Ian Blackburn, the founder of WineLA (formerly Learn About Wine) has partnered with Manhattan Beach boutique hotel Shade to bring 40 different wineries from Napa Valley together for the first Stars of Napa Valley wine festival on Thursday.
“We have an incredible mix of top producers and up-and-coming producers,” Blackburn says. “Winemakers and significant influencers will be on-hand pouring, and consumers will have a chance to rub elbows with these trendsetters—so if you want to know ‘what’s next,’ this is the tasting to find out.”
Heavy hitters like Lail Vineyards and Kenzo Estate—“two producers who have revolutionized Napa Sauvignon Blanc,” Blackburn says—will be pouring, along with winemakers you might not have heard of like Metaphora Wines and Modus Operandi Cellars.
A silent auction will also take place, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Manhattan Beach Middle School.
General-admission tickets are available for $125 in advance, $150 at the door, and get you in at 7 p.m. A $175 VIP option gives you early admission (6:30 p.m.) and includes special wines and passed appetizers, a gift bag, and access to a panel tasting where rare wines from older vintages will be available to taste.
Stars of Napa Valley at Shade, 1221 N. Valley Dr., Manhattan Beach, March 26 from 7 p.m (6:30 p.m. for VIP tickets) to 9:30 p.m.