Jean-Charles Boisset (pictured below), affectionately known as the James Bond–like Agent 69 on YouTube 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.”
This article originally appeared in Marin Magazine’s print edition under the headline: “An Agent of Taste“.
Mimi Towle has been the editor of Marin Magazine for over a decade. She lived with her family in Sycamore Park and Strawberry and thoroughly enjoyed raising two daughters in the mayhem of Marin’s youth sports; soccer, swim, volleyball, ballet, hip hop, gymnastics and many many hours spent at Miwok Stables. Her community involvements include volunteering at her daughter’s schools, coaching soccer and volleyball (glorified snack mom), being on the board of both Richardson Bay Audubon Center. Currently residing on a floating home in Sausalito, she enjoys all water activity, including learning how to steer a 6-person canoe for the Tamalpais Outrigger Canoe Club. Born and raised in Hawaii, her fondness for the islands has on occasion made its way into the pages of the magazine.