WINE CAMP - LA’S #1 WINE CLASS

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FOR THE TRADE AND SAVVY CONSUMERS!

For thousands of years, people have made and enjoyed wine. If it's been around so long, why is it so difficult to Learn About Wine? Why is it so intimidating?

At wineLA, we know how to demystify this ancient beverage.  Whether you’re new to wine, or you’re someone who wants to take your wine knowledge to the next level;  Wine Camp is the perfect introductory class.

We’ll give you the confidence and foundation you need to explore the world of wine.

Now with over 100,000 students attended - making this LA’s #1 wine class, as recommended by LA Times, Yelp, Where Magazine and CBS.

 

 

THIS 2-HOUR WINE EXPERIENCE IS PACKED WITH INFORMATION

  • You’ll learn how wine is made

  • improve your ability to describe wine

  • find out the best way to serve wine

  • and we’ll even discuss food and wine pairing.

At Wine Camp you’ll explore seven outstanding wines in a fun and relaxed setting. When you’re finished, you’ll be able to enjoy wine at a higher level and make confident purchases with your new, topical insights.

 

 

INCLUDED IN WINE CAMP

  • How wine is made

  • Lessons on how to taste wine, and to describe what you taste.

  • How to pair food and wine.

  • How to serve wine: The do’s and do not’s!

  • Tips on reading labels, purchasing and storing wine.

  • Insider thoughts about emerging trends in wine that you’ll want to know.

  • Answer any questions you may have - no matter how simple or difficult.

  • Laughter and enjoyment that only a top educator can provide

And of course, a guided tasting of seven great wines to help you acquire the skills you need to elevate your personal wine appreciation.

History, anecdotes, and laughs all served in generous portions - over 100,000 students have attended Wine Camp since we starting in 1995!

WINE LIST

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley 2017

  • Domaine Paul Pernot Bourgogne Chardonnay, Burgundy, France 2014

  • Frank Family Napa Chardonnay, 2016

  • Loring Wine Co. Rancho La Vina Vineyards Pinot Noir, Sta Rita Hills 2014

  • Gordon Estate Merlot, Columbia Valley 2015

  • Clos Du Val Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015

  • Mauritson, Zinfandel, Rockpile, Sonoma County 2014

 

 

LOCATION

THE ARTS DISTRICT, DOWNTOWN, LOS ANGELES
530 MOLINO ST. #218
LOS ANGELES, CA 90013

 
 

 
 

 
 

CONNECT WITH US!

TAG US @WINELA411 | #WINELA411 | #LEARNABOUTWINE

 
 

 
 

Before purchasing your ticket, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you need any further assistance. TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

*TICKET SALES: No refund, no exchanges, no credits, ticket may not be moved from one event to another, your ticket is transferable: Feel free to pass your ticket on to your friends/ family at your own discretion and risk. If transferring, inform us at TLC@wineLA.com. We are not responsible for any stolen, missing, lost, used ticket.

*FOOD: outside food and beverages of any kind are not permitted. Meals may/ may not be included in the program, see specific event description for details. If a program includes food, food/ refreshments and beverage substitutions politely declined. Our partnered third party food provider will make every effort to accommodate any food limitations/ restrictions, we make no promises or guarantees. We make no promises or guarantees that any/ all refreshments, food, or beverages are free of any allergens, health restricting products. We will not be held responsible, liable for any illness that may result while consuming food at your own free will, at your own discretion and at your own risk.

*All/any photos listed are for reference only and may not be presented at our event in exact sizes, shape, form, nor exact item specified in photos references. Actual event items/food subject to change without notice. Please contact us for specific details.

*Participants must be 21 years of age and older with a valid government issued I.D. required to attend our program, classes, and events. Any persons appearing to be intoxicated will be removed from our event without reimbursement. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. 


 
 
 
 

Advanced Wine 101

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Establish a full-suite of talking points about the greatest wine regions in the world of wine.

After 20 years of teaching Wine Camp – we decided to elevate that program to a higher second tier. 

This is tier two, a second program… you can either start here or follow up Wine Camp with this second step.

We will help you see the wine world and realize its scope - we will dive deeper into winemaking and we will also cover topical issues in the wine world.

 

 

IN ADVANCED WINE 101, WE TASTE A SET OF BENCHMARK WINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

  • Champagne

  • An Alsatian Classic

  • A German Riesling

  • A White Burgundy

  • A Barolo

  • A Spanish classic such as, Priorat

  • A Bordeaux

  • An epic California Collectable.

  • A dessert wine

 

WE PROVIDE TAKE HOME MATERIALS

  • A Reading List: Books You Should Read

  • A List of Resources Online

  • A List of Apps We Recommend Using

  • A Comprehensive List of Wine Stores in Los Angeles

  • Our List of Top Food and Wine Venues in Los Angeles

 

 

LOCATION

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

 
 

 
 

 
 

CONNECT WITH US!

TAG US @WINELA411 | #WINELA411 | #ADVANCEDWINE101

 
 

 
 

Before purchasing your ticket, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you need any further assistance. TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

*TICKET SALES: No refund, no exchanges, no credits, ticket may not be moved from one event to another, your ticket is transferable: Feel free to pass your ticket on to your friends/ family at your own discretion and risk. If transferring, inform us at TLC@wineLA.com. We are not responsible for any stolen, missing, lost, used ticket.

*FOOD: outside food and beverages of any kind are not permitted. Meals may/ may not be included in the program, see specific event description for details. If a program includes food, food/ refreshments and beverage substitutions politely declined. Our partnered third party food provider will make every effort to accommodate any food limitations/ restrictions, we make no promises or guarantees. We make no promises or guarantees that any/ all refreshments, food, or beverages are free of any allergens, health restricting products. We will not be held responsible, liable for any illness that may result while consuming food at your own free will, at your own discretion and at your own risk.

