A celebration held at the end of the grape harvest, La Paulée was once a widespread practice throughout medieval France, with the most well-known festivities held in Meursault, Burgundy. La Paulée de Meursault is part of Les Trois Glorieuses, or "the three glorious days," that take place around the walled town of Beaune, the center of the Burgundy winemaking region in France, on the third weekend of November.
The modern day La Paulée was initiated by wine baron Jules Lafon who decided to revive the traditional harvest celebration in 1923. Lafon held his first Paulée at his Meursault vineyard, inviting 35 of his friends to a small banquet in the vat-room. Neighboring vignerons decided that Lafon had an excellent idea, and over the next few years La Paulée de Meursault expanded rapidly. By 1932, it was officially established as an annual event. Over the years, La Paulée has changed from the original banquet for growers and their workers to a grand gala attended by Meursault growers and producers along with other wine connoisseurs. It is a privilege to attend and reservations are mostly made a year in advance.
This year, La Paulée makes its upstate New York debut at The Amsterdam in Rhinebeck on Saturday, October 28 at 5:30pm. Daniel Johnnes, famed sommelier and founder of La Paulée de New York & de San Francisco, two of the world’s preeminent Burgundy festivals, joins The Amsterdam’s Chef Sara Lukasiewicz, to host an evening filled with live music, and great Burgundy wines. The evening will begin with Champagne Delamotte, charcuterie, and mezze by Boulud chefs. Tasting stations and Chef Sara's pig roast with autumnal accoutrements will follow, with cheese and sweets to close out the evening. Each dish will be paired with Burgundian wines poured by some of New York City's most renowned sommeliers (Joe Campanale of Fausto, Jason Cho of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Dean Fuerth of Sushi Nakazawa, Jeff Taylor of North End Grill, and Ray Vaidya of DANIEL.)
In the convivial spirit of La Paulée, guests are encouraged to bring special bottles of Burgundy to share with the room throughout the evening. Guests should bring their wines directly to The Amsterdam where they will be checked in and handled by the expert team of sommeliers. This event is exclusively for American Express Card Members.