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…

July 10, 2017 Chris Puppione

Wink Lorch is not one to skip her homework in favor of fanciful tales. It is this dedication to truth and discovery that made her first book, Jura Wine, so compelling and a necessity for anyone interested in the wines of that region. It is with this same conviction and desire for fact over fantasy that she now turns her attention to neighboring areas in her upcoming second book, Wines of the French Alps: Savoie, Bugey and beyond. “So, now while writing Wines of the French Alps I’m digging deep into Savoie lore, law and labels… And the story of the history…

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.

May 18, 2017 Chris Puppione

A few weeks ago, we had the good fortune of spending the day in Bandol with Robert De Salvo (owner) and Romain Bournaud (winemaker) of Bastide de la Ciselette. It was hard to imagine there ever being a bad day to be in Bandol, with gorgeous hillsides of vines spilling out under a spotless sky that converges in the distance with the welcoming hush of the Mediterranean Sea. Catch a glimpse of the glory of Bastide de la Ciselette’s estate vineyard, Brulat du Castellet, in our latest drone vineyard tour.

May 11, 2017 Chris Puppione

We came upon a bucolic scene in January when we wound our way up from Nuits-Saint-Georges to the tiny village of Chaux to visit with Julien Cruchandeau. A former DJ turned vigneron, Julien has created quite a stir with the wines he creates in the cellar just below his family home. We joined Julien and his two young children for an afternoon in his Les Cabottes vineyard in the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits. And while the kids scrambled onto the old stone hut that holds watch over the vines, we explored this stunning site with Julien telling us its story along the…

April 28, 2017 Chris Puppione

In January of this year, Martine’s Wines Vice President Kate Laughlin traveled to Burgundy to meet with some of our producers, including our newest addition to the portfolio–Domaine Gouffier. Here, Kate shares “sur le zinc” her account of the team’s visit with Frédéric Gueugneau and Benoît Pagot at the domaine in Fontaines. We arrived to Domaine Gouffier on a misty-cold morning and after a few wrong turns around the commune of Fontaines. For once, I hadn’t done my homework–any homework–and had no idea what I was walking into. I hadn’t googled the domaine, hadn’t asked Greg to give me an overview of…

April 25, 2017 Chris Puppione

It was a chilly January afternoon in Fleurie when we visited with the always entertaining vigneron Marc Delienne. Marc’s story and that of his chateau is an intriguing one, and we invite you to tour the grounds of Domaine Marc Delienne from the air in “Beaujolais From Above.”