*All/any photos listed are for reference only and may not be presented at our event in exact sizes, shape, form, nor exact item specified in photos references. Actual event items/food subject to change without notice. Please contact us for specific details.

*Participants must be 21 years of age and older with a valid government issued I.D. required to attend our program, classes, and events. Any persons appearing to be intoxicated will be removed from our event without reimbursement. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. 


 
 
 
 

WINE BUSINESS 101

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"Your classes helped me start my career!"

- Paige Carnwath Northern California, Wilson Daniels

Do you have passion for the wine industry? Do you like your current job? Are you defined by your career? Do you enjoy where your future lies? Do you want to find out what opportunities exist in wine? Treat yourself to an informative discussion about the wine industry and the vast opportunities that could be open to you!

Learn from our resident 20-year industry expert and Master of Wine Student, Ian Blackburn, about the past - present - and future of this dynamic industry. This class is perfect for someone who is trying to break into the industry, as well as for those who are looking to expand their insight in the wine drinking world.

 
 

 

THE DYNAMIC WINE INDUSTRY

Much like the rest of the world, the wine industry is rapidly changing due to the effects of globalization. Until the mid 19th century, the wine industry was a fragmented agricultural pursuit, primarily based on satisfying local needs. Now, this $20 billion-dollar industry has experienced mass consolidation and growth through technology and emerging markets around the world. This has both benefited the industry as well as created new concerns for the future of wine as we know it. Wine Business 101 will provide you with the proficiency to better understand, address, and maneuver these influential changes.


EVENT INCLUDES

  • Discussion

  • Materials - Comprehensive Booklet, Take-home Guides

  • Presentation

  • Information

  • Mailing Lists

  • Additional Resources

All rights reserved, copyrights and trademarks strictly enforced. (*no wine is served at this event)

 

 

WINE CAREER IDEAS

From Importing, Distributing, Negotiating, Marketing, and Sales, to Wine Bars, Wine Retail, Wine Clubs, and Internet Wine Websites, if you're thinking of working in the wine industry, this is the class for you!

Rethink your career with some fresh information and ideas. The wine industry is booming and you will need this information to grow and thrive. Expand or completely reinvent your career with state-of- the-art information and fresh, enlightened ideas. With a flourishing wine industry, the knowledge gained from Wine Business 101 will help you cultivate a strong foundation and awareness of all things wine.


LOCATION

THE ARTS DISTRICT, DOWNTOWN, LOS ANGELES
530 MOLINO ST. #218
LOS ANGELES, CA 90013

 
 
 

 
 

CONNECT WITH US!

TAG US @WINELA411 | #WINELA411 | #WINE101

 
 

 
 

Before purchasing your ticket, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you need any further assistance. TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

*TICKET SALES: No refund, no exchanges, no credits, ticket may not be moved from one event to another, your ticket is transferable: Feel free to pass your ticket on to your friends/ family at your own discretion and risk. If transferring, inform us at TLC@wineLA.com. We are not responsible for any stolen, missing, lost, used ticket.

*FOOD: outside food and beverages of any kind are not permitted. Meals may/ may not be included in the program, see specific event description for details. If a program includes food, food/ refreshments and beverage substitutions politely declined. Our partnered third party food provider will make every effort to accommodate any food limitations/ restrictions, we make no promises or guarantees. We make no promises or guarantees that any/ all refreshments, food, or beverages are free of any allergens, health restricting products. We will not be held responsible, liable for any illness that may result while consuming food at your own free will, at your own discretion and at your own risk.

*All/any photos listed are for reference only and may not be presented at our event in exact sizes, shape, form, nor exact item specified in photos references. Actual event items/food subject to change without notice. Please contact us for specific details.

*Participants must be 21 years of age and older with a valid government issued I.D. required to attend our program, classes, and events. Any persons appearing to be intoxicated will be removed from our event without reimbursement. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. 


 
 
 
 

LEARNABOUTWINE SCHOOL 4-WEEK CREDENTIAL PROGRAM & CERTIFICATION

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FOR THE TRADE AND SAVVY CONSUMERS!

For years, thousands of people have turned to Ian Blackburn as they struggle to navigate the vast world of wine knowledge. Ian specializes in giving both wine trade professionals and curious consumers the tools they need to enrich their wine experience, and help them grow their passion for wine.

In 2008, Ian launched an ambitious program to give wine lovers of every level the credentials that will help them build their foundation of knowledge, and create what he calls “World Wine Competency.”

LAW (Learn About Wine) School is the result of Ian’s work, and as he says, “it’s a serious program with a fun name that is perfect for everyone from the wine novice to the professional who wants to fill in the gaps of their wine knowledge.”

The culmination of the 4-week program is the “Beverage Aptitude Review” (aka BAR EXAM). With Ian’s fun but structured approach, the students who have completed his curriculum have achieved a better than 90% success rate on this challenging exam. Over 800 LAW School students have passed and gained the experience to build their wine knowledge for the future!

Enroll now, so you can complete our program and join a large and growing force in the wine world. Graduates will receive a Junior Wine Executive (JWE) credential, lapel pin, wall certificate, and confidence in the application process for future placement in the wine industry. Perhaps best of all, you’ll be able to confidently pick the wine off the list at all of your social functions!

 

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS

  1. Culinary Institute of America’s Exploring Wine Textbook (you may purchase this from us when you enroll, or you may source your own copy of the current edition)

  2. Homework Project (Wine Buying; information given in curriculum)

NO PRIOR WINE KNOWLEDGE IS REQUIRED, BUT IF YOU HAVE THE MATERIALS AND TEXTBOOK WITH AS MUCH TIME FOR REVIEW AS POSSIBLE, YOU’LL HAVE THE ADVANTAGE YOU NEED FOR SUCCESS IN EACH OF THE FOUR SESSIONS.

