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LearnAboutWine.com Presents the Champagne Challenge with Howlin’ Ray’s

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Multiple Dates in January A Blind Bubble Tasting with Spicy Fried Chicken!

November 23rd – LearnAboutWine has returned to in-person events with full force in 2023. Their popular “The Champagne Challenge” features up to 21 Champagnes poured 3 at a time and all tasted blind and typically sells out quickly. The series now features a VIP upgrade with a spicy twist! This competitive afternoon of wine tasting will include an optional fried chicken sandwich from the iconic Howlin’ Ray’s! What could be better than tasting 21+ Champagnes paired with a sandwich that people wait hours in line to taste! Celebrate the new year, like we do, ALL MONTH LONG with stellar Champagnes selected by the LearnAboutWine team. Each guest will drink the equivalent of an entire bottle of Champagne! Purchase tickets here – Advance early bird pricing is currently available!  

Upcoming Dates

  • Sunday, January 8th @ 3:30PM
    • Located at COMUNITYmade in the Arts District of Downtown LA
    • Get tickets here!
  • Saturday, January 28th @ 3:30PM 
    • Located at COMUNITYmade in the  Arts District of Downtown LA
    • Get tickets here!

Example Wine List (From our last event)

  • Café de Paris, Blanc de Blancs Brut, France, NV
  • Field Recordings “Salad Days” Pet Nat, Paso Robles, California, NV
  • Ruinart, Blanc de Blancs, Brut, Champagne, France, NV
  • Bérêche & Fils, Brut Reserve Champagne, France, NV
  • Champagne Henriot, Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France, NV
  • Costco Brut, Champagne, France, NV 
  • Charles Heidsieck, Brut Reserve, Champagne, France, NV
  • Dehours, Grande Réserve Brut, Champagne, France, NV
  • Delamotte Blanc de Blancs, Brut, Mesnil-sur-Oger-Champagne, France, NV
  • Delamotte, Brut, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Champagne, France, NV
  • Diebolt-Vallois, “Tradition” Brut, Champagne, France, NV
  • Gaston Chiquet, Blancs de Blancs, d’Aÿ, Grand Cru, Champagne, France, NV
  • J. Lasalle, Cachet d’Or, 1er Cru Brut, Champagne, France, NV (Highly Recommended)
  • Marc Hébrart, Mes Favorites 1er Cru Brut, Vieilles Vignes, Champagne, France, NV
  • Pol Roger, Brut Reserve, Champagne, France, NV
  • Taittinger, Brut Réserve La Française, Champagne, France
  • Veuve Fourny & Fils, Blanc de Blancs, Brut Nature Premier Cru, Champagne, France, NV
  • Vilmart et Cie, Grand Cellier, Brut, Champagne, France, NV
  • Rosé Flight
  • Billecart-Salmon, Brut Rosé, Champagne, France, NV
  • Paul Bara, Rosé Brut Grand Cru, Champagne, France, NV
  • Thiénot, Brut Rosé, Champagne, France, NV
  • Tete de Cuvée
  • Laurent-Perrier, Grande Siècle, Champagne, France, NV 
  • Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France, 2011
  • Piper-Heidsieck “Rare” Brut Millésime, Champagne, France, 2008 

ABOUT IAN TODD BLACKBURN

Wine Educator, Professional Sommelier / Host and Master of Wine Student  – Ian discovered the wine industry at the ripe age of 21 while working for famous chefs such as Thomas Keller and Joachim Splichal in the top dining rooms of Los Angeles. The discovery of wine and his endless need for knowledge quickly engulfed Ian’s life. His passion would eventually redirect his career from restaurants and hotels to vineyards and education. In 1995 LearnAboutWine.com was born, becoming the first website dedicated to wine education.

With over 25-years of experience traveling the wine world, Ian is a published author (Wiley Publications, 2002), has 10 vintages of top level winemaking on his resume at Beekeeper Cellars, and is considered one of the region’s best wine educators. Ian’s push to evolve and his ability to pivot has produced a strata of new concepts such as, ZoomIntoWine.com (virtual education), MerchantofWine.com (the family’s online wine store), and now the return of in-person gatherings with LearnAboutWine.com. Ian maintains high levels of entertainment and enthusiasm at his events by using all the great gathering spots in LA as potential venues. All while making a name for himself in the wine industry, Ian has never forgotten to give back to the community. Over the last few years he has raised over $650,000 for the T.J. Martell Foundation, which donates to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to help fund research to cure cancer in children. The combined charity efforts of LearnAboutWine have raised over a million dollars for a variety of causes throughout Los Angeles and beyond.

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