Acclaimed wine writer and Burgundy expert Pierre Rovani joins Jay McInerney as 2018 festival speaker

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We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that acclaimed taster, writer, and Burgundy expert Pierre Rovani (above) will be joining us for both the Saturday night dinner and Sunday morning seminar (together with Jay McInerney, our keynote speaker for 2018).

Some may remember Pierre’s years at the Wine Advocate where he was handpicked by Robert Parker to cover Burgundy for the publication.

Since 2005, he has served as the president of Remoissenet Père et Fils, one of Beaune’s oldest and most revered estates. He will be presenting a flight of Remoissenet wines at both gatherings.

Novelist and wine writer Jay McInerney to be keynote speaker at Boulder Burgundy Festival 2018, November 2-4

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We are pleased to announce that novelist and wine writer Jay McInerney will be the keynote speaker for the Boulder Burgundy Festival 2018, November 2-4.

Author of Wall Street Journal wine column since 2010, Jay has published numerous collections of his essays devoted to wine including The Juice: Vinous Veritas, A Hedonist in the Cellar: Adventures in Wine, and Bacchus and Me: Adventures in Wine.

Of course, he is also the author of the 1984 novel Bright Lights, Big City, an iconic work that defined a generation of Americans and shaped a generation of American writers.

We couldn’t be more thrilled to have him join us.

Here are links to “Jay McInerney’s Epic Tour of Burgundy” (Town & Country) and Jay’s Wall Street Journal profile of legendary Burgundy wine merchant Becky Wasserman.

Chambolle-Musigny seminar with Eric Asimov and Raj Parr was a knock-out!

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One of the most exciting gathering at this year’s festival was the Chambolle-Musigny tasting and seminar with New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov (above, right) and leading sommelier and author Raj Parr (left) — two of the leading Burgundy experts in the U.S. today.

Brett Zimmerman MS, founder of the Boulder Burgundy Festival (center), presented them at this year’s marquee event, which was held in the ballroom of the St. Julien Hotel.

As we’ve seen in years past, it’s always exciting to have such brilliant presenters for the seminar (last year, we were joined by Master of Wine Jancis Robinson and legacy Volnay producer Étienne de Montille).

But this year, the standing-room crowd of 150 + persons (including another leading wine writer, Jeb Dunnuck, and Master of Wine Ashley Hausman Vaughters) just seemed rapt by both the speakers and the wines themselves — an extraordinary flight of wines and styles from Chambolle-Musigny.

Where Raj delivered a superb talk on the appellation itself, including a virtual climb up the côte and his description of how the soils change from the bottom to the top of the hill, Eric offered invaluable insights into how perceptions of these wines has changed over a generation of Burgundy lovers. There couldn’t have been a more perfect balance between the technical and geeky, the sensorial and the intellectual.

What a great seminar!

We still haven’t lined up the speakers for the 2018 festival but this one is going to be tough to beat…