 

 

CLASS INCLUDES

  • Four-weeks of hands-on tasting and instruction (each session meets for three hours – one session per week for 4 weeks)

  • An introduction and exploration of tasting skills. Approximately 80 wines in all will be shown to teach varietal characteristics and regional wine styles

  • World wine competency

  • Varietal descriptions

  • Wine laws and history

  • In-class tasting exam

  • Take-home final "BAR Exam" (Beverage Aptitude Review). JWE Credential Certification awarded on successful completion of the program and the BAR Exam – our candidates have over a 90% pass rate!

  • JWE Certification is widely recognized by the wine trade, including many distributors, restaurants, wineries, wine shops, and others in the wine industry.

  • Successful Certification includes: Wall Certificate, Certification Lapel Pin, listing on website of all graduates.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is this every day?
No, this class is hosted one day a week for four weeks. Homework is assigned each week, mostly reading in the comprehensive text book.

What if I need to skip a week?
You can do that, or if we have two classes that week, you can opt to attend the other session. Skipping a week, we will provide you with a list of wines we taste in class and you can research them to catch up and work with the current students to provide you important notes and information.

Who endorses this credential?
LearnAboutWine was established in 1995 and continues to maintain one of the most active calendars of wine education and events in the United States. With over 1/2 a million students, LearnAboutWine is a great place to get your start in wine education and maintains a very high approval rating. Most competing schools of wine are based out of London, and depend on their history and reputation. We intend to infuse modern ideas; appreciate the classics and also include more context and texture to the conversation about the new world. Based in California, that means we do taste a larger percentage of California wines than other programs, but we also taste more European wines, and more wines of the world too.

Why sign up now?
Get your textbook and secure a space, you can get ahead on the reading. 

How big are the classes?
Each session tends to sell out at 24 students.

Can I bring food to the class?
Yes. No food is provided, you are welcome to bring snacks to enjoy in the break. We limit the aromas in the room and ask that you consider this before eating in the classroom. Also watch the amount of fragrance that you use; please keep it to a minimum.

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK

CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA'S "EXPLORING WINE"
($70 INCLUDES TAX AND SHIPPING)

 
 
 

 

STUDENT COMMENTS

"I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED LAW SCHOOL AND FEEL THAT I'VE GAINED A BETTER APPRECIATION FOR WINE."

"IT WAS CHALLENGING BUT I LIKED THE EXPLANATION OF EVERY WINE, FROM SMELL, TASTE, LOOK. VERY THOROUGH."

"OPENED THE DOOR INTO AN UNDERSTANDING OF WINE AND BUILT MY CONFIDENCE TO DEVELOP MY PALATE AND TASTE PREFERENCE. GAVE ME THE PUSH I NEEDED TO PURSUE A CAREER I'VE ALWAYS WANTED IN THE WINE INDUSTRY."

"IAN AND HIS CREW ARE VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND MAKE THE PROCESS/CLASS VERY ENJOYABLE."

"ABSOLUTELY ADORE THE CLASS, BEYOND MY EXPECTATIONS."

 

 

LOCATION

THE ARTS DISTRICT, DOWNTOWN, LOS ANGELES
530 MOLINO ST. #218
LOS ANGELES, CA 90013

 
 

 
 

 
 

CONNECT WITH US!

TAG US @WINELA411 | #WINELA411 | #LEARNABOUTWINE

 
 

 
 

Before purchasing your ticket, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you need any further assistance. TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

*TICKET SALES: No refund, no exchanges, no credits, ticket may not be moved from one event to another, your ticket is transferable: Feel free to pass your ticket on to your friends/ family at your own discretion and risk. If transferring, inform us at TLC@wineLA.com. We are not responsible for any stolen, missing, lost, used ticket.

*FOOD: outside food and beverages of any kind are not permitted. Meals may/ may not be included in the program, see specific event description for details. If a program includes food, food/ refreshments and beverage substitutions politely declined. Our partnered third party food provider will make every effort to accommodate any food limitations/ restrictions, we make no promises or guarantees. We make no promises or guarantees that any/ all refreshments, food, or beverages are free of any allergens, health restricting products. We will not be held responsible, liable for any illness that may result while consuming food at your own free will, at your own discretion and at your own risk.

*All/any photos listed are for reference only and may not be presented at our event in exact sizes, shape, form, nor exact item specified in photos references. Actual event items/food subject to change without notice. Please contact us for specific details.

*Participants must be 21 years of age and older with a valid government issued I.D. required to attend our program, classes, and events. Any persons appearing to be intoxicated will be removed from our event without reimbursement. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. 


 
 
 
 

A.W.T. PROGRAM

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A continued study program geared for those pursuing MASTERy

(Ideal for LAW SCHOOL GRADS, CSW & CWE Students and Graduates, ADVANCED SOMMELIER students and Graduates, WSET grades of all levels)

AWT was created for students preparing for and wanting to maintain an ADVANCED state of mind.  You don’t use it, you lose it…this program keeps you sharp.  Advanced topics will be covered, advanced blind tasting, occasional guest speakers and other opportunities that present themselves. You must have completed a certification course to quality to participate in AWT (please inquire at TLC@wineLA.com). 

This program focuses CSW level information, advanced blind tasting, advanced wine making topics, site specific map study, soil, chemistry, winemaking science, weekly quizzes, and other study information.  AWT will be offered several times a year, and no two sessions will be alike; allowing students a home for continued education.  Note: Service is not part of this program.

 
 

 

EDUCATIONAL ADVISOR - Which class is for you?

