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Raymond Vineyards

Raymond Vineyards Review

All the world's a stage to Jean-Charles Boisset, Raymond's charismatic owner—even his vineyards, where his five-act Theater of Nature includes a well-executed series of gardens and displays that explain biodynamic agriculture. The theatrics continue indoors in the disco-dazzling Crystal Cellar tasting room (chandelier and other accoutrements by Baccarat), along with several other spaces, some sedate and others equally expressive. Despite goosing up the glamour—gal pals out for a fun afternoon love this place—Boisset and winemaker Stephanie Putnam, formerly of Hess and Far Niente, have continued the winery's tradition of producing reasonably priced premium wines. The Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots often surprise. Concerned about dogs being left in hot cars during tasting, Boisset established the on-site Frenchie Winery, where canines lounge in comfort while their guardians sip wine.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 849 Zinfandel La., off Hwy. 29 St. Helena, CA 94574
  • Phone: 707/963–3141
  • Cost: Tastings $20–$40; tour and tasting $45
  • Hours: Daily 10–4
  • Website:
  • Location: St. Helena
Updated: 04-24-2013

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