Festival Founder Brett Zimmerman on bringing his passion for Burgundy to Boulder
Now in its seventh year, the Boulder Burgundy Festival brings a taste of the exquisite-and limited-wine of the Burgundy region to Boulder. In an effort to allow enthusiasts the chance to experience Burgundy wine without the daunting price tag it usually abides, Sommelier Brett Zimmerman created an event that allows people from every corner of the wine-loving world to learn about Burgundy from world renowned sommeliers.
Sitting down with Boulder Lifestyle, Zimmerman explains what sets Boulder Burgundy apart:
Q: Why create a festival surrounding Burgundy?
I wanted to offer an opportunity for people to taste and learn about the wines and culture of Burgundy, France. So many of the great producers in this region are difficult to obtain and can be very expensive. This is a way for people to become more familiar with what Burgundy is all about without a major investment in wine or travel.
Q: What makes this festival stand out?
We bring world class wines, producers, writers and sommeliers together for a weekend of outstanding food and beverage. We focus on education of the wines and region, building a sense of community and giving back to charity. For those interested in learning about Burgundy and its wines, this is an amazing opportunity; relative to the cost of products, our lineup offers a tremendous value. The Grand Tasting alone features 200 wines ranging in price from $25 to $500 for a ticket price of $125.
Q: Who are this year’s featured guests?
Eric Asimov, wine writer for The New York Times, will be our featured guest this year. Additionally, we have a group of sommeliers from around the country-Rajat Parr, Jason Smith, Jay Fletcher, Sean Razee, Carlos Smith and Jeremy Parzen- and a group of Boulder sommeliers including Carlin Karr, Jeremy Schwartz and Matthew Mather from Frasca Food and Wine, Michael Elmore from Arcana and Wade Vizena and the Flagstaff House team.
Q: Which charities will be benefiting from the festival this year?
Though we’ve featured up to six charities in the past, this year we reduced the list to make a larger contribution to fewer organizations. This year we will support There with Care, The Family Learning Center and the Guild of Sommeliers. We are also fortunate to have tremendous support from our corporate sponsors: Jennifer Egbert Modern Luxury Real Estate, BHGR Law, Audi Boulder, Avi Scheinbaum, Riedel Crystal and Walters & Hogsett Fine Jewelers.