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Festival founder Brett Zimmerman MS on this year’s virtual event, exclusive allocations, Coravin, and more…

As Brett explains in the video above, this year’s festival will be entirely virtual: He and his team, together with the festival’s title sponsor, Coravin, have been working to ensure that the online events will be as enjoyable and compelling as always.

Please see all events below, including links to reserve and select your wines.

Brett and Boulder Wine Merchant were able to obtain exclusive allocations of the wines this year. This means that festival attendees will be the first in the state to have the opportunity to purchase them.

The Boulder Wine Merchant is also offering a special promotion on Coravin systems:

Any combined Burgundy wine purchase over $2,000 will receive a Model 3 Coravin FREE! ($200 Value)

Any combined Burgundy wine purchase over $4,000 will receive a Model 6 Coravin FREE! ($400 Value)

Any combined Burgundy wine purchase over $5,000 will receive a Model 11 Coravin FREE! ($500 Value)

For those not familiar with the Coravin wine preservation system, they allow you to pour the wine from the bottle without removing the cork.

Additionally, anyone registered for an event can also purchase a discounted Coravin system directly on the Coravin website. Use this code for a 10 percent discount: CCR06R0OLZ

Coravin founder and inventor Greg Lambrecht will be joining us this year for a special seminar featuring Domaine des Comtes Lafon (see below).

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees are not required to purchase wines in order attend events. And all events (except the Frasca at Home dinner) are FREE to anyone who would like to participate. Attendees have the option of making a donation to our charity partners. All donations will go directly to our partners.

Please check out the video above for Brett’s notes. And we look forward to “seeing” you at this year’s festival!

Boulder Burgundy Festival

Celebrating 10 years.

Friday, November 6
Winemaker Seminar: Domaine des Comtes Lafon
with Dominque Lafon
1:00 p.m. MST

To register, please choose one of the following donations to our charity partners:

Free$25$50$100

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE WINES
(15% discount on mixed 12-bottle cases)

Coravin founder and inventor Greg Lambrecht will join importer Daniel Johnnes and Dominique Lafon to discuss the superb Burgundy wines of Domaine des Comtes Lafon and Domaine Dominique Lafon.

Zoom information will be emailed to attendees.

Friday, November 13
Nuits-Saint-Georges Seminar featuring Domaine Robert Chevillon
with Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman and Lyle Railsback of Kermit Lynch
1:00 p.m. MST

To register, please choose one of the following donations to our charity partners:

Free — $25$50$100

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE WINES
(15% discount on mixed 12-bottle cases)

Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman and Lyle Railsback of Kermit Lynch will walk guests through the storied Nuits-Saint-Georges appellation featuring the wines of Domaine Robert Chevillon.

Zoom information will be emailed to attendees.

Saturday, November 14
Winemaker Seminar: The Village of Vosne Romanée
with winemaker Julie Gros of Domaine Anne Gros
1:00 p.m. MST

To register, please choose one of the following donations to our charity partners:

Free$25$50$100

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE WINES
(15% discount on mixed 12-bottle cases)

Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman, Coravin founder and inventor Greg Lambrecht, and importer Bertrand Leulliette will host this special virtual seminar with Julie Gros, featuring some of the most celebrated wines of the Vosne Romanée.

Zoom information will be emailed to attendees.

Sunday, November 15
At Home with Frasca Food and Wine

Reservations can be made online HERE.  View menu by clicking HERE. 

Frasca Food and Wine exclusive “At Home with Frasca Food and Wine” ~ A Burgundy-inspired menu with wine pairing.

Scheduled Pickup will be available in Boulder (at Frasca) on Sunday, November 15 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. and Denver (at Tavernetta) from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Ordering Deadline: Friday, November 13 at 5:30 p.m. MST. Only 100 meals available.

Dinner for 2: $200.00 + tax & optional gratuity (includes a $25 donation to our charity partners).

Includes full menu & bottle of 2018 Didier Fornerol Côte de Nuits-Villages. This menu contains dairy and gluten. Please email reservations@frascafoodandwine.com or call (303) 442-6966 for more info.

Sunday, November 15
Virtual Zoom Grand Tasting
5:00-6:30 p.m. MST

To register, please choose one of the following donations to our charity partners:

Free$25$50$100

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE WINES
(15% discount on mixed 12-bottle cases)

Virtual Zoom Grand Tasting with over 80 featured Burgundy wines available for purchase ~ Master Sommelier will be hosting the Zoom meeting to answer any wine questions and talk Burgundy.

Zoom information will be emailed to attendees.

We recommend placing your order before the event to enjoy the wines while engaging in the conversation.

Special pricing on Coravin wine preservation systems available! the Coravin website Use this code for a 10 percent discount: CCR06R0OLZ

Special thanks to our sponsors:

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Boulder Burgundy Festival 2020 (virtual) schedule is here!

