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LearnAboutWine.com Presents Hollywood Hills Wine Dinner w/ Gastronaut Bob Blumer


Thursday, September 8th @ 7:00 pm PST

August 17th – After selling out last month, we return with a 2nd “Hollywood Hills Dinner” date! Founder and wine expert Ian Blackburn will once again team up with the talented TV personality, Cookbook Author & Chef, Bob Blumer to create a magical night in an intimate setting. This promising dinner will feature a delectable multi-course meal perfectly curated by Chef Bob, along with excellently paired wines. The conversation at this event is sure to be captivating, as Ian and Chef Bob are again encouraging guests to bring “a special bottle with a special story”. This event is limited to 12 guests. Click here to get tickets & learn more!

Bob’s Menu with Ian Blackburn’s Pairings:

  • Smoked Salmon & Peach Sno-Cones
    • Paired with Shea Wine Cellars, Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2018
  • Thai Coconut Corn Soup
    • Paired with Albert Boxler, Riesling “Sommerberg Dudenstein” Grand Cru, Alsace, France, 2019
  • Wild Mushroom Risotto
    • Paired with La Vizcaína By Raul Perez, “Las Gundiñas” Tinto, Bierzo, Spain, 2019
  • Prickly Pear Granita
    • Paired with Henri Marie “Brut Jurassique” Crémant du Jura, NV 
  • Sous Vided Gwen Butcher Shop Hanger Steak
    • Paired with Emidio Pepe, Montepulciano D’abruzzo, Italy, 2012
  • A Very Surreal Dessert
    • Paired with Wiese And Krohn “Colheita” Port, Portugal 1996


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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