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Palate Builder - Taste Like a Pro


Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM (PDT)

Palate Builder - Taste Like a Pro

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LearnAboutWine started in 1995 and has invented hundreds of classes to
assist Southern California’s wine culture – this is one of our best!

This unique, action-packed, tasting class and palate workout will help you
break through to fine wine appreciation! It is intended to be a class that you
will return again and again.


  • Wines are served 3 at a time (5-6 flights, depending on audience size)
  • 5 minutes is given to the team to decide which wines (from list) were poured
  • Guess and Win! It's harder than it sounds… but a fun way to learn!
  • In between flights - we've introduced "DING" the wine game…ring the bell and get valuable points
  • Points are totaled and extremely valuable prizes are awarded to the winners...perhaps a gold medal! 

This is like a game show and drinking game combined!


A sense/scents of place tasting
Explore the smells of wines with our Le Nose Du Vin sensory kit.

Learn about unique grapes, places, and wine making styles

Learn about grape identification, varietal markers, alcohol indicators,
ripeness appreciation, and the common scents in common sense.

This level-3 tasting program is the ultimate class for those of you who like
wines but have a hard time describing what you smell, taste, feel and need
more information and practice.

This class is not for people who have never tasted wine before, but for those
of you who are ready to move to the next level.

This promises to be one of our best wine education experiences!

Valued at $100 per person - this class is action packed and loaded with value.

We hope you will come ready to taste, learn, and participate - prizes will be awarded to the best team in the blind tasting.

*If event does not sell over 20 guests, we will reduce the number of bottles - to one bottle per guest and not cancel the program.

Limited to 24 guests per session. 

Tasting List:

Flight One:
Kevin Judd Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2013
Chateau de la Bouyere Blanc, Bordeaux, France
Domaine Claude Riffault Sancerre Les Boucauds, Loire, France 2012

Flight Two:
Bonaccorsi Melville Chardonnay, Sta Rita Hills 2010
Sequoia Grove Carneros Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2010
Domaine Roulot Bourgogne Blanc, Burgundy, France 2009

Flight Three:
Hastae Quorum, Barbera d'Asti DOCG, Italy 2005
Eric Kent Wine Cellars Stiling Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2004
Acorn Alegria Vineyards Dolcetto, Russian River Valley 2011

Flight Four:
Jean-Louis Chave Selection Cotes du Rhone Mon Coeur, Rhone, France 2010
Curran Black Oak Syrah, California 2006
Westerly Vineyards Happy Canyon Merlot, Santa Ynez Valley 2007

Flight Five:
Château Les Trois Croix, Fronsac, France 2009
Bodegas LAN Culmen Reserva, Rioja DOCa, Spain 2004
Gaja DaGromis, Barolo DOCG, Italy 2008

Flight Six:
Hawk and Horse Vineyards HHV Block Three Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills Lake County 2009
Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2009
Mauritson Rockpile Winery Cemetery Vineyard Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 2009

This class is built for you to attend monthly or as often as possible.

*To avoid cancellation of any program, we commit to opening a minimum of one bottle of wine per paid guest until the class is complete.
No class fee is predicated on the tasting of any wine, no price determined by any one bottle or overall promise of quantity of wine. The experience and education is what is being purchased; should a bottle be bad, corked, or not served, that will not affect the pricing and our refund policy will remain intact.


Ian Blackburn

Founder and Educator

Ian Blackburn, CSW, JWE - Founder of
Professional Sommelier, Candidate for the Master of Wine

Ian drinks wine for a living and plans over 100 public and private events a year. Ian stays busy designing tasting and events for both LearnAboutWine and private clients large and small;  Fortune 500 company's, Law firms (Summer Associates), and private birthday celebrations all benefit from Ian's well informed and industry leading personality.  When Ian is not busy teaching, he is making appearances on radio, television and social media outlets and studying for his Master of Wine.

Since 1995, LearnAboutWine has done the hard work of building a better culture for fine wine, opening the doors for more quality products to enter the marketplace and has taught over 500,000 students. With over 50,000 current subscribers and followers, LearnAboutWine now focuses on the best quality events and classes, and wine credential programs which have graduated over 450 wine students in the last 5 years with a Junior Wine Executive credential (JWE).

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Have questions about Palate Builder - Taste Like a Pro? Contact LearnAboutWine

When & Where

City Tavern
735 S Figueroa St #133
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM (PDT)

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