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Raj Parr to join Eric Asimov for this year’s main event (REGISTRATION NOW OPEN)

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This year’s Burgundy seminar (Sunday, October 15) is really shaping up to be an star-studded event: Not only will New York Times wine critic and author Eric Asimov be our keynote speaker but celebrity sommelier and fine wine guru Raj Parr will be joining him for this year’s panel.

Raj (above, center) has taken part in the Boulder Burgundy Festival in years past and we are really excited to welcome him back.

Hands down, Raj is one of the world’s leading experts on the wines of Burgundy and his wine list at RN74 (named after the famed Route Nationale 74 that runs through the heart of Burgundy, the “Route des Grands Crus”) is widely considered to be one of the best Burgundy programs in the world.

Author, winemaker (with his excellent Domaine de la Côte in Santa Barbara county), and sommelier truly extraordinaire, Raj is also one of the most accessible and approachable wine professionals working in the U.S. The best part of having him with us is getting to interact and taste with him. You’ll see him at other events as well: In the past, he’s poured at the Paulée lunch and other tastings as well. Such a treat to have him with us.


Chablis Brunch Sunday: Wines and home-style comfort food at PMG


One of the events that festival guest remember fondly each year is the Chablis Brunch held on the last day of the gathering. At host restaurant and Boulder Burgundy Festival partner PMG this year, wines and home-style comfort foods were served up generously for guests.


The weather was simply gorgeous last Sunday: One of those beautiful, crisp fall mornings in Boulder on the Pearl Street Mall where the restaurant is located. Savory brunch casseroles and kale salad, among other dishes, were ideal pairings for the flight of mineral-driven Chablis wines that were poured by festival sommeliers.


Many Burgundy-focused events tend to present the wines in a sterile setting without the support of food pairings. The concept of this gathering is to break that mold and show how our appreciation of these extraordinary wines is only enhanced by getting to taste them in gastronomic context.


The Sunday morning meal is also a great way to wind down on the last day of the festival. Thanks to everyone who took part last Sunday. We’ll look forward to seeing you next year!


Jancis Robinson, Étienne de Montille, and Brett Zimmeran MS close festival with sold-out seminar and tasting


What an incredible seminar and tasting yesterday, led by Master of Wine and author Jancis Robinson (center), legacy Burgundy producer Étienne de Montille (left), and Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman (right), founder of the Boulder Burgundy Festival!

The three presenters spoke to a sold-out crowd of more than 150 persons, the largest gathering for a seminar and guided tasting in the festival’s six-year history.

Guests included some of the country’s leading Burgundy collectors and wine professionals, including a number of Master Sommeliers.


Following Jancis’ superb overview of whole-cluster fermentation, including its history and current usage among winemakers today, she asked winemaker Étienne to comment on the practical applications and challenges of whole-cluster fermentation in his own wines and in winemaking in general.

Earlier in the day, Jancis’ husband Nicholas Lander (a venerated food writer in his own right) had joked wryly: “Whole-cluster fermentation? A topic that’s surely on everyone’s minds!”

But there couldn’t have been a more rapt crowd at yesterday’s marquee event.

We’ll be reporting more on this and other events soon. Please stay tuned! And congratulations again to Brett and his team for a fantastic festival and heartfelt thanks to Jancis and Étienne for their participation and invaluable contribution!

Great dinner at Arcana last night and amazing to hear Étienne de Montille speak


An unforgettable dinner last night at Arcana, where Richard Betts MS, Jay Fletcher MS, Lynn Fletcher, and Carla Rzeszewski poured an incredible flight of wines (check back for the complete flight).

One of the most remarkable things was that guest of honor, winemaker Étienne de Montille, decided to pour wine all night instead of being seated for the meal. It was wonderful to watch guests ooo and aaa as Étienne approached their tables.


And of course, there was a already a team of celebrity sommeliers hard at work. That’s Richard Betts and Carla Rzeszewski in the photo above.

In conversation, Étienne spoke about something he had said earlier in the day at the Old and Rare seminar.