Are you a wine beginner?

  • Try our Wine Camp program - a basic foundation course, but also a good “train the trainer” program.

  • We pour top quality wines and explore the world of wine in 2 hours… a great place to start.

Are you a passionate professional or consumer?

  • Try our program LAW SCHOOL - LearnAboutWine School - 4-week credential program promising “world wine competency” - Celebrating over 1,000 graduates in 10 years, LAW SCHOOL pushes you to form a great wine foundation.  Ideal for those that have read many books, traveled extensively, and collected wine for years.  We taste weekly and use some of the great wines made.

  • Examples:  What are the grape varietals in Bordeaux, Rioja, Chianti? 

    • Name 3 Greek grape
      varietals and 3 Greek wine appellations.  Name the primary growing areas for Malbec, Pinot Gris.

    • Take me through the entire winemaking process:  Dry wine, Off Dry, Fortified and Sparkling.  

  • This is not wine for dummy’s - this is a very structured book oriented program that everyone should attend, but you will need to commit to homework, reading and research… and you will need time to do that.

Are you advanced?  Do you have a credential?  

  • Are you a working wine professional with experience? 

  • Or someone with a credential that is looking for what is next? 

  • Or do you love to taste and learn on a weekly basis - and want to surround yourself with wine elite to learn and enjoy the experience with… well this program might be for you.

  • Examples:  Name the primary growing areas in Bordeaux in order north to south and east to west. 

    • Name the Grand Cru villages of Alsace, Burgundy, and the Great Growths of Tokaji. 

    • Explain stuck fermentation and ways to proceed. 

    • Explain bulk wine storage and ways to protect bulk wine. 

    • Explain quality levels of Australian Shiraz, contemporary issues affecting wine in 2018? 

    • Detail out the new wine LAWS in Spain, Germany, and additions to the DOC in ITALY.  

  • Blind tasting - students should have recognition of all primary varietals from all primary zones as we taste and discuss as peers - some of the greatest wines ever produced at ALL price-points.

ADVANCED WINE TASTING (A.W.T.)

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  1. Must hold a wine credential
            Example

    • LAW School

    • Sommelier Level I or II S

    • WSET (any level)

    • Master of Wine Student

    • Advanced or Master Sommelier Student

  2. We taste blind

    Each student will be required to invest in a bottle of wine selected from the fish bowl - specific directions for the wine are included, wine expenses will be significant in this program (and additional) 

  3. We explore regions, map study, soil study, chemistry, dry tasting notes,  advanced winemaking study, have guest appearances, deep dive on topical issues.

*Program is once a week for five weeks

 

INTENSIVE 5-WEEK AWT - CONTINUATION TOWARDS MASTERY

  • 5-weeks of tasting and in class instruction and tasting

    • Homework is required for all students

    • All students will present on a topic

    • All students will purchase fine wine weekly - as selected from the FISH BOWL OF MASTERY - a random way to assign wine study.

  • No exam is included in this program but assistance towards preparation, areas of weakness, are all taken into consideration.

  • Educational materials - book purchases - will be additional

  • No two sessions of AWT will be the same… we will not conquer the world of wine in only 5 weeks but continue to address it in random order.

  • Can work with those applying for CSW, CWE, WSET and Sommelier level II and Advanced and other sophisticated and recognized programs.

HOMEWORK

  • There is a considerable amount of out of class study, and a significant wine purchasing assignment for homework. 

  • During the 5 week program, each student is asked to purchase approx. 5-10 bottles of authentic/typical quality (ultra-premium) wine to be tasted during the program and shared with all students and the remaining wine to remain in the catalog for future blind study.  

  • Presentation - Each student will be asked to present an outline about a unique wine region.  All students will be quizzed on that region each week - to encourage and motivate. 

    Questions will be pulled from the textbook. Wine tasting exploration will be accomplished through blind tasting and varietal comparison each week.

 

LOCATION

THE ARTS DISTRICT, DOWNTOWN, LOS ANGELES
530 MOLINO ST. #218
LOS ANGELES, CA 90013

 
 
 

 
 

CONNECT WITH US!

TAG US @WINELA411 | #WINELA411 | #AWT

 
 

 
 

Before purchasing your ticket, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you need any further assistance. TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

*TICKET SALES: No refund, no exchanges, no credits, ticket may not be moved from one event to another, your ticket is transferable: Feel free to pass your ticket on to your friends/ family at your own discretion and risk. If transferring, inform us at TLC@wineLA.com. We are not responsible for any stolen, missing, lost, used ticket.

*FOOD: outside food and beverages of any kind are not permitted. Meals may/ may not be included in the program, see specific event description for details. If a program includes food, food/ refreshments and beverage substitutions politely declined. Our partnered third party food provider will make every effort to accommodate any food limitations/ restrictions, we make no promises or guarantees. We make no promises or guarantees that any/ all refreshments, food, or beverages are free of any allergens, health restricting products. We will not be held responsible, liable for any illness that may result while consuming food at your own free will, at your own discretion and at your own risk.

*All/any photos listed are for reference only and may not be presented at our event in exact sizes, shape, form, nor exact item specified in photos references. Actual event items/food subject to change without notice. Please contact us for specific details.

*Participants must be 21 years of age and older with a valid government issued I.D. required to attend our program, classes, and events. Any persons appearing to be intoxicated will be removed from our event without reimbursement. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. 


 
 
 
 

CHAMPAGNE AND SABER CELEBRATION
THE CHAMPAGNE COUNTDOWN!

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END YOUR YEAR WITH SOME POP!!!

You’re ready to celebrate the new year in high style!  Let this program rev your engine and prepare for the count down… we taste approx 20 Champagnes blind!

At wineLA - we do not sell wine - we open it… and share the best in the business…. along with a healthy dose of humor and education.  

