Virtual Tasting Premier Host
Cost: $0 or $80
Join us as Ian Blackburn hosts a virtual wine tasting with special guest and co-host John Bauccio! They'll be covering serious ground on the topic of CHAMPAGNE. John is the importer of the two wines we're tasting and will divulge his inner Champagne spirit animal!
Diebolt-Vallois, “Tradition” Brut, Champagne, France, NV
Pale color. Perfumed aromas of lime blossom and nutmeg. Strong mousse. Ripe and rich but quite lively, with harmonious balancing acidity giving the flavors good definition. Finishes ripe, long and generous, with excellent cut.
Dehours, Grande Réserve Brut, Champagne, France, N.V.
Soft gold in color, the nose is dominated initially by bright citrus notes (orange zest and lemon) and ripe white fruit (pear) and yellow (apricot) and then dissolves into deeper, bottom notes of toasted brioche, apple, pine resin and wax. On the palate, sweet spices of cinnamon, vanilla and white pepper with an intense minerality give the wine an extraordinary brilliance and a taste particularly well suited for aperitifs.
Pineapple and citrus aromas harmoniously blend together with minerality and refreshing acidity to create a well-integrated and balanced white wine that has a smooth and long lasting finish.
$0 - Join the Zoom
$80 - Join the Zoom + two bottles of Champagne delivered to your door!
ABOUT IAN TODD BLACKBURN - WINE EDUCATOR & ENTREPRENEUR
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: LearnAboutWine.com. 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: BeekeeperCellars.com; 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 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.