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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 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.

Boulder Burgundy Festival 2022 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Boulder Burgundy Festival 2022 Schedule

Friday, November 11
Sustainability in Burgundy SEMINAR
with featured speakers
Esther Mobley
(San Francisco Chronicle)
Elaine Brown
(Jancis Robinson)
Carlin Karr
(Frasca Food and Wine)
A deep dive into six special producers and
their approach to sustainability in wine production
11:00 – 12:30 am at Embassy Suites Hotel
$95 per person, 80 seats available

Friday, November 11
Blackbelly hosts
an evening of special wines from
Burgundy’s Grand Cru climats
6:00 pm at Blackbelly
$395 per person all-inclusive tasting, 70 seats available

Saturday, November 12
Paulée-Inspired Lunch
Corrida hosts a Paulée-inspired lunch
with a team of top sommeliers and
a special selection of rare Burgundy wines
11:00 am – 3:00 pm at Corrida in Boulder
$295 per person all-inclusive, 70 seats available

Saturday, November 12
Simon Colin & Pierrick Bouley WINEMAKER DINNER
316 Steakhouse hosts an exclusive
Burgundy Producer dinner featuring special guests
Simon Colin from Chassagne Montrachet
and Pierrick Bouley from Volnay
6:00 pm at 316 Steakhouse
$395 per person all-inclusive, 70 seats available

Sunday, November 13
Burgundy’s Rising Stars:
Chassagne Montrachet & Volnay SEMINAR
with Simon Colin & Pierrick Bouley
moderated by

Elaine Brown
(Jancis Robinson)
An educational seminar featuring the wines of
Simon Colin and Pierrick Bouley
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm at the Embassy Suites Hotel
$150 per ticket, 60 tickets available

Sunday, November 13
Grand Tasting
200 featured wines from Burgundy
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Embassy Suites Hotel
$125 per ticket, 180 tickets available

Thank you Sponsors!

Coravin, BHGR Law, Walters & Hogsett, Recurrent Ventures,
and LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

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.


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.


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.