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 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 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…

June 19, 2017 Chris Puppione

In a recent story for Washington’s Top News, wine writer Scott Greenberg featured two English sparkling wine producers that are new to the Martine’s Wines portfolio–Digby Fine English and Hush Heath Estate. Click here to read Greenberg’s feature and be sure to go to our producer profile pages to learn more about these exciting wineries from southern England.

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

October 12, 2016 Chris Puppione

An article from Wine Spectator published November 15, 2016 Lalou Bize-Leroy is recognized as one of Wine Spectator’s “luminaries who made a difference” in the magazine’s 40th Anniversary issue. In 1955, Henri Leroy installed his 23-year-old daughter Marcelle, known as Lalou, at the head of the family’s Burgundy négociant, Maison Leroy. The move allowed him to focus on other, more lucrative parts of the family business, mainly a brandy distillery. Not surprisingly, men in 1950s Burgundy were not keen on taking orders from a young woman. Bize-Leroy was unfazed. Throughout her career, this intelligent woman has been successful by developing strong principles and sticking to…

August 11, 2016 Melissa

An article by James Molesworth for Wine Spectator published on August 11, 2016.  The latest installment in the documentary-styled wine movie series is worth a viewing; official trailer debuts here When it comes to portraying wine on film (or TV), success has proven harder to come by than a good botrytized red wine. There’s the bad, like Somm and Mondovino, as well as the boring, such as Uncorked (the Somm-based tv show), along with a host of other “meh” wine-themed flicks and TV flops. But the real successes are few and far between, and often rather small in scale. I was a fan of A Year…

July 13, 2016 Melissa

An article by William Kelley in the July issue of Robb Report. Red or white, rosé or sparkling, these wines bring out the best in the season’s memorable moments. Summer is a time for exploration and adventure, and the experiences will be all the sweeter with the perfect wine on hand to suit the moment. The best summer wines enhance the season’s ambience, perfecting a romantic evening, adding an effervescent note to a celebration, or simply synergizing with seasonal flavors. The wines must be vibrant and refreshing, playful or even frivolous—meant for carefree sipping as much as earnest contemplation. But above all, summer wines must…

June 30, 2015 Melissa

An article by Bruce Sanderson from the June 30, 2015 issue of Wine Spectator. Isolated but undaunted, Lalou Bize-Leroy makes some of Burgundy’s finest wines Disaster loomed in Burgundy’s 1993 vintage. A wet spring led to severe attacks of mildew. To save their grape crops, growers had to spray twice as much fungicide as in a normal year. Marcelle (“Lalou”) Bize-Leroy would have none of that. The owner of Domaine Leroy, with holdings in many of Burgundy’s finest vineyards, she had been committed to biodynamic principles since founding the estate in 1988. She adamantly refused the use of chemicals, even…

April 17, 2015 temp

An article by Harvey Steiman from the May 31, 2015 issue of  Wine Spectator. With his expressive Pinot Noirs, Ken Wright has helped map the terroir of Willamette Valley Ken Wright made his way to Oregon in 1985 in a dilapidated pickup truck with his wife, two young sons and 10 barrels of California Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It was an unlikely beginning to a career that’s helped establish the state’s Willamette Valley as a homeland for Pinot Noir. But it says a lot about Ken Wright. The 61-year-old winegrower has proved to be pragmatic and persuasive. When his bank account could not finance…