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ACME Fine Wines Introduces ACME Unfiltered: Tastings & Truffles, in Partnership with Truffle Shuffle

Mar 21, 2021 06:59PM ● By Fran Miller

St. Helena’s ACME Fine Wines announced that it is launching ACME Unfiltered: Tastings & Truffles, new, private, by-appointment-only virtual wine tastings and cooking classes in partnership with Truffle Shuffle, whose fresh truffle gift set was recently named as one of Oprah’s ‘Favorite Things.’

Classes are co-hosted by Truffle Shuffle chefs and founders, Jason McKinney, Tyler Vorce, Sarah McKinney and their talented team, alongside ACME general manager Lauren Van Ness, all of whom worked together at the famed Michelin three-star restaurant The French Laundry.

Tyler Vorce, Sarah McKinney, & Jason McKinney

ACME Unfiltered: Tastings & Truffles offers a choice of decadent main courses for the class, which can include Black Truffle Risotto, Truffle Mac & Cheese, Lemon Ricotta Gnocchi with Sage, or NY Strip Seared Steak with Truffles and Mushrooms. (Truffle Shuffle’s culinary offerings change seasonally.) ACME’s sommelier team selects three different exclusive wines to taste while cooking the dish of your choice. Truffle Shuffle and ACME coordinate the shipping logistics of all wine and ingredients for the classes nation-wide, making this a prep-free event for both the hosts and attendees.

ACME Unfiltered: Tastings & Truffles is arranged on a mutually agreeable date for Truffle Shuffle, ACME, and the participants. For this fully private Tastings & Truffles experience, ACME requires a minimum of eight households at $300/per household (exclusive of sales tax and shipping). The per household cost includes three bottles of exclusive wines selected by the ACME sommelier team and all ingredients from Truffle Shuffle for a main course for two people. Fresh truffles and an engraved wooden truffle slicer will be available for an additional fee. Please inquire upon booking.

ACME Unfiltered: Tastings & Truffles provides an incredible opportunity for a virtual group activity for family, friends, and colleagues across the country. To secure your private ACME Unfiltered: Tastings & Trufflesexperience, please contact ACME Fine Wines at [email protected] or call 707.963.0440.                        


Truffles maintain a special allure and mystery; they are prized delicacies, highly sought after for their distinct earthy flavor and scent, but difficult to find and extremely perishable.

While working in the best Michelin Star restaurant kitchens, including The French Laundry, Chefs Jason McKinney and Tyler Vorce loved incorporating truffles into their dishes. Sarah McKinney, who worked the front of the house at The French Laundry, shared the Chefs’ love of truffles. Together, they were in awe of how one dish, made with fresh truffles and a few simple ingredients, could create special, ever-lasting memories for diners.

The Chefs conceived and launched Truffle Shuffle as an honest truffle company to provide the finest truffle products and consciously sourced and traced fresh truffles. It is their mission to personally source the best-in-class truffles, create the finest truffle products in the world and introduce the most extraordinary virtual cook-along experiences in the world.


Founded in 2003 by proprietor Karen Williams, ACME Fine Wines has long been regarded as one of the country’s premiere sources for both hard-to-find, highly allocated wines as well as debut offerings from new brands and rising star winemakers. ACME is located in St. Helena, California in the heart of the Napa Valley. 

Photos courtesy of Truffle Shuffle


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