Denver's restaurants don't feature Burgundy wines prominently. The reasons behind this are varied, but most of them stem from the limited supply that arrives from France into the United States in general, and in Colorado in particular. While you may find a rare Burgundy at Mizuna or at Frasca Food and Wine, the odds of being able to enjoy a complex selection of the French wines from Burgundy are slim.
Enter Brett Zimmerman. The Boulder WIne Merchant owner and master sommelier is only days away from hosting the second annual Burgundy Wine Festival, a two-day series of events held in Boulder at multiple locations, including Radda, Frasca Food and Wine, and the St. Julien Hotel. During these two days, participants will be able to drink some of the rarest wines of Burgundy, through the cooperations of generous partners that supported the Boulder Wine Merchant's efforts.
Several of the events that are part of the festival are sold out, but a few tickets are still available for the Grand Tasting that takes place at the St. Julien Hotel on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. A limited number of seats is also available for Paul Wasserman-led seminar at Radda scheduled for Saturday, October 27 at 10 a.m. and the seminar with Jeremy Seysses of Domaine Dujac set for Sunday, October 28 at 11 a.m.
The Boulder Wine Merchant has partnered with the Growe Foundation, a local non-profit organization that provides elementary schools with organic vegetable gardens and a Garden to Table program in schools. The proceeds from the Burgundy Wine Festival, from the tastings to the seminars will support foundation's efforts to teach children to make good food choices.