About this year’s featured speakers: Sommeliers Jeremy Schwartz, Gili Koren Lockwood, and Andreas Harl.

The Boulder Burgundy Festival is less than a month away!

This year’s seminar will be devoted to “Rethinking Négociants.” For the occasion, Brett has asked three of the top sommeliers working in Colorado today to talk about some of their favorite négociant wines and how they “apply” them in their wine programs.

We couldn’t be more thrilled that they’ll be joining us for this year’s Boulder Burgundy Festival panel. For a complete list of this year’s events, please click here.

Read on to learn more about our three featured speakers, Jeremy Schwartz, Gili Koren Lockwood, and Andreas Harl.

One of the most beloved wine professionals in Boulder, Jeremy Schwartz first started working as a sommelier at Frasca Food and Wine in 2016. He became the restaurant’s lead sommelier in 2020. He often attributes his achievements in the industry to his time working with restaurant and wine “greats” Bobby Stuckey, Carlin Karr, Grant Reynolds, and Brett Zimmerman, among others. He became interested in gastronomy after an extended trip to Spain and other destinations in Europe. It was then that he abandoned his career in medicine to devote himself full time to his work in hospitality and his studies. He’s currently studying to become a Master Sommelier. A father and husband, Jeremy travels back to Burgundy whenever he has the chance.

Gili Koren Lockwood is an advanced sommelier with a deep passion for the worlds of food, wine, and wellness. Gili graduated from the The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, the most highly regarded cooking school in the United States, and soon after, she began her foray into the restaurant scene at Myth in San Francisco. She relocated to Napa Valley where she helped open and manage the exclusive hotel and spa, Bardessono, before moving to Boulder, Colorado, where she learned under the tutelage of Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman at the Boulder Wine Merchant. Gili received her ranking as an Advanced Sommelier and, soon after, landed a role at one of the country’s most prestigious restaurants, Le Bernardin, under head sommelier, Aldo Sohm. Today, alongside three partners, she is working on creating a new culinary venture due to launch in 2024.

Andreas Harl is the founder of Vail Beverage Consulting. He was born and raised in Salzburg, Austria where both his grandmother, a chef, instilled in him a love for food and wine at an early age. He graduated from one of Europe’s most prominent tourism and hotel management schools and moved to the Vail Valley in 2003. He achieved the title of Advanced Sommelier in 2017 and has been trusted with running the Beverage program for Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Vail location since its opening in 2011. Through his program at the restaurant, he’s become well known as a pioneer of pairing classic European wines with Japanese cuisine. “We turn up the music, and there are no white tablecloths,” he told the wine trade magazine MarketWatch in 2017. “The ambiance is fun, and I keep the beverage program in tune with that vibe.” Andreas lives in Vail, Colorado with his wife and dog.

Tickets now available for Boulder Burgundy Festival 2023!


FRASCA FOOD AND WINE BURGUNDY DINNER

Frasca Food & Wine exclusive Burgundy dinner featuring a selection of top Burgundy wines and special guest Bertrand Ambroise of Maison Ambroise in Premeaux-Prissey.

6:00 pm at Frasca Food & Wine
Friday, October 20
$495 per person all-inclusive, 68 seats available

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CORRIDA PAULÉE LUNCH

Corrida Restaurant hosts a Paulée inspired lunch with a team of leading sommeliers and a special selection of rare Burgundy wines.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm at Corrida Restaurant in Boulder
Saturday, October 21
$325 per person all-inclusive, 70 seats available

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SEMINARRETHINKING NÉGOCIANTS

WITH FEATURED SPEAKERS
GILI LOCKWOOD
(FORMER SOMMELIER AT LE BERNARDIN IN NYC)
ANDREAS HARL
(WINE DIRECTOR, MATSUHISA VAIL)
JEREMY SCHWARTZ
(LEAD SOMMELIER, FRASCA FOOD AND WINE)

An educational seminar and tasting with producer Bertrand Ambroise of Maison Ambroise, and sommeliers Gili Lockwood, Andreas Harl, and Jeremy Schwartz. Discussion led by Jeremy Parzen.

12:00 – 1:30 pm at Embassy Suites Hotel
Sunday, October 22
$175 per person, 80 seats available

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GRAND TASTING

Grand Tasting at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Boulder with over 200 featured wines from Burgundy.

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sunday, October 22
$150 per ticket, 180 tickets available

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Boulder Burgundy Festival 2023 dates announced: Oct. 20-22.


Festival founder Brett Zimmerman and the entire event team are pleased to announce the dates for the 2023 Boulder Burgundy Festival: October 20-22. Please save the date.

Please also stay tuned for updates on the featured wineries and speakers. You can also visit BoulderBurgundyFestival.com for updated information in the near future.

Every year, top Burgundy winemakers, leading Burgundy collectors, wine writers and wine lovers from across the U.S. gather in Boulder for the Boulder Burgundy Festival, founded more than a decade ago by Boulder Wine Merchant owner and Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman.

This non-profit event raises money each fall for local causes and scholarships for aspiring wine professionals.

