Click through the gallery above to walk through the nouveau rococo, peacock-covered, gold leaf and velvet-clad world of Jean-Charles.
Wine magnate Jean-Charles Boisset’s family-owned portfolio of historical wineries, lifestyle and gourmet retail destinations are legendarily over the top…and that portfolio is growing again with the recent purchase of the 140-year old Oakville Grocery this week.
The grocery was slated to close in 2019 following the death of Leslie Rudd, who purchased it in 2007. Boisset purchased the specialty store which has locations in Oakville and Healdsburg.
“I have always adored the Oakville Grocery for what it represents for Napa Valley, for California and for America,” says Jean-Charles Boisset, Proprietor of Boisset Collection. “I have fond memories of visiting from France with my parents and sister when I was 11 years old,” said Boisset.
Boisset, who is married to Gina Gallo, has seemingly been on a spending spree recently, opening a new luxe tasting room in Healdsburg complete with stuffed peacocks, a golden tree dripping with his jewelry line, velvet banquettes and plenty JCB wines for tasting and purchasing. Boisset has also recently opened Atelier Fine Foods in Yountville, a curated mercantile and dropped a hammer — literally — on the former Windsor Brewing Company as he begins renovations for his own brewing company. There’s also a new line of spirits, JCB Spirits, that includes a truffle-infused vodka, caviar-infused vodka and gin.
The Boisset family’s holdings also include Buena Vista, DeLoach, Raymond Vineyards along with many others in France (Le Clos Vougeot, Domaine de la Vougeraie and Bouchard Aine & Fils among them), Canada and England.