Mountain Mayhem: Boulder Burgundy Festival
October 31, 2015
Last weekend, Boulder Burgundy Festival brought together leading wine professionals, producers, aficionados and enthusiasts from across the country, including a significant number from Aspen, for a four-day extravaganza of events.
Master Sommelier and Boulder Wine Merchant owner Brett Zimmerman founded the festival five years ago, creating an opportunity to serve some of Burgundy's most rare wines, largely due to the incredible generosity of festival partners and his extensive web of friends in the industry.
The weekend included tastings and seminars with winemakers and top U.S. wine directors, as well as wine dinners hosted by Boulder's acclaimed restaurants including Oak at Fourteenth and also Frasca Food & Wine, owned by Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson. Stuckey lived and worked in Aspen in the 1990s. Element 47 at The Little Nell presented a pop up dinner with the wines of Domaine Genot-Boulanger and Domaine Dujac and service from sommeliers including a handful from Aspen — Master Sommelier Jay Fletcher, Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy, Advanced Sommelier Chubby Oveges and Advanced Sommelier Chris Schaetzle.
Fletcher also leads the U.S. chapter of the Guild of Sommeliers whose goal is to educate and reward those in the beverage service industry. He joined fellow Master Sommeliers Sean Razee and Brett Zimmerman on a panel for an Old and Rare Burgundy Seminar during the weekend with proceeds benefiting the Guild's Education Foundation.
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