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…

May 29, 2015 Jennie

Martine’s Wines is proud to announce that we have a new partner in the Chicago market: PortoVino, importer of Italian wines. We are excited at the opportunity to represent this portfolio as the philosophies between our two companies align.  It’s all about the producers, their expression of their land and the quality of the wines they produce. The PortoVino wines speak to their region, their customs, and their heritage. Vineyards in Piemonte There are stories to be told about the land, the people, the winemaking, and we look forward to sharing them with you. ask peter…

May 6, 2015 Melissa

We are excited to have partnered up with Schatzi Wines to invite members of the wine trade to join us later this month in both northern and southern California! On the Martine’s Wines side, Remy Gresser (Alsace), Marie Luce Metaireau (Muscadet) and Ronnie Sanders (Vine Street Imports) will all be present to share their wines at these tastings. Both Martine’s Wines and Schatzi Wines will be featuring a comprehensive line up of our respective portfolios. In San Francisco, we’ll see you on Tuesday, May 26th at St. Vincent, 1270 Valencia Street, from 11am to 3pm. For our Southern California customers,…

April 17, 2015 temp

It has been a real pleasure having Clémence Mortet join us for the past 3 months as an intern in our California office. As she wraps up her time here at Martine’s Wines, we asked her for some thoughts on her visit to the US. I have loved my experience here since my first day. I remember the first time I crossed the Golden Gate bridge, despite my tiredness from my flight, it was so amazing! From my first moment at Martine’s Wines, I knew I had found a very good home. My experience here has been great because I…

April 17, 2015 temp

An article by Harvey Steiman from the May 31, 2015 issue of  Wine Spectator. With his expressive Pinot Noirs, Ken Wright has helped map the terroir of Willamette Valley Ken Wright made his way to Oregon in 1985 in a dilapidated pickup truck with his wife, two young sons and 10 barrels of California Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It was an unlikely beginning to a career that’s helped establish the state’s Willamette Valley as a homeland for Pinot Noir. But it says a lot about Ken Wright. The 61-year-old winegrower has proved to be pragmatic and persuasive. When his bank account could not finance…

April 7, 2015 temp

Martine’s Wines is excited to announce the awards our wines have received from the 68 expert judges at this year’s TEXSOM International Wine Awards!              Niepoort, Charme Tinto 2010: Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca. The wine is aged for 14 months.   Domaine Bernard Bonin, Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2012: 100% Chardonnay. The resulting wines are aged sur lie in oak barrels for 15 to 18 months with minimal (if any) bâtonnage.   Laporte, Sancerre Le Rochoy 2013: 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Fermented and aged in stainless steel with indigenous yeast, matured for five months on fine lees.   Monthelie…

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…