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STARS of California Wine – Virtual Tasting with Wine Delivered!


10 January – STARS of Wine gathers some of the best for a night of wine tasting with STAR producers that are shaping the industry! This year  we will taste SIX red wines from various appellations and varietal compositions: Adobe Road (Sonoma), Beekeeper Cellars (Sonoma), Chimney Rock (Napa Valley) Sanford (Sta. Rita Hills) and Thacher (Paso Robles)! Your choice of a tasting flight or bottle kit delivered to your door. The Wine Community brings great people together!

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

January 26 at 7pm – STAR wines in our discussion:

  1. Adobe Rad Winery SHIFT, Premium Red Blend, Sonoma County, 2019 ($63)
    Hosted by Kevin Buckler, Proprietor, Retired race car driver turned wine professional! Shift rolls with this amazing blend!
  2. Beekeeper Cellars “Secret Stones” Zinfandel, Rockpile, Sonoma County, 2018 ($80) Hosted by Ian Blackburn, Co-Founder/Winemaker, Industry leading Zinfandel producer discusses this Rockpile 96 point Zinfandel
  3. Chimney Rock Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Stag’s Leap District, Napa Valley, 2018 ($100)
    Hosted by Elizabeth Vianna, Winemaker & GM, Top Napa Producer shares her wisdom and passion for wine with this industry leading example.
  4. Red Phoenix Wines “Rubeus” Red Blend, Napa Valley, 2017 ($60)
    Hosted by Joseph Smith, Winemaker& Proprietor, New Emerging Wines also share the stage with this charming blend impacting the marketplace.
  5. Sanford Winery & Vineyards Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills, 2019 ($45)
    Hosted by Trey Fletcher, Senior Winemaker, Pinot Pioneers Sanford share their wisdom and reflection on all that makes a great Santa Barbara Wine.
  6. Thacher Winery and Vineyard Cinsault, Glen Rose Vineyard, Paso Robles, 2020 ($40)
    Hosted by Sherman Thacher, Proprietor 

 Paso Robles Thacher continues to shine as a rising STAR and finds unique alternatives like Cinsault to get your attention. 


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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