Pours at La Paulée. Photo by Ed Anderson.
Burgundy lovers already have February 22nd-25th marked off on their calendars, when renowned sommelier Daniel Johnnes hosts his 12th annual ~LA PAULÉE~ in San Francisco and Napa Valley. There will be a variety of wine tastings and dinners highlighting more than 30 of the most sought-after Domaines of Burgundy. Look for both newer releases and older vintages being poured by visiting winemakers and over 50 of the top sommeliers in the U.S.
Some events are already sold out, but there are still tickets to dinners, tastings, and seminars. At the grand tasting on Saturday February 25th (shockingly there are still tickets available, $300), there will be wines and winemakers from all 33 Domaines, over 100 wines in all, along with food prepared by top restaurants.
And the famed gala dinner ($1,400)— prepared by chefs Daniel Boulud, Romain Chapel, Thomas Keller, Christopher Kostow, and Michael Mina—will feature wines from all of the attending growers. In the tradition of La Paulée de Meursault, guests are invited to bring treasures from their cellars to share, knowing that their generosity will be reciprocated tenfold. There’s also a charity auction during the gala dinner, with 100% of the proceeds going to The Bocuse d’Or USA Foundation and Meals On Wheels of San Francisco.
This year also marks the inaugural La Paulée de San Francisco Burgundy Week, from February 13th-24th. San Francisco restaurant partners (like Frances, Boulevard, A16, Benu, and more) will be featuring a special selection of Burgundies on their wine lists and menus. So even if you don’t have $1,400 to blow on the dinner of the decade, you can still enjoy some gorgeous Burgundies out on the town. Salud!