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…

July 29, 2014 Kate

A wonderfully written article by Eric Asimov in the New York Times Dining & Wine Section today. Here’s an excerpt, featuring one of our favorites: For advice, the Branas often go to a family friend, Jean-Claude Berrouet, who for many years oversaw the winemaking at Château Pétrus, the acclaimed Pomerol estate. Mr. Berrouet, whose father grew cherries in Irouléguy, has consulted with winemakers all over the world. But his desire, he said, was always to return to the land of his heritage. In 1992, he planted four and a half acres of sandstone terraces, primarily with white grapes, and produced…

July 1, 2014 Damien

We couldn’t have chosen a better venue for our first Napa Valley area tasting than TORC on Main Street in the town of Napa in late June. The high ceilings and airy space helped to accommodate a sizable crowd of sommeliers, retailers and winemakers. Napa may be synonymous with American wine production but there are plenty of people who still love their French wines. While at first we endeavored to showcase all the new producers we have recently added to the portfolio, we soon found ourselves including all the new release Burgundies, Champagnes and core items in the line up….

June 1, 2014 Pete

Our first seminar in the upstairs private dining room at Verbena was a cozy squeeze; we didn’t want to turn away any who came out to taste and discuss a collection of Douro wines with Dirk Niepoort. This was his first visit to the US in a while, and sadly a short one, so we wanted to make the most of Dirk’s time.  The venue was ideal (save for our overbooking!) – lovely staff, a bright and intimate room with a view of the large, open dining area, and a communal feel at the mammoth dining table. And what a…

May 1, 2014 Kate

No one is better at promoting than Martine, and she has long enjoyed a great relationship with the press. Thus it was a pleasure to pull together the top Martine Saunier articles from recent years. Enjoy!                 A Wine Importer Who Turned Bottles Into Stars Lettie Teague taps into what makes Martine, well, Martine. Importer Extraordinaire Nick Lander also gets Martine just right—down to her clenched fists thumping atop the table. Rock Star of the Wine World Jordan McKay compares Martine to Mick Jagger! Pairing Wine with Pleasure Jon Bonné in a classic Q…

April 1, 2014 Kate

We were grateful for a sunny day on April 1st in Union Square. While the calendar date of our event may have given pause to some, our customers are no fools, and these wines were no joke! There are a number of exciting new producers for us in the New York and New Jersey portfolios this Spring. Pair them up with the new vintages and wines from our long time favorites and it made for one excellent tasting at Corkbuzz Wine Studio. Romain Cornin from Macon and Jean-Sebastien Marionnet from Touraine joined us to showcase their latest bottlings. Young and…

December 1, 2013 Jennie

First impressions are lasting. I am fortunate to travel for a living and have a mental rolodex of lasting impressions – people, places, meals, wines. Alabama struck me from the first visit. The impression that was formed in school, the birth place of the Civil Windows 7 Clave Rights Movement, was at the forefront of my thoughts as I arrived into Birmingham. What would the culinary and wine scene be like? I met for lunch with several individuals whom with we were hoping to form a partnership. We dined at Chef Frank Stitt’s restaurant, Bottega. The bruschetta with fresh050-565spring pea…

November 1, 2013 Martine

I left for Burgundy in mid-September, but the grapes were far for being ripe. Wineries were on stand-by. Even the area of Pouilly-Fuisse, always first to harvest, picking did not start until September 26. So I took the opportunity to barrel-taste the 2011 Domaine Leroy and the wines were stunning. Dominique Cornin was disappointed with the quantity but not the quality, which in my view is most important. His son Romain has joined him, and Dominique has acquired more vineyards, which allows him to still have enough crop to survive. The areas of Beaune, as you may know, were devastated…

September 28, 2012 Martine

The Most Dreary Growing Season in Champagne and Burgundy Results in an Outstanding Vintage 2012 After All! Last March, I spent 10 days in Burgundy, enduring summer temperatures over 80F, as I was equipped for cold weather. Incredible and worrisome for producers. Champagne Stéphane Coquillette, Chardonnay harvest April 1st (for my second movie “A Year in Champagne”) we filmed Stéphane Coquillette demonstrating pruning in his vineyard under a blazing sun and a deep blue sky.  At that point, the vineyards of Burgundy were 6 weeks ahead, versus 4 in 2011! From April 1st to mid-August, both…