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…

February 21, 2017 Chris Puppione

With its largest portfolio tasting since undergoing a change of ownership in 2012, Martine’s Wines welcomes the wine trade for its Grand Tastings of 2017 in the cities of Chicago and New York next month. “We have an amazing pool of producers attending,” said Damien Carney, Director of Sales for Direct Markets. “That is personal contact with the people who make these wines. Having that resource for our customers is invaluable.” On March 27th, twenty producers from the Martine’s Wines stable will descend on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago to gather at Sofitel from 11:00am to 2:00pm to share their…

February 6, 2017 Chris Puppione

Pete Monteleone, Director of Purchasing for Martine’s Wines, sat down with host Tim Benton of KSVY radio’s “Guys @ Five Friday” to talk about the basics of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley. Click below and listen in as Pete guides the audience through the history and terroir of these regions by tasting three of Martine’s Wines offerings: 2014 Bernard-Bonin Bourgogne Blanc Initiales B.B. 2014 Domaine Charles Audoin Marsannay Cuvee Marie Ragonneau 2013 Gilles Robin Crozes Hermitage Cuvee Alberic Bouvet With some country music and colorful banter added, this makes for an entertaining segment. Enjoy! http://ksvy.org/showarchive/public/KSVY_2017-02-03__18_01_22.mp3

February 1, 2017 Chris Puppione

Before returning stateside last week, we were treated to some quality time in Portugal with Dirk Niepoort. The overcast days of Douro were but pleasant window dressing to the many stories and wines that Dirk had to share with us. Take a look:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8o1k-rrUG8

January 24, 2017 Chris Puppione

Closing the books on Burgundy for this trip could not have been any better than traveling south to see La Vigne Mouton, Dominique Cornin, and Marc Delienne. Incredible people in beautiful places creating gorgeous wines–it is truly our pleasure to serve these marvelous winemakers.   Please enjoy our Day Five video here, and check back on the Sur Le Zinc blog, as we will be adding plenty of other great stories, photos and videos, including aerial tours of Burgundian vineyards featuring scenes from the likes of Vosne-Romanee, Meursault, Montrachet, Gevrey-Chambertin, and Fleurie.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiaKeNHE5a0

January 22, 2017 Chris Puppione

We dedicated our fourth day in Burgundy to welcoming Domaine Gouffier to the Martine’s Wines family. Frederic Gueugneau and his associate, Benoit Pagot, indulged us with a tour of the property in Fontaines, followed by a tasting that reflected a precision and passion that makes us proud to be the first to bring their wines to the United States.   Please enjoy this short feature on Domaine Gouffier:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzR-A-tS2WQ

January 22, 2017 Chris Puppione

Morey-Coffinet and Julien Cruchandeau were incredible hosts today, treating our team to stunning flights of new releases and the stories that accompany them. Knowing the people behind the bottles makes these wines even more special, and that’s why we want to share these moments here.   Click below to have a glimpse into our third day in Burgundy.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1gSn6PbtdA

January 21, 2017 Chris Puppione

Our second full day in Burgundy was another stunner, as we enjoyed the company (and wines) of our friends at Bernard-Bonin, Denis Mortet and Bruno Clavelier. It’s pretty tough to beat a day that takes you from Meursault to Gevrey-Chambertin and on to Vosne-Romanee.   Please enjoy the highlights of the day in our second video installment here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nI2W7ADvoc

January 20, 2017 Chris Puppione

For the next five days, we are dashing across Burgundy, visiting our friends and making new ones. We are meeting with our producers, tasting upcoming vintages and gathering stories to share with our clients around the world.   During the next five days, we will feature short videos of our adventures in Burgundy. During the course of the months that follow, come here to learn more in-depth about Burgundy, our producers, and the stories that matter to them.   All of this comes Sur Le Zinc.   Enjoy!   https://youtu.be/gbPA0ek9uUo

January 16, 2017 Chris Puppione

It’s amazing what a person can learn with their elbows planted firmly on a bar top. In Paris, the zinc cafés are the looking glass through which one gains access to the local set. The whispered mysteries and legends of the surrounding scene are catalogued or created here with a glass of wine in hand and mouths agape, be it to accept food or drink, or to lavish fellow attendees with a tale. “Sur Le Zinc” is our version of the neighborhood bar in the form of a blog—under the hood and off the cuff—some spirited bar chatter that gives…