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Unique Wines from Independent French Growers

French Wine Gift was born in 1997, when French chef and restauranteur Michel Bouchet realized his customers loved more than his food - they also adored the small-production French bottles on his wine list! He began the French Wine Club due simply to popular demand, and ran it out of his restaurant in Southern California. What started with a few local customers picking up their bottles during dinner grew into a thriving Wine Gift program, with wines being shipped all over the United States.

Over time Michel decided to slow down a bit so he could spend more time with family. He leased out his restaurant space and began looking for a wine shop he could partner with, so as to keep French Wine Gift going strong. His search ultimately led him to North County Wine Company, where he found owners - brothers Jim and Bill Tobin - who are as passionate about discovering hidden wine gems as he is.

Michel spent several months working closely with Jim and Bill, tasting innumerable small production wines from family-owned chateaus throughout France, then selecting the best of these for inclusion in the French Wine Gift program. Finally, at the close of 2010, Michel handed over control of the business to the Tobin Brothers. He is now traveling, visiting friends, and enjoying the good life with his family in North San Diego County.

Jim and Bill, meanwhile, continue their relentless pursuit of special French wines to share with their friends and clients. It's hard work, but they're up to the task! Their motto is: "We taste thousands of mediocre wines so you don't have to." Their thousands of satisfied customers thank them for it, and for making it so easy to give the gift of fine wine!

If you have any questions or would like to order by phone, feel free to call or email at anytime!

Phone: (760)653-9032

Email: jim@northcountywinecompany.com