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Episode 5: Vignettes en Blanc



Photos for this episode by Summer Staeb and Michael Sager

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This episode was made possible by countless friends and supporters, including:

Esa Eslami, Jerusha Frost, Ali Massie and Grand Cru Patron Steven Lipin.

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Established in 1820, Acker is the oldest wine shop in America, and has a passion for wine and the people who love wine. Acker has carried and offered more of the world’s fine Burgundy than virtually anyone. 


They have been an avid supporter of this season of RT since day 1 – and together we’re committed to bringing the great wines of Burgundy, and beyond, directly to you. As the largest fine and rare wine auction house in the world – Acker makes it easy to find the elusive producers we feature, even in rare, back vintages you could never find in a store. 


To celebrate our listeners, Acker is currently offering a discount code for your first purchase – just use the code ROADSIDE to get 15% off orders of $350 or more*. Go get yourself some white burgundy while you can!


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*The fine print: Order minimum is $350 before tax and shipping. All wines count toward the order total, however discount will apply only to discountable wines.  Exclusions apply to fine and rare inventory, liquor, and sparkling wines. Limit one per customer.


Photography by: Summer Staeb

Summer was born and raised in Southern California where she currently resides. Her work evokes a sense of nostalgia for times past, days well spent, and the moments that bring people together. She shoots lifestyle, event, fine art and travel photography. Most of her work is shot on 35mm and medium format film. (Summer shot the many beautiful photos for us during a short visit to Burgundy during the perfect "golden moment" of Autumn).

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Michael Sager

Michael Sager is a dear friend, ingenious restauranteur, and talented photographer. He accompanied us for several days in Burgundy during both the summer and winter months, and has been kind enough to let us use his photographs. Check out one of his killer wine bars in London (Sager and Wilde). His partner-in-life, Carina Soto-Velasquez is one of the world's best mixologists and has several restaurants in Paris (Quixotic Projects)



This season would not be possible without the support from the following premier partners. We have teamed up with leaders in our industry who have in-depth, personal knowledge of this historic region. Follow along on their social channels as we work together to bring you access to personal experiences, wine access, and curated recommendations to accompany this podcast season.

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Becky Wasserman founded her company in 1979 to sell domaine-bottled Burgundies, a rarity at the time. She is credited as one of the most important influencers for the popularity of the region with an international audience. Today, Becky Wasserman & Co represents extraordinary wineries from all over France. They are small, for the most part organic or biodynamic, and do not like to fully comform to fashion. 

 @beckywasserman , @paulbwasserman

La Paulée is a celebration of the greatest wines of Burgundy hosted annually in New York and other cities, features a series of small dinners, tastings, and seminars, culminating in the event's signature Grand Tasting and Gala Dinner. Founded by renowned sommelier Daniel Johnnes and modeled after La Paulée de Meursault, a traditional harvest celebration, La Paulée celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2020 and is returning with a full program of live events in March 2022.

@lapaulee , @danieljohnnes

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Since 1820, Acker has been providing the finest and rarest wine to enthusiasts around the world. Now in its third century, and with fine retail outposts in the US, Hong Kong, and London, Acker continues to deliver the pinnacle of wine and spirits services to those dedicated to the pursuits and products of the vine - spanning global auctions, lifetime culinary and vinous experiences, market analytics, and so much more. Committed to spreading the beauty of the world’s leading wine regions, Acker offers more of the great Burgundy producers than virtually anyone across auction and retail, representing dozens of Burgundy’s top domaines with treasures direct from their cellars. It’s foundation is rooted in service, professionalism, and quality, fulfilling its promise to be The World’s Destination for Fine & Rare Wine™.


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