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Burdigala = Bordeaux. BurdiGala = NYC's Bordeaux Wine Fête, Feb. 22

By February 16, 2013

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Bordeaux City Clock

Bordeaux and great French wine are practically synonymous. I'm guessing you have a favorite château winery.

Macarons in Bordeaux

In Roman times, both this region and its capital were known as Burdigala. Today, the city of Burdigala -- excuse me, Bordeaux -- is like a miniature Paris, blessed with beauty, culture, spectacular dining, and that signature wine everywhere.

Statue of Liberty

Another great oenophiliac town, New York, is a lot easier to get to. And this coming Friday, Feb. 22nd, the Big Apple is going to celebrate Bordeaux wine. Welcome to the BurdiGala bash.

St. Barts Church NYC Burdigala

It doesn't get higher-end. BurdiGala will be held at majestic St. Bartholomew's church on Park Avenue (left). Dress is festive or black tie. Proceedings commence with an afternoon Grand Tasting of dozens of storied Bordeaux. Among these Château icons: d'Yquem, Gruaud Larose, Lynch Bages, Palmer, Pichon Longueville, and Smith Haut Lafitte.


Next, a reception will free-pour Champagne Billecart-Salmon. And then, guests will embark on a luscious, wine-centric feast presided over by Gallic top toque Alain Ducasse.

St. Emilion

How wine-centric? Fifty sommeliers (yes, 50) overseen by Jean-Georges Restaurant Group's Bernard Sun will pour (and pour and pour) your chosen elixir, some from Bordeaux's St. Emilion (whose eponymous patron saint is seen here). All BurdiGala profits will benefit scholarships at the Guild of Sommeliers.

Brooklyn Bridge

Wine lovers, remain calm. Find out about BurdiGala events and reservations. Or call 212.481.0322.

MGallery Burdigala Hotel NYC aerial view

Photos from top: Bordeaux clock tower and macarons; Statue of Liberty ©Karen Tina Harrison. St. Bart's church ©BurdiGala. St. Emilion and Brooklyn Bridge ©Karen Tina Harrison. Hotel rooms: ©MGallery Burdigala and ©The London NYC. Manhattan from seat 7A into LaGuardia ©Karen Tina Harrison.

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