Nicole Rolet of Chene Bleu grew up with a keen palate, with a mother as a food critic and a father who collected wine. Ultimately she caught her passion for wine from her husband, abandoned her rewarding career in international politics, finance and think tanks, and trained at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and UC Davis.

She is determined to make this wine her Magnum Opus and manages many aspects of the company, including international sales and marketing of Chêne Bleu and educational development at La Verrière, which now hosts wine-related exchanges, seminars and academic workshops, such as the “Extreme Wine” course that is held each year. She is cofounder of the International Grenache Symposium and Association, and hosted the first world Summit of Grenache in 2010.