Boisset Collection is pleased to welcome guests back to Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma and DeLoach Vineyards in Santa Rosa starting Thursday, May 28 for appointments for food and wine experiences by reservation. The Franco-American company’s two Sonoma County wineries will both require a food purchase in order to enjoy wine on the properties. Tables will be spaced at least six feet apart and pre-packaged food will be placed on the table and the wine poured (either in flights or glasses) along with pre-wrapped utensils before guests arrive at their table to enable self-service and limit interaction with winery staff. Employees will undergo safety training and daily health checks and wear face coverings at all times; guests must wear them except when sitting at their table enjoying food and wine. Only three people will be allowed into the tasting rooms for purchases at once.
Raymond Vineyards in St. Helena will open starting Friday, May 29 for retail sales (days and hours to be determined). The Healdsburg location of Oakville Grocery has joined its sister Napa Valley location in re-opening its outdoor dining area by reservation starting today, Wednesday, May 27. In the JCB Village in Yountville, SENSES by JCB — Boisset’s fashion, fragrance and beauty boutique — has reopened and the JCB Tasting Salon is open for retail sales. Private virtual tasting appointments are continuing for Raymond, Buena Vista, DeLoach Vineyards, JCB Collection and Wattle Creek Winery and Boisset is also continuing with its numerous online happy hours and tastings, including the four-times-a-week JCB Live Happy Hour.
Buena Vista Winery to Reopen
Buena Vista welcomes back guests for seated outdoor tastings with food service starting Thursday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; reservations are accepted for groups of six people or less on half-hour increments with the last seating at 4 p.m. Reservations can be made online via CellarPass or by calling 800.926.1266. Guests may choose between a food and wine experience with both cheese and charcuterie or cheese only starting at $50 for two people (or $24 for wine club members). Starting Monday, June 1 an Oakville Grocery boxed lunch option will also be available with wine for $50 per person (or $30 for club members) with 48-hours advanced notice. Guests may opt to enjoy food only for a reduced price. Curbside pick up and local delivery are also available by calling 800.926.1266 or emailing [email protected]
DeLoach Vineyards to Reopen
DeLoach welcomes back guests for seated outdoor tastings with food service starting Thursday, May 28 with two seatings of up to six guests at each of the following timeslots: 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Reservations can be made online via CellarPass or by calling 707.755.3300. Guests may choose between a food and wine experience with both cheese and charcuterie or cheese only starting at $50 for two people (or $24 for wine club members). Starting Monday, June 1 an Oakville Grocery boxed lunch option will also be available with wine for $50 per person (or $30 for club members) with 48-hours advanced notice. Guests may opt to enjoy food only for a reduced price. Curbside pick-up and local delivery are also available by calling 707.755.3300 or emailing [email protected]
Raymond Vineyards to Reopen for Retail Sales
Raymond will reopen its doors for retail purchases starting Friday, May 29 (days and hours to be determined). Customers must wear face coverings and numbers of guests in the winery at one time will be limited. Curbside pick-up and local delivery is also available by calling 707.963.3141 or emailing [email protected]
Oakville Grocery Reopens Outdoor Dining Areas, Resumes Daily Hours
Oakville Grocery in Healdsburg has reopened its outdoor dining area by reservation starting today, Wednesday, May 27, joining its sister location in Oakville, which began taking reservations for patio space on May 22. Guests can make reservations at tables for groups of six people or less by checking in with a grocery team member upon arrival at either location. If customers are waiting, table reservations are limited to 45 minutes. Tables are spaced six feet apart and customers are asked to wait in their vehicles until their tables are ready.
Both the Oakville and Healdsburg locations have resumed daily hours and are open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a maximum capacity of 15 guests inside at any time and customers must wear face coverings when shopping.
JCB Village: JCB Tasting Salon Open for Retail Sales, SENSES by JCB Back Open, Atelier Fine Foods Remains Open
The JCB Tasting Salon has reopened for retail sales of bottles and merchandise from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday (no tasting is available). Face coverings must be worn while shopping and there is a maximum of 14 people in the salon at one time. Curbside pick-up is available by calling 707.934.8237.
