bootcamps and travel


I start 8 days of travel today – Holland: mainly Dutch Siberia (Friesland) with a weekend in Amsterdam – if I’m in your environs (during the week) drop me a line at the usual place. I expect only a smattering of posts in that time.

burgundy bootcamp

I don’t really have any commercial posts here, but I suppose that these people are not actually selling wine and also I expect they will provide a fantastic ‘service’ given that the people providing the ‘service’ concerned include; Clive Coates, Allen Meadows and the two sons of one of the most respected burgundy importers of a generation. It is the basis as much rigour and detail as anyone can shake a stick at, and looking at the (nice) website, the programs look interesting – if expensive. I don’t expect any enthusiast to find it too much of a bootcamp!

For full disclosure, I’ve no financial interest, and I can’t even get to New York in February to blag a free seat – but I do get the occasional free coffee in Beaune!

Burgundy Bootcamp

The Red Wines of the Côte d’Or

A Seminar Hosted by Peter and Paul Wasserman

New York, February 7th-9th 2008

In New York from February 7th to the 9th 2008, Peter and Paul Wasserman will be hosting a 3 day seminar on the red wines of the Côte d’Or. The seminar’s goal is to give attendees the kind of understanding of the region and its wines it often takes Burgundy lovers decades to acquire. “Throughout our careers as wine merchants,” the Wassermans say, “we have coached countless collectors and members of the trade. Often the greatest realizations about Burgundy have nothing to do with terroir itself but with many peripheral issues which range from how to really assess young Burgundy, to wine making styles and how they affect ageing potential, or even how to read between the lines of reviews. Today, there is so much technically sound wine produced which merits 90 points or more, but that score is not a guarantee that a wine will actually bring a wine afficionado pleasure. The perverse effect is that the 90 to 95 point range has become rather meaningless and it takes intimate knowledge of a region to make the best purchasing decisions.”

Naturally the wines chosen to illustrate the various topics that will be discussed reach far beyond the scope of the estates represented by Becky Wasserman Selections. The following is a list of some of the estates whose wines will be featured during the seminar: D’Angerville, Comte Armand, Robert Arnoux, Denis Bachelet, Ghislaine Barthod, Simon Bize, Bouchard Pere et Fils, Chandon de Briailles, Alain Burguet, Sylvain Cathiard, Chateau de Chorey, Bruno Clair, De Courcel, Domaine des Croix, Drouhin, Dugat-Py, Maurice Ecard, Dujac, Faiveley, Paul Garaudet, Camille Giroud, Henri Gouges, Grivot, Anne Gros, Hudelot-Noellat, Louis Jadot, Joliet, Michel Lafarge, Comtes Lafon, Lambrays, Launay, Dom. Laurent, Domaine Leroy, Comte Liger-Belair, Lignier-Michelot, De Montille, Mugneret-Gibourg, J.F. Mugnier, Jean-Marc Pavelot, Paul Pernot, Perrot-Minot, J.M. Pillot, Ponsot, Nicolas Potel, Pousse d’Or, Romanee-Conti, Georges Roumier, Armand Rousseau, Roty, Clos de Tart, Tollot-Beaut, De Vogue, Vougeraie, etc…

Cost of the seminar is $5,450 per person. For further information please go to or contact the Wassermans via email at , or reach Peter Wasserman by phone at +1 (201) 779-8177

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 3 responses to “bootcamps and travel”

  1. Phil7th December 2007 at 12:25 pmPermalinkReply

    What a pleasure it would be to be in Burgundy with Clive Coates or Allen Meadows however at 8500 USD for the Clive Coates version I can afford to make an awful lot of wine buying Mistakes for myself.


  2. bill nanson7th December 2007 at 1:49 pmPermalinkReply

    True Phil – but you would be making those mistakes without the benefit of having lunch together with Dominique Lafon and Freddy Mugnier – for instance. If cash wasn’t an option I’d do this – surely it’s about the experience?
    Of-course for most of us that’s not disposable cash!

  3. Phil9th December 2007 at 12:31 pmPermalinkReply

    Total agreement here, when I retire I may very well make an investment in experience, what if you could get Coates and Meadows at the same table ?
    It would be worth the cost but until my loto comes up I will have to do with whatever they write.


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