Tickets still available for the Grand Tasting, one of the festival’s greatest values and a wonderful resource for Burgundy lovers!

Click here to register for the Boulder Burgundy Festival Grand Tasting on Sunday. Tickets still available.

When Boulder Burgundy Festival founder Brett Zimmerman launched the event more than 10 years ago, he wanted to create a Burgundy tasting experience that was affordable and approachable to all wine lovers.

Especially for those who are trying to learn more about the wines of Burgundy for the first time, the Sunday Grand Tasting represents an excellent opportunity to taste more than 200 top wines.

But what a lot of people don’t realize is that the wines are poured that day by some of the leading Burgundy experts in the country, some of whom fly in especially to work at the event.

Not only does the price of admission allow you to taste. But it also offers you the opportunity to taste and chat with people who really know and love these wines.

It’s yet another element in the festival that makes it entirely unique.

See link above for registration details.

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.

Click here for details and registration.

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

Preview this year’s featured wines.

Above: Domaine du Cellier aux Moines’ owners Philippe Pascal and his daughter Margot. Margot will be joining us this year as the Boulder Burgundy Festival 2021 featured producer.

One of the main reasons that Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman launched the Boulder Burgundy Festival more than 10 years ago was that he wanted to create a Burgundy-centric event that wasn’t prohibitively expensive.

Over the years, he has featured a wide array of estates and wines, ranging from the astronomically to the affordably priced. He always tries to strike a balance between Burgundy’s most coveted and collected and its more approachable and value-driven wines.

There couldn’t be a better example of this than this year’s featured estate, Domaine du Cellier aux Moines from the village of Givry in the Côte Chalonnaise. And couldn’t be more excited to have Margot Pascal as our special guest for the 2021 festival’s Frasca dinner on Saturday and the seminar on Sunday at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

As a preview to this year’s gathering, Brett and his team at the Boulder Wine Merchant have put together this special offering of Domaine du Celllier aux Moines wines.

We are confident that you’ll find the wines to be as well priced as they are delicious.

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.

2021 Boulder Burgundy Festival Event Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for Boulder Burgundy Festival 2021! Click on the links below for pricing and details.

Les Aligoteurs Seminar: Featuring a Tour of Aligoté from the Producers of Les Aligoteurs (Fri., Oct. 22).

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

Mateo Restaurant hosts a Paulée inspired lunch with a team of top sommeliers and Old and Rare Burgundy wines (Sat., Oct. 23).

Frasca Food and Wine exclusive Domaine Cellier aux Moines dinner with special guests Philippe Pascal and his daughter Margot Pascal from Givry, Burgundy (Sat., Oct. 23).

Domaine du Cellier aux Moines with Philippe Pascal and Margot Pascal (Sun., Oct. 24).

Grand Tasting at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Boulder with over 200 featured wines from Burgundy (Sun., Oct. 24).

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Boulder Burgundy Festival 2021 FEATURED PRODUCER: Margot Pascal of Cellier aux Moines.

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We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that the 2021 Boulder Burgundy Festival will feature Givry growers and winemakers, daughter-and-father team, Margot and Philippe Pascal Cellier aux Moines!

Learn more about the domaine in this wonderful interview with Philippe.

Brett is currently preparing the schedule of events and we expect to be able to start selling tickets as early as next week. Stay tuned for more!