Wine Travels and Reviews

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...

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...