September 12, 2017 Chris Puppione

As the 2015s from our Burgundy producers continue to roll in, we take a look inside Domaine Launay-Horiot with vigneron Xavier Horiot. A former fighter pilot for the French government, Horiot returned to his family home in Pommard to continue the winemaking tradition of his grandfather, Raymond Launay. His stunning first vintage of 2014s were released last year, and the 2015s have already won widespread acclaim and will be arriving stateside this fall.  

September 6, 2017 Chris Puppione

In his highly-anticipated book, Champagne: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region, Peter Liem profiles the famous region and its wines by examining the varied terroirs that make these sparkling wines among the most iconic the world over. Liem, co-founder of La Fête du Champagne and creator of ChampagneGuide.net, showcases the people and the places that create these stunning wines.  In the section of his book that focuses on the Côte de Blancs, Liem zeroes in on Cramant and one of Champagne’s most highly-regarded estates, Diebolt-Vallois. Below is an excerpt from this upcoming book, which will be…

August 29, 2017 Chris Puppione

In this final segment of our interview with Romain Taupenot, the vigneron outlines key moments in his winemaking process, while also reflecting on his journey through wine and the future of his family’s domaine. The 2015s from Domaine Taupenot-Merme have arrived and are now available exclusively from Martine’s Wines. What are the toughest decisions you make as a winemaker? Above all else, winemaking is a thoughtful and meticulous enterprise at each stage, from the vine to the bottle. Winemakers can be similar to some chefs who cook with the finest ingredients, complete all the steps of preparation, but ultimately ruin…

August 23, 2017 Chris Puppione

We were able to sit down and talk with Noah Dorrance of Reeve Wines just last week as he and his crew prepared for the upcoming harvest here in California. During the course of our visit, Noah spoke glowingly of his adopted state of California, explaining how the tradition or spirit of the place truly fueled his pursuit of creating something new with Reeve Wines.

August 10, 2017 Chris Puppione

In this segment of “Interview with the Vigneron,” Romain Taupenot discusses style versus expression, his evolution as a winemaker, organic farming, and the challenges that face domaines in Burgundy today. What sets your wines apart from the greater story/traditions of Burgundy? There have been key developments and innovations in the areas of viticulture and winemaking in the last few decades, making it possible to produce great wines that I dare say are rather technical, more standardized, and somewhat deprived of their racy authenticity. My desire is not to yield to the trappings of crafting easy, technical wines. I look to…

August 7, 2017 Chris Puppione

Cortney Lease, Western Regional Sales Manager for Martine’s Wines, is a regular attendee of the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) in McMinnville, OR. Following this year’s festivities–which concluded just over one week ago–we asked Cortney to reflect on her experiences at this one-of-a-kind event. Enjoy! My voice is hoarse and my feet hurt, not-so-subtle reminders that I have just worked the IPNC. Across four days, I may have slept 14 hours in all, and I know I look like a rangy mouse the cat dragged in. But I’m so happy right now…this is the best kind of tired! Every year…

August 2, 2017 Chris Puppione

One of the founders of the Santa Lucia Highlands, the Pisoni Family first arrived in the Salinas Valley in 1952 when Jane and Eddie Pisoni began farming these fertile valley floors. It was their son Gary Pisoni who convinced them to plant grape vines on the hillside slopes of their estate in the early 1980s. And thus began the rich histories of Pisoni Estate, Lucia Vineyards and Luli Wines… Jeb Dunnuck continues in his feature on the wines of this pioneering family to say that their “Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are unquestionably some of the best coming out of California today.” Click here to…

July 26, 2017 Chris Puppione

This spring, Domaine Taupenot-Merme of Morey-St-Denis joined the Martine’s Wines portfolio. At the helm of this family-run estate is the passionate and affable Romain Taupenot. He was generous enough to interrupt his hustle in preparation of the upcoming harvest to answer some questions in this three-part interview. What is the history of Taupenot-Merme? It is difficult to summarize in a few lines the long and passionate history of our ancestors and authenticate the exact date of the first winemakers in our family. The branches of the family tree are all immersed in the tanks and barrels and can be followed back…

July 20, 2017 Chris Puppione

It is very important to launch a new venture with authority and verve, and Jeb Dunnuck could not have chosen a better topic for one of his first features on his new website than Bibiana González Rave. “Curious about the next generation of Winemakers in California? Want to know who you should keep on your radar? Well, here you go! I’ve written about the talent and passion of Bibiana González Rave for several years now, and I continue to love just about everything she touches.” Go to Jeb’s story on Bibiana by clicking here, and to learn more about Cattleya and…

July 17, 2017 Chris Puppione

Benjamin Gras represents the sixth-generation of winemakers at Domaine Santa Duc in Gigondas. In this short interview, Benjamin shares his perspective on farming–namely the implementation of biodynamic agriculture in his family’s vineyards, which have been farmed organically by his father, Yves, for over 30 years.  How long have you been interested in biodynamics? For many years. I have read a lot about biodynamic agriculture, scientific and philosophical books as well as articles. Since I am rather Cartesian, some scientific articles comparing biological and biodynamic agriculture have helped me greatly in my decision. Biodynamics is still struggling against a rather esoteric…