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.

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…

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 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…