Boulder Burgundy Wine Festival Recap

This past weekend we once again had the pleasure of planning the four-day Boulder Burgundy Wine Festival put on by Brett Zimmerman from the Boulder Wine Merchant. Each day was overflowing with multiple events at some of our favorite spots around Boulder with some wonderful connoisseurs of fine wine, and let’s not forget the incredible Burgundy wine, Champagne and Chablis which was showcased all weekend.



The weekend kicked off on Thursday with the Champagne and Caviar Welcome at the Koenig Alumni Center on the University of Colorado campus. It was a cozy yet classy event that helped start the weekend off with just the pop it needed! Cured was there to serve the caviar along with some other irresistible snacks. There were many champagnes flowing that evening. It was the perfect way to begin such an extravagant festival.

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Friday’s busy day started with a lunch at Oak. This lunch was geared towards helping the attendees navigate their way through Burgundy wines including wines that offer both greatness and attractive pricing. The wine present at this lunch were accessible, approachable, and delicious!


The Old and Rare Seminar at the St Julien followed the lunch at Oak. At this seminar Jay Fletcher who is the cellar master for the Guild of Sommeliers selected rare and exotic Burgundy wines for people to enjoy! He then led a discussion to provide insight on why those wines were so special and rare.


To wrap up Friday’s busy day, The Little Nell team and Element 47 prepared an evening to remember at The Academy. This event was graced with a champagne reception to start and some of the finest wines, complemented with a lovely five course meal. During the evening the Calluna staff was kept on their toes by The Little Nell team as we seamlessly played a role in the dinner service that evening. We felt honored to have been able to not only be a part of the planning process but also everything in between!

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Saturday began with a Paulée inspired lunch event at the Flagstaff House. The event strove to capture the celebratory spirit of the traditional Meursault Paulée by bringing a sample of its energy and essence to Boulder. This lunch is always one of the more popular events of the weekend and sells out every time! And of course there is a reason to its popularity, it was an amazing start to Saturday!

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Dinner for Saturday took place and the one and only Frasca. The Boulder Burgundy Wine Festival was honored to have Jean-Charles at this year’s festival. He and the wine of Bonneau de Martray were the focus of this dinner. This was a special dinner because it is very rare to find an opportunity to try multiple wines of the Bonneau de Martray. Needless to say, the dinner was a hit!



Sunday started off as every Sunday should, with an amazing brunch hosted at PMG Restaurant. Here guests were able to sample wines of Kermit Lynch. It was a great start to the end of a long weekend!


The brunch was followed by the seminar: “A tour of Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru” at the St Julien. Jean-Charles was leading the seminar along with wine writer Ray Isle from Food and Wine Magazine. Given the wines poured and the panel presented, the event proved to be a mind-blowing combination of wines and educational discussion!


The weekend came to a close with the Grand Tasting at the St Julien. This tasting featured more than 200 Burgundy wines and all the proceeds went to Growe Foundation. It was an event that was very well attended and one that spoke for itself. With a room full of producers, suppliers, restaurateurs, sommeliers, collectors, and consumers. The vibe at this amazing event was electric and it is the perfect punctuation for the line up of Burgundy Festival events.

As always, it was such an honor to be a part of such an amazing festival. The food, the wine, and most of all the people never ceases to amaze us every year. We are so excited to watch the Boulder Burgundy Wine Festival transform next year into Boulder Food and Wine and we are so excited to be there every step of the way!

Boulder Burgundy Festival kicks off this week!

The Boulder Burgundy Festival brings wine aficionados from near and far together to sample, taste, judge and enjoy the wines of the Burgundy region. Calluna Events is thrilled to once again be involved with this years festival – our 4th year in a row. Take a look at our post about last years festival. 

The creator and host of the Burgundy Festival is Master Sommelier and Boulder Wine Merchant owner Brett Zimmerman.  “The four-day celebration of Burgundy wines includes tastings and seminars with winemakers and top U.S. wine directors, as well as wine dinners hosted by Boulder’s best restaurants.”

