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Palate Builder - Learn to Taste Like a Pro

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 5:15 PM (PDT)

Palate Builder - Learn to Taste Like a Pro

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Palate Builder
TASTE LIKE A PRO - Advanced Class!

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.

The Tasting Workout Includes:

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.

Blind tasting – Competitive tasting that pushes your abilities – team approach

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!

Ticket: $60 advanced

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.


Taste up to 20 wines in Palate Builder this Week: 


Domaine de Fontavin Châteauneuf-du-Pape Southern Rhône, 2009
Buehler Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Napa Valley, 2007
Allegrini Palazzo della Torre Veronese IGT Italy, 2007
Château Monbrison Margaux Bordeaux, 2005
Allegrini La Grola Veronese IGT Italy, 2006
Château D'Aiguilhe Bordeaux, 1999
Weingut Keller Riesling von der Fels Germany, 2010
Albert Bichot Domaine Long-Depaquit Vaillons, Chablis Premier Cru, France 2006
Domaine de l'Aujardière (Eric Chevalier) Fié Gris Vin de Pays du Jardin France, 2010
Schmitges Riesling Vom Berg feinherb Mosel Saar Ruwer Germany, 2011
Bonaccorsi Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley, 2009
Marc Deschamps Pouilly-Fumé Les Champs de Cri Loire Valley France, 2007
Sella & Mosca Alghero Tanca Farra Sardinia Italy, 2006
Newton Merlot Unfiltered Napa Valley, 2005
Gérard Mugneret Bourgogne Passetoutgrains Burgundy France, 2007
A. et P. de Villaine Aligoté Bouzeron Burgundy France, 2009
Grgich Hills Chardonnay Estate Grown Napa Valley, 2009
Jovino Pinot Noir Oregon, 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 in tact.


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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When & Where

Josie Restaurant
2424 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Sunday, March 17, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 5:15 PM (PDT)

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