Zoom Into Wine is a new, FREE online tasting experience hosted by wine expert and educator Ian Blackburn and sponsored by ZIPLY™ and MerchantofWine.com
This Online Tasting is on Wednesday, July 22nd at 7pm
Deadlines to join this ZOOM
Sign up : 24 hours before
Optional wine kit: 48 hours before
Join us for free as we get to know a little more about Argot with wine expert and host Ian Blackburn. We'll be joined by winemaker Justin Harmon discussing two of his wines and the Argot story. Learn how the wine was made, get behind the scenes information on the grape, the brand history, ideas, and influences!
ABOUT JUSTIN HARMON
Born in Chicago, to a large Irish family, wine did not play a role in Justin’s life while growing up. Milk was the beverage of choice at the dinner table, and the industrial beers of the Midwest, fueled family parties. He does not pinpoint a specific moment that his passion for wine was ignited but, instead, attributes it to a series of experiences, places visited, bottles opened and friendships forged. At this point in life, he can not imagine a life without the joys of all things wine!
It began with the occasional bottle purchased for dinner parties, but the joy of the wine shop kept luring Justin back for more. Browsing aisles, learning from staff, participating in tastings; wine’s expansive scope continued to entice and draw him in.
Following years of devout consumerism, the desire to dig deeper became insatiable. Swirl, sniff and sip was no longer enough. Vacations revolved around wine country — visiting tasting rooms, participating in vineyard walks and winery tours, gaining audience with winemakers. The direct industry contact stoked the fire to gain additional exposure to the art of winemaking.
With an educational background in chemistry, the enology textbooks and juice concentrate kit were to be expected; the flash-frozen pails of grapes brought cross-country by rail, less so. The guerilla winemaking in his basement that followed, and experiencing fermentation first-hand, only furthered the fascination. The want for more knowledge and to continue getting his hands dirty could no longer be reigned in.
In pursuit of production experience, the chance opportunity to be involved with California’s 2005 harvest, for a single day’s work, provided his first look behind the curtain. The hook was set. The following year brought him back to California to participate in Sonoma County’s 2006 harvest as a full-fledged cellar hand. A second turn as cellar hand, during 2007’s harvest, afforded an opportunity to ferment and raise the single ton of Syrah grapes upon which Argot was founded.
Each subsequent year, under the Argot banner, Justin has continued adding vineyards, and vinting new varietals, while learning the craft of winemaking and honing his skills, on-the-job. Over a decade into this career change, he deems this his life’s work.
You may also purchase our ZOOM WINE KIT that includes 3 different tastings of specially selected Argot wines!
$50 ZOOM Wine Kit includes:
Why Zoom Into Wine?
At WineLA we have hosted wine tastings and educational seminars for over 20 years. While we are not able to get together and toast in person at this time, we've innovated to continue our mission in cultivating and sharing the wine lifestyle.
It's raw, unedited, un-produced, but well practiced and personal. I can’t promise I won’t go political …can’t promise I won’t get drunk…I can’t promise the wines are going to be the best you’ve ever had...but they will be really good!!! I can promise to be 100% authentic, to tell the story of the wine, and to share my passion and knowledge with you.
Each Zoom Into Wine experience is distinctly different. Some will have a large number of bottles, some will have special guests! A distinct story told with every wine along with a few laughs and some industry insights, then around minute 45…IT’S THE NO RULES ZONE! The planned portion of the experience concludes and who knows what we'll be talking about, but wine will influence the discussion and direction.
DON’T WAIT! Wines may sell out, while supplies last!!
How do you join?
*It is FREE to participate but you must sign up (below) 24-hours in advance!
*Optional Wine Kit MUST be purchased 48 hours prior to be delivered before the tasting date.
*Once you have signed up, details and access codes will be distributed via email
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*All sales and purchases are final, no refunds, credits, or returns.
*Must be 21 or over to participate