“The Club offers the opportunity to discover the joys of the wine and food of this fascinating region, in a relaxed and friendly manner. I look forward to meeting Club members, and to sharing my knowledge of Burgundy with them” – Clive Coates
Cliff Young’s Burgundy Wine Authorities
Clive Coates, MW, was a wine merchant for 20 years, passing the Master of Wine exam on his first attempt in 1971, before “retiring” to become a full-time wine writer, lecturer and consultant at the end of 1984. Since the beginning of 1985, he wrote and published the monthly fine wine magazine, The Vine, which circulated all over the world. Clive won a number of prizes and awards for his wine writing and, in 1994, was appointed a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Merite Agricole by the French Government. His books include Claret (1982), The Wines of France (1990), Grands Vins: The Finest Chateaux of Bordeaux and its Wines (1985), and Cote d’Or (1997). He writes for most of the world’s fine wine magazines, lectures widely in Europe and the USA, and takes an active part in trade education whenever he can.
Russell Hone, Becky Wasserman’s better half, is highly respected in Burgundy not only for his exceptional – and objective – palate, but also for his cooking which has graced the table at Bouilland since 1985, when Becky carried him away from London. He collaborated with Richard Olney on the Time-Life series of cooking books, is half a Master of Wine, refuses to use computers, and once posed for Vogue wearing a Thea Porter caftan. He has been in the wine trade since 1968. On several occasions, he sold large quantities of wines to Clive Coates.
Terrance Leighton is a principal of Kalin Cellars. In addition to being one of the pre-eminent vintners in California, Mr. Leighton is also the vintner at Cliff Young’s Burgundy estate, Domaine Montagny, where he produces Kalin Bourgogne. Internationally respected wine critic, Robert M. Parker, Jr., has commented that "Terry Leighton is one of California's two most talented winemakers. (Kalin wines) are the wines of a genius. These wines are worth every effort to find in the marketplace." Terry has been named winemaker of the year and his Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have been named among the best.
Becky Wasserman founded Le Serbet in 1979, to select and export fine wines from small French estates whose reputations are based on sound agriculture practices, small yields and aging potential. She currently specializes in Burgundies but has worked with every French Appellation Contrôlée. She has been the subject of a number of articles in the wine press, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune and Connoisseur, and was featured in a book called “Burgundy, The Country, The Wines, The People” by Eunice Fried. She was recently decorated by the French government for services rendered to Burgundy and is a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole. Becky was born and educated in New York City, spent a year at Bryn Mawr College, studied harmony and composition with private teachers in Philadelphia, before moving to Burgundy in 1968. She attributes her palate to myopia, and insists that poor vision enhances the senses of smell and taste. She says that selling Burgundies requires "the zeal of a missionary, the stubbornness of a mule, a large sense of humor, and the ability to change clothes in a telephone booth.” Le Serbet currently exports wine to America, Canada, England, the Far East, Italy, Scandinavia and Peru. Becky also organizes and runs private and corporate seminars at home or abroad, advises on the creation of private cellars, and is putting together an investment program in Burgundian vineyards.
Cliff Young is a nationally-known Denver restaurateur. He has owned and operated many fine-dining restaurants in his career including the five-star, nationally acclaimed “Cliff Young’s.” Dividing his time between homes in Burgundy and the U.S., he is the president of Cliff Young’s Burgundy as well as the international firm, Cliff Young’s Restaurant Consultants, and he heads the wine importing company, Cellars USA. His restaurants have been featured in The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Wine Spectator, Travel + Leisure, Travel Holiday, Restaurants and Institutions, Food Arts, The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. An award-winning restaurateur, Cliff has been recognized by the DiRoNa Award, Holiday Award, Ivy Award Nomination, and both the Mobil and Triple AAA Hospitality Guides. Cliff is known for his community endeavors, having served as trustee of the Colorado Ballet and C.A.R.E. International.