December 20, 2019 lacey

If you work in the wine trade, or if you’re a consumer who enjoys drinking wines from every region of the world, please act now and let your voice be heard! What’s the issue? On October 18, the US administration began imposing 25% tariffs on the cost of certain European wines coming into the country. This action was taken as a way to enforce US WTO rights in the Large Civil Aircraft dispute. In other words, we implemented tariffs on certain imported wines to offset unfair competition against Boeing. While we don’t support European countries unfairly subsidizing Airbus, we also…

February 1, 2018 Martine's Wines

Fine wine importer and wholesaler Martine’s Wines celebrated its five-year anniversary under owners Gregory Castells and Kate Laughlin by announcing the creation of a California sales team and several notable additions to its portfolio as the company approaches its 40th year of business. Martine’s Wines was started in 1979 by legendary tastemaker Martine Saunier, who hand-selected Castells and Laughlin to purchase the company in December 2012. “Five years ago, neither of us had worked in the import business,” said Gregory Castells, Co-Owner and President of Martine’s Wines. “We brought experiences from other sides of the industry and, in looking back,…

November 27, 2017 Martine's Wines

At first glance, fine wine presents almost unlimited opportunities for passionate investors. While drinkers might balk at the $3,000 average price tag attached to a bottle of Pétrus, one of Bordeaux’s greatest reds, that sum is trivial beside the cost of a new Bugatti sports car, Patek Philippe watch, or Joan Miró painting. Compared to other collectibles, fine wine represents a relatively modest investment—one whose returns can be considerable. Thus begins William Kelley’s Robb Report feature “Fine Wine Might Be One of the Safest Investments for Your Money” in which Martine’s Wines president, Gregory Castells, is among those interviewed. Click here to read Kelley’s…

November 3, 2017 Martine's Wines

This article was written by Neal Martin and originally published in the Interim September Issue of Robert Parker Wine Advocate on www.robertparker.com. The article is owned/copyrighted by Robert Parker Wine Advocate and can be found here. Appreciation toward vins doux naturel (VdN) has been on the critically endangered list for many years, alongside the white rhino, sensible politicians and affordable Burgundy. As fashionable as a lilac Lycra shell suit, they make Madeira look cool. I demurred writing this article because the reality is the vin doux naturel revolution is about as likely as Donald Trump vacationing in Pyongyang, though that…

September 25, 2017 Martine's Wines

With the arrival of the fall season, Martine’s Wines is happy to announce an incredible roster of trade events across the country. Here is what we have coming up: Dionysus Imports Portfolio Tour 2017 AUSTIN – 9.25.17 – 1-4pm – Winebelly 519 W. Oltorf DALLAS – 9.26.17 – 12-3pm – FT33 1617 Hi Line Drive HOUSTON – 9.27.17 – 1-4pm – Salt Air Seafood Kitchen 3029 Kirby Drive Martine’s Wines Fall Tasting – Spotlight on 2015 Burgundy NEW YORK – 10.4.17 – 11am-3pm – Chefs Club 275 Mulberry Street Martine Saunier & A Year in Port (Movie viewing and tasting)…

June 19, 2017 Martine's Wines

In a recent story for Washington’s Top News, wine writer Scott Greenberg featured two English sparkling wine producers that are new to the Martine’s Wines portfolio–Digby Fine English and Hush Heath Estate. Click here to read Greenberg’s feature and be sure to go to our producer profile pages to learn more about these exciting wineries from southern England.

April 4, 2017 Martine's Wines

Martine’s Wines is proud to announce the addition of the historic estate, Domaine Santa Duc of Gigondas, to the company’s portfolio. “We have found success recently introducing exciting yet unknown wines to the US market, but to have a domaine of the esteem of Santa Duc join us after having been a leader in the Southern Rhone for over 30 years is thrilling,” said Gregory Castells, President of Martine’s Wines. Domaine Santa Duc, established in 1874, found widespread acclaim in the United States after a longtime partnership with Robert Kacher Selections. “It is thanks to Bobby that people in this…

February 21, 2017 Martine's Wines

With its largest portfolio tasting since undergoing a change of ownership in 2012, Martine’s Wines welcomes the wine trade for its Grand Tastings of 2017 in the cities of Chicago and New York next month. “We have an amazing pool of producers attending,” said Damien Carney, Director of Sales for Direct Markets. “That is personal contact with the people who make these wines. Having that resource for our customers is invaluable.” On March 27th, twenty producers from the Martine’s Wines stable will descend on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago to gather at Sofitel from 11:00am to 2:00pm to share their…

October 12, 2016 Martine's Wines

An article from Wine Spectator published November 15, 2016 Lalou Bize-Leroy is recognized as one of Wine Spectator’s “luminaries who made a difference” in the magazine’s 40th Anniversary issue. In 1955, Henri Leroy installed his 23-year-old daughter Marcelle, known as Lalou, at the head of the family’s Burgundy négociant, Maison Leroy. The move allowed him to focus on other, more lucrative parts of the family business, mainly a brandy distillery. Not surprisingly, men in 1950s Burgundy were not keen on taking orders from a young woman. Bize-Leroy was unfazed. Throughout her career, this intelligent woman has been successful by developing strong principles and sticking to…