The Fifth Annual Boulder Burgundy Festival, is to be held this coming week, October 22-25, 2015. The celebration of Burgundy wines includes tastings and seminars with winemakers and top U.S. wine directors, as well as wine luncheons and dinners hosted by Boulder’s best restaurants such as Frasca and The Flagstaff House. 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 (above, left, standing), “it is impossible not to love the spectacular wines of Burgundy. The greatest tragedy of loving these wines is not tasting the great ones often enough. Selfishly, we thought hosting a Burgundy Festival would be the perfect opportunity to celebrate the wines of the region by tasting and sharing them with some of our friends, customers, restaurateurs, suppliers, and producers.

Past speakers have included: Richard Betts, MS, owner of My Essential Wines and Saint Glinglin Wines; Shayn Bjornholm MS, Examination Director for the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas; Robert Bohr, Grand Cru Selections and owner of Charlie Bird Restaurant in New York City; Carlton McCoy, MS, Wine Director at the Little Nell in Aspen; Raj Parr, Executive Wine Buyer for the Michael Mina Restaurants and owner of Sandhi and Maison L’Orée; Eric Railsback, Caveau in Santa Barbara as well as Lieu Dit and Vallin Wines; Grant Reynolds, Sommelier at Charlie Bird in New York, formerly of Frasca Food and Wine and named a 2013 Wine & Spirits Best New Sommelier; Sabato Sagaria, MS, Director of Food and Beverage at the Little Nell in Aspen; and Bobby Stuckey, MS, owner of Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, CO and Scarpetta Wines.

The following events at the Boulder Burgundy Festival (Oct. 22-25) events still have some availability. Click the links below to purchase tickets!

Champagne and Petrossian Caviar Kickoff Party
with food provided by Cured
Thursday, October 22, 5:00-7:30 pm
$75 per person

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“Best Value Burgundy Wines” Lunch
Oak Restaurant
Friday, October 23, 11:30 am
$95 per person
(includes tax & gratuity)

Featured Lunch Wines:

2013 Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse
2013 Moreau-Naudet Chablis
2013 Marc Colin Saint Aubin Village
2013 Francois Carillon Puligny-Montrachet
2013 Bernard Moreau Chassagne-Montrachet VV Rouge
2013 Domaine Joblot Givry Servoisine 1er
2013 Domaine Sylvain Pataille, Marsannay
2012 Montille Beaune Sizies 1er

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Old and Rare Burgundy Seminar
at the St. Julien Hotel
with Master Sommeliers Jay Fletcher,
Brett Zimmerman, and Sean Razee
Benefits the Guild of Sommeliers
Friday, October 23, 1:00-2:00 pm
$295 per person

Old and Rare Seminar wines:

1978 Domaine Louis Remy, Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru
1985 Faiveley, Nuits St Georges Les Saint Georges 1er Cru
1996 Domaine Bachelet, Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru
1996 Marquis D’Angerville Volnay Clos Des Ducs Monopole 1er Cru
1998 Domaine Philippe Charlopin, Chambertin Grand Cru
1998 Michel Bonnefond (Christophe Roumier), Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru
2000 Hubert Lignier, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
2004 Alain Hudelot-Noellat, Richebourg Grand Cru

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An Element 47 Pop Up
Featuring the Wines of
Génot-Boulanger and Domaine Dujac
Benefits There with Care
Friday, October 23, 6:00 pm
$395 per person
(includes tax & gratuity)

Featuring Wine Director Carlton McCoy, MS; Assistant Food & Beverage Director Csaba “Chubby” Oveges; Executive Chef Matt Zubrod; Chef de Cuisine Matt Padilla and Executive Banquet Chef Keith Theodore.

This dinner will include a vertical tasting of wines from Domaine Dujac and Domaine Génot-Boulanger preceded by a Champagne reception.

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Dinner with Jean-Charles le Bault de la Morinière of Domaine Bonneau de Martray
at Frasca Food and Wine
Benefits The Family Learning Center
Saturday, October 23, 6:00 pm
$435 per person
(includes tax & gratuity)

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Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Seminar with Jean-Charles le Bault de la Morinière from Bonneau du Martray and Ray Isle from Food and Wine Magazine
at the St. Julien Hotel
Sunday, October 25, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
$150 per ticket

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Grand Tasting
at the St. Julien Hotel
with over 200 featured wines
Benefits The Growe Foundation
Sunday, October 25, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
$85 per ticket

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