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The Cabernet Challenge

  • The Arts District, Downtown, Los Angeles 530 Molino Street #218 Los Angeles, CA, 90013 United States (map)

The Cabernet Challenge

7 PM - 9 PM

Saturday | OCTOBER 19th

The Arts District, Downtown, Los Angeles


Fun, fast, festive - about as much fun as you can have tasting wine. This is not your grocery store wine tasting - this tasting is stacked with great producers of merit.

Taste $2000 worth of Cabernet blind and enjoy the competitive spirit - you need not know anything about wine to have a great time.


A petite cheese plate is served with this presentation. All guests are seated and event is hosted by Ian Blackburn, CSW and Professional Wine Educator.  As with all our tastings - the events are complimented by a selection of crackers and a small gourmet cheese plate from Chefs warehouse.


We will start our challenge with a look at the fast improvements and changes inside the world of Sauvignon Blanc... sure the pure crisp low cost category is still viable and perhaps what you will expect; whoever with the rising prices of Cabernet, there is a pursuit for price and quality parity... and that style is EXOTIC - CONCENTRATED - and PUNCTUATED. See how the different sights stack-up and compete in this fast and fun blind tasting moment.... no knowledge of wine is required but even the most savvy will appreciate our high quality approach.

Then we move on to the big boys and girls: THE REDS. A great selection of top productions from around the world. All wines are tasted blind and we discover what we like, what we don't and see how Napa Valley is competing with the world. My stance has been that Napa Valley is making some of the greatest wines in the world... but you will pay for them. Perhaps its also safe to say - that Napa isn't connected to value any longer... and that we can all find tremendous value in spots OTHER than Napa Valley - even SONOMA - LAKE COUNTY - South Africa - PASO - and Carmel Valley... this will be a fun and exciting tasting served in top quality glassware.


Ian is a 25+ year wine veteran, a winemaker (Beekeeper), hosted over 1700 classes and events in the past 25 years and loves to meet new people that are really into great wine and lifestyle. Click here to learn more about Ian Blackburn and to hire him for you private or corporate event.


WineLA has a 4.5 rating on Yelp - with over 100,000 students. This is the USA’s leading wine education and event company - wineLA innovates the categories - competitive tastings - muscle wine dinners - legends of the cellars - opened not just discussed… we open the greatest wines ever made in LA’s top locations… join us.


WHITE WINE - we will start with a quick look at the world of Sauvignon Blanc

  • 2015 Marciano Estate Massiglia Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

  • 2012 Lail Vineyards Georgia Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

  • 2014 O'Shaughnessy Estate Sauvignon Blanc 'Children's Garden,' Oakville

  • 2015 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

  • 2016 Buitenverwachting Bayten Sauvignon Blanc, Constantia, South Africa

NAPA VALLEY WINES - An Exciting list of ALL STARS from Napa

  • 2016 Luna Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Napa Valley

  • 2015 Trujillo Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley,

  • 2015 Michael Mondavi Family 'Animo' Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

  • 2016 Vineyard 29 Cru Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

  • 2012 Prime Solum, Napa Valley

  • 2016 Palazzo Master Blend Series 'Left Bank' Red Cuvee, Napa Valley

  • 2015 Jack Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain District

  • 2015 Barnett Vineyards Merlot, Spring Mountain District

WORLD WINES - ABN - Anything but Napa! Lets see how the world is stacking up!

  • 2014 Laurel Glen Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Mountain

  • 2013 Hawk and Horse Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills Lake County

  • 2012 Bernardus 'Marinus Vineyard' Marinus Red, Carmel Valley

  • 2009 Pomar Junction Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles

  • 2014 Finlayson Family Wines David Finlayson Camino Africana Cabernet Franc, Stellenbosch, South Africa

  • 2015 De Toren Fusion V, Stellenbosch, South Africa

  • 2014 Zevenwacht Z Reserve, Stellenbosch, South Africa

  • 2013 Cape Grace Cabernet Franc, Margaret River, Australia


The Arts District, Downtown, Los Angeles
530 Molino St. #218
Los Angeles, CA 90013



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Earlier Event: October 19
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Later Event: October 20
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