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


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!


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


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


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!

Last spots going fast… Boulder Burgundy Festival 2016 nearly sold-out!


Above: Legacy Burgundy producer Étienne de Montille (above) and Master of Wine Jancis Robinson will be leading a seminar and tasting on the last day of the festival. Just a few spots for this exclusive event are available. Click here to register.

The Boulder Burgundy Festival 2016 is nearly completely sold-out.

A few spots are still available for Étienne de Montille and Jancis Robinson’s seminar and tasting on Sunday morning.

And there are still tickets available for the Grand Tasting on Sunday afternoon, the last event of the gathering.

It’s been a thrill for us to watch the interest in the festival grow each year. Thank you for your continued support!

Image via Cellarette.

#BBF2016 Best of Burgundy Dinner 10/21

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Friday, October 21
Best of Burgundy Dinner
Arcana Restaurant hosts a special Burgundy dinner with a selection of rare Burgundy wines.

One of the greatest things about the Boulder Burgundy Festival is that it offers its guests multiple opportunities to taste these extraordinary wines paired with great meals, ranging from the traditional to the contemporary. In its debut at the Boulder Burgundy Festival, Arcana is hosting one of the most anticipated gastronomic events at this year’s gathering. Master Sommelier and festival founder Brett Zimmerman is selecting the wines personally with input from a world-class team of fellow Sommeliers: Richard Betts, MS, Jay Fletcher, MS, Lynn Fletcher, and Carla Rzeszewski.  The selection of wines and service is sure to be a treat.

Benefits There with Care
Arcana Restaurant
6:00 pm
$295 per person all-inclusive (60 seats available)


#BBF2016: Champagne Kickoff Party, Thursday, October 20

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Thursday, October 20
Champagne Kickoff Party

Featuring the luxury Champagne Brands of LVMH including: Dom Perignon, Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame, Krug, and Dom Ruinart.

The Champagne Kickoff Party is a great way to meet and mingle with other guests on the festival’s opening night. Live music and a Champagne-friendly spread add the convivial nature of the event. But the best part is getting to taste these wines with leading wine professionals and learning about emerging trends in Champagne. This year’s offering will include a wide selection of grower Champagnes, vintage-dated Champagnes, and a handful of rare and hard-to-fine wines sourced especially for the occasion.


Registration NOW OPEN for Boulder Burgundy Festival 2016

Event registration is now open! Click here to register.

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Now in its sixth year, the Boulder Burgundy Festival (October 20-23) is thrilled to welcome two of the wine world’s brightest stars: Legacy winemaker and vigneron Étienne de Montille of the Domaine de Montille (Volnay) and Master of Wine and Financial Times wine columnist Jancis Robinson.

One of the things that sets the Boulder Burgundy Festival apart from the many excellent wine events that take place across the U.S. each year is the gathering’s convivial spirit. From the Paulée-Inspired Lunch at Flagstaff House to the family-style seating at the Saturday evening producer dinner at Frasca Food & Wine (the festival’s signature event, where both Étienne and Jancis will be joining us), there is perhaps no better way to get to taste and interact with some of the leading names in food and wine today.

As in years past, we will also be joined by top sommeliers, including many Master Sommeliers, who fly in from all over North American to pour at festival events. Each volunteers her or his time inspired by professional camaraderie and a shared mission to educate our guests about the extraordinary wines presented at the festival.

And you also never know whom you might bump into, whether at Sunday’s Chablis Brunch or the Champagne Kickoff Party, the festival’s inaugural event on Thursday. Winemakers from Burgundy have been known to join in — even when they are not official presenters. They come in to see old friends, colleagues, and collectors and to enjoy the wines in Colorado’s beautiful alpine setting. Rumor has it that Financial Times restaurant critic and television personality Nicholas Lander (Jancis’ better half) will also be in attendance.

As the founder and organizer of the sixth annual Boulder Burgundy Festival, I am overjoyed to welcome you to this truly unique gathering of winemakers, wine professionals, and wine luminaries. Spots fill up quickly so please be sure to register at your earliest convenience to ensure availability.


Brett Zimmerman, MS