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Sarah Stierch Sarah Stierch is the Food + Drink Editor of the Sun (with occasional visits to other areas of the paper). Stierch has eaten, drunk, and written her way through 13 countries and the hottest food trends and communities in the USA. She's also a racing and travel geek, venturing beyond food/booze to cover subjects that connect to Sonoma Valley, such as IndyCar racing and other wine making regions. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, the Independent, Salon, Gawker, Smithsonian and on National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.


JCB meets John Legend with new wine

Posted on November 3, 2015 by Sarah Stierch
Musician John Legend has paired with Jean-Charles Boisset to create LVE wines (Photo: Raymond Vineyards)
Musician John Legend has paired with Jean-Charles Boisset to create LVE wines (Photo: Patrick Egan, Boisset Collection)

“Seduction, rich, and complex,” are the three words musician John Legend uses to describe his new wine partnership with Jean-Charles Boisset.

This year, the two teamed up to create Legend Vineyard Exclusive – or simply known as LVE.

Legend is a Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe winning singer, songwriter and philanthropist. Jean-Charles Boisset? Well, he owns Sonoma’s Buena Vista. (C’mon, you know Jean-Charles by now!)

Working with Raymond Vineyards winemaker Stephanie Putman, the two wine enthusiasts crafted a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($85) and a Napa Valley Chardonnay ($45).

“Legend Vineyard Exclusive was a dream long in the making,” shared Legend who has collaborated with Boisset before. The two surprised audiences at last year’s Auction Napa Valley when Legend performed his song “All of Me”. The performance raised $850,000 for local charities (let’s get some of that celeb action in Sonoma next year, right!?).

LVE Napa Valley Chardonnay
LVE Napa Valley Chardonnay retails for $45 (Photo: Patrick Egan, Boisset Collection)

“As with my music, I searched for the right collaborator, a vineyard whose pursuit of the perfect blend and standards of excellence equaled my own,” stated Legend, who is known for being a perfectionist, much like his winemaking partner, Boisset.

The wine is all about “his passion, his love, and his emotion,” shared Boisset, on the collaboration and what it symbolizes for Legend. Legend calls it a “perfect union.”

This isn’t Boisset’s first go around with celebrity winemaking – in 2008 he partnered with comedian Dan Aykroyd to create the Dan Aykroyd Discovery Series under the Sonoma-county based De Loach Vineyards, also owned by Boisset.

But, how is the wine? We don’t know just yet, but, we’ll be sure to let you know (or you let us know, first!).

You can purchase the wines online at or try them at Raymond Vineyards, 849 Zinfandel Ln, St. Helena,

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