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…

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…