  • Learn about what you like by tasting blind 

  • Learn about the Champagne region and the production process

  • Host, Ian Blackburn, is a Regional Educational Ambassador

...and for kicks… we will teach you the secrets of how to SABER champagne - and see it in action (risky business) 

 

For 25 years, Ian Blackburn has worked with Champagne, having served as a Regional Educational Ambassador, working for the house of Taittinger, and has dedicated his efforts to improving the region's knowledge and appreciation for one of the world's greatest beverages.  

In this experience:

  • You will receive life changing appreciation for the product

  • Understand how it's made

  • Understand what you like

  • Gain insights in the language of Champagne

  • Answer the question: “Do you like Autolysis? - and what does that mean? … age, intensity, richness, acidity… we discuss all the wines… and tell you the brand stories…. smaller producers, major players, top vintage efforts and a few tête (head) cuvées such as Roederer’s Cristal… Dom Pérignon… and more!

 

 

EDUCATIONAL ADVISOR - Which class is for you?

Are you a wine beginner?

  • Try our Wine Camp program - a basic foundation course, but also a good “train the trainer” program.

  • We pour top quality wines and explore the world of wine in 2 hours… a great place to start.

Are you a passionate professional or consumer?

  • Try our program LAW SCHOOL - LearnAboutWine School - 4-week credential program promising “world wine competency” - Celebrating over 1,000 graduates in 10 years, LAW SCHOOL pushes you to form a great wine foundation.  Ideal for those that have read many books, traveled extensively, and collected wine for years.  We taste weekly and use some of the great wines made.

  • Examples:  What are the grape varietals in Bordeaux, Rioja, Chianti? 

    • Name 3 Greek grape
      varietals and 3 Greek wine appellations.  Name the primary growing areas for Malbec, Pinot Gris.

    • Take me through the entire winemaking process:  Dry wine, Off Dry, Fortified and Sparkling.  

  • This is not wine for dummy’s - this is a very structured book oriented program that everyone should attend, but you will need to commit to homework, reading and research… and you will need time to do that.

Are you advanced?  Do you have a credential?  

  • Are you a working wine professional with experience? 

  • Or someone with a credential that is looking for what is next? 

  • Or do you love to taste and learn on a weekly basis - and want to surround yourself with wine elite to learn and enjoy the experience with… well this program might be for you.

  • Examples:  Name the primary growing areas in Bordeaux in order north to south and east to west. 

    • Name the Grand Cru villages of Alsace, Burgundy, and the Great Growths of Tokaji. 

    • Explain stuck fermentation and ways to proceed. 

    • Explain bulk wine storage and ways to protect bulk wine. 

    • Explain quality levels of Australian Shiraz, contemporary issues affecting wine in 2018? 

    • Detail out the new wine LAWS in Spain, Germany, and additions to the DOC in ITALY.  

  • Blind tasting - students should have recognition of all primary varietals from all primary zones as we taste and discuss as peers - some of the greatest wines ever produced at ALL price-points.


This 2-hour Champagne experience is packed with information. You’ll learn how Champagne is made, improve your ability to describe it, find out the best way to serve and enjoy it. We will taste all the wines blind and see what you enjoy best… and reveal.  When you’re finished, you’ll be able to experience Champagne at a higher level and make confident purchases with your new, topical insights.

INCLUDED IN NEW YEAR’S CHAMPAGNE COUNTDOWN

  • How Champagne  is made


  • Lessons on how to taste Champagne, and to describe what you taste.


  • How to serve Champagne: The do’s and do nots!


  • Tips on reading labels, purchasing and storing Champagne.


  • Insider thoughts about Champagne trends that you’ll want to know.


  • Answer any questions you may have - no matter how simple or difficult.


  • Laughter and enjoyment that only a top educator can provide

 

CHAMPAGNE LIST

Champagne lists are slightly different for both dates… you're welcome to purchase a ticket for both!  Each tasting is paired with a small gourmet cheese plate from our cheese partner, Chef’s Warehouse.

*Consistent with all our events and polIcies posted - the wine list may change to accomodAte vintage changes, size of audience, and or other circumstances.

CAN YOU TELL BLIND - WHICH IS CHAMPAGNE?

  • Piper-Heidsieck Rose Sauvage, Champagne, France NV

  • Setteanime Prosecco Treviso Brut

  • Pere Ventura Cupatge d'Honor Brut Nature Cava, Catalonia, Spain 2011

NONVINTAGE CHALLENGE

  • Lilbert-Fils Perle Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut, Champagne, France NV

  • Jacquesson Cuvee 741 Extra Brut, Champagne, France NV

  • Thienot Brut, Champagne, France NV

  • Barnaut Grand Cru Brut, Champagne, France NV

  • Dada Life Champagne, Brut Reserve

  • Veuve CLICQUOT "Yellow"

  • Taittinger La Francaise

  • Billecart Salmon Brut

  • Pol Roger, Reserve

VINTAGE

  • Hughes Godme "Les Champs-Saint Martin" Grand Cru (Pinot Noir) 2008

  • Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut, Languedoc-Roussillon, France 2015

  • Paul Dethune Grand Cru Brut, Champagne, France 2008

  • Larmandier-Bernier Vieilles Vignes du Levant Grand Cru Extra Brut, Champagne, France 2008

  • Robert Moncuit 'Les Chetillons' Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut, Champagne, France 2008

  • Guy Charlemagne Mesnillesime Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut, Champagne, France 2008

Tete De Cuvee Flight - Which is the best

  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Millesime, Champagne, France 2008

  • Dom Perignon Brut, Champagne, France 2009

  • Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut, Champagne, France 2006

 

LOCATION

THE ARTS DISTRICT, DOWNTOWN, LOS ANGELES
530 MOLINO ST. #218
LOS ANGELES, CA 90013

 
 
 

 
 

CONNECT WITH US!

