July 12th - Zoom Into Wine: Study of Cabernet Franc w/ John Skupny of Lang & Reed Napa Valley
Zoom Into Wine is a new, FREE online tasting experience hosted by wine expert and educator Ian Blackburn and sponsored by ZIPLY™ and MerchantofWine.com
This Online Tasting is on Sunday, July 12th at 5pm
Deadlines to join this ZOOM
Sign up : 24 hours before
Optional wine kit: 48 hours before
Join us for free as we get to know a little more about Cabernet Franc with host Wine Personality Ian Blackburn and special guest John Skupny, Owner of Lang & Reed, Napa Valley. We'll deep dive into John's 2015 North Coast Cabernet Franc as well as a second bottle selection from Loire, France. Learn about Cab Franc, how the great wine taste, and about the journey of the wine brand. Get behind the scenes information, ideas and influences!
"FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED, DEDICATED TO MAKING ENJOYABLE AND ACCESSIBLE WINES SINCE 1993."
John Skupny is the Proprietor and Winemaker for Lang & Reed Wine Company, an artisan winery dedicated to producing Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc in California. John and his wife, Tracey founded Lang & Reed in 1996. He has spent over 45 years in the wine business with over 40 years working for more than twenty-five of California’s finest wine producers. Since 1984, he has worked in the Napa Valley, first as the Marketing and Sales Director of Caymus Vineyards [1984-1989], Vice President of Clos Du Val Wine Company [1989-1992] and then as General Manager of the Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery [1992-1996]. For twenty five years, John was a partner and consultant to Boulevard Brewing Company, located in Kansas City.
Along with Lang & Reed Wine Company, John also runs a wine marketing consulting practice, Vineyard Avenue Marketing. In this capacity he has worked with such clients as Pahlmeyer Winery, Cain Vineyards, Dalla Valle Vineyards and Spottswoode Winery, as well as newer estate properties such as, Seavey and Palmaz Vineyards. For the past decade, John has been an advisor and member of the Board of Directors for Long Meadow Ranch. In this capacity he has assisted in the company’s vineyard acquisitions, brand creation and development of their Main Street properties, including Farmstead Restaurant at Long Meadow Ranch.
John is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Napa Valley Vintners Association and the Napa Valley Wine Auction (1996), Chair of Premiere Napa Valley Barrel Auction (2006) Co-Chair of Auction Napa Valley (2019). He is a past President of the Napa Valley Wine Library Association (2001/02). Past President of the Stags Leap District Winegrowers [1990/91] and founding Vice-President of the Rutherford Dust Society [1993/94] He has lectured at the University of California-Davis for both marketing and winemaking classes, for ‘Leadership Napa Valley’, Society of Wine Educators, as well for the Executive Wine Studies program at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. John has judged regularly in various regional and international wine competitions, including the International Wine & Spirits Competition. He penned a chapter in the book, “Successful Wine Marketing” by Kirby Moulton and Jim Lapsley, published by Aspen Publishers, 2001 and was well covered in “The Far Side of Eden” the infamous second installment of James Conaway’s history of the Napa Valley, published in 2002.
John and his wife, Tracey, reside in St. Helena, in the heart of the Napa Valley. With the founding of Lang & Reed Wine Company, the Skupny’s are dedicated to the continued preservation of the agricultural communityand the production of distinctive Napa Valley and Californian wines.
OPTIONAL ZOOM WINE KIT INCLUDES 2 BOTTLES OF CABERNET FRANC!1. Lang & Reed Napa Valley, North Coast Cabernet Franc, 2015
2. Surprise selection from Loire, France
$50 ZOOM Wine Kit includes:
2 bottles of Cabernet Franc!
Special offers for future purchases of the wine
Additional information about future tastings
And other surprises that we may slip into the box
- Free Delivery** thanks to ZIPLY™
Why Zoom Into Wine?
At WineLA we have hosted wine tastings and educational seminars for over 20 years. While we are not able to get together and toast in person at this time, we've innovated to continue our mission in cultivating and sharing the wine lifestyle.
It's raw, unedited, un-produced, but well practiced and personal. I can’t promise I won’t go political …can’t promise I won’t get drunk…I can’t promise the wines are going to be the best you’ve ever had...but they will be really good!!! I can promise to be 100% authentic, to tell the story of the wine, and to share my passion and knowledge with you.
Each Zoom Into Wine experience is distinctly different. Some will have a large number of bottles, some will have special guests! A distinct story told with every wine along with a few laughs and some industry insights, then around minute 45…IT’S THE NO RULES ZONE! The planned portion of the experience concludes and who knows what we'll be talking about, but wine will influence the discussion and direction.
DON’T WAIT! Wines may sell out, while supplies last!!
How do you join?
*It is FREE to participate but you must sign up (below) 24-hours in advance!
*Optional Wine Kit MUST be purchased 48 hours prior to be delivered before the tasting date.
*Once you have signed up, details and access codes will be distributed via email
ZOOM INTO WINE™ ONLINE TASTING EXPERIENCE:
- 5 PM Prompt Start - ZOOM website unique access directions will be delivered via email after you sign up.
- Anticipated Duration: approximately 45 minutes to 60 minutes
WINE KIT PURCHASE:
- We reserve the right to adjust wines without advance notice
- Must be an Adult 21-yrs of age and older to purchase
- **FREE DELIVERY within 25 miles radius of 90012
- $20 Shipping within CA outside of 25 miles radius
- $50 Shipping outside of CA, within the contiguous 48 states - no promise to deliver in time for the tasting, but you may taste the wines later at your leisure… we aim to ship wine ASAP!
*All sales and purchases are final, no refunds, credits, or returns.
*Must be 21 or over to participate