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STARS Of South Africa

Wed, August 25, 2021 (7:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

Cost: $39

STARS events are celebrations of fantastic wines from all over the world, and this time, we're going to SOUTH AFRICA! Taste, discover, and get to know the families of South Africa’s prestigious vineyards: Buitenverwachting (Bayten), Glenelly, Kanonkop, Raats Family, De Toren, and Terre Brûlée - tasting flight or six 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


Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc, Constantia, 2020


Original Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, 2019


Reserve Chardonnay Stellenbosch, 2019


Estate Pinotage Stellenbosch, 2018


'Le Rouge', Swartland, 2018


Fusion V Stellenbosch, 2016

No matter what level of experience you have, you are encouraged to join the wine community and taste along with SIX world-class wineries


Early Bird tickets are on sale now - limited to 60 guests.

Prices increase as the event date approaches; sign up early for the best value!

  • Virtual tasting LIVE with experts
  • Tasting flights or bottles shipped to your address
  • Wine community brings great people together
  • Social, educational, entertaining and informative



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.

In 1995, he started the internet’s first website dedicated to teaching the world about wine: Hosting 100 classes a year for about 20 years – Ian is finally starting to get the hang of this. 

In 2009, Ian and his best friend Clay Mauritson started making wine together:; while this brand remains a small production, Ian hopes to grow Beekeeper Zinfandel into something special.

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 event business, Ian pivoted full circle and restarted and launched as a way to bring his version of wine education and entertainment to a limitless audience. With his family’s wine store, 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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