TAG US @WINELA411 | #WINELA411 | #AWT

 
 

 
 

Before purchasing your ticket, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you need any further assistance. TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

*TICKET SALES: No refund, no exchanges, no credits, ticket may not be moved from one event to another, your ticket is transferable: Feel free to pass your ticket on to your friends/ family at your own discretion and risk. If transferring, inform us at TLC@wineLA.com. We are not responsible for any stolen, missing, lost, used ticket.

*FOOD: outside food and beverages of any kind are not permitted. Meals may/ may not be included in the program, see specific event description for details. If a program includes food, food/ refreshments and beverage substitutions politely declined. Our partnered third party food provider will make every effort to accommodate any food limitations/ restrictions, we make no promises or guarantees. We make no promises or guarantees that any/ all refreshments, food, or beverages are free of any allergens, health restricting products. We will not be held responsible, liable for any illness that may result while consuming food at your own free will, at your own discretion and at your own risk.

*All/any photos listed are for reference only and may not be presented at our event in exact sizes, shape, form, nor exact item specified in photos references. Actual event items/food subject to change without notice. Please contact us for specific details.

*Participants must be 21 years of age and older with a valid government issued I.D. required to attend our program, classes, and events. Any persons appearing to be intoxicated will be removed from our event without reimbursement. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. 


 
 
 
 

Palate Builder

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As much fun as you can have wine tasting!


We pour 18 wines (more when we sell-out) three wines at-a-time, blind! We tell you what they are, what they smell/taste like, but we don’t tell you which glass they’re in!  You work with your team to guess the right answers while we provide you with some stellar trivia and other competitive elements. This class helps develop tasting skills to help identify wines. It's fast, it's fun… it's delicious!!!
Build your palate, reinforce and expand what you know, or learn it for the first time! This class is fun for everyone 😊🍷

👃Aroma Training ✨ - learn how to smell wine differently
👅Tasting Vocabulary - get your wine game in gear!
🌎Old World Detection 🔍 - stone, earth, acidity, etched acidity, like a fingerprint!
🌎New World Characteristics 🔍 - fruit forward, use of wood, acid, or underripe?

Learn Alcohol, Oak, Fruit/Varietal, Place, Vintage, Variation!

Understand more and build your palate! 👅

 


WINE LIST

  • Ken Forrester Sauvignon Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2016

  • Vincent Vatan Pouilly-Fume Selection Silex, Loire, France 2011

  • Chateau Saint-Florin Blanc, Bordeaux, France 2013

  • Pighin Sauvignon Blanc Friuli Grave, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy 2014

  • Weingut Friedrich Becker B Spatburgunder Trocken, Pfalz, Germany 2008

  • Elouan Pinot Noir, Oregon, USA 2015

  • Thibault Liger-Belair Bourgogne Rouge Les Grands Chaillots, Burgundy, France 2010

  • Modus Operandi Cellars Pinot Noir Bacigalupi Vineyard, Russian River Valley, USA 2014

  • Diamantakos Xinomavro, Naousa, Greece 2011

  • Bibi Graetz Testamatta Le Cicale di Vincigliata, Chianti DOCG, Italy 2012

  • Bodegas Vetus 'Vetus', Toro, Spain 2011

  • Dane Cellars Los Chamizal Vineyard Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley, USA 2013

  • Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block, Franschhoek Valley, South Africa 2015

  • Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot, Margaret River, Australia 2009

  • Mullan Road Cellars Red, Columbia Valley, USA 2014

  • Black Rhino Cabernet Sauvignon, Wellington, South Africa 2015

  • Dominio del Plata Crios de Susana Balbo Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina 2015


LOCATION

THE ARTS DISTRICT, DOWNTOWN, LOS ANGELES
530 MOLINO ST. #218
LOS ANGELES, CA 90013

 
 

 
 

 
 

CONNECT WITH US!

TAG US @WINELA411 | #WINELA411 | #PALATEBUILDER

 
 

 
 

Before purchasing your ticket, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you need any further assistance. TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

*TICKET SALES: No refund, no exchanges, no credits, ticket may not be moved from one event to another, your ticket is transferable: Feel free to pass your ticket on to your friends/ family at your own discretion and risk. If transferring, inform us at TLC@wineLA.com. We are not responsible for any stolen, missing, lost, used ticket.

*FOOD: outside food and beverages of any kind are not permitted. Meals may/ may not be included in the program, see specific event description for details. If a program includes food, food/ refreshments and beverage substitutions politely declined. Our partnered third party food provider will make every effort to accommodate any food limitations/ restrictions, we make no promises or guarantees. We make no promises or guarantees that any/ all refreshments, food, or beverages are free of any allergens, health restricting products. We will not be held responsible, liable for any illness that may result while consuming food at your own free will, at your own discretion and at your own risk.

*All/any photos listed are for reference only and may not be presented at our event in exact sizes, shape, form, nor exact item specified in photos references. Actual event items/food subject to change without notice. Please contact us for specific details.

*Participants must be 21 years of age and older with a valid government issued I.D. required to attend our program, classes, and events. Any persons appearing to be intoxicated will be removed from our event without reimbursement. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. 


 
 
 
 

PINOT TASTE OFF

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA VS. CENTRAL COAST VS. IMPORT

PINOT TASTE OFF - we learn, we laugh, we love to taste... BLIND... 21 wines when sold out... Which is Central Coast, Which is Northern California, which is from France? How can you tell them apart and what to look for?

We cover a ton of ground and have a ton of fun doing it... and at the end of the night we pick a favorite or two!!! It’s the PINOT TASTE OFF - limited to 24 guests.

