December 12, 2017 Chris Puppione

As we toured the vineyards and cellar of Chateau du Cedre just a few weeks ago, it was hard not to be struck by the good humor of the charismatic Pascal Verhaeghe, who tends to the family’s gorgeous holdings in Cahors along with his brother, Jean-Marc. Set not far from the picturesque medieval commune of Puy-l’Eveque, the vineyards of Chateau du Cedre are 27ha in total and are predominantly Malbec, with vines of Merlot, Tannat, Viognier, Semillon, Muscadelle, and Sauvignon making up the rest. The brothers’ approach is clarified best by their motto: “Move forward, experience new ways.” Click below and…

December 5, 2017 Chris Puppione

In our newest video, we invite you to join us on a sky tour of the Savoie, as we introduce Florian & Marie Curtet of Domaine Curtet. Our team visited with this dynamic, young couple in April of this year, and their 2016s have recently landed stateside to much acclaim. Click below and learn about the exciting wines coming from the team that has followed in the footsteps of Jacques Maillet.

November 8, 2017 Chris Puppione

We love when our producers share details of each year’s harvest with us, and in 2017, Bernard Burgaud took his update to a whole new level with the domaine’s video, “The Tightrope Grapes.” In this segment, viewers get a glimpse of the unique machination involved when picking and transporting grapes on the steep slopes of Côte-Rôtie. Enjoy the ride here:

October 25, 2017 Chris Puppione

Our team had the opportunity to visit Thibault Morey twice this last year at his family’s Domaine Morey-Coffinet in Chassagne-Montrachet. Thibault tasted us through his 2015s, which mark the first vintage completed by the domaine under biodynamic certification. He also took us for a tour of several of his family’s vineyard sites and spoke to us about the blessings he and his fellow winemakers enjoy in Burgundy.

October 18, 2017 Chris Puppione

Our team in Chicago–Jennie Mass, Adam Brunsen, Marc Brice, and Nick DeBias–had a full schedule last week, with Jose Teles from Niepoort, Remi Cognet from Domaine Santa Duc, and our own Martine Saunier visiting. We decided to check in and get a look at five days in the life of our reps–check it out! Monday “5:45 AM Woken up by my black cat Momo. Steps on my face, stomps on papers. Cat is fed. Done! Most important part of the day–coffee prepared by my Dutch hand made coffee machine: The Moccamaster. 6:45 AM Time to go to my Cross-Fit class. I…

September 22, 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 book, Liem turns his attention to yet another Champagne estate we represent, Gonet-Médeville. Below is an excerpt from this upcoming book, which will be released on October 10, 2017. Xavier Gonet comes from a long-established…

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.  

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.