The American Paradox

When Jean-Charles Boisset, president of Boisset Family Estates, came to this country as a child in the 1980s, he saw the Golden Gate Bridge as a symbol for the future. "I felt the emotion that everything was possible," he told the crowd of 300-something wine industry members and banker types at the Wine Industry Financial Symposium in Napa. His family had just made history in France by taking their wine company public, which his sister and he later bought back. "I was very fortunate, like some of you in this room, to be born into the world of wine."

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