 

 

We use the best in glassware, and provide a Petite Cheese plate from Chef's Warehouse. No prerequisite here - come and learn... experts are encouraged to be vocal.


Class is hosted by Ian Blackburn, 25 year wine industry Vet and he knows many of these producers - personally.

  • Bring a friend or 3 or come along and make new wine friends. Downtown Loft is private, comfortable, and well suited.

  • Dress is "come as you are" - some make a night of it and roll out to the dozens of hot spots within walking distance of the loft.

  • UBER or LYFT are recommended and as easy as can be... but parking is free in the Arts District.


WINE LIST

CENTRAL COAST

SEA SMOKE TEN PINOT NOIR, STA RITA HILLS, 2016

CHALLEN JASPER PINOT NOIR, STA RITA HILLS, 2012

CHATEAU BOSWELL ABSOLUTELY ELOISE, RADIAN VINEYARD PINOT NOIR, STA. RITA HILLS, 2015

FESS PARKER ASHLEY'S PINOT NOIR, SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, 2016

LA VOIX 'REFLEKTOR' PINOT NOIR, STA RITA HILLS, 2015

LORING WINE CO. CLOS PEPE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR, STA. RITA HILLS, 2017

TANTARA WINERY ADOBE BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD PINOT NOIR, SANTA MARIA VALLEY, 2010

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

BALDACCI FAMILY VINEYARDS ELIZABETH PINOT NOIR, CARNEROS, 2014

CUVAISON SPIRE PINOT NOIR, LOS CARNEROS, 2017

DOMAINE DELLA 'TERRA DE PROMISSIO' PINOT NOIR, SONOMA COAST, 2017

KOSTA BROWNE SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR, CALIFORNIA, 2016

LA CREMA SHELL RIDGE PINOT NOIR, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY, 2016

TALISMAN GUNSALUS VINEYARD PINOT NOIR, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY, 2014

WORK & DAYS HILL JUSTICE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR, SANTA ROSA, 2016

ALL-STAR IMPORTS

JEAN-BAPTISTE ADAM PINOT NOIR LES NATURES, ALSACE, FRANCE, 2013

DOMAINE YVON CLERGET CLOS DU VERSEUIL MONOPOLE, VOLNAY PREMIER CRU, FRANCE, 2005

BABICH WINES PINOT NOIR, MARLBOROUGH, NEW ZEALAND, 2016

LOUIS LATOUR, COTEAUX BOURGUIGNONS 'LES PIERRES DOREES' PINOT NOIR, BURGUNDY, FRANCE, 2017

LOUIS LATOUR, BEAUNE PREMIER CRU, FRANCE, 2015

SILENI ESTATES CELLAR SELECTION PINOT NOIR, HAWKE'S BAY, NEW ZEALAND, 2018

VINA GARCES SILVA AMAYNA PINOT NOIR, LEYDA VALLEY, CHILE, 2013

 

 

LOCATION

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

 
 
 

 
 

CONNECT WITH US!

TAG US @WINELA411 | #WINELA411 | #PINOTTASTEOFF

 
 

 
 

Before purchasing your ticket, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you need any further assistance. TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

*TICKET SALES: No refund, no exchanges, no credits, ticket may not be moved from one event to another, your ticket is transferable: Feel free to pass your ticket on to your friends/ family at your own discretion and risk. If transferring, inform us at TLC@wineLA.com. We are not responsible for any stolen, missing, lost, used ticket.

*FOOD: outside food and beverages of any kind are not permitted. Meals may/ may not be included in the program, see specific event description for details. If a program includes food, food/ refreshments and beverage substitutions politely declined. Our partnered third party food provider will make every effort to accommodate any food limitations/ restrictions, we make no promises or guarantees. We make no promises or guarantees that any/ all refreshments, food, or beverages are free of any allergens, health restricting products. We will not be held responsible, liable for any illness that may result while consuming food at your own free will, at your own discretion and at your own risk.

*All/any photos listed are for reference only and may not be presented at our event in exact sizes, shape, form, nor exact item specified in photos references. Actual event items/food subject to change without notice. Please contact us for specific details.

*Participants must be 21 years of age and older with a valid government issued I.D. required to attend our program, classes, and events. Any persons appearing to be intoxicated will be removed from our event without reimbursement. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. 


 
 
 
 

WINE, CHEESE & CHOCOLATE

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WHEN THREE WORLDS COLLIDE...

Join wineLA for a special class bringing together three divine creations: Wine, Cheese and Chocolate! You will explore the sensual contrasts and delights that each element brings to the experience -the crisp acidity, mouth-filling robustness or smooth viscosity of great wine; the sharp, subtly sweet or complexity of fine cheese; and the rich luxuriousness of superior chocolate ranging from creamy milk to intensely dark.

  • Special features about each cheese (every class has a different set of seasonal cheeses

  • Unique wines in every program (no wine list is ever the same twice

  • Amazing chocolate from the best producers in the world!

 

 

10 WINES + 5 CHEESES + 5 CHOCOLATES

  • Put something amazing in your mouth every couple minutes!

  • Wines change every time.

  • Cheeses are seasonal and sensational.

  • Learn how to pair chocolate with a great wine.

WE USE THE BEST CHEESE, FOCUSED ON THE BEST BREED OF PRODUCERS AND WE CHANGE THE PRESENTATION EVERY TIME WE TEACH. LEARN MORE ABOUT SOME OF THE QUALITY PRODUCERS WE OFFER (CLICK ON EACH BRAND FOR MORE INFO):

DID YOU KNOW THERE IS A THRIVING LOCAL CHOCOLATE MOVEMENT? VISIT THESE LOCAL LA BUSINESSES (CLICK ON EACH BRAND FOR MORE INFO):

 

 

LOCATION

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

 
 
 

WE USE AND ENDORSE THE FOLLOWING PRODUCTS IN OUR PROGRAM


 
 

CONNECT WITH US!

