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A Conversation with Jean-Charles Boisset @ Raymond Vineyards

Submitted By: Marcia Macomber, June 14, 2017
Startup Grind Sonoma, an organization based in Silicon Valley and funded by Google for Entrepreneurs (, welcomes Jean-Charles Boisset at its next monthly fireside chat on June 29th at 6 p.m. at Raymond Vineyards in St. Helena. Startup Grind Sonoma partners with Wine Women to provide guests with an evening of networking, along with food and wine from the Boisset Collection and their Gourmet Atelier. Open to the public, Startup Grind Sonoma’s events aim to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs have been known to lament that you need to leave Napa or Sonoma to find opportunity. But if you look at our entrepreneurial success stories, that’s just not true. That’s why Startup Grind started a Sonoma Chapter. Its goal is to connect, inspire and learn from fellow entrepreneurs in a co-created community.

Headed by Executive Director Jay Rooke, the chapter hosts monthly networking events for the entrepreneurial community from 6 – 8 p.m. There is an hour of networking, followed by the conversation with the featured guest entrepreneur. It encompasses that entrepreneur’s background, journey, lessons learned, philosophies and beliefs on entrepreneurship.

Jean-Charles Boisset was born into the world of wine in the village of Vougeot, Burgundy, France. His lifelong passion for wine began as a child, growing up above the cellars and within view of the centuries-old vineyards of Château du Clos Vougeot.

Jean-Charles leads the family firm with passionate commitment to fine wine, history, quality and a deep respect for the environment. He implemented organic and Biodynamic farming at all of the family’s estate vineyards in Burgundy and California. Together with his sister Nathalie, he created Domaine de la Vougeraie, uniting the family’s Burgundy vineyards into one of Burgundy’s leading domaines.

In 2003, Jean-Charles bought DeLoach Vineyards, a pioneering producer of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, into the family collection. He immediately recognized the similarities to Burgundy: each boast a confluence of river, mountains, and soil that is perfect for growing world-class Pinot Noir.

Under his vision, Raymond Vineyards has become a leading producer of luxury fine wines, implemented organic and Biodynamic farming on its 100 acre Rutherford estate, and become among the most dynamic winery destinations in California, earning “Winery of the Year” honors from Wine Enthusiast magazine. In 2011, Jean-Charles’ dream of championing California wine history became a reality when Buena Vista Winery, California’s first premium winery, founded in 1857, became a part of the Boisset Collection. From this great foundation of historical, pioneering wineries in France and California, Jean-Charles’ sets forth a vision of the wine world centered on family, passion, history, innovation, a commitment to fine wines, and a dedication to sustainable winegrowing.

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It operates in 250 cities within 110 countries, serving 1 million entrepreneurs. Jay Rooke is the Sonoma Director of Startup Grind. As an Executive Business Coach of Jay Rooke Coaching, he works with entrepreneurs and business owners who want to bring their companies to the next level. As a former attorney who spent most of his career in the corporate world, his executive coaching practice provides real-world solutions for growth-oriented businesses.

Open to the public, advanced ticket purchase is recommended. Wine Women members get 50% off Startup Grind’s $15 tickets ($25 at the door). Learn More and Purchase Tickets: