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Boulder Burgundy Festival 2021 FEATURED PRODUCER: Margot and Philippe Pascal of Cellier aux Moines.

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We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that the 2021 Boulder Burgundy Festival will feature Givry growers and winemakers, daughter-and-father team, Margot and Philippe Pascal Cellier aux Moines!

Learn more about the domaine in this wonderful interview with Philippe.

Brett is currently preparing the schedule of events and we expect to be able to start selling tickets as early as next week. Stay tuned for more!

VIDEO: The Village of Vosne Romanée Seminar (Nov. 14)

Leading Burgundy expert Bertrand Leulliette joins Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman and Coravin founder and inventor Greg Lambrecht as they discuss the wines of Vosne Romanée and taste through wines from one of its most celebrated producers, Domaine Anne Gros.

Bertrand leads the guided tasting and offering detailed notes on each parcel and the domaine’s winemaking style. He’ll also be talking about the changing-of-the-guard at the domaine as Julie Gros, the winery’s current generation, begins overseeing winemaking there.

At Home with Boulder Burgundy Festival, Sunday, November 15.

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Sunday, November 15
At Home with Frasca Food and Wine

Reservations can be made online HERE.  View menu by clicking HERE. 

Frasca Food and Wine exclusive “At Home with Frasca Food and Wine” ~ A Burgundy-inspired menu with wine pairing.

Scheduled Pickup will be available in Boulder (at Frasca) on Sunday, November 15 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. and Denver (at Tavernetta) from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Ordering Deadline: Friday, November 13 at 5:30 p.m. MST. Only 100 meals available.

Dinner for 2: $200.00 + tax & optional gratuity (includes a $25 donation to our charity partners).

Includes full menu & bottle of 2018 Didier Fornerol Côte de Nuits-Villages. This menu contains dairy and gluten. Please email reservations@frascafoodandwine.com or call (303) 442-6966 for more info.

Here’s the write-up from Frasca, including notes on the menu, the featured winemaker, and the wines.

Every fall, we have the great fortune of being a part of Boulder’s best wine event — the Boulder Burgundy Festival. Celebrating 10 years this year, the Boulder Burgundy Festival is pivoting (as we all are) to an entirely virtual format. We are honored to be a part of the festivities with a truly decadent At Home With.
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VIDEO: Domaine des Comtes Lafon seminar (Nov. 6)

The 2020 Boulder Burgundy Festival gets its start with a winemaker seminar featuring Dominque Lafon and the wines of Domaine des Comtes Lafon.

Dominque has been called “one of the most talented winemakers in all Burgundy and one of its most inquiring minds.” Decanter magazine has called him “the world’s best producer of white wine.”

Dominque’s family has owned the storied Domaine des Comtes Lafon since 1865. It includes 14 hectares planted to vine in the communes of Volnay, Monthélie, Chassagne-Montrachet, and Meursault where the estate is located. It also hold the unique distinction of being the owner of the all the premier crus in Meursault.

Dominique is joined by Coravin founder and inventor Greg Lambrecht and importer Daniel Johnnes for an unforgettable tasting and discussion of Domaine Comtes Lafon’s extraordinary wines.

Leading Burgundy expert Bertrand Leulliette on Vosne Romanée and the wines of Anne Gros.

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Leading Burgundy expert Bertrand Leulliette will be joined on Saturday, November 14 by Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman and Coravin founder and inventor Greg Lambrecht as they discuss the wines of Vosne Romanée and taste through wines from one of its most celebrated producers, Domaine Anne Gros.

Bertrand will be leading the guided tasting and offering detailed notes on each parcel and the domaine’s winemaking style. He’ll also be talking about the changing-of-the-guard at the domaine as Julie Gros, the winery’s current generation, begins overseeing winemaking there.

Saturday, November 14
Winemaker Seminar: The Village of Vosne Romanée with Bertrand Leulliette featuring Domaine Anne Gros
1:00 p.m. MST

Zoom link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85391743853?pwd=OC9sbkhLOW1tVG9RZ1QxM1JFb00rZz09
Meeting ID: 853 9174 3853
Passcode: 698376

To register, please choose one of the following donations to our charity partners:

Free — $25 — $50 — $100

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE WINES
(15% discount on mixed 12-bottle cases)

Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman, Coravin founder and inventor Greg Lambrecht, and importer Bertrand Leulliette will host this special virtual seminar featuring some of the most celebrated wines of the Vosne Romanée.

