April 28, 2017 Chris Puppione

In January of this year, Martine’s Wines Vice President Kate Laughlin traveled to Burgundy to meet with some of our producers, including our newest addition to the portfolio–Domaine Gouffier. Here, Kate shares “sur le zinc” her account of the team’s visit with Frédéric Gueugneau and Benoît Pagot at the domaine in Fontaines. We arrived to Domaine Gouffier on a misty-cold morning and after a few wrong turns around the commune of Fontaines. For once, I hadn’t done my homework–any homework–and had no idea what I was walking into. I hadn’t googled the domaine, hadn’t asked Greg to give me an overview of…

April 25, 2017 Chris Puppione

It was a chilly January afternoon in Fleurie when we visited with the always entertaining vigneron Marc Delienne. Marc’s story and that of his chateau is an intriguing one, and we invite you to tour the grounds of Domaine Marc Delienne from the air in “Beaujolais From Above.”

April 19, 2017 Chris Puppione

We are back in Burgundy again, which means MW One is taking to the skies and providing new perspectives of the vineyard holdings of our producers. Today, Thibault Morey of Domaine Morey-Coffinet was our guide in Chassagne-Montrachet, as we filmed his prized holdings in Dent de Chien (1er Cru), Blanchots Dessus (1er Cru), and Bâtard-Montrachet (Grand Cru). Later this afternoon, it was ex-fighter pilot turned vigneron Xavier Horiot of Domaine Launay-Horiot who supervised our flights over his Pommard sites: Perrieres Les Perrieres, Les Chaponnieres (1er Cru), and Les Rugiens Bas (1er Cru). In this video, we offer just a glimpse of some of…

April 7, 2017 Chris Puppione

In January of this year, we spent an afternoon with vigneron Bruno Clavelier, touring several vineyards to gain insight from the man himself about each location. We brought our company drone–MW One–along with us to provide a new perspective on these special plots of vines. Here, in our first installment of “Burgundy From Above,” we visit Bruno’s share of La Combe d’Orveaux in Chambolle-Musigny. You can view it below or subscribe and watch all our videos on our MW YouTube Channel.

April 4, 2017 Chris Puppione

Martine’s Wines is proud to announce the addition of the historic estate, Domaine Santa Duc of Gigondas, to the company’s portfolio. “We have found success recently introducing exciting yet unknown wines to the US market, but to have a domaine of the esteem of Santa Duc join us after having been a leader in the Southern Rhone for over 30 years is thrilling,” said Gregory Castells, President of Martine’s Wines. Domaine Santa Duc, established in 1874, found widespread acclaim in the United States after a longtime partnership with Robert Kacher Selections. “It is thanks to Bobby that people in this…

March 28, 2017 Chris Puppione

The streets of downtown Chicago served as a beautiful backdrop as we sat down with representatives of 15 of our producers from France at our Grand Tasting 2017 event yesterday. Sharing insights and stories (and even a song!), these incredible people conveyed both passion and purpose in their answers to compelling questions that provide a glimpse into the lives of those who produce these gorgeous wines. Over the coming months, we will be sharing segments from these interviews in a special series in which we pull back the curtain and give our producers a chance to tell their tales in their own…

March 21, 2017 Chris Puppione

Xavier Horiot is a soft-spoken and unassuming man, but he is far from sheepish. A former fighter pilot in the French army, Xavier inherited (along with his aunt) his late-grandfather’s domaine in 2000. However, there was turmoil within the family over what to do with the estate–to sell or not to sell. Xavier will be stateside next week for our Grand Tasting 2017 events in both Chicago and New York on March 27th & 28th. In this video, Xavier discusses the symbolic significance of his label and its deeper connection to the past and future of Domaine Launay-Horiot.

February 25, 2017 Chris Puppione

Damien Carney, the Director of Sales for Direct Markets at Martine’s Wines, shares the story on the newest offering from Domaine des Ardoisieres–the 2015 Cuvée Silice. Two years ago, I became obsessed with tasting a wine that had never been made.  The wine didn’t even exist, the growing season not yet begun, when the idea of it was first presented to me.  It was a notion, a pipe dream, a hope.  Now, what was once a long-shot request is a reality; a taut yet ripe—and insanely quaffable—bottled reality: 2015 Cuvée Silice from Domaine des Ardoisières. Brice Omont is making some…