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The Boulder Burgundy Festival adds two new causes this year

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Now in its fifth year, the Boulder Burgundy Festival continues to support locally based charities like the Growe Foundation and the Davis Finney Foundation with proceeds from the gathering.

This year, festival founder Brett Zimmerman has added two new causes: The Family Learning Center and There with Care.

The Family Learning Center “is an inclusive community where children and families of all races and cultures, and from all walks of life, are welcomed. We believe that family and community offer the best support system for healthy social, academic, civic, and ethical development. By offering educational opportunities to the entire family, we create families who value education, self-reliance, and community service.”

Click here to learn more.

There with Care provides “support to hundreds of families being treated at 12 hospitals and medical facilities across Colorado. Through the kindness of volunteers, generosity of business owners and the philanthropy of donors, we have been able to ease many of the burdens of children and families facing critical illness.”

Click here to learn more.

A note of thanks to one of our partners, Audi Boulder

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Above: Among other community-building partnerships, Audi Boulder also sponsors the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center Masters Cycling Team.

The organizers of the Boulder Burgundy Festival would like to take time out to thank one our partners, Audi Boulder, one of the event’s official sponsors.

It’s a case of “one local business supporting another,” said the showroom’s Audi brand ambassador, Craig David, “and keeping in step with the uniqueness of what Boulder has to offer.”

Audi Boulder will be providing some of the VIP vehicles for the event and it’s offering tickets and reservations to festival gatherings to its clients.

The partnership is just one of Audi Boulder’s many relationships with local businesses and charity.

Craig asked us to give a shout out to the the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center Masters Cycling Team, which raises money and awareness for the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center.

From the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center website:

Since 1992, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers (RMCC) has been a leader in cancer care. We began as a small group practice of six physicians with a new approach to treating cancer—administering chemotherapy on an outpatient basis—and have since developed into Colorado’s largest and most comprehensive provider of cancer care with 58 physicians treating patients in 20 community-based locations across the state.

Some spots still available but going fast…

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The following events at the Boulder Burgundy Festival (Oct. 22-25) events still have some availability. Click the links below to purchase tickets!

Champagne and Petrossian Caviar Kickoff Party
with food provided by Cured
Thursday, October 22, 5:00-7:30 pm
$75 per person

Click here to reserve.

“Best Value Burgundy Wines” Lunch
Oak Restaurant
Friday, October 23, 11:30 am
$95 per person
(includes tax & gratuity)

Featured Lunch Wines:

2013 Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse
2013 Moreau-Naudet Chablis
2013 Marc Colin Saint Aubin Village
2013 Francois Carillon Puligny-Montrachet
2013 Bernard Moreau Chassagne-Montrachet VV Rouge
2013 Domaine Joblot Givry Servoisine 1er
2013 Domaine Sylvain Pataille, Marsannay
2012 Montille Beaune Sizies 1er

Click here to reserve.

Old and Rare Burgundy Seminar
at the St. Julien Hotel
with Master Sommeliers Jay Fletcher,
Brett Zimmerman, and Sean Razee
Benefits the Guild of Sommeliers
Friday, October 23, 1:00-2:00 pm
$295 per person

Old and Rare Seminar wines:

1978 Domaine Louis Remy, Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru
1985 Faiveley, Nuits St Georges Les Saint Georges 1er Cru
1996 Domaine Bachelet, Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru
1996 Marquis D’Angerville Volnay Clos Des Ducs Monopole 1er Cru
1998 Domaine Philippe Charlopin, Chambertin Grand Cru
1998 Michel Bonnefond (Christophe Roumier), Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru
2000 Hubert Lignier, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
2004 Alain Hudelot-Noellat, Richebourg Grand Cru

Click here to reserve.

An Element 47 Pop Up
Featuring the Wines of
Génot-Boulanger and Domaine Dujac
Benefits There with Care
Friday, October 23, 6:00 pm
$395 per person
(includes tax & gratuity)

Featuring Wine Director Carlton McCoy, MS; Assistant Food & Beverage Director Csaba “Chubby” Oveges; Executive Chef Matt Zubrod; Chef de Cuisine Matt Padilla and Executive Banquet Chef Keith Theodore.

This dinner will include a vertical tasting of wines from Domaine Dujac and Domaine Génot-Boulanger preceded by a Champagne reception.

Click here to reserve.

