La Paulée

sommelierLast night, I enjoyed my first La Paulée de San Francisco celebration at RN74. At La Paulée, wine aficionados gather to sample new releases and older vintages from the most sought after domaines of Burgundy. The event dates back to 1923 when one of the most respected Burgundy's wine growers, Jules Lafon, wanted to "revive the traditional medieval grape harvest celebration to which Cistercian monks invited their vineyard laborers." For the very first Paulée, Lafon hosted at Meursault domaine (a Burgundy region in Eastern France), inviting thirty-five of his friends to a small fête in the vat-room. When others caught wind of what was occurring, they thought Lafon had a wonderful concept and thus, by 1932, it was an annual affair. Today, the event is led by the most accomplished sommeliers in the US who join forces with extraordinary Chefs to pair the wines with some of the finest cuisine (New York City participates as well). Tommorow will mark the final day of La Paulée de San Francisco, however I encourage you to mark your calendar for next year.