5/25: Exclusive Peter Wasserman Dinner

5/25: Exclusive Peter Wasserman Dinner

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Start Time: 7pm 

Address:  63 Barclay Street


Peter Wasserman was born in Philadelphia in 1964 and moved to Burgundy with his family in 1968. As a young boy, he was schooled in wine tasting and pairing around the family dinner table, where nightly guests included such Burgundian luminaries as Aubert De Villaine, Hubert de Montille, Guy Roulot, and Charles Rousseau.

Becoming completely bilingual by the age of 5 he was often tasked with providing translation for English-speaking guests. Moreover, since Peter was then relatively short, he was easy to carry around in a tote and not expensive to feed. He was initially educated in France but later decamped to California to study at the Brooks Institute of Photography.He then worked as a filmmaker until 1996, when he went to work, first, for a prominent New York retailer as Burgundy buyer, and subsequently, for a small New York-based importer.

Peter currently serves as the US-based consultant for his family company, Becky Wasserman & Co. In addition, fully committed to wine education, Peter manages a company (along with Allen Meadows, Jasper Morris, and Anthony Hanson) which specializes in weeklong, intensive seminars on Burgundy.
The Wasserman name in the wine world is extremely well known, thanks to the family matriarch Becky Wasserman (1937-2021). In 1968, American-born Wasserman moved to the small Burgundy village of Bouilland, near Beaune. Her foray into wine began as a barrel broker for the François Frères Cooperage in Burgundy in 1976. She realized that she wanted to work more with wine itself, so she established her own import company, Le Serbet, named for one of the fields in Bouilland. (It’s now Becky Wasserman & Co.)

Wasserman’s famously immersive, weeklong Burgundy deep dives, dubbed the “Bouilland Symposia,” brought Burgundian vignerons, experts and aspiring vintners together to introduce and teach wine lovers the way of Burgundy through vineyard walks, cellar visits and convivial gatherings around the table.

Wasserman was not just a trailblazer in terms of finding hidden Burgundy gems, she also was a positive force of change for female-identifying individuals in the wine industry. She was the rare woman — often the only woman — in a male-dominated business. At a tasting in Detroit, she was pelted with bread rolls; at another, in New Jersey, half the audience walked out. But she never let that deter her. Alice Feiring, the wine writer and journalist, recalled Becky once saying that for women to sell Burgundy in America in the 1970s “required the zeal of a missionary, the stubbornness of a mule and the ability to change clothes in a telephone booth.”

In 1987, The New York Times called Ms. Wasserman-Hone a “folk heroine,” crediting her reputation as a “first-class judge of wine and a tireless promoter, especially in the United States, of the lesser-known estate-bottled vintages of the region.”

In addition to her sons and her husband, she is survived by three stepchildren, Alexandra Chivers, Jasper Hone and Andrew Hone, and six step-grandchildren.

Ms. Wasserman-Hone’s business motto was “Non vendimus quod non bibimus” — “We won’t sell what we won’t drink.” As she told Mr. Dalton, “A wine is not to be discussed, it is to be drunk and give happiness and joy and a nice feeling to people; that is the point of it all.”