Dinner with Jean-Charles le Bault de la Morinière of Domaine Bonneau de Martray
at Frasca Food and Wine
Benefits The Family Learning Center
Saturday, October 23, 6:00 pm
$435 per person
(includes tax & gratuity)

Click here to reserve.

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Seminar with Jean-Charles le Bault de la Morinière from Bonneau du Martray and Ray Isle from Food and Wine Magazine
at the St. Julien Hotel
Sunday, October 25, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
$150 per ticket

Click here to reserve.

Grand Tasting
at the St. Julien Hotel
with over 200 featured wines
Benefits The Growe Foundation
Sunday, October 25, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
$85 per ticket

Click here to reserve.

Meet and taste with Paul Wasserman, one of the world’s foremost Burgundy authorities

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Above: Not only is Paul Wasserman one of the world’s foremost authorities on Burgundy but he also grew up there and even played in a rock band in Beaune. How’s that for authenticity?

One of the most anticipated events of this year’s Boulder Burgundy Festival is the “A tour of Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru” seminar on October 25.

Yes, grape grower and winemaker Jean-Charles le Bault de la Morinière will be there to discuss the wines of his family’s historic Bonneau du Martray estate.

And yes, Food & Wine magazine’s executive wine editor Ray Isle (you know, the guy from the “Today Show”) and one of the most beloved wine writers in the country will be there as well.

But many of the Burgundy insiders will come just to get to taste and interact with Paul Wasserman (above) of the famed Wasserman family in Burgundy.

Not only has Paul spent his entire adult life as a merchant of fine wine and of Burgundy in particular, but he literally grew up in Burgundy after his family relocated there when he was a child. He even played in a rock band in Beaune.

The wine trade know Paul and his brother Peter as some of the leading wine professionals working in the U.S. today.

But when you get to spend some time with him, you begin to realize that this polyglot and polymath dude is one of the more charismatic and fascinating personages you’ll ever meet in the wine world.

He’s equally at home discussing the finer points of Burgundy soil types as he is discussing a Charlie Parker solo or a Jimi Hendrix lead (a lot of people don’t know that he studied at the CIM École de Jazz et Musiques Actuelles in Paris).

He’s also a prolific writer, even though a self-effacing one.

Check out this superb stand-alone piece that he wrote about the Domaine Bonneau du Martray, its history, and its historic relationship with Corton-Charlemagne (highly recommended even if you’re not attending the festival).

Whether you’re attending the Sunday seminar or not, one of the greatest things about the Boulder Burgundy Festival is that its dimension and its chill vibe make even its marquee-name speakers accessible to guests.

Paul Wasserman alone is worth the price of admission.

Click here for the complete Boulder Burgundy Festival 2015 schedule and registration page.

#BBF2015 events: A tour of Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 10/25

Seminar: “A tour of Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru”

Sunday, October 25
with Jean-Charles le Bault de la Morinière (Bonneau du Martray)
and wine writer Ray Isle (Food and Wine Magazine)
Featuring a vertical tasting from the domaine.
St. Julien Hotel
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
$150 per person (80 tickets available)

We are thrilled to have Ray Isle from Food & Wine with us this year. We have added him to the panel with Jean-Charles le Bault de la Morinière and Importer Paul Wasserman for what is certain to be a mind-blowing combination of wines and educational discussion. We have selected Jeremy Parzen of Do Bianchi and the man behind our fantastic social media presence to be the moderator of the panel. The selection of Corton Charlemagne will include vintages 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, and 2001. Come taste seven vintages from this iconic producer for less than it would cost for one bottle!


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#BBF2015 Best Value Burgundy Wines Lunch

Best Value Burgundy Wines Lunch

Friday, October 23
Oak Restaurant
11:30 am
$95 per person all-inclusive (90 seats available)

Finding value in Burgundy can be a challenge. We have teamed up with our supplier partners to find a selection of wines that offer both greatness and attractive pricing. We will be looking in the “backwater” areas of Burgundy to find these delicious gems in areas like Chablis, Mâconnais, Côte Chalonnaise, St. Aubin, and Beaune. These wines will be accessible, approachable, and delicious with the cuisine of Oak Restaurant.