Dominique Lafon, “the world’s best producer of white wine” (Decanter).

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The 2020 Boulder Burgundy Festival gets its start this Friday with a winemaker seminar featuring Dominque Lafon and the wines of Domaine des Comtes Lafon (see details and registration info below).

Dominque has been called “one of the most talented winemakers in all Burgundy and one of its most inquiring minds.” Decanter magazine has called him “the world’s best producer of white wine.”

Dominque’s family has owned the storied Domaine des Comtes Lafon since 1865. It includes 14 hectares planted to vine in the communes of Volnay, Monthélie, Chassagne-Montrachet, and Meursault where the estate is located. It also hold the unique distinction of being the owner of the all the premier crus in Meursault.

Dominique will be joined by Coravin founder and inventor Greg Lambrecht and importer Daniel Johnnes for what is sure to be an unforgettable tasting and discussion of Domaine Comtes Lafon’s extraordinary wines.

Friday, November 6
Winemaker Seminar: Domaine des Comtes Lafon
with Dominique Lafon
10:00 a.m. MST

Meeting ID: 844 0391 9822
Passcode: 905915

To register, please choose one of the following donations to our charity partners:

Free — $25 — $50 — $100

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE WINES
(15% discount on mixed 12-bottle cases)

Coravin founder and inventor Greg Lambrecht will join importer Daniel Johnnes and Dominique Lafon to discuss the superb Burgundy wines of Domaine des Comtes Lafon and Domaine Dominique Lafon.

Zoom information will be emailed to attendees.

Image via the Grand Cru Selections website.

Interview with Greg Lambrecht, inventor of the Coravin (the festival’s 2020 title sponsor)

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Above: Greg Lambrecht, inventor of the Coravin, the 2020 festival’s title sponsor (image courtesy Coravin).

After it was first released to the public in 2013, the Coravin “wine preservation system” radically reshaped fine wine appreciation in the US.

The concept of the Coravin wine preservation system is as simple as it is brilliant: The device’s needle is inserted into the cork of a bottle, allowing users to “access” the wine without exposing it to oxygen (wine’s enemy). As a result, the wine can be enjoyed over the course of days, weeks, months, and even years without losing its vibrancy.

When you uncork a bottle of wine, the wine begins to aerate, causing the wine to evolve. That’s part of the beauty and magic of enjoying wine.

But if a bottle of wine is left open too long, the wine can begin to spoil. In some cases, an opened bottle can go bad after even just 24 hours of exposure to oxygen.

The advent of the Coravin wine preservation system changed all that. For the first time ever, wine shops can offer customers tastes of multiple wines without sacrificing the entire contents of the bottle. Restaurants can offer guests glasses of high-end and rare wines, instead of selling them the whole bottle.

For this year’s virtual version of the Boulder Burgundy Festival, event founder Brett Zimmerman has partnered with Coravin as the gathering’s first-ever title sponsor.

Because festival attendees will be tasting the wines at home (as opposed to a social setting where each guest would be served a single glass of each different type of wine), the Coravin wine preservation system makes it possible for attendees to enjoy the wines without compromising the entire contents of each bottle.

We recently spoke to Coravin inventor Greg Lambrecht to ask him about the new partnership and how the Coravin has changed wine appreciate in ways that no one could have expected. Lambrecht will be one of the featured speakers at the Domaine Comtes Lafon tasting and seminar with Dominque Lafon on Friday, November 6.

What led you to partner with Brett Zimmerman and the Boulder Burgundy Festival as the gathering’s first-ever title sponsor?

First of all, I love Burgundy. And I really like Brett. I met him a few years ago at a big wine event out in San Francisco and liked him from then on out.

I want to promote what he’s doing because number one, I love the wines he sells and I love his knowledge and his passion.

He’s doing one of the regions that produces some of the most incredible and exciting wines that everybody treasures, struggles to understand, and struggles to copy. They’re really just so unique and so incredible. And it’s a great group of people that produce Burgundy wine. So I’ve got a tremendous passion for Burgundy.

I love how Brett thinks, I love his depth of knowledge, and I love how he tries to take what he loves and channel that into festivals and get people excited about what he loves.

What are some of the unexpected applications for Coravin that have surprised you?

The creativity of our consumers — whether they’re at home, at restaurants, in wine stores, in the wine trade, or in the wineries themselves.

People use Coravin to sample bottles to see if they’re ready to drink. People sample a bottle before they take it out to an event or a party or over to friends’ houses to make sure that it’s not corked and that the wine is drinking well.

