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02/29 ALLEN BALIK, 27TH ANNUAL CULINARY EVENING WITH THE CALIFORNIA WINEMASTERS, IAN BLACKBURN, WINE LA

March 3, 201652 min
ALLEN BALIK – AUTHOR & EDUCATOR | PRESIDENT OF CLUB ESSENCE TALKS SEASONAL WINE TRENDS AND THE UPCOMING 27TH ANNUAL CULINARY EVENING WITH THE CALIFORNIA WINEMASTERS Allen is a noted wine collector and recognized authority on California and European wines. As a member of numerous tasting groups, Allen samples between 1,200 and 1,500 wines each year, for pleasure and education. He also serves as a consultant for restaurant and retail store buyers and evaluates wine for many panels and publications. Allen is the Founder and Co-Chairman of A Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters – a Wine Spectator Top Ten Charity Wine Auction – that pairs the talents of 45 international chefs with 70 of California’s finest wineries. In his travels, Allen has toured wine growing areas around the world and tasted at numerous wineries, chateaux, and domaines throughout the United States, France, Italy, Spain, Australia and Chile. Allen co-authored Guide to Choosing, Serving and Enjoying Wine. Rather than another wine primer, the Guide demystifies wine, encouraging readers to try the beverage as a normal part of their mealtime enjoyment. ABOUT THE 27TH ANNUAL CULINARY EVENING WITH THE CALIFORNIA WINEMASTERS Saturday, May 14th, 2016 6PM at Warner Bros., “Midwest Street” A wine tasting extraordinaire and spectacular hors d’oeuvres dinner benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. One of WINE SPECTATOR’S “TOP TEN U.S. CHARITY WINE AUCTIONS” will be held on the “Midwest Street” backlot at Warner Bros. The California Winemasters is a perennial Wine Spectator Top 10 Charity Wine Auction set for May 14, 2016 at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.  This extraordinary event showcases 50 international chefs and 75 of California’s Finest Wineries.  “Winemasters” has raised nearly $29 million in support of the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The CF Foundation is a nonprofit donor-supported organization dedicated to attacking cystic fibrosis from every angle.  It’s focus is to support the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improve the quality of life for those with CF and ultimately, to find a cure. The Foundation’s drug development success has been recognized by Harvard Business School and by publications such as Forbes, Discover Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. Make your reservations NOW for this wine tasting extraordinaire and spectacular hors d’oeuves dinner! CALIFORNIAWINEMASTERS.ORG  ABOUT CLUB ESSENCE: Club Essence – Savor Life Through Wine is the first and only club of its kind dedicated to experiencing life’s greatest pleasures through wine. There’s no cost – just FUN!! Club Essence will transform your routine business meetings, dinners and personal entertainment into extraordinary occasions through the wonders of wine. Learn how to enjoy wine to its fullest. Share the experience with your friends, clients, and the ones you love. Wine education is part of each event and is designed for the enjoyment of novices and experts alike within the same group. Club Essence Co-Founder and President Allen Balik will personally plan, accompany and moderate each event. Click through to sign-up At Club Essence it is our goal to make the whole wine experience more enjoyable and exciting while enhancing any meeting or meal. You’ll shine as you show your friends and clients how to enjoy life’s greatest pleasures through wine. Napa Valley alone hosts more than 4 million guests each year. You can experience this region (as well as any other wine destination) in a completely unique style when you are a member of Club Essence! WWW.SAVORLIFETHROUGHWINE.COM IAN BLACKBURN – WINE EDUCATOR AND FOUNDER, WINE LA – UPCOMING EVENTS ABOUT WINELA wineLA is about enhancing the wine culture of Los Angeles. To do so, wine must be in rhythm with fashion, music, food and other beverages.  It must take advantage of the geography, the architecture and the centers of interest. Los Angeles is a giant playground with an amazing array

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