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#BBF2015 events: Champagne and Caviar Kickoff Party 10/22

Champagne and Caviar Kickoff Party

Thursday, October 22
Featuring live music.
CU Koenig Alumni Building
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
$75 per ticket

We have teamed up with Will and Coral from Cured in Boulder to offer some delicious bites of Champagne-appropriate food to accompany our stunning selection of Champagne wines that were carefully selected to dazzle the group. To energize the program we will have a live band of talented local musicians to entertain the crowd during the reception. This is a brand new event for the Boulder Burgundy Festival and we look forward to making a splash with our opening party for the 2015 Burgundy events. Some of the featured Champagne producers include: Gosset, Bollinger, Georges Laval, Robert Moncuit, Bérêche, Cédric Bouchard, Charles Heidsieck, Waris-Hubert, Michel Maillaird, and more…


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Boulder: “America’s Foodiest Town”

The following is a message from the friendly folks at the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau, one of the Boulder Burgundy Festival’s partners in the 2015 event.

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Enjoy Boulder as a Wine and Food Expert Would

If you’re considering coming to the Boulder Burgundy Wine Festival, you might be wondering how the heck you’ll spend your free time in Boulder? Funnily enough, this little town at the foot of the Rocky Mountains is actually a top foodie destination. Bon Appetit called Boulder “America’s Foodiest Town” and Food & Wine magazine named Pearl Street one of the top 10 streets for foodies in the U.S.

We have more than a few ideas for you: Stroll the Boulder Farmers’ Market — the No. 1 farmers’ market in the entire country, according to USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice. Sip a variety of 100-plus teas at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, a dazzling building handcrafted in Tajikistan. Or take a break from wine and sample some suds around town at 20 original craft breweries (you can even bike right to them).

We could go on and on (check out Boulder’s must-see checklist), but we thought we’d let Boulder’s wine and culinary experts tell you their favorite things to do. Here, two of our top chefs, whose restaurants you’ll enjoy as part of the Boulder Burgundy Wine Festival, share their perfect days in Boulder.

mark monette chefMark Monette, Flagstaff House Restaurant

Executive chef and partner Mark Monette was only 10 when his dad, Don Monette, founded the Flagstaff House Restaurant in Boulder. By age 14, Mark was bussing tables at the restaurant.

Mark’s love of cooking and passion for fine cuisine took him to several four-star restaurants in New York City and to various Michelin three-star restaurants in France and the Orient, where he worked with master chefs Bernard Hermman and Thomas Keller.

Mark returned home in 1985 to become executive chef of the Flagstaff House and has been responsible for the restaurant’s culinary delights ever since.

Mark’s Perfect Day In Boulder:
– Run (or hike) the Mesa Trail. The trail goes through the forest along the base of the Flatirons from Chautauqua to Eldorado Springs. It is 6.5 miles long each way and is hilly.
– Before your run or hike, visit Boulder Breadworks and pick up goodies. Eat your food on the trail or back at Chautauqua Park for a picnic.
– Get a massage at Boulder Center for Sports Medicine.
– Have cocktails on the Flagstaff House terrace followed by our Chef’s Tasting Dinner paired with wine.

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Mackinnon-Patterson, Frasca Food and Wine

James Beard Foundation Award winner Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson is the chef and co-owner of Frasca Food and Wine and Pizzeria Locale.

In 2005, he was awarded Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chef.

At Frasca, he applies his culinary talents to create innovative yet traditional dishes true to the indelible spirit of Friuli, Italy.

Frasca has developed a reputation as one of the best dining experiences in the country.

Lachlan’s Perfect Day in Boulder: 

– Start the day by enjoying coffee at Logan’s Espresso Café.
– Drive to Hall Ranch, near Lyons, for a mountain bike ride. There are two great rides — the one for beginner and intermediate riders starts from the Antelope Trailhead off Apple Valley Road. For a more challenging start to the ride, and my favorite, start from the Bitterbrush Trailhead, 1.5 miles southwest of Lyons on Hwy. 7.
– Grab a beer on the way home at Oskar Blues. I like Mama’s Little Yella Pils best.
– Head to the Yoga Pod for a late-afternoon yoga class.
– Have dinner at my restaurant, Frasca Food & Wine.

