Wine Innovator Jean-Charles Boisset To Speak at
Notre Dame de Namur University

He grew up in Vougeot, France playing in barrel rooms and working in his family’s winery, and now Jean-Charles Boisset, president of Boisset Family Estates, is coming to Belmont to talk about his life’s passion for wine innovation and enjoyment. Notre Dame de Namur University, along with the Belmont Chamber of Commerce, presents Boisset at the Distinguished Speakers Series on January 20 at 6 p.m. at the Ralston Mansion.

Boisset, who is also the vice-president of Boisset, La Famille des Grand Vins, his family’s wine business, is the third speaker to appear in the Distinguished Speakers Series in the 2010-2011 academic year. He became involved with his family’s wine business as a child and eventually built a sales and marketing arm for the U.S. and Canada. Under his leadership, the company continues to be dedicated to innovative and sustainable practices, while producing distinctive, fine wines. Boisset is active in a number of environmental groups alongside the entire Boisset family, who are committed to promoting sustainability around the world.

He was named to Decanter Magazine’s list of the Top 50 Power Brokers in the global wine industry in June 2007. In 2008, he received the Meininger International Wine Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was named “Innovator of the Year” by The Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

The Ralston Mansion is located on NDNU’s campus at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont. For more information, please call (650) 508-3469.