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STARS of Italian Wine | AT HOME EDITION

LIVE via Zoom with wine delivered! | Starts at 7PM

NIGHT ONE

WEDNESDAY | APRIL 21

NIGHT TWO

SATURDAY | APRIL 24

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NIGHT ONE | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21

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TENUTA DI NOZZOLE

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, 2018

TENUTA DI NOZZOLE Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, 2017

Price               Value
$21.95             $28.00

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Giovanni Folonari

Giovanni Folonari

95 POINTS | jamessuckling.com

TASTING NOTE
Crisp, ripe, red berry and cherry aromas and flavors and earthy under-notes are shaped by vibrant, fresh acidity and a backbone of firm yet elegant tannins.

MICHELE CHIARLO

Tortoniano, Barolo, Italy, 2015

MICHELE CHIARLO Tortoniano, Borolo, Italy, 2015

Price               Value
$44.95             $55.00

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Alberto Chiarlo

Alberto Chiarlo

94 POINTS | Wine Enthusiast

TASTING NOTE
The wine shows layered aromas of rose petals, juniper berries and fine spices. On the palate the acidity is balanced and the tannins are silky, leading to a long finish.

TENUTA DI BISERNO

Insoglio del Cinghiale Toscana IGT, 2018

TENUTA DI BISERNO Insoglio del Cinghiale Toscana IGT, 2018

Price               Value
$36.95             $42.00

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Niccolò Marzichi Lenzi

Niccolò Marzichi Lenzi

93 POINTS | Wine Advocate

TASTING NOTE
Bright ruby red. Complex with a prevalence of small red fruits and floral notes. The body is beautifully balanced with a long finish.

TENUTA SETTE PONTI

Crognolo Toscana IGT, 2018

TENUTA SETTE PONTI Crognolo Toscana IGT 2018

Price               Value
$29.95             $45.00

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Amedeo Moretti Cuseri

Amedeo Moretti Cuseri

93 POINTS | Wine Advocate

TASTING NOTE
Bright ruby red. Complex with a prevalence of small red fruits and floral notes. The body is beautifully balanced with a long finish.

TENUTA SETTE PONTI

Oreno Toscana IGT, 2017

TENUTA SETTE PONTI Oreno Toscana IGT 2017

Price               Value
$69.95             $124.00

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Amedeo Moretti Cuseri

Amedeo Moretti Cuseri

94 POINTS | VinousMedia.com

TASTING NOTE
Intense deep ruby red. Great aromatic richness and a complex bouquet of black currant, small black fruits and delicate balsamic notes. Velvety tannins and aromas of blackberry that fill the palate with lingering persistence.

AGRICOLA PUNICA

Montessu Isola dei Nuraghi IGT, 2018

AGRICOLA PUNICA Montessu Isola dei Nuraghi IGT 2018

Price               Value
$29.95             $38.00

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Salvatore Santus

Salvatore Santus

91 POINTS | Blue Lifestyle

TASTING NOTE
The wine has notes of cherry, raspberry and ripe fruit, myrtle and juniper. In mouth, the wine has full-bodied black fruit flavors, with soft, saline notes, with elegant traces of rosemary and black pepper, enhancing a long, silky finish.

NIGHT ONE   WEDNESDAY | APRIL 21

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NIGHT TWO | SATURDAY, APRIL 24

Sella & Mosca

Monteoro Vermentino Di Gallura Superiore DOCG, 2018

Sella & Mosca Monteoro Vermentino Di Gallura Superiore DOCG, 2018

Price               Value
$27.95             $35.00

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Giovanni Pinna

Giovanni Pinna

91 POINTS | JAMESSUCKLING.COM

TASTING NOTE
Pale straw color with tints of lemon - green. On the nose, it is very intense with notes of citrus. Delightful, and floral. The palate offers crispness and dryness with youthful vitality and freshness. Vermentino wines are a versatile match for a wide array of appetizers and entrees, especially shellfish and seafood dishes.

Planeta

Eruzione 1614 Nerello Mascalese, Sicilia DOC, 2016

Planeta Eruzione 1614 Nerello Mascalese, Sicilia DOC, 2016

Price               Value
$49.95             $60.00

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Patricia Toth

Patricia Toth

92 POINTS | WINE ENTHUSIAST

TASTING NOTE
Extraordinary aromas of incense and herbs, hibiscus and wild fennel. A luminous and lyrical wine which recounts the character and refinement of great red mountain wines but at latitudes not far from Africa. The tannins of compact texture are extracted with elegance. The sweetness and generosity of wild fruits and currants merges with aromas of incense and beeswax and a light, almost salty touch. A wine whose character can allow the most audacious matchings with dishes of similar character. Serve with game, dishes with truffles, fish with complex sauces, cheese and salamis.

