An Autumn Tradition 3

The 6th Annual Boulder 
Burgundy Wine Festival

The Boulder Burgundy Festival, now in its 6th year, will be taking place October 20–23. The festival was founded—and is still organized—by Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman who helps choose the wines for the festival along with a team of other world-class sommeliers. While the event promotes some of the best wines in the world, its goals are far more humble: to provide access to incredibly special wines at a reasonable value, to give to charities that lie close to the heart of Zimmerman’s business and to educate and inspire the festival attendees. For those not yet involved in the world of wine, the term “Burgundy” refers to wines that have been grown and produced in Burgundy, France. This region in eastern France is unique within the world of wines in that every vineyard, the boundaries of which were often marked off centuries ago by Cistercian and Benedictine monks, produces very different tasting grapes depending on soil quality, exposure to the elements, drainage, and other natural features of the land.

This year’s Boulder Burgundy Festival will showcase wine in a multitude of different fashions. The festival includes two different seminars, two dinners, a lunch, a brunch and the Grand Wine Tasting with more than 200 different bottles available to sample. The festival’s special guests will include Etienne de Montille, producer of many of the Burgundies featured at this year’s festival and Jancis Robinson, one of the most prolific wine writers in the world. de Montille will be traveling to join the festivities from Volnay, France, where he owns and co-owns three separate wineries. Additionally, Robinson will be traveling from her home in London to attend the festival. Jancis currently writes for the Financial Times as a wine critic and has written a number of different books, five of which Zimmerman currently has on his desk for his personal use. Jancis also serves as a member of the Royal Household Wine Committee, the organization tasked with buying wine for the Queen of England. With the quality of wine available and the wealth of knowledge present, the Boulder Burgundy Festival is sure to be a weekend to remember.

Proceeds from this year’s event will support the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s, the Growe Foundation, The Family Learning Center, the Guild of Sommeliers and There With Care, yet another thoughtfully designed element of the festival. In short, the Boulder Burgundy Festival will be a celebration of Burgundies alongside the uniqueness of Boulder, an opportunity not to be missed.