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Boulder Wine Merchant is proud to announce the Fourth Annual Boulder Burgundy Festival, to be held November 21-23, 2014.

The gathering is one of the leading Burgundy events in the U.S. today and it attracts top Burgundy producers and leading wine professionals from across the country.

“As a retailer of fine wines,” says Master Sommelier and Boulder Wine Merchant owner Brett Zimmerman, “it is impossible not to love the spectacular wines of Burgundy. The greatest tragedy of loving these wines is not tasting the great ones often enough. Selfishly, we thought hosting a Burgundy Festival would be the perfect opportunity to celebrate the wines of the region by tasting and sharing them with some of our friends, customers, restaurateurs, suppliers, and producers. During this three-day extravaganza we will be able to drink some of the rarest wines of Burgundy due largely in part to the amazing generosity of our supplier partners.”

The three-day celebration of Burgundy wines includes tastings and seminars with winemakers and top U.S. wine directors, as well as wine dinners hosted by Boulder’s best restaurants.

Past speakers have included: Richard Betts, MS, owner of My Essential Wines and Saint Glinglin Wines; Shayn Bjornholm MS, Examination Director for the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas; Robert Bohr, Grand Cru Selections and owner of Charlie Bird Restaurant in New York City; Carlton McCoy, MS, Wine Director at the Little Nell in Aspen; Raj Parr, Executive Wine Buyer for the Michael Mina Restaurants and owner of Sandhi and Maison L’Orée; Eric Railsback, Caveau in Santa Barbara as well as Lieu Dit and Vallin Wines; Grant Reynolds, Sommelier at Charlie Bird in New York, formerly of Frasca Food and Wine and named a 2013 Wine & Spirits Best New Sommelier; Sabato Sagaria, MS, Director of Food and Beverage at the Little Nell in Aspen; and Bobby Stuckey, MS, owner of Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, CO and Scarpetta Wines.

SOLD OUT: Chablis Brunch 11/23

Chablis Brunch

Sun., Nov. 23, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
A Tasting Tour of The Finest Producers in Chablis

Kitchen Upstairs
$50 all inclusive


Proceeds benefit The Growe Foundation.

The wines of Chablis are among sommeliers favorites. The richness of Chardonnay cut with the bracing acidity and delicate, but firm mineral notes make these wines some of Burgundy’s finest food-pairing wines. It is not often that people get the opportunity to taste the finest producers of the appellation. Most of the time the wines of Raveneau, Dauvissat, and Pico can only be acquired from select sources and available only in bottles.We are fortunate to have a few great contacts in the business that have helped us source some special offerings for this tasting. We will be showing three vintages of Raveneau Montée de Tonnerre 1er cru: 2001, 2004, and 2005.

Additionally, we should have a few offerings from Dauvissat, Thomas Pico, Louis Michel and many more. This will be the value event of the weekend. Join us for this special tour of Chablis wines while enjoying the delicious savory brunch cuisine of The Kitchen Upstairs. This will be a cocktail reception format and limited based on the size of the space.

Paulée-Inspired Lunch Nov. 22

Paulée-Inspired Lunch

Sat., Nov. 22, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hosted at the Flagstaff House
with collaboration from
The Little Nell Restaurant
and a team of the Country’s Finest Sommeliers

Flagstaff House
$155 per person, plus tax and gratuity

Please contact the Flagstaff House for reservations at (303) 442-4640.

A portion of each ticket will be donated to the Davis Phinney Foundation.

The Paulée in Meursault is traditionally a celebration that takes place at the end harvest in Burgundy among friends and family. This soulful tradition combines hours of dining enjoyment with plentiful offerings of wine from each attending producer.

Inspired by this tradition, the Flagstaff House lunch will feature a “dream team” of the nation’s finest sommeliers to host and guide you through hours of Burgundy tasting. This humble, professional group will be your wine concierge squad for the day.

We have carefully selected a wide range of amazing Burgundy wines to enjoy with the Burgundy inspired menu. A selection of over 50 different wines will be chosen to highlight great villages, vintages and producers. The parade of wines will accompany a delicious combination of regional dishes prepared by chefs Mark Monette from the Flagstaff House and Brian Moscatello from the Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado.

Lignier-Michelot/Little Nell Dinner Nov. 21

Lignier-Michelot/Little Nell
Dinner with Virgile Lignier-Michelot

Friday, November 21, 6:00 p.m.
Flagstaff House
$295 per person, plus tax and gratuity
Limited seating

Please contact the Flagstaff House for reservations at (303) 442-4640.

Join Virgile Lignier-Michelot from Morey St. Denis at the Flagstaff House with Special Guest Sommeliers and Chef team from The Little Nell in Aspen.

A portion of each ticket will be donated to the Davis Phinney Foundation.

We are thrilled to announce that two outstanding producers will be attending the Boulder Burgundy Festival: Virgile Lignier-Michelot and Guillaume d’Angerville. The Flagstaff House is the ideal venue to feature these delicious Côte de Nuits Pinot Noir wines. Virgile is a third-generation producer working the family-owned vines of Morey-St. Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, and Gevrey-Chambertin. Virgile took over for his father starting in 2000. Before that time, the wines were typically sold in barrel to the négoce. With amazing vineyards and passionate dedication to farming and winemaking, the Lignier-Michelot winery is a rising star in Burgundy.

The Flagstaff House team will be working together with the team from The Little Nell in Aspen. Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy will be helping run the wine team for the evening and chef Brian Moscatello will be adding his flair and inspiration to The Flagstaff House kitchen. Virgile and importer Paul Wasserman will be in attendance for the evening while we take a virtual tour through the top villages of Burgundy. We will begin with two white wines from the Wasserman, and follow with a collection of wines from Chambolle and Morey-St. Denis – including two vintages of Clos de la Roche Grand Cru!

We have added the David Phinney Foundation to our list of beneficiaries this year. The Flagstaff House has generously committed to sending a portion of each ticket to the foundation.

SOLD OUT: Guild of Sommeliers “Old and Rare” Burgundy Tasting Nov. 21

Guild of Sommeliers “Old and Rare” Burgundy Tasting

Friday, November 21, 11:00 a.m.
Frasca Food & Wine
$200 per person, 40 seats available

Click here to register on the Guild of Sommeliers site.

Join Sommeliers Jay Fletcher MS, Bobby Stuckey MS, Brett Zimmerman MS, and Jordan Salcito for a tour of Burgundy’s finest producers, climats, and vintages from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. This rare collection of aged Burgundy was made available to us from the Guild of Sommeliers cellar. An exquisite collection sourced from a top collector who has cellared the wines in ideal conditions since release.

The tasting will be hosted by Frasca Food and Wine and is scheduled to run from 11:00 am to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 21. Tickets are available for sale by clicking on the Guild of Sommeliers link below.

The cost per ticket is $200 and only 40 seats are available. The list of wines follows:

2004 Domaine Jean Collet Chablis Valmur Grand Cru
1993 Domaine Ramonet Bienvenues-Batard Montrachet, Grand Cru
1998 Domaine Paul Pernot, Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru
1976 Camille Giroud, Corton-Clos du Roi Grand Cru
1995 Domaine Michel Lafarge, Beaune-Grèves 1er
1990 Louis Jadot, Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru
1982 Domaine Georges Roumier, Ruchottes -Chambertin Grand Cru
1998 Domaine Emmanuel Rouget, Vosne-Romanée Les Beaumonts 1er