SENSES by JCB, Boisset’s fashion, fragrance and beauty boutique in Yountville is open with regular hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Curbside pick-up is available, as well as inside shopping. Order from SENSES online or call the store at 707.948.6907 and the team will have your items for curbside pick-up within one hour. There is a maximum capacity of 14 guests inside the boutique at once and customers must wear face coverings while inside the store.
Atelier Fine Foods remains open for in-person shopping or curbside pick-up (call 707.967.7600) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Customers must wear face coverings while inside the store.
Private Virtual Tastings & Raymond Blending Sessions
Customers can set up appointments with winemakers, tasting room managers and wine club managers from Raymond Vineyards, Buena Vista Winery, DeLoach Vineyards, JCB Collection and Wattle Creek Winery Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST. To access these sessions customers should order their wine flights online (links for: Raymond, Buena Vista, DeLoach, JCB, Wattle Creek) or by contacting customer service at 707.967.7667 or [email protected]. After purchase, customer service will coordinate the tasting appointment. Shipping is complimentary for the wine flights and customers can save 30% on reorders of the flights.
While Boisset Collection’s iconic Napa Valley winery Raymond Vineyards has not re-opened, customers can recreate its “Winemaker for a Day” experience by ordering an at-home blending kit for $200, shipping included with code TRHOME. The kit comes with four 750-ml bottles of the Raymond wines used for blending — an unoaked Cabernet Sauvignon, a Cabernet with new oak, Cabernet Franc and Merlot — as well as four graduated cylinders, four pipettes, blending worksheets and an instruction booklet. After a kit is purchased, buyers can choose between joining the monthly virtual blending sessions led by Jean-Charles Boisset, Proprietor of Boisset Collection, which start on Sunday, May 31 at 4 p.m., or scheduling a private virtual session with one of Raymond’s wine educators. Once customers have determined their favorite blend, they can order it, complete with a custom name as well as label image and text, for $50 per bottle ($40 for club members) with a 6-bottle minimum, shipping included. Watch a video from Jean-Charles speaking about the experience here.
JCB Live Happy Hour
Jean-Charles’ four-times-a-week online JCB Live Happy Hour sessions can be found here as well as archived on his YouTube channel. The shows air each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6 p.m. through the end of May and will move to 5 p.m. starting June 1; on Saturdays they air at 4 p.m. Click here for the daily themes and individual session topics.
Upcoming episodes and guests include:
- Wednesday, May 27 at 6 p.m.: “Sonoma County Superstar” with winemaker David Ramey
- Friday, May 29 at 6 p.m.: “Stories of Champagne” with Jean-Rémy Rapeneau from Champagne house G.H. Martel
- Saturday, May 30 at 4 p.m.: “An Ode to Truffles” with La Toque Chef Ken Frank and David Chang of American Truffle Company and Napa Truffle Festival
- Monday, June 1 at 5 p.m.: “Two Frenchman Find Themselves in Napa Valley” with Philippe Melka, Consulting Winemaker for Boisset
- Wednesday, June 3 at 5 p.m.: “Awaken Your Chakra” with Kapil Sekhri of Fratelli Vineyards and partner in Boisset’s Indian wine project J’NOON
The “Wine Styles” series that features Boisset’s distributed wines air on the JCB Live YouTube channel every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 4 p.m. Consumers are invited to join wholesale partners for an exploration of bottles from across Boisset’s Franco-American portfolio. Some highlights include June 4, “Celebrate Cognac” when Jean-Charles discusses the two Cognacs available in the JCB Spirits line, including the brand new JCB Cognac Prunier X.O., and uses some to make Crêpes Suzette and June 9, “Cheesemonger to the Rescue” when Boisset Cheesemonger James Ayers joins Jean-Charles for a tutorial on how to create the most eye-catching and savory cheese and charcuterie board that pairs with both white and red wines. Click here for more information and a list of the sessions.
The winemakers and representatives from the Boisset Collection portfolio are continuing with their live online sessions. Take a step back in time and taste history with the Count of Buena Vista Winery during live online sessions each Wednesday and Friday at 12 p.m. PST; click here for the wine lineups. Join Stephanie Putnam and Winemaker Thane Knutson each Wednesday at 1 p.m. PST as they take deep dives into the wines of Raymond Vineyards; go here for upcoming topics. Catch director of Sonoma Winemaking Brian Maloney exploring the wines of DeLoach Vineyards on Thursdays at 5 p.m.; check out the wines to be discussed here.