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…

June 29, 2012 Melissa

An article by Blair Curtis from www.fortheloveofport.com Some writers have dubbed Dirk Niepoort an “iconoclast”. Like most complex and interesting people, Dirk Niepoort cannot accurately be described in a single word. Insomuch as Dirk might show modern tendencies, for instance in his pioneering of Douro dry table wines, he simultaneously fights to maintain the all-but-vanished traditional Port category of Garrafeiras – a category his father Rolf was happy to relinquish, but Dirk has revived chez Niepoort. So it is not a matter of simply placing Dirk Niepoort into the “modernist” camp – he is too much of an individual to allow…

October 15, 2011 Martine

Following a very early spring with unusually warm temperatures and dry weather, the blooming got a head start.  In 2011, it occurred mid-May. If you add 90 to 100 days, it will give you roughly the date of harvest.  The good weather continued through June and everyone was aware that it might be like the 2003 vintage that started from Mid-August on.  Winemakers then decided to take their family vacation in July. The months of July and August changed everything. The weather was overcast, cool, rainy, and slowed down the maturity of the grapes and furthermore, brought mildew. When I…