Former Wine Director at Napa Valley’s the Restaurant at Meadowood and Managing Partner at NYC’s 24 Hubert Wines Will Begin May 2015
May 8, 2015 – (St. Helena, CA) Today, Susan Boswell of Chateau Boswell Winery announced that Rom Toulon, formerly the Wine Director at The Restaurant at Meadowood and most recently the Managing Partner at NYC’s premier wine store, 24 Hubert has been appointed President for Chateau Boswell Estate.
As President, a newly created position, Toulon will lead in the development of the long term vision for Chateau Boswell Winery. He will work collaboratively with the sales, business development, marketing and the winemaking teams to take Chateau Boswell Winery, as a luxury brand, to the next level of first-class wine production and customer experience.
Toulon says, “I am pleased to join Chateau Boswell Winery and their team.” Adding, “I’ve known Susan, Jacquelynn and the brand for many years and my deep roots in California’s wine community always remained special to me. I look forward to adding my experience in hospitality, retail and management to bring these world class wines to the forefront of the industry.”
Susan Boswell and daughter Jacquelynn Prevost agree and add, “We have been discussing, for quite some time, our ideal candidate and we always circled back to Rom whom we have known and admired for many years. We have an incredibly talented team in place now and we’re delighted that Rom will shepard us into our new chapter as we enhance and refine our beloved brand.”
Before returning to Napa Valley, Toulon resided in NYC where he spent the past 2 years building from inception 24 Hubert Wines, a premier store in Tribeca and recently named one of the top 5 wine stores in NYC. Before NYC, he was the Wine Director at Napa Valley’s, The Restaurant at Meadowood where he oversaw a 1200-label wine list and a wide selection of constantly changing wine pairings by the glass. In 2010, Toulon was part of the team when the restaurant became the 2nd dining experience on the west coast to receive the acclaimed 3-star rating from the Michelin guide. Toulon was born and raised in the rich wine culture of France’s Loire Valley. The Vouvray native went to work in a local Michelin two-star restaurant in Loire Valley while still in high school. He further honed his skills as a sommelier in another Michelin 2-star after passing his sommelier diploma in 1996. In that same year, he won the acclaimed Young Sommelier of the Loire Valley award and was a semi-finalist in the Young Sommelier of France competition the following year.
Toulon spent three years in Ireland’s County Kerry, outside Cork, as a sommelier at the noted Sheen Falls Lodge where he worked with Ireland’s leading Master of Wine, Alain Bras. He then went on to a 7-year career at the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts overseeing the wine programs in Tokyo, Toronto, San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Mexico City and London and opened such acclaimed restaurants as George V in Paris.
Toulon has judged the SF International Wine Competition and was part of the San Francisco Chronicle’s tasting panel from 2001-‘05. He appeared in the DVD Wine Fundamentals, a training tool for the wine trade, and edited the France and Bubbly editions of Wine Passports for SmartsCo. Toulon has been featured in The Wine Spectator, Wall Street Journal, Wine Enthusiast, Decanter, The San Francisco Chronicle, Napa Valley Register, Entertainment Tonight, New York Magazine, Time Outand The NY Post.
CHATEAU BOSWELL ESTATE: In 1979 the late Richard Thornton Boswell founded Chateau Boswell and under the direction of André Tchelistcheff began producing Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The Chateau Boswell Winery caves, 65 feet below the estate hillside vineyard, were designed by Susan to green building specifications, reducing the impact upon the environment through green business practices which reduce energy and water use. Since the first release of Chateau Boswell Cabernet Sauvignon in 1979 the portfolio has expanded to add Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley and Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast and Santa Rita Hills while maintaining the original goal of wines produced in small lots from exceptional vineyard sites. From the Chateau Boswell Cabernet Sauvignon labels; Estate, Beckstoffer To Kalon, Oakville, At Anchor, RTB and Tench to Chardonnay from the Ritchie and Dutton Ranch Sebastopol and Rued Vineyards and the Absolutely Eloise Sun Chase, Bent Rock, and Rita’s Crown vineyard Pinot Noirs, they remain dedicated to producing wines of pure vineyard expression through old-world, low-intervention winemaking techniques.
As the first certified Napa Green Winery, Chateau Boswell continues to preserve and protect the Napa Valley through their practices and through their active participation in support of sustainable initiatives. In 2010, the Napa Green Certified Land program, the industry’s most comprehensive and stringent sustainable farming program, certified Chateau Boswell.