Still looking for more ideas? You may want to check out these additional resources on our website:

Boulder’s Foodie Checklist
7 Ways to Sip and Savor Boulder
A Fall Foliage and Food Tour of Boulder

The Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau works to bring visitors and groups to Boulder by promoting our town’s natural environment, arts, culture and history. Let us know if we can help answer any questions before or during your stay. You can contact us at 303-442-2911 or


Hotel Accommodations

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Above: The pool at the Boulder Inn, one of the hotels offering discounted rates for Boulder Burgundy Festival attendees.

Two Boulder hotels are offering discounted rates for Boulder Burgundy Festival attendees.

St. Julien Hotel & Spa
900 Walnut St
Boulder, CO 80302
(720) 406-9696
$279 per night
a great deal for this hotel

Just mention that you are attending the festival when you call to reserve.

Please note that there is limited availability for this discounted rate and that on September 25, the hotel will begin to release unreserved rooms to guests.

Best Western Plus Boulder Inn
770 28th St
Boulder, CO 80303
(303) 449-3800
$139 per night

When reserving, please call (800) 233-8469 and use the reference code “BURGUNDY”.

Again, there is limited availability and the hotel will begin releasing unreserved rooms beginning October 1.

Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy shares his insights into the festival and the stellar team at The Little Nell

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For the third year in a row, The Little Nell will be partnering with the Boulder Burgundy Festival. Master Sommelier and The Little Nell wine director Carlton McCoy talks about his team’s participation and what makes his program unique in the panorama of fine wine service in the U.S. today. It’s always fascinating to hear what Carlton has to say…

Tell us a little bit about The Little Nell’s history with the festival.

The first year (2013) started with a DRC dinner at the Flagstaff House — our then-executive chef Robert McCormick prepared the dinner and Sabato (then-director of F&B at The Nell) and I joined for front of house.

The second year, The Nell provided service at a Paulée style lunch at the Flagstaff House and a Lignier Michelot dinner also held at the Flagstaff House. I worked this event with Chubby Oveges, who’s the assistant F&B director at The Nell.

What will you and your team be doing this year at the festival?

This year, Chef Matt Zubrod, Chef Matt Padilla, Chubby and I will be there for a lunch and Domaine Dujac and Rare White Burgundy dinner where we’ll be serving rare white wines. (Matt Zubrod is executive chef for The Nell and Matt Padilla is chef de cuisine for element 47 at The Nell — they work together really well.)

Can you share some of the highlights borne out of the partnership?

Brett’s taken the pretentiousness out of Burgundy events – there’s no showboating and a much more grassroots approach. The sommeliers are very down to earth and open, which better serves the guests. When it comes down to it, we’re sommeliers and chefs and it’s our goal to make sure the paying guests have a definitive experience.

My greatest memories are from the late night events when the somms tend to gather at Pizzeria Locale over bottles of great wines, exchange stories, talk about cool wines we’ve had lately, sometimes not even about wine – sometimes we get into it about a new rap album.

Brett always brings a diverse selection of Burgundies, which I just get excited about for the people — they’re all so open and interested in learning about Burgundy. And the event is a great projection of the tone in Colorado. There isn’t a sense of that rat race approach to Burgundy you can find often.

The Little Nell has become a flash point for the rapidly evolving wine culture in the U.S. today. To what do you ascribe that?

At The Nell, what we do differently from others is develop somms with a strong work ethic. The typical picture painted of a somm is not far from the truth – opening, pouring wines, life of the party. Here, we don’t do that – we work long hours, we invest a lot of time in training and education, we constantly strive to come up with ideas that appeal to our guests, we spend a lot of time in front of the computer, but we also take trips and continue to learn about great producers and regions.

Nick Barb on our team, for example, came from New York where he had been a floor somm – opening bottles, serving guests — he had that part down. But that doesn’t work with balancing the budget and running a business.

We give our somms guidance — teach them about timing, how to wait, how to be truly professional.

What’s new at The Little Nell?

For us, it’s a curse how ambitious we are – we’re always trying to find new ideas for us and the guests – or even find old ideas and refine them. The Nell will always have a great wine program, but keeping it digestible, approachable and interesting is where the challenge is.

This ski season in particular, we’re presenting truffle dinners over the holidays, an over-the-top, all-inclusive New Year’s Ever party that’s the hottest ticket in town, Veuve Clicquot takeovers at Ajax Tavern and Chair 9 (our après-ski bar in winter), private buyouts of Oasis, our Champagne and caviar bar on-mountain, among other notable events.

We’re always on to something new at The Nell.