LJL Collection is a diversified company: a group of world citizens who love food + wine, traveling to fabulous locales and pampering our pets.
Our happiest + finest moments are when we get to share what we hold most dear in this world with our clients to help you enjoy all that wine + travel bring to life.
We started our life journeys on four different continents. Met along life's paths + found a common thread in our zest for being the very best at what we do.
Why a collection? Because it isn't enough to fit into a niche: we are creating our own niche. Our specialties are exceptional wines, epicurean endeavors and memorable journeys.
Our team has decades of experience in oenology + cellar management, travel planning, gourmet pursuits and pet care.
Leave the details to us so that you can relax and ENJOY all that travel , food & wine bring to life.
Count on your LJL experts to help you:
- procure exceptional wines for your home, corporate + gifting needs
- design bespoke journeys for you + the pets you love
- curate memorable wine + chocolate experiences for your events
While working with us, we want you to be completely happy with your experience.
If you have questions about our services, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our goal is to be your preferred travel , epicurean + wine curator for many years to come.
A seasoned entrepreneur who has created + traded companies in the US and EMEA, Jen is passionate about our collection of travel, wine and pet-related services. Her wanderlust has led her around five continents while learning about winemaking from some of the world's renowned winemakers throughout California + France. With 20+ years volunteering at animal rescues across the globe and a pet CPR-certification under her belt, Jen oversees our pet travel services with a passion for your four-legged love's safety and comfort.
Growing up in Europe, Laurent honed his wine + culinary skills while studying in Alsace followed by sommelier school in southern France at Tain L'hermitage, finishing his studies at business school in the US. He crafts and manages our French partnerships. His business acumen is built on a foundation of creating enterprises in Canada + France as well as guiding European companies through their North American launch. It provides him with unique insights as the head of our consulting collection. Laurent curates our epicurean + oenological journeys for clients seeking exceptional experiences off the well known tourist path.
Alpesh Chauhan grew up in the London restaurant world. He started his career as a chef and learned the ropes in Michelin Star restaurants. He then spent several years in the UAE, opening restaurants in Dubai for international powerhouses. Alpesh used this culinary knowledge to dive in as an entrepreneur and open his own restaurants in London, launching him into the world of wine. His passion for hospitality took over and that passion led him to invest in wine and build a private collection. Alpesh oversees the UK export side of our business, with a keen eye on the pulse of the rapidly evolving UK wine scene.
Laurent Derhé began his career as a sommelier in 1991, His posts have included working with famous names like Alain Ducasse in Monaco, Philippe Chavent at La Tour Rose in Lyon, and Chateau de Bagnols in Beaujolais. Laurent earned the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France Sommelier in 2007. In October 2011, he received the title of Sommelier of the Year during the trophy of gastronomy held by the Toques Blanches Lyonnaises and hosted that year by Chef Pierre Troigros. In 2016, he won second place in the national selection for Best European Sommelier. Laurent partners with us to taste & create our premium collection of wines.
Since 2004, Xavier Berger has imagined & composed original chocolate creations with passion, elegant flavors and intense aromatics. Each of his chocolates + fruit creations showcase his artisanal savior-faire, combining time-honored traditions with a modern flair and just a touch of audacity. Winning the best chocolatier of France in 2010, Xavier is a craftsman of cocoa who never ceases to explore new tastes in an effort to achieve great pleasure for the gourmet chocolate lover. Working at the top of his field, in 2022, Xavier was recently awarded the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF) after two years of competition. We are thrilled to partner with him to help make our client's chocolate dreams come true.
Shelen Boyes was born & raised in Northern California wine country. She is a kiwi at heart and relocated to New Zealand soon after falling in love with the islands during her first visit there. Shelen is an ambassador for a boutique New Zealand winery and spends much of her free time in pursuit of the best spots for fly fishing. As an outdoor enthusiast and lover of artisinal wines, she can be found traveling often between wine regions in the US and New Zealand looking for new adventures while creating a bridge between the two cultures. Shelen oversees our New Zealand experiences with pizazz: guiding our guests through unique wine tastings, gourmet meals at hidden gems and outdoor adventures in stunning locales.
Born in Mexico City, Ricardo has over 20 years of experience in international business development. After 15 years in the luxury market at Swarovski, and spending several years in Los Angeles soaking up the California sun, his move to France plunged him into the world of exploring unique vineyards. Ricardo loves traveling, epicurean adventures and enjoying fabulous wine with friends and family. He enjoys sharing his passion for French wines + culture with our clients in North & South America.
Our four-legged advisors have traveled around five countries on multiple continents and 30+ US states via planes, trains and automobiles. They help us scout the most pet-friendly amenities available when you'd like to vacation with or transport your cherished four-legged family members.
Even in the age of online booking, travel advisors are a great source of information and assistance. A travel advisor can make sure that your trip is customized to your needs, assist you in case of unexpected problems, and help you anticipate potential challenges in advance.
In today's ever changing wine market, it's challenging to cut through the noise and find something you will truly enjoy drinking. That's how a wine expert can help. We learn about your palate and suggest wines you will enjoy based on your preferences. Want to branch out and try something new? We can help with that too!
LJL Collection is California ABC licensed for online retail wine sales, wholesale wine distribution + beer / wine importing.
Your and your pet's health, safety + well-being are important to us! We are a USDA-registered pet transporter.
Travel expertise is important: Jennifer is licensed, bonded and insured as an independent travel agent affiliated with Archer Travel Service
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Want to see if your favorite wine is available, or if your particular travel plan is something we can arrange?
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We'd love to hear from you!