April 3, 2015 Melissa

We are pleased to invite the wine trade community to join us in Chicago on Monday, April 6th for our Inaugural Spring Tasting at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, 58 East Oak Street, from 1-3pm. This tasting marks the official introduction of the Martine’s Wines portfolio with direct distribution to the wine and food establishments of Illinois. Please RSVP to rsvp@mwines.com. We look forward to tasting with you!

March 5, 2015 Lauren

About 2 years ago I started thinking about a transition from working as a sommelier and manager in restaurants to the distribution side of the business.  I found myself connecting very much with the reps who I purchased wine from as a buyer, and feeling very attracted to the fluidity with which they moved about the city.  Checking in on everyone’s programs, familiarizing themselves with a small group of wines and speaking knowingly of the people who made those wines, and possibly most alluring: making their own schedule! It took me a long time, (mostly thinking without actually applying for…

February 17, 2015 temp

Martine’s Wines is thrilled that some of the country’s top sommeliers have selected seven bottles from five producers in our portfolio to feature at the New York City debut of  La Paulée Off Grid, A Tasting of Burgundy’s Hidden Gems. The event will be held next Tuesday, February 24th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at City Winery, 155 Varick Street, New York, New York 10013. More details and a link to purchase tickets can be found here. Thank you to Joe, Michelle and Jeff for sharing your comments on why you selected these particular Martine’s Wines to share at this exciting event! Joe Campanale, Dell’anima,…

February 4, 2015 Pete

I arrived in Santa Fe on Tuesday afternoon, grabbed my rental car and drove out to Taos via the Rio Grande Gorge.  It must have been 60 degrees, completely sunny.  I got settled in my room at the Taos Inn, where the restaurant Doc Martin’s is located, right in the center of town (population 5,000).  Then headed to The Love Apple for dinner where I ran into two bottlings of Dominique Cornin: Macon-Chaintre 2013 and Pouilly Fuisse 2012.  The food was fabulous, and inspired me to return two nights later, by invitation from the staff as well as Charles from…

January 16, 2015 Kate

We are delighted to share the exciting news that A Year in Champagne will be released in select theaters and on iTunes on March 6th, 2015. Following A Year in Burgundy, this latest film follows Martine Saunier to the infamous region of Champagne and features the personable producers and superb cuvees imported by Martine’s Wines: Stephane Coquilette, Saint-Chamant, Gonet-Medeville and Diebolt-Vallois.   Click the link below to watch the trailer for the film! A Year in Champagne Official Trailer   If you don’t want to wait until March, we don’t blame you. Samuel Goldwyn Films will be holding special screenings…

October 30, 2014 Martine

At the end of September in California, I picked up the phone and started dialing our producers abroad to see what information I could gather on the progress of their 2014 harvests. Here is my report. With all the disturbing news of heavy rain and cool weather in Bordeaux, I was quite concerned about Chateau les Justices and Respide-Medeville. But according to Julie Gonet-Medeville, they harvested superb quality white grapes between September 10 and 17 this year. Picking of the reds started October 3 at Chateau des Eyrins and Respide-Medeville. It has been a long time since their harvest was in…

October 17, 2014 Kate

It is our pleasure to invite the wine trade community to join us in San Francisco on Monday, October 27th for our Fall Tasting at Monsieur Benjamin, 451 Gough Street, from 10am-2pm. For our Southern California customers, please join us the following day, Tuesday, October 28th, in Los Angeles at Hutchinson Cocktails & Grill, 826 N. La Cienega Blvd, from 12pm-4pm. Ken Wright will be in attendance for both events and pouring his 2013 Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs for your tasting pleasure. Please RSVP to rsvp@mwines.com. We look forward to seeing you!

October 10, 2014 Melissa

An article by Elin McCoy from Wine-Seacher.com. Enjoy! On a warm evening last summer at the International Pinot Noir Celebration’s grand dinner in McMinnville, Oregon, importer Martine Saunier, slim and chic in a white tunic, was pouring wines from the stellar portfolio she started building back in 1979. As I sipped a dazzling 1989 Domaine Leroy Clos de la Roche, I thought of how much she has shaped the landscape of French wine in America in the past 35 years. Two months later, over lunch in New York, I finally hear the whole story of how this petite French woman became one…

August 15, 2014 Myles

Long Island in the summer is about four things: -Traffic -Local produce -Local fish and shellfish -Rosé Our local produce is swinging through the season,  first from the north fork and as summer winds down the south fork farms begin to produce more. Corn is finally in season here on the south fork, and that’s a welcome sight every year. Asparagus has come and gone, but leafy greens such as kale and spinach are up and running, and soon potatoes and root type vegetables will be in season as well. As for the local seafood, with the advantage of our proximity, we…

August 1, 2014 Martine

It was a pleasure to return this summer to IPNC. At the Grand Dinner on Friday, I got right to work rounding up all those interested in tasting some top quality wines with me. Together we enjoyed a superb line up from Martine’s Wines, including cuvées from one of the newest producers, Domaine des Ardoisières, from the steep and rocky slopes of Savoie. Saint Chamant 2005 Diebolt-Vallois Cuvée Prestige Domaine des Ardoisières Argile Blanc Domaine des Ardoisières Schiste Blanc Domaine des Ardoisières Amethyste Rouge Domaine Leroy Clos de la Roche 1989 Château Rayas 1998 Starting to my left and around the table: Elin McCoy, Bloomberg News Damien…