A TEAM DEDICATED TO YOUR SUCCESS
Experienced in the art of elegance.
Boisset Collection is comprised of savvy entrepreneurs and industry experts, bringing years of experience to the team. They cultivate our strong culture, and work tirelessly to help the program scale, grow, and succeed.
THE BOISSET TEAM
Jean-Charles Boisset serves as president of Boisset Family Estates, one of the world's leading family-owned wine companies, with wineries in Burgundy, Beaujolais, the Rhone Valley, the South of France, and expertise in French sparkling wines.
Melissa grew up in the Chicago area and moved to the Bay Area soon after college. She began her career in finance, then technology, working at a number of successful start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. Her passion for wine and desire to be her own boss led to her to co-found one of the first e-commerce wine companies, WineShopathome.com. In 2012 after selling her interest in the business, she joined Jean-Charles Boisset to start a new direct-to-consumer division that brings the tasting room experience to homes across the country. The success of the Boisset Ambassador Program has been unlike anything in the wine world today. She is grateful for all of the incredible experiences and friendships she has made since joining Boisset. Melissa is a proud mom of three children and loves to travel (especially on our annual trip to France with the Ambassadors!) Her favorite wines are Domaine de la Vougeraie, the JCB No. 5 Rosé and the Raymond Sauvignon Blanc.
Author and sommelier Marnie Old is one of the country’s leading wine experts and serves as director of vinlightenment for Boisset Collection, one of the world’s leading family-owned fine wine firms based in Burgundy and Napa Valley. Formerly the director of wine studies for Manhattan’s esteemed French Culinary Institute, she is best known for her visually engaging books – the award-winning Wine: A Tasting Course and most recently, Passion for Wine, co-authored with Jean-Charles Boisset.
After joining the Boisset family in May of 2012 with the launch of Boisset Wine Living, Laurie has been integral in helping grow the program from its infancy. As the Manager of the Sales Support Team, she oversees the operational aspects of the business and takes great pleasure supporting the growing team of Ambassadors as well as their customers and wine society members.
Laurie has a diverse background of experiences, but her primary focus has been on customer care and office management. Her strengths in operations management, field marketing, team-building and corporate training and development all enable her to tackle the most challenging of circumstances with ease. She has over ten years of experience in the wine industry and over eight years in Internet technology.
Bruce has been working for the Boisset team for over 3 years as their Ambassador Program Marketing Specialist. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications & Advertising from the University of Wisconsin, Steven's Point and over 18 years marketing experience, including the last 10 in the wine industry, Bruce has worked for some large wineries in Napa Valley managing direct-to-consumer wine sales through many direct-to consumer marketing platforms. Since achieving his Court of Master Sommelier certification in 2013 and becoming WSET level 2 Wines & Spirits certified in 2019, Bruce has been passionate about his continued learning about all things wine from vineyard to bottle. In his spare time, Bruce spends quality time with his wife and two daughters at his home in Santa Rosa; his hobbies include collecting wine, running, swimming, hiking and playing bass guitar in his Sonoma-based rock band.
Heather Beth has been our Ambassador Memberships Guru for 3 years now, coordinating the Wine Society and now the JCB Collectors Membership program. Her commitment is to bring excellence to the membership experience in the Boisset Ambassador Program. She has been in the wine industry since 2011 and has thrived in the direct-to-consumer world managing wine clubs and providing impeccable customer service to all of her wine customers. As a renaissance woman, she brings multi-faceted experience from her previous careers in Sports Broadcasting, Advertising Sales, Veterinary Medicine and as Business Owner and Operator. In her spare time Heather Beth is an Audio Book Narrator and Producer and she likes to hike, shoot her bow and spend time with her many rescued fire cats.
Jeremy McCart works in our Customer Care department and has a strong background in customer service, wine and direct sales. Jeremy lives in Vallejo with his wife and his hobbies include having a passion for wine, cooking and baseball.
Amanda officially joined the Boisset family in the new year of 2020 as our new addition in the Customer Care Department. She has been in the wine industry since 2017 and has worked for a couple of well-known wineries in the valley. Coming from diverse work experiences before the transition to the wine world, customer care has been a staple in her career along with multi-fasted positions. She now lives in the heart of Napa and enjoys exploring the county in her free time along with her many hobbies including finding unique wines, cooking, the arts, music and playing drums in her punk rock band "death n taxes".
THE BOISSET WINE MAKING TEAM
As the Director of Winemaking at Raymond Vineyards, Stephanie oversees all aspects of winemaking for this iconic Napa Valley winery. Before joining Boisset, she spent 8 years as winemaker at Far Niente Winery and prior to that, she was part of the team at Hess Collection. A California native and graduate of U.C. Davis with a B.S. in Fermentation Science, Stephanie developed her passion for winemaking at an early age thanks to her family's appreciation of gourmet food and wine. Throughout her career in Napa Valley, Stephanie has focused on producing high quality Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Her wines have won critical acclaim, including Wine Spectator's Top 100, Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 and being named The Wine News Cabernet of the Year.
Winemaking has been Brian's family tradition ever since his great grandfather planted vineyards and founded a Napa Valley winery at the turn of the century. His mother’s family has been growing grapes and making wine in California for four generations and is still involved in the wine industry today. Brian also learned the importance of the land from his father, whose family has been involved in agriculture in rural Sonoma County for the past 150 years.
Inspired by the story of his great grandfather, Brian left the family farm to study Enology at The University of California at Davis and graduated in 2003. He worked his first crush at one of DeLoach’s neighbors in the Russian River Valley, Balletto Vineyards. His winemaking talents and natural way with the land were quickly noticed by DeLoach’s former winemaker, who recruited Brian to join the DeLoach team in 2003.
A true local, Katie was born and raised just five miles northwest of DeLoach Vineyards in the town of Forestville. A 2003 graduate of UC Berkeley’s Biology program, Katie’s deep love of nature and all creatures great (frogs) and small (yeast) led her to a variety of lab and field research jobs before eventually taking a harvest position. Enchanted with the pace, spirit and purpose she found in winemaking, her enthusiasm led to several additional winery lab positions following that first vintage. Katie joined Lyeth in January 2014 having held the position of Assistant Winemaker at DeLoach Vineyards. As Lyeth’s winemaker, Katie is responsible for sourcing, producing and blending our Lyeth Estate wines and is excited to continue the tradition of creating beautiful, distinctive wines with unique characteristics.
Thane Knutson was born and raised in Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in International Business and along the way, he discovered his love of fermentation after making a batch of wine in his dorm room closet. The science and art of fermentation captivated Thane so much so, that he picked up a job at the local winery in Slaughterville , Oklahoma.
Deciding to dive into the wine world further, he made the move to the West Coast and worked his first harvest in 2006 at Cakebread Cellars followed by two years honing his skills at the Hess Collection Winery before joining Raymond Vineyards in 2009 where he is involved in all aspects of wine production. In January 2019, Thane became the Winemaker for 1881 NAPA, which opened its doors in May 2019. In his spare time, you can find him in the great outdoors, hiking and admiring the plentiful flora and fauna of Napa Valley. He finds the winter season with the rolling green hills of Napa Valley and cleanly pruned vines to be the most beautiful time of the year.