La Paulée Sommelier Scholarship
The La Paulée Sommelier Scholarship's goal is to help further the education of the new generation of young sommeliers by bringing them to the source and teaching them about the spirit of Burgundy - one that should be celebrated through its history and culture, the food, the drink, the song but most of all, the people who keep it alive.
Daniel Johnnes has been fortunate to have had an opportunity to discover Burgundy at a time when it was more accessible in the United States and sees the scholarship a chance to pay forward the opportunity he had.
The winning sommeliers will accompany Daniel Johnnes on an all-expense-paid trip to Burgundy, France to learn about the history and culture, visit the vineyards and winemakers, and of course, taste the wines of this prestigious wine region. The trip will include visits with legendary producers, growers in less well-known appellations, as well as visits with the young generation of up-and-coming growers who are at the forefront of what is new and exciting in Burgundy.
The winners will be selected by a selection committee made up of some of our nation's finest sommeliers, including past winners.
This trip will be funded with the support of Zachys Wine Auctions and the proceeds from a limited number of lots sourced directly from some of Burgundy's greatest domaines. These lots were sold during the Zachys Burgundy-focused auction in celebration of La Paulée de San Francisco 2016.
Daniel Johnnes and La Paulée would like to thank the winemakers who supported this endeavor: Domaine Ballot-Millot, Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, Domaine Chandon de Briailles, Château de la Tour, Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey, Maison Joseph Drouhin, David Duband, Domaine Dujac, Domaine William Févre, Domaine Fourrier, Camille Giroud, Domaine Jean Grivot, Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat, Domaine Antoine Jobard, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Domaine Hubert Lamy, Domaine François Mikulski, Domaine de Montille, Domaine Bernard Moreau, Domaine Denis Mortet, Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier, Domaine Paul Pillot, Domaine Roulot, and Champagne Delamotte.
La Paulée Sommelier Scholarship Alumni(ae)
Cedric Nicaise of Eleven Madison Park, New York City
Kimberly Prokoshyn of Rebelle, New York City
Steve Wildy of Vetri, Philadelphia, PA
Bryn Birkhahn of Pearl & Ash, New York City
Carlin Karr of Frasca Food & Wine, Boulder, CO
Jeff Taylor of Chevalier, New York City
I cannot even begin to describe how thankful I am to have gone on this trip. I had fairly high expectations, but am so blown away by everything. Literally each day was one of the most impactful days of my career. Not only will this trip be a huge part of my career, but there are so many memories that will be a part of my personal life as well. You are an amazing host, an amazing guide and truly a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Burgundy. - Cedric Nicaise
Please note that contributions are not tax-deductible.