TAG US @WINELA411 | #WINELA411 | #WCC

 
 

 
 

Before purchasing your ticket, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you need any further assistance. TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

*TICKET SALES: No refund, no exchanges, no credits, ticket may not be moved from one event to another, your ticket is transferable: Feel free to pass your ticket on to your friends/ family at your own discretion and risk. If transferring, inform us at TLC@wineLA.com. We are not responsible for any stolen, missing, lost, used ticket.

*FOOD: outside food and beverages of any kind are not permitted. Meals may/ may not be included in the program, see specific event description for details. If a program includes food, food/ refreshments and beverage substitutions politely declined. Our partnered third party food provider will make every effort to accommodate any food limitations/ restrictions, we make no promises or guarantees. We make no promises or guarantees that any/ all refreshments, food, or beverages are free of any allergens, health restricting products. We will not be held responsible, liable for any illness that may result while consuming food at your own free will, at your own discretion and at your own risk.

*All/any photos listed are for reference only and may not be presented at our event in exact sizes, shape, form, nor exact item specified in photos references. Actual event items/food subject to change without notice. Please contact us for specific details.

*Participants must be 21 years of age and older with a valid government issued I.D. required to attend our program, classes, and events. Any persons appearing to be intoxicated will be removed from our event without reimbursement. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. 


 
 
 
 

CHAMPAGNE CHALLENGE

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Champagne - you can never get too much champagne.

We taste 22 of them (*when sold out) for this program.

How is Champagne made - about some of the best in the business - this is a collection of top efforts, some we taste blind, and some we experience and discuss the style... because they are smaller producers with unique attributes.

 

 

ABOUT IAN BLACKBURN - THE HOST

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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



ABOUT WINELA - FOUNDED IN 1995 

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.


CHAMPAGNE LIST

OUR NON VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE CHALLENGE FLIGHT

TASTED BLIND-WHICH DO YOU PREFER?

  • FRANCK BONVILLE GRAND CRU AVIZE BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE NV

  • GASTON CHIQUET GRAND CRU BLANC DE BLANCS D'AY BRUT, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE NV

  • ROBERT MONCUIT LE MESNIL- SUR-OGER BLANC DE BLANCS GRAND CRU BRUT, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE NV

  • BENOIT LAHAYE ESSENTIEL GRAND CRU BRUT, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE NV

  • VOUETTE ET SORBEE CUVEE FIDELE EXTRA BRUT, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE NV

  • VILMART & CIE GRANDE RESERVE PREMIER CRU BRUT, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE NV

  • VEUVE CLICQUOT PONSARDIN BRUT, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE NV

  • POL ROGER BRUT, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE NV

  • PERRIER-JOUET GRAND BRUT, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE NV

  • KIRKLAND BRUT, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE NV

  • MOET & CHANDON BRUT IMPERIAL, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE NV

  • LAURENT-PERRIER BRUT, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE NV

VINTAGE OVERVIEW FLIGHT

  • HUGUES GODME LES CHAMPS SAINT MARTIN BRUT, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE 2008

  • BOCHET-LEMOINE BRUT, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE 2009

  • JOSE DHONDT MES VIELLIES VIGNES BLANC DE BLANCS GRAND CRU BRUT MILLESIME, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE 2010

TETE DE CUVEE (HEAD CUVEE) FLIGHT

  • NICOLAS FEUILLATTE CUVEE PALMES D'OR BRUT MILLESIME,
    CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE 2006 - VALUED AT $150 A BOTTLE!

  • LOUIS ROEDERER CRISTAL BRUT MILLESIME,
    CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE 2009 - VALUED AT $225

  • JACQUES SELOSSE SUBSTANCE GRAND CRU BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT,
    CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE NV - VALUED AT $300+ (VERY HARD TO FIND)

FLIGHT ONE OVERVIEW OF STYLE

  • MICHEL GONET CHAMPAGNE ROSE NV

  • PERE VENTURA CAVA BRUT CUPATAGE D'HONOR 2011 

  • BEDROCK WINERY, UNDER THE WIRE, SONOMA COUNTRY 2012

  • PIPER-HEIDSIECK BRUT NV

 

 

LOCATION

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

 
 
 

 
 

CONNECT WITH US!

TAG US @WINELA411 | #WINELA411 | #champagnechallenge

 
 

 
 

Before purchasing your ticket, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you need any further assistance. TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

*TICKET SALES: No refund, no exchanges, no credits, ticket may not be moved from one event to another, your ticket is transferable: Feel free to pass your ticket on to your friends/ family at your own discretion and risk. If transferring, inform us at TLC@wineLA.com. We are not responsible for any stolen, missing, lost, used ticket.

*FOOD: outside food and beverages of any kind are not permitted. Meals may/ may not be included in the program, see specific event description for details. If a program includes food, food/ refreshments and beverage substitutions politely declined. Our partnered third party food provider will make every effort to accommodate any food limitations/ restrictions, we make no promises or guarantees. We make no promises or guarantees that any/ all refreshments, food, or beverages are free of any allergens, health restricting products. We will not be held responsible, liable for any illness that may result while consuming food at your own free will, at your own discretion and at your own risk.

*All/any photos listed are for reference only and may not be presented at our event in exact sizes, shape, form, nor exact item specified in photos references. Actual event items/food subject to change without notice. Please contact us for specific details.

*Participants must be 21 years of age and older with a valid government issued I.D. required to attend our program, classes, and events. Any persons appearing to be intoxicated will be removed from our event without reimbursement. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.