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Boulder Burgundy Festival 2020

Celebrating 10 years.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees are not required to purchase wines in order attend events. And all events (except the Frasca at Home dinner) are FREE to anyone who would like to participate. Attendees have the option of making a donation to our charity partners. All donations will go directly to our partners.

Friday, November 6
Winemaker Seminar: Domaine des Comtes Lafon
with Dominque Lafon
1:00 p.m. MST

To register, please choose one of the following donations to our charity partners:

Free$25$50$100

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE WINES
(15% discount on mixed 12-bottle cases)

Coravin founder and inventor Greg Lambrecht will join importer Daniel Johnnes and Dominique Lafon to discuss the superb Burgundy wines of Domaine des Comtes Lafon and Domaine Dominique Lafon.

Zoom information will be emailed to attendees.

Friday, November 13
Nuits-Saint-Georges Seminar
with Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman and Lyle Railsback of Kermit Lynch
1:00 p.m. MST

To register, please choose one of the following donations to our charity partners:

Free — $25$50$100

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE WINES
(15% discount on mixed 12-bottle cases)

Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman and Lyle Railsback of Kermit Lynch will walk guests through the storied Nuits-Saint-Georges appellation. Guest winemaker to be announced.

Zoom information will be emailed to attendees.

Saturday, November 14
Winemaker Seminar: The Village of Vosne Romanée
with winemaker Julie Gros of Domaine Anne Gros
1:00 p.m. MST

To register, please choose one of the following donations to our charity partners:

Free$25$50$100

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE WINES
(15% discount on mixed 12-bottle cases)

Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman, Coravin Founder and Inventor Greg Lambrecht, and Importer Bertrand Leulliette will host this special virtual seminar with Julie Gros, featuring some of the most celebrated wines of the Vosne Romanée.

Zoom information will be emailed to attendees.

Sunday, November 15
At Home with Frasca Food and Wine

Please call (303) 442-6966 to reserve.

The restaurant will begin accepting reservations on Thursday, October 15.

Frasca Food and Wine exclusive “At Home with Frasca Food and Wine” ~ A Burgundy-inspired menu with wine pairing.

Scheduled Pickup will be available in Boulder (at Frasca) on Sunday, November 15 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. and Denver (at Tavernetta) from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Ordering Deadline: Friday, November 13 at 5:30 p.m. MST. Only 100 meals available.

Dinner for 2: $200.00 + tax & optional gratuity (includes a $25 donation to our charity partners).

Includes full menu & bottle of 2018 Didier Fornerol Côte de Nuits-Villages. This menu contains dairy and gluten but we would be happy to talk with you about dietary accommodations. Please email reservations@frascafoodandwine.com for more info.

Sunday, November 15
Virtual Zoom Grand Tasting
5:00-6:30 p.m. MST

To register, please choose one of the following donations to our charity partners:

Free$25$50$100

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE WINES
(15% discount on mixed 12-bottle cases)

Virtual Zoom Grand Tasting with over 80 featured Burgundy wines available for purchase ~ all of the participating suppliers will be co-hosting the Zoom meeting to answer any wine questions and talk Burgundy.

Zoom information will be emailed to attendees.

We recommend placing your order before the event to enjoy the wines while engaging with suppliers.

The Boulder Wine Merchant is also offering a special promotion on Coravin systems:

Any combined Burgundy wine purchase over $2,000 will receive a Model 3 Coravin FREE! ($200 Value)

Any combined Burgundy wine purchase over $4,000 will receive a Model 6 Coravin FREE! ($400 Value)

Any combined Burgundy wine purchase over $5,000 will receive a Model 11 Coravin FREE! ($500 Value)

For those not familiar with the Coravin wine preservation system, they allow you to pour the wine from the bottle without removing the cork.

Additionally, anyone registered for an event can also purchase a discounted Coravin system directly on the Coravin website. Use this code for a 10 percent discount: CCR06R0OLZ

Special thanks to our sponsors:

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BBF 2019 Tickets NOW ON SALE

Click here to browse events and purchase.

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The 2019 Boulder Burgundy Festival will take place October 31 – November 3 in downtown Boulder.

This year’s featured winemaker is Jean-Marc Roulot (above) of Domaine Roulot, producer of some of Burgundy’s most sought-after bottlings of Mersault.

He will be the host of the marquee dinner at Frasca on Saturday, November 2, and will lead a seminar and guided tasting of his wines on Sunday, November 3, before the Grand Tasting.

From his importer’s website:

Domaine Roulot has always been among the best producers of Chardonnay in Burgundy. Under the guidance of Jean-Marc Roulot, the domaine is now amongst the few whose wines are always sold out even before they are in bottle. Jean Marc’s wines have the same precision and energy as the individual. Like the man, they are full of spirit and intensity.

