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…

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…

March 22, 2016 Melissa

Happy Spring from Martine’s Wines! We are pleased to invite the wine trade community to our Spring 2016 tastings this April. San Francisco, Monday, April 11th, 12pm-3pm, Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market Street Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 13th, 11am-3pm, Republique, 624 South La Brea Avenue Chicago, Monday, April 18th, 12pm-3pm, Formento’s, 925 West Randolph Street Hamptons, Thursday, April 28th, 11am-4pm, Baron’s Cove Hotel, Second Floor, 31 West Water Street We will have producers in attendance to pour their wines in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Please send your RSVP to rsvp@mwines.com. We look forward to tasting with you!

January 21, 2016 Melissa

It is our pleasure to invite the wine trade community to join us in San Francisco on Monday, January 25th for our Ken Wright Cellars Tasting at Piperade, 1015 Battery Street, from 11am-3pm. Ken Wright will be in attendance and pouring his 2014 Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs. We will also be pouring some new arrivals to the Martine’s Wines portfolio. Please RSVP to rsvp@mwines.com. We look forward to tasting with you!

September 10, 2015 Lindsay

Last week, we had our New York City Summer Portfolio Tasting at a new venue on the edge of the Flower District called Wine Disciples. Martine’s Wines only has a couple annual tasting events for the New York and New Jersey trade, and this one was extra special — because it was my first! Tuesday morning I traveled by bicycle and a quick ferry ride over the East River into Manhattan to calm my nerves. Would anyone come on this first day of September? Would I be able to answer questions and speak knowledgeably about our wines?  It’s akin to opening night…

July 23, 2015 Nils

Martine’s Wines was proud to feature the wonderful Meursaults of Domaine Bernard-Bonin for the first event at Manhattan Wine Company’s brand-new storefront in West Chelsea. This is arguably the most aesthetically pleasing and fully-functioning new wine store in Manhattan.   President, Gregory Castells and Director of Sales, Kevin Foran were on hand to present the wines to a large group of consumers and collectors who happily tasted through a stellar line up and soaked up knowledge and information on this under-the-radar producer. Fun was had by all and they even bought some wine!

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…