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French Burgundies

Steve Pignatiello imports exceptional Burgundies.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

French wine importer and sommelier, Steve Pignatiello is one of my favorite Francophiles. I have been drinking and writing about his P. Comms, Int’l wines for almost 10 years. Yet his love affair with France is older than my own, and dates back to 1979, when he first traveled there. Afterwards his travels and passion became focused on the La Bourgogne (Burgundy) region. “Burgundy is a way of life. It’s a tiny region where the best wines are made by mom-and-pop operations, not large corporations,” Pignatiello explains. His first-hand knowledge of Burgundy wines have earned him the nickname, “The Burgundy Wine Man.” And for his work, he has been inducted into the prestigious Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin at the historic Chateau du Clos de Vougeot and serve as the Vice Conseiller Gastronomique for the Chaine des Rotisseurs.

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