Wine Travels and Reviews

November 14, 2014

“There’s not a lot of opportunities to taste wines like these in the U.S.,” said William Davis a Denver-based regional trade ambassador for the Wilson Daniels company, a leading importer of fine wine in North America.

He was referring to the wines of Olivier Bernstein, some of the most sought-after labels from Burgundy today.

When Bernstein signed a contract with Wilson Daniels just over a year ago, it marked the first time his wines would be available to the general public. Until Bernstein agreed to allow the importer to bring them into the U.S., they had only been accessible to a small group of elite, fine wine collectors.

“We actually received the wines in March,” said Davis,...

November 7, 2014

It's one of those questions that sommeliers and wine professionals get asked a lot.

"Does the shape, size, and quality of the glass make a difference in the way the wine tastes?"

The answer, not surprisingly, is yes, it does matter — a lot.

"A great wine in the wrong glass at the wrong temperature can be a train wreck," says Boulder Wine Merchant owner, Boulder Burgundy Festival founder, and Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman.

Above: Boulder Wine Merchant owner and Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman has obtained the Riedel Burgundy...

October 24, 2014

Exceptional wine service requires thoughtful planning, precision, and focus.

And when you're dealing with top Burgundy wines like those we'll be pouring at the Boulder Burgundy Festival next month, attention to detail in event planning is key.

There are many moving parts in a festival like this and everything has to be perfect.

That's why we turn to Heather Dwight, Boulder-based event planner and owner of Calluna Events...

October 17, 2014

Above: The 2014 harvest team at Domaine Lignier Michelot (image via the Domaine Lignier Michelot Facebook).

As you peruse the many pages and posts about winemaker and grape grower Virgile Lignier Michelot and his family's winery, Domaine Lignier Michelot, you find that nearly every one of the great Burgundy writers and trade insiders points to a fundamental shift in the winery when Virgile began making the wines in 2000, taking over for his father....

October 10, 2014

"Vintage after vintage," begins his bio on the Domaine d'Angerville website, "Guillaume d’Angerville has run the Domaine Marquis d’Angerville preserving the fundamental values he inherited from his predecessors: precision, respect for the great terroirs, and humility in the face of nature’s surprises."

It's hard to imagine a better description of his family's legacy and approach to winemaking.

The famed Volnay estate and winemaker behind some of the appellation's most profound...

October 3, 2014

From the Growe Foundation website: By providing children with engaging educational experiences that connect them to food, how it’s grown and why fruits and vegetables are essential to their diet, we aim to address the childhood health issues and the environmental problems facing society.

Any parent in the U.S. will tell you the same thing: getting your kids, especially toddlers, to eat fresh fruit and vegetables can be a trying experience.

And it's a universal problem that cuts across economic and...

September 26, 2014

Davis Phinney (below, left, with his wife Connie Carpenter) is a true American hero.

He's one of the most successful competitive cyclists in U.S. history.

And he's also the man behind the Davis Phinney Foundation, which strives "to help people living with Parkinson’s to live well today."

The Davis Finney Foundation is one of the Boulder Burgundy Festival's official causes.

Proceeds from select festival events will be donated...

September 16, 2014

Please click here for the recently launched Boulder Burgundy Festival blog.

Please click here for event/registration/reservation info.

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...

September 12, 2014

"There are no bad vintages," once said the famous Tuscan winemaker Piero Talenti. "There are just vintages in which we make less wine."

I've never been able to track down a print attribution for the quote. But the aphorism came to mind earlier this week when I wrote about Italy's "black harvest 2014."

I'm not the one who called it "black." It was Luciano Ferraro, wine writer for one Italy's leading daily newspapers, the Corriere della Sera, who used the expression. He was referring to a forecast published last week by the Italian association of enologists and eno-technicians,...

September 5, 2014

Fall is almost here and the holidays are not too far off.

Well, they're actually a few months away. But it's never too early to talk about sparkling wine!

In fact, most wine professionals will tell you that they drink sparkling wine all year round.

Bubbles are great for the holidays and celebrations, of course. But many sparkling wines are also prized for their food-friendliness: bright acidity, low alcohol, and freshness are what can set sparkling wine apart from many still wines.

Here's a quick refresher (no pun intended) on some of the basic sparkling wine categories.

Champagne is by far the most famous sparkling wine. For generations, the French have done a super...