Virtual Tasting Premier Host

Zoom Into Wine | New Portuguese Values

Wed, October 6, 2021 (7:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

Cost: $25 or $45

Join us as Ian Blackburn hosts a virtual wine tasting with special guest and co-host Sandra Gomes - CSW, MBA, (Graduate of Learn About Wine school!) and owner/operator of Diniz Cellars. These are incredibly valued wines and you will love exploring and tasting them with us!

Meet Sandra and learn her story, her wineries, and her personal tales of being a wine importer.


Vale dos Ares, Alvarinho, Vinho Verde, Monção & Melgaco, Portugal, 2020

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.

Santos & Seixo, Duquesa Maria Superior Tinto Red, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal, 2017

From a blend of traditional varietals, this wine, from grapes harvested in the first light of day, has concentrated ruby color with good aromatic intensity where the notes of blackberry and plum are highlighted. In the mouth it has soft and elegant tannins with good acidity that gives it freshness.

Santos & Seixo, Perspectiva Reserva, Douro, Portugal, 2016

Deep ruby color and intense aroma to ripe red fruits with nuances of black plum. Flavor is presented with solid and well present tannings, with elegant and deep finish.


$25 - tasting flight of three wines delivered to your door!

$45 - three bottles delivered to your door! 




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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