An Agent of Taste
Jean-Charles Boisset (pictured below),
affectionately known as the James Bond–like
Agent 69 on You Tube and now heading up
his family’s vast winery empire, has recently
opened JCB Tasting Salon in Yountville.
And next door is Atelier by JCB, a gourmet
epicurean marketplace offering up culinary
treats such as salts, mustards and honey from
Boisset’s winery estates and hand-selected
smoked salmon, caviar, anchovies, truffles,
foie gras, terrines, charcuterie, more than 120
cheeses, chocolate, specialty teas and coffees
from his travels. Retail offerings will include
JCB’s custom-designed jewelry collection,
candles and perfumes as well as luxury goods,
including Lalique, Baccarat, Christofle, and
Bernardaud porcelain. In the tasting room,
the JCB collection of French and Napa Valley
wines will be featured in three distinctive flights.
“We are ecstatic to share our vision of wine
lifestyle, where wine is at the center of life and
is surrounded by beauty and art,” says Boisset.
“JCB represents the producers and houses that
we adore the most, whose wares have been
curated for years, and that we desire to share
with the world as an extension of our lifestyle
and savoir-vivre.” jcbcollection.com M. T.
1Taste Tour The gourmet food and wine
tour Savor Healdsburg has
recently added a few new spots to
its three-and-a-half-hour guided
walking tour. “In 2016 guests will
enjoy new menu items such as
Portuguese vino verde paired with
chouriço-crusted day boat scallops
at Cafe Lucia, a dish inspired by
the island where Lucia’s family is
from,” says tour organizer Tammy
Gass. Other stops include SHED,
Gustafson Family Vineyards
and Moustache Baked Goods.
2Lights Out For a truly unique wine
tasting experience, head up to
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
in Geyserville for one of its new
“Tasting in the Dark” experiences.
Hosted by Hoby Wedler, a blind
graduate student from UC Davis,
guests will learn how flavors
and aromas in wine are accentuated by turning off the lights.
Participants are blindfolded and
led through the winemaker’s
lab. The tour takes t wo hours
and includes four wines.
3View Vines Starting this month, Jordan
Estate in Healdsburg is offering
hikes on its 1,200-acre ranch.
The guided journey begins with
a continental breakfast at Vista
Point, called the “best view in the
Alexander Valley” by Fodor’s. The
trip continues for four miles through
natural wildlife habitat, sustainably farmed vineyards and olive
orchards. The hike ends back at the
Winery Chateau for wine country
charcuterie paired with Jordan
chardonnay and Jordan cabernet
sauvignon. $75, jordanwinery.com
Head to wine country this month for new activities that will delight your palate and senses. M. T.
NEW LOOK, NEW TASTES This summer, St. Helena’s Freemark
Abbey winery is celebrating its 130th anniversary with a complete makeover and the
addition of a new restaurant called Two Birds One Stone. “We brought on SB Architects
and BraytonHughes Design Studio from San Francisco, who will focus on preserving the
100-year-old historic stone building while introducing modern updates, including a dedicated space for the winery’s unrivaled wine library — one of the largest in the Napa Valley,”
says Ted Edwards, Freemark Abbey’s director of winemaking. The winery is also renovating the historic tasting room. The new yakitori-centric restaurant will be headed by notable
California chefs Douglas Keane and Sang Yoon. freemarkabbey.com M. T.