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Boulder Burgundy Festival 2019 day 3: Highlights from Paulée Lunch at Mateo

Over the years, the Paulée Lunch has become the gathering’s marquee event, capturing the esprit of the festival. This year’s Paulée was no exception. And as always, the wines that made their way around the room were exceptional.

Be sure to visit the Facebook photo album (at the bottom of this post) for more food and wine highlights.




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Boulder Burgundy Festival 2019 day 2: Compelling wines, conversation, and food with winemakers Laurent Mouton and Ludivine Ambroise


Boulder Burgundy Festival 2019 Day 2 started off with a fantastic seminar on “Outer Borough Burgundy” with (above, from left) winemakers Laurent Mouton and Ludivine Ambroise, their U.S. importer Bertrand Leulliette, and Master of Wine Ashley Hausman.

As wines from Burgundy have become increasingly expensive and emerging markets have begun to compete for already tight allocations, the wine trade — from importers to restaurateurs, retailers, and consumers — are looking toward “under the radar” AOCs.

Festival-goers were led on a guided tasting of wines from Ladoix, Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, and Givry as the panelists discussed these relatively unknown appellations and growing areas.

The panelists also led a lively discussion about Aligoté, its historic role and legacy in Burgundy, and why it deserves our attention today.

Yesterday evening, Laurent and Ludivine were the featured winemakers at Arcana restaurant where guests enjoyed scallops topped with black truffles and duck confit served with grits as they tasted some of the growers’ top wines.

Another great day at Boulder Burgundy Festival!

Click here for a Facebook photos album from day 2 of the festival.


Boulder Burgundy Festival begins with “Old and Rare” tasting


The 9th annual Boulder Burgundy Festival began yesterday evening with an extraordinary tasting of “Old and Rare” wines selected from the Somm Foundation cellar.

This historic collection of wines got its start in 2002 when benefactors Kathy and Jeff Johnston donated $1 million worth of wine to the foundation.

In the words of Master Sommelier Jay Fletcher, who selected the wines for last night’s event and presented the spectacular flight, the gift inspired Jay and a group of his colleagues to launch “the Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation in order to use this great gift from the Johnston’s collection to enlighten aspiring sommeliers. We worked to create a great online educational wine compendium while also raising money for scholarships and enrichment trips to help those in need.”

Last night’s sold-out event helped to raise money for future scholarships and travel opportunities for up-and-coming sommeliers and wine professionals.

Read more about this remarkable collection here.

As Jay noted at the end of the tasting, many of the bottles he’s used over the years for the Boulder Burgundy Festival tastings have been “onesies,” in other words, the very last bottles from a given lot. After so many years, the collection is coming to an end, he said, making last night’s event a truly historic one.

Special thanks to Jay, his team of volunteer sommeliers, and Mateo restaurant who hosted the event and offered guests a wonderful spread of delicious Burgundy-friendly food.

Click here for a Facebook album of photos from the tasting.


Tickets still available for Grand Tasting, Sunday, November 3


On Sunday, November 3, the Boulder Burgundy Festival will be hosting its Grand Tasting event at the Embassy Suites Hotel. As in years past, we will be featuring more than 200 top wines from Burgundy. It’s an extraordinary tasting and a fantastic value.

“It’s a great way to get to taste a lot wines you wouldn’t be able to and in one place,” said one top wine professional in attendance last year.

Whether you’re just beginning to dive into Burgundy or trying to hone your tasting chops, it’s a wonderful way to taste and interact with leading wine professionals from around the country.

And of course, nearly all the wines presented at the event are available for sale through the Boulder Wine Merchant.

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Boulder Burgundy Festival Grand Tasting
Sunday, November 3

Grand Tasting at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Boulder with more than 200 wines from Burgundy

Embassy Suites Hotel, 2601 Canyon Blvd, Boulder, CO 80302, (303) 443-2600

3 – 6 pm
$125 per person
180 seats available

BBF 2019 Tickets NOW ON SALE

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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.

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Boulder Burgundy Festival 2019 DATES ANNOUNCED: October 31-November 3


We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Boulder Burgundy Festival will take place the weekend of October 31-November 3 (Thursday through Sunday).

Please mark your calendars and please be sure to follow us here on the blog and on Facebook for updates.

Happy new year, everyone! Thanks again for the biggest and best Boulder Burgundy Festival ever in 2018. Looking forward to this year’s event.

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!