Wine Travels and Reviews

January 16, 2015

It's already mid-January and the new year is about to get into full swing.

And so it seemed like a good time to get back to basics and brush up on the fundaments of wine tasting.

During the Boulder Burgundy Festival, when I sat down with Robert Bohr, one of the most dynamic wine professionals working in U.S. today, he reminded me that "wine tasting is like a muscle" and being a top taster is "like being an athlete."

Of course, Robert belongs to an elite group of top wine tasters and professionals. I'm just a wine scribe who is fortunate enough to hang out with guys like him and — by osmosis...

January 8, 2015

Happy 2015, everyone! Today's blog post and travelogue entry on Alsace comes from Boulder Wine Merchant team member Christopher Davis.

Alsace: The Shimmering Jewel of Northeast France

by Christopher Davis

There’s a pretty good chance you haven’t been to Alsace, the enchanting wine region slicing through northeast France, 300 miles east of Paris and a stones throw from the German border. There’s an even better chance you’d fall in love with Alsace if you made the trip. Whatever Alsace lacks in familiarity it vastly makes up for in wines of exceptional refinement and elegance, and medieval scenic charm. These wines simultaneously pulse with pure and unrestrained ripe fruit,...

December 30, 2014

Across the United States, a new generation of sommeliers and restaurant professionals has begun abandoning the flute as the stemware of choice for sparkling wines.

In our parents' era, it was believed that the flute enhanced the sensorial experience of drinking sparkling wine by concentrating the wine's fizziness in the glass' narrow aperture.

But over the last decade, wine lovers have discovered that a wider-aperture glass actually allows the wine to aerate more readily, thus "opening up" its aromas and flavors as the wine evolves in the glass.

And perhaps even more importantly, the broader brim makes it a lot easier to stick our noses deeper into the glass. As silly as that may sound, many...

December 24, 2014

Happy holidays from the Boulder Wine Merchant blog!

We really appreciate you being here, reading, and sharing.

We've got lots of great content lined up for next year, including guest contributors.

Stay tuned for next week's notes on sparkling wines for New Year's.

December 19, 2014

I met a lot of fantastic people at the Boulder Burgundy Festival this year: winemakers, wine tradespeople, collectors, and bon vivants.

But one of the most fun conversations I had was with George Berg (above, left), whose law firm Berg, Hill, Greenleaf & Ruscitti, underwrites the festival each year.

When I asked George, whose generous conviviality is rivaled only by his Texas charm, why he and his firm sponsor the gathering, his answer was a simple as it was brilliant.

"I've always found that sharing food and wine is a great way to do business," he said. "Sitting down and drinking a bottle of wine together is a very attractive way to get to...

December 12, 2014

Earlier this year, leading wine writer Elin McCoy called Robert Bohr (below right) one of “New York’s sommelier old guard.”

His list at Charlie Bird, which he co-authors with another one of the city’s celebrity sommeliers, Grant Reynolds, is “a window into the New York wine zeitgeist," she wrote.

I caught up with Robert at the festival last month and we chatted about what it means to be a sommelier today and why he comes to the festival every year to participate and pour.

He’s one of the highest-profile wine professionals working in the U.S. today but when it comes to be a sommelier, it...

December 3, 2014

The D'Angerville seminar on the Sunday of the festival weekend was a truly extraordinary experience — on many levels.

The title was "D'Angerville" but the focus was on the village of Volnay and its terroirs.

The wines were spectacular but the star was Guillaume d'Angerville, who speaks English impeccably and has a charming, engaging, and warm old-world gentleman's air about him. An excellent speaker, he offered remarkable insights into what makes his village's wines unique in the panorama of Burgundian winemaking.

The panel was made up of some of the brightest and most talented people working in the world of wine today. But the erudite discussion of Guillaume's wines was...

December 2, 2014

Let's be honest: In the wake of the festival's Saturday night, everyone was a little bit — how can we put it? — "toasty" on Sunday morning.

But that didn't stop people from waking in time for the Chablis Brunch, definitely the festival's most casual event but no less impressive in the breadth and caliber of wines that were poured.

Here is the flight of wines that were poured for guests:

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December 1, 2014

It’s hard to explain the uniqueness of the Boulder Burgundy Festival Grand Tasting.

Yes, the bean counting is easy. There were twenty purveyors of fine wines who presented their wines. And by the official count, there were roughly 170 wines poured, although many distributors brought extra wines that were not listed in the official tasting book.

The data alone would be impressive for this tasting, which was held in the historic Boulderado Hotel’s event center.

But the thing that takes the numbers over the top is the fact that the importers and distributors who participated weren’t simply showing “entry-tier” wines. In fact, you would be hard pressed (excuse the pun) to find more than...

November 25, 2014

The Fourth Annual Boulder Burgundy Festival came to a close on Sunday evening with the Domaine Marquis d'Angerville seminar and Grand Tasting event.

Guests, volunteer sommeliers, and winemakers flew in from all corners of the globe to attend this truly world-class gathering of wine connoisseurs and lovers.

The festival's official blogger is still catching his breath in the wake of so many extraordinary tastings and meals.

But he'll beging posting on the festival early next week on the Boulder Burgundy Festival blog, where you can already view a number of images and read some early impressions and reports from the festival.

Please check back after...