Featured wineries have included D’Angerville and Roulot, just to name a few, and past wine writers who have participated include Eric Asimov (New York Times) and Master of Wine Jancis Robinson.

Thank you for a great Boulder Burgundy Festival 2022!


Above from left, Pierrick Bouley of Domaine Bouley, importer Bertrand Leulliette, Simon Colin of Domaine Simon Colin, and Brett Zimmerman, founder of the Boulder Burgundy Festival.

Thanks to everyone who took part and made it one of our best years ever! Thanks especially to winemakers Simon Colin and Pierrick Bouley for sharing their extraordinary wines with us. And thank you to Esther Mobley and Elaine Brown for their excellent seminars! What a great weekend!

Click here to see a Facebook album with photo highlights from the weekend.

The Saturday Paulée Lunch, the festival’s signature event.

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Over the years, the Paulée Lunch has become the festival’s marquee event, capturing the esprit of the gathering.

Although we skipped the event for last year’s virtual festival, the 2019 Paulée Lunch was one of the best to date. And as always, the wines that made their way around the room were exceptional.

Below, we’ve shared a video and a couple of highlights from the event.

We couldn’t be more thrilled to be bringing the lunch back this year.

Be sure to visit the Facebook photo album (at the bottom of this post) for more food and wine highlights.

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Click here for more highlights from the 2019 event.

Acclaimed wine writer Alice Feiring to present Aligoté seminar (Fri., Oct. 22).

We are thrilled to announce that acclaimed American wine writer Alice Feiring (left) will be joining us for the festival’s Aligoté seminar on Friday, October 22.

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Alice has spent countless hours in Burgundy and she is widely considered to be a leading expert on Aligoté.

We couldn’t be more happy that she has agreed to present what is sure to a fantastic tasting.

Journalist and essayist Alice Feiring was proclaimed “the queen of natural wines” by The Financial Times. Feiring is a recipient of a coveted James Beard Award for Wine Journalism,

among many other awards. She has written for newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, New York, Time, AFAR Magazine, World of Fine Wine, and the beloved wine zine, Noble Rot. She frequently lectures worldwide as well as appearing on national radio and podcasts.

Her previous books include Natural Wine for the People, Dirty Guide to Wine, For the Love of Wine, Naked Wine: Letting Grapes do What Comes Naturally, and her controversial 2008 debut, The Battle for Wine & Love or How I Saved the World from Parkerization. Her next book, To Fall in Love Drink This, drops August 2022.

Alice lives in New York and publishes the authoritative natural wine newsletter The Feiring Line.

Featured Wines:

2019 Le Grappin Aligoté 

2018 Domaine de Villaine Bouzeron

2019 Pierre Morey Bourgogne Aligoté

2015 Domaine Ponsot Morey St. Denis Mont Luisants VV

2015 Claire Naudin Le Clou Aligoté

2018 Sylvain Pataille ‘Clos du Roy’ Aligoté

Master Sommelier Jay Fletcher, top taster and beloved wine professional, returns to Boulder to lead “A Tour of Rare Premier Cru Wines” Friday 10/22.

Master Sommelier Jay Fletcher (right) with Guillaume d’Angerville at Boulder Burgundy Festival 2014.

A Tour of Rare Premier Cru Wines and multi-course dinner at Steakhouse 316 with special guest, Master Sommelier Jay Fletcher (Fri., Oct. 22).

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He’s been called “a legendary sommelier emeritus.”

“The Mr. Miyagi of Sommeliers.”

“The Obi-Wan Kenobi of sommeliers or the Coach K of wine-tasting coaches.”

“A guiding light for many of the Masters.”

His name is Jay Fletcher and he is one of the country’s most renowned wine professionals and one of the wine trade’s most engaging and entertaining raconteurs.

He’s been part of the festival since its earliest iterations and this year he’ll be leading “A Tour of Rare Premier Cru Wines and multi-course dinner at Steakhouse 316 with special guest, Master Sommelier Jay Fletcher (Fri., Oct. 22).”

The wines will be great to be sure. But the icing on the cake is Jay’s storytelling and his immense abilities as a taster and raconteur of wine.

Welcome Sophie’s Neighborhood, a Boulder-based non-profit devoted to curing a rare children’s genetic disorder.

Boulder Burgundy Festival and festival founder Brett Zimmerman welcome Sophie’s Neighborhood, a nonprofit dedicated to fundraising for research into the development of an effective treatment or cure for an ultra rare genetic disorder: Multicentric Carpotarsal Osteolysis (MCTO).

Sophie’s Neighborhood is a nonprofit organization founded in response to Sophie Feder Rosenberg’s diagnosis of Multicentric Carpotarsal Osteolysis (MCTO) Syndrome. Sophie was misdiagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis for a year until the correct diagnosis was discovered through Whole Exome Sequencing, one of the most extensive genetic tests available.

In a matter of a moment, our understanding of Sophie’s condition went from being within a large subset of children with a very treatable disorder – arthritis – to suddenly being one in 30 with a crippling, life-altering disease that has no treatment or cure.

Read more here.

Image via the Sophie’s Neighborhood Facebook.