Travaglini

Gattinara DOCG, 2017

Travaglini Gattinara DOCG, 2017

Price               Value
$39.95             $44.00

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Alessia Travaglini

Alessia Travaglini

90 POINTS | WINE ENTHUSIAST

TASTING NOTE
The Gattinara best expresses the classic qualities of the appellation; it is a wine with marked minerality and complexity. Deep ruby red in color with garnet reflections. On the nose, aromas of red fruit, blackberry, plum and licorice with hints of vanilla and leather. Full-bodied palate, with intense flavors of cherry, raspberry and spice culminating in a long and smooth finish. Outstanding with red meat, game, and hard cheeses. Recommended aging from 3 to 10 years, but this wine will easily maintain its integrity for years following.

Trerose

"Santa Caterina" Vino Nobile DOCG, 2015

Trerose

Price               Value
$41.95             $52.00

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Andrea Lonardi

Andrea Lonardi

92 POINTS | WINE ENTHUSIAST

TASTING NOTE
Ruby red in color with purplish reflections. On the nose, an
explosion of red fruit reminiscent of brandied cherries, currants,
blackberries, bitter orange and myrtle berries. The palate offers a
unique sweetness and softness that only Sangiovese grapes form the
Montepulciano area can achieve.

Col D'orcia

Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG, 2015

Col D'orcia Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG, 2015

Price               Value
$59.95             $75.00

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Count Francesco Cinzano

Count Francesco Cinzano

94 POINTS | JAMESSUCKLING.COM

TASTING NOTE
Complex aromas open with small, red ripe fruits and plum jam, followed by toasted and vanilla notes. Excellent structure, this wine is full-bodied and balanced. The enveloping tannic structure leads to a fruit-forward, lingering finish.

Mastroberardino

Radici Taurasi DOCG, 2016

Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi DOCG, 2016

Price               Value
$69.95             $80.00

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Piero Mastroberardino

Piero Mastroberardino

95 POINTS | VINOUS

TASTING NOTE
Deep ruby red. Full, complex and intense, with notes of cherry, violet, wild berries, and a distinctive spicy aroma. This elegant wine has flavors of plum, black cherry, strawberry and intense spices. Pair with mature cheeses, truffles, porcini mushrooms, Ragout and other dishes with long cooked sauces and roasted red meats.

NIGHT TWO   SATURDAY | APRIL 24

PRICING BREAKDOWN

You won't want to miss out on this great value and chance to find you're new everyday or special occasion wine!

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How It Works:

We deliver wine to your home. Bottle Kits can be delivered earlier, but Flight Kits are carefully handled, managed, and delivered within a certain timeframe to maintain their freshness. If you are outside of our Los Angeles courier delivery zone, we will also email you your tracking information so that you are aware of the expected delivery time (signature is required!).

The associated Zoom link will be emailed to you within 24 hours of the virtual tasting event. A printable tasting mat, digital brochure and link to the charitable auction will also be emailed to you. We recommend that you plan to enjoy a snack or dinner while wine tasting with the hosts on the Zoom! We also encourage you to have proper glassware to maximize the tasting experience.

Tastings typically run for approximately 90 minutes but may run longer if the conversation continues, as we encourage you, the audience, to participate and communicate with the experts. We pose fun questions and encourage participation in the chat box, too! Our tasting events will continue well past the end of the pandemic, as we believe online tasting is a fantastic format that allows us to assemble the greatest wine talent in the world and to deliver you an exceptional experience, regardless of your address!

*Shipping is included in the state of California. Out of state shipping is additional and will be invoiced after purchase.

*Featured Italian winemakers are recorded in advance for the STARS of Italian Wine virtual tasting event on Zoom. The brand importers and executives will be present to answer and engage with the audience.

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Legal Fine Print: Once a ticket is purchased, there are no cancellations or refunds permitted. The list of participating brands may adjust; the value of the ticket is not predicated on any one wine brand participating. 100% of auction proceeds benefits Unite the United, a 501(c)(3) for Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Ian Todd Blackburn, Wine 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 and the wine lifestyle. This bio is a work in progress…let's see what the next vintage provides. In the meantime, Ian continues to study for his Masters of Wine and to write his next book about his journey. 

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