Recounting something his father, the inimitable Hubert de Montille used to say, Étienne told the group that “we,” the winemakers and grape growers of Burgundy, “are here to serve the land [of Burgundy], one of the most extraordinary places to farm in the world.”

“The word serve in French comes from servir, which comes from serf, my father used to say. The serfs were people who ‘belonged’ to the land. The owners of the land would change. But the serfs always remained. We are the serfs of Burgundy today,” he said.

One of the greatest things about the Boulder Burgundy Festival is how guests get to interact with people like Étienne.

We’ll be posting more in-depth stories from this year’s festival as soon as we have a moment to catch our breath!

Scenes from the Old and Rare seminar

Just posting some quick highlights from this afternoon’s Old and Rare Burgundy Seminar and Tasting, where guests tasted a flight that spanned 1991-2006. Really interesting to hear the panelists talk about their experiences pouring many of the wines in the flight over the years. Great to hear Étienne share his insights into Burgundy growing and winemaking practices. See the flight below…




1991 Domaine Ponsot Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru
1996 Camille Giroud, Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru
1993 Domaine Denis Mortet, Gevrey Chambertin Les Champeaux 1er
1997 Domaine Hubert Lignier, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
2006 Domaine Meo-Camuzet, Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru
2004 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret, Richebourg Grand Cru
1998 Domaine de L’Arlot, Nuits St. Georges Clos des Forêts St. Georges 1er Magnum
1991 Domaine Daniel Rion, Vosne Romanée Les Beaux Monts 1er

Champagne Kick-Off party: Highlights from the festival’s bubbly event

Please follow the festival’s NEW Instagram @BoulderBurgundy!


Here are a few highlights from last night’s Champagne Kick-Off party at the Kitchen Upstairs, the festival’s inaugural gathering.


Guests were treated to spectacular flights of Krug, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart, and Dom Pérignon, among other wines.


And of course, the Kitchen staff did a phenomenal job with Champagne-friendly small bites. The service was as attentive as the menu was spot-on.


What a great way to get the festival started and what a great group of guests this year!

Stay tuned for daily updates from this year’s events…

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.

#BBF16 nearly sold-out, just a few spots left (no joke)

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Tickets are still available for the following events but they are going fast (as of this posting, Friday, September 30):

Old and Rare Burgundy Seminar
with Master Sommeliers Jay Fletcher,
and Bobby Stuckey with Special Guest
Étienne de Montille
Friday, October 21

Étienne de Montille Dinner at Frasca Food and Wine
Saturday, October 22

Seminar and Tasting: “To stem or not to stem”
with Jancis Robinson MW and Étienne de Montille
Sunday, October 23

Grand Tasting
Sunday, October 23

A remarkable flight of wines with Étienne de Montille and Jancis Robinson MW 10/23

jancis robinson wine writer

Sunday, October 23
“To stem or not to stem?”
A conversation with Etienne de Montille from Domaine de Montille, and Special Guest Jancis Robinson, MW discussing winemaking techniques used in Burgundy with the wines of Domaine de Montille.

Master of Wine Jancis Robinson — one of the top wine writers in the world today —is the keynote speaker of this year’s Boulder Burgundy Festival. Wine critic for the Financial Times, editor of the landmark Oxford Companion to Wine and Wine Grapes (the world’s most comprehensive ampelographic survey), and a “member of the Royal Household Wine Committee” (in other words, a wine buyer for the Queen of England), Jancis is also the editor of Purple Pages, one of the top online resources for tasting notes and wine writing today. We are thrilled that she is joining us this year as our featured panelist.


2014 Domaine de Montille, Nuits Saint Georges Les Saint Juliens 1er
2010 Domaine de Montille, Nuits Saint Georges Les Saint Juliens 1er

2008 Domaine de Montille, Beaune Les Perrière 1er
2008 Domaine de Montille, Beaune Les Grèves 1er

2011 Domaine de Montille, Volnay Mitans 1er (Magnum)
1999 Domaine de Montille, Volnay Mitans 1er

2005 Domaine de Montille, Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru
2009 Domaine de Montille, Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru

St. Julien Hotel
12:00 am – 1:30 pm
$150 per person (65 tickets available)