About: Doug Barzelay
- Role : Teaching Scholar
- Website : http://www.oldvinenotes.com
- Experience : connoisseur, collector, co-author
- Specialist in : Burgundy vintages
Doug Barzelay, a noted connoisseur and collector, is the co-author, with Allen Meadows, of Burgundy Vintages-A History From 1845. In writing Vintages, Doug has drawn on nearly a half-century of tasting older Burgundies. His passion for and knowledge of the great (and less great) Burgundy vintages is virtually unparalleled, and he has been instrumental in organizing numerous comprehensive tastings, including retrospectives of Romanée-Conti back to 1870, La Romanée to 1865, and Clos de Tart to 1887. His knowledge of Burgundian history was also critical in helping to unmask one of the largest wine frauds ever, perpetrated by the notorious wine counterfeiter, Rudy Kurniawan, an experience he wrote about in The Rise and Fall of a Wine Counterfeiter, an essay available at www.oldvinenotes.com.
While ancient Burgundies are his first love, Doug also travels to Burgundy frequently to taste new vintages in a barrel, and his vintage and wine evaluations are available at oldvinenotes.com. He currently serves as co-Grand Cellérier for the Commanderie d’Amerique of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin.
A graduate of Yale and Harvard Law School, Doug currently lives in New York. He has recently acquired Foxtrot Winery and vineyards in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, one of the few places in the world where original ungrafted pinot noir vines are still thriving.