Katie Madigan, Chris Louton

Presented by Katie Madigan, Winemaker

Sullivan Rutherford Estate, J.O. Sullivan Founder’s Reserve Merlot, Napa Valley, 2018  ($250)

95 points, Cellar Selection  – Wine Enthusiast

Presented by Jeff Cole, Winemaker

Truchard Vineyards Merlot, Carneros, Napa Valley, 2018 ($35)

Winemaker – Sal De Ianni 

Presented by Anthony Truchard, GM

Tickets are on sale now: Early Bird tickets are on sale now – limited to 60 guests. Prices increase as the event date approaches! STARSOFWINE.COM


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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