Wine and Jazz evening at Papille Gustative


Expert-led tasting with live music, Sunday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. PST

May 12 – Join Wine Cloud Inc. for an evening of delicious wine tasting accompanied by live jazz music! The artisanal restaurant Papille Gustative, known for its farm-to-table cuisine and its pretty outdoor terrace, now offers live music! Close to Santa Monica State Beach, Papille Gustative is on the map as one of Santa Monica’s best new restaurants. This festive event kicks off a long summer series of jazz. Sommelier Ian Blackburn will guide a tasting of ten wines. Music lovers don’t want to miss this event featuring The Teddy Bang Trio with special guests…a must-see local jazz band. Limited to 40 people, don’t hesitate! | Get your tickets here!

Wine menu

  • Cultivated by the Mediterranean climate of Campo de Borja:
    • Bodegas Frontonio “El Casetero” Garnacha, Campo de Borja, Spain, 2020 ($18)
  • Introduced us to one of the best winemakers in Austria:
    • Markus Huber, VISION Grüner Veltliner, Niederösterreich, Austria, 2019 (Organic) ($22)
  • From the magnificent mountain of Constantiaberg:
    • Bayten Buitenverwachting, Sauvignon Blanc, Constantia, South Africa, 2020 ($18)
  • Rich in history and with a touch of modernism:
    • Casa E. di Mirafiore Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, 2013 ($36)
  • From the famous Rhone Valley:
    • Pierre Gaillard “Operation Dragoon” Red, Côtes du Rhône, France, 2016 ($28)
  • Founded by the Txueka Royal Family:
    • Txomin Etxaniz Winery, Rosé, Getariako Txakolina, Spain, 2018 (vegan) ($28)
  • A Renaissance relic:
    • Petrolo Torrione Val D’Arno Di Sopra DOC, Tuscany, Italy, 2015 ($36)
  • California roots:
    • Native9 Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, CA, 2012 ($69)
  • A fine vintage from Sonoma:
    • Beekeepers Cellars, ‘Secret Stones’ Zinfandel, Rockpile Appellation, Sonoma County, CA, 2016 ($90)
  • From the heart of Napa Valley:
    • Sullivan Rutherford Estate, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, CA, 2016 ($110)


Being a wine, whatever it was, wasn’t part of the original plan – and when you’re raised in a military family, drinking wine might not be the first thing that comes to mind either. Ian discovered the wine industry at the ripe old 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 up doors – leading Ian to a career in wine education.

Working with and around major wine brands for most of his adult life, and leading wine tours and culinary adventures around the world – Ian enjoys sharing his story and his passion. When Covid closed its event company, Ian pivoted the loop and restarted and launched as a way to bring his version of wine education and entertainment to an unlimited audience. With his family’s wine merchant, virtual wine tastings with wine delivered “at home” is the latest chapter in the evolution of Ian’s commitment to wine education, educational entertainment and the wine lifestyle. This bio and this life is a work in progress… let’s see what the next vintage has in store for us.

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