Château Margaux (one of Bordeaux’s most celebrated “first growth” estates) was the first winery to start sampling wines before they sent them to events. They used to send a couple of bottles in case one was corked.

But I found out that a lot of wineries do this now. They’ll sample bottles to make sure they’re drinking well.

Château Margaux [also] uses it now for re-corking. Every 20 years or so they would need to re-cork the wines that they have in their library.

They used to pull the corks on a dozen wines or two dozen wines and then go through them to see which ones had gone bad. [Then they] grab the one that is drinking best and fill up the ullage [the amount of wine by which a bottle falls short of being full] in the others with the one that they think is drinking best.

The bottles used to be open for a half hour or 45 minutes. Now they use Coravin to sample all the bottles and find the ones that are not okay. And they’re just opening, refilling, and closing. So the bottles open for just a second or two — super cool use.

What was your Eureka Moment in creating the Coravin?

When I built the first prototype Coravin, it was called the “wine mosquito” because my three-year-old son named it.

[At home], we rarely drank wine. But I loved it. And I never had the “purpose” to open a bottle. I would never drink a bottle entirely on my own.

But I realized that what excites me is the variety of wine. It’s infinitely variable — there are 140,000 different bottlings every year, and each bottle changes as time goes on. So I wanted to learn fast.

[After years of developing the prototype], I finally managed to pour my first half glass of wine from a bottle. That same evening, I drank from five different bottles. Immediately. And it was a Tuesday! I tasted five different wines that I was saving to open up when somebody special came over, which is something that never happens [laughs].

I had all these wines that were too good to drink. I was never going to drink them. And in one evening, I tasted five of them. I was able to drink these wines that I would have otherwise not have touched.

In three days, to taste 15 different wines as a home consumer, I was like, “I’m never going back. This is how I’m going to drink wine.”

It’s the variety that makes Coravin — the opening of the potential variety — that makes Coravin what it is. Now I have a by-the-glass program in my house.

At this year’s festival, you’ll be speaking at the virtual tasting and seminar with Burgundy producer Dominique Lafon. Can you give us a preview of the event?

I am fanboy of white Burgundy producers. And his white Burgundies are just otherworldly.

I want to hear from him what, over the course of his career, what he has learned and the reasons why his wine is so unique and distinct from other wines that are grown nearby. To find out what portion of the beauty of his wine is him. And what portion of it is the land and the sunlight and the microclimate: How (and how drastically) do his decisions influence the incredible nature of his wines?

It’s a sort of nature vs. nurture thing. In the end, I’m a fan.

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.

Click here for all events and ticketing info.

Acclaimed wine writer and sommelier Kelli White to speak at Sunday seminar

We couldn’t be more thrilled to announced that Kelli White, one of the top wine writers and sommeliers working in the U.S. today, will be joining us as a panelist for the Sunday morning seminar this year!

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About Kelli:

Kelli A. White is the Senior Staff Writer for GuildSomm. Prior to that, her work as a sommelier, first at New York City’s Veritas and then at PRESS in St. Helena, has been covered by many of the wine industry’s top publications, including Food & Wine, VinousThe Wine AdvocateThe Wine Spectator, the San Francisco Chronicle, World of Fine Wine, and Forbes; in 2013 she was named one of Food & Wine’s top ten sommeliers in the country. Her writing has appeared in World of Fine Wine, Robb ReportSommelier JournalLe Pan, and Vinous. At Vinous, Kelli was a key member of the maps team, and worked with famed Italian cartographer Alessando Masnaghetti to map many of the appellations of Napa Valley. In 2016, she was nominated for the highly prestigious Roederer Award for Best Emerging Wine Writer. Her book, Napa Valley, Then & Now, was released in November of 2015 and has received enormous critical acclaim, winning both the IACP award for Best New Wine, Beer, or Spirits Book as well as a Graphis design award. In 2011, she co-founded a small wine brand called Houndstooth and she also made a brief appearance in 2015’s documentary Somm II: Into the Bottle. In October of 2016, Kelli led a wine tasting seminar at Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women’s Summit in Laguna Niguel, CA. Most recently, she was nominated for Sommelier/Wine Director of the Year (2017) by Wine Enthusiast magazine.

More recently, she was nominated for another Roederer Award this year (Online Communicator) and was included in this year’s “40 Under 40” tastemakers list by the editors of Wine Enthusiast.