Wine Travels and Reviews

September 1, 2015

Registration for the 2015 is NOW OPEN!

Click here to view registration details.

And please note: The festival sells out very quickly. Please grab your spots asap to ensure availability.

August 15, 2015

We are thrilled to announce that
THE BOULDER BURGUNDY FESTIVAL 2015 SCHEDULE
is now available online!

Click here to view.

In coming weeks we'll be adding detailed descriptions of each event, including some of the wines that will be featured.

We plan to open registration on Tuesday, September 1. 

So please stay tuned! Many of the events will sell out quickly after we begin taking reservations. 

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August 5, 2015

It was the harvest of 1997 when Food & Wine magazine executive wine editor Ray Isle gave up a promising career as a fiction writer and professor (he was teaching creative writing at Stanford) to pursue his passion for wine.

"I was working as a cellar rat during harvest at Clos LaChance Wines, up above Saratoga, California," he has said when being interviewed, "while teaching creative writing at Stanford. I was at the winery at about 7 a.m. punching down fermenting Pinot Noir grapes, which is hard, tedious work. But the mist was clearing off the mountains in front of me, the air smelled of new Pinot Noir, and I thought to myself, the hell with academia. I'm switching...

July 31, 2015

It is with extreme pleasure and pride that we share this news: Bonneau du Martray is to be the featured domaine at this year's Boulder Burgundy Festival.

And festival guests will be joined by the domaine's legacy winemaker Jean-Charles le Bault de la Morinière, one of the most charismatic and dynamic personages working in fine wine today. He will be pouring and speaking about his wines.

Not only will be the featured producer dinner on the Saturday night of the festival but he will also deliver a seminar on his wines on Sunday morning.

Above: The Corton hill of Corton-...

July 24, 2015

In 2013, Food & Wine executive wine editor Ray Isle, one of our favorite wine writers, asked "emperor of wine" and Wine Advocate founder Robert Parker, Jr. to revisit and reflect on some of his more famous (infamous?) pronouncements on wine over the arc of his career.

(Click here for Ray's interview with Parker. It's a fantastic read.)

One of the most controversial and frequently cited of these was Parker's 2003 declaration that "Burgundy is, well, Burgundy. A...

July 9, 2015

Now in its fifth year, the 2015 Boulder Burgundy Festival — October 22-25 — is going to be bigger and better than ever.

Festival founder and Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman is currently in the process of lining up panelists that will include leading U.S. sommeliers, wine writers, and Burgundy experts as well as a stellar group of Burgundy growers and winemakers who will be on hand to taste and talk about their wines.

In coming weeks, we will begin previewing the featured speakers and wineries as well as the venues that will be hosting the tastings, seminars, luncheons, and dinners.

In the meantime, for a taste of what to expect, have a look at scenes from last year's events, like the...

April 10, 2015

Last week, I inadvertently accepted an invitation to a preview of an outdoor weekend "wine fest" here in Houston. I won't go into the details but by the time I realized what kind of wines were being poured, it was too late to decline politely.

The centerpiece wine in the tasting was a California red blend by a legacy Napa grape grower and winemaker and a celebrity tattoo artist.

Curious about the wine, I looked it up on the winemaker's site. Here's how the tasting notes and technical info read:

A robust, powerful wine with a big personality and a generous finish. It is big, bold and rich, with pedigree sourcing from California's finest regions.

An eclectic blend of...

March 6, 2015

Last night, I attended an extraordinary wine dinner at Maialino in Manhattan honoring the writer Kerin O’Keefe for the publication of her new book on Barolo and Barbaresco (UC Press).

A number of rare wines were served, including a 1964 Giacomo Conterno Barolo and a 1971 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo (my personal highlight of the night, as it was for many in attendance).

Not long after we were seated for dinner, the host told the group that the wines had been opened and "double-decanted" — i.e., poured into a decanter and then poured back into the bottle — shortly after lunch service by the restaurant’s sommeliers (who did a fantastic job pouring...

February 27, 2015

Last week's post "Can a sommelier be trusted?" turned out to be more polarizing that I imagined.

It was retweeted and shared on Facebook by numerous wine professionals, many of whom thanked me for writing it.

At the same time, a number of readers commented (on various social media platforms) that my notes on Sullivan's article were "ill tempered" (as one Twitter user wrote).

I appreciate it greatly when people share their impressions of what we post — negative and positive — and I'm grateful for all the people who took time out to read it....

February 20, 2015

I'm just going to cut to the chase here.

Paul Sullivan's ridiculous "Wealth Matters" column ("Reading Restaurant Wine Lists, for Blockbusters and Values") for the New York Times this week really pissed me off.

In it he observes and asks: "At the end of the day, though, the sommelier is a salesman. Can he be trusted?"

Let's disregard the inherent chauvinism of his rhetoric. Yes, it's true that for many generations, men dominated cellar management in restaurants in the U.S. and Europe. That's all changed now and many of the country's...