Click here for all events and ticketing info.

Wines from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s wowed festival goers last night at Old and Rare Tasting

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Above: Boulder Burgundy Festival founder and organizer Brett Zimmerman MS (right) with Boulder Lifestyle magazine publisher Andy Manz and his wife Kate.

Now in its eighth year, the Boulder Burgundy Festival offered guests a different format for its highly anticipated “Old and Rare” tasting, featuring wines selected from the Guild of Sommeliers cellar by Jay Fletcher MS.

Instead of a formal seated seminar and tasting, the event was a walk-around, creating a more convivial atmosphere than in years past, a great way to kick off the gathering.

camille-giroud-vintagesAbove: The flight of wines poured last night stretched back to the 1930s, like these bottles from Camille Giroud.

Because he wasn’t obliged to have multiple bottles of each lot on hand, said Jay, he was able to reach back deep into the collection. For a formal tasting, he explained, he would need six bottles of each. But for a walk-around, he could pull “onesies” from the cellar.

Most agreed that the top bottle of the night was the 1934 Henri de Villamont Chambolle-Musigny Charmes, a wine that showed remarkably fresh and vibrant with fruit flavors that were “very much alive.”

old-burgundy-wineAbove: There were also a broad selection of wines from the 1990s and the 2000s.

As many festival goers noted last night, it was the most extraordinary cocktail party they had ever attended (and the price of admission was an unbelievable value).

Festival founder Brett Zimmerman MS pointed out that the minimum opening bids for the auction lots were extremely low compared to the market value of the wines.

All proceeds from the event go to the Somm Foundation, which funds education for aspiring wine professionals.

Today’s events include the Masters of Wine Beaujolais seminar and the North Berkeley dinner at Corrida.

Click here for the complete schedule, including links to the few events that are not yet sold out.

Stay tuned for more posts from the festival!

Festival founder and organizer Brett Zimmerman MS featured by Boulder’s Daily Camera

Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman (above, standing tableside), founder and organizer of the Boulder Burgundy Festival, was featured this week in Boulder’s Daily Camera by drinks columnist Doug Brown.

“It’s a good thing for me (I think) that some of the buyers at local liquor stores also have crushes on cru Beaujolais,” writes Brown. “One of them, Brett Zimmerman at Boulder Wine Merchant, digs it so much he’s hosting what looks like a smashing Beaujolais event in Boulder on Nov. 2, during his annual Boulder Burgundy Festival. Among other things, participants can sample wines from each of the 10 crus, while listening to a trio of Masters of Wine talk about the elixirs in their glasses.”

Click here for the complete article.

Click here to register for the Boulder Burgundy Festival Beaujolais event (there are a few seats still available).

Registration for BBF 2018 now OPEN!

Click here a complete list of events and ticket links!

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Registration for the Boulder Burgundy Festival 2018 is now OFFICIALLY OPEN!

This year’s gathering includes our best line-up to date, including a spectacular selection of library wines from North Berkeley Imports.

Here’s the flight of wines planned for the Saturday night marquee dinner at Frasca with Burgundy expert and wine writer Pierre Rovani:

Egly-Ouriet Brut Tradition Grand Cru, Champagne
2007 Remoissenet Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres 1er (Magnum)
2007 Remoissenet Beaune Marconnets 1er (Magnum)
2007 Remoissenet Beaune Greves 1er (Magnum)
2011 Remoissenet Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru
2012 Remoissenet Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
1967 Remoissenet Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
2016 Remoissenet Meursault Blagny 1er

Click here to register for the event (which sells out quickly each year).

Click here a complete list of events and ticket links.

We regret that wine writer and novelist Jay McInerney is not going to be able to join us this year. He just informed us that an unforeseen family conflict makes it impossible for him to be with us at the 2018 festival.

But we are currently working to invite another Burgundy expert to join Pierre for the Sunday morning seminar. And we should be announcing the guest shortly. Stay tuned!

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s festival: Please register at your earliest convenience to ensure availability.

Acclaimed wine writer and Burgundy expert Pierre Rovani is our featured 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.

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.

Boulder Burgundy Festival 2017, Oct. 13-15: Eric Asimov will be our featured speaker

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It’s official: The 2017 Boulder Burgundy Festival will be held October 13-15.

And we couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that New York Times wine writer Eric Asimov (above) will be our featured speaker and guest.

Eric has been the chief wine critic for the Times since 2004 and he is also the author of one of our favorite wine books, How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto (2014).

He also happens to be one of the nicest people writing about wine today and we couldn’t be more happy to have him join us this year and have him share his insights into the wines of Burgundy!