August 10, 2017 Chris Puppione

In this segment of “Interview with the Vigneron,” Romain Taupenot discusses style versus expression, his evolution as a winemaker, organic farming, and the challenges that face domaines in Burgundy today. What sets your wines apart from the greater story/traditions of Burgundy? There have been key developments and innovations in the areas of viticulture and winemaking in the last few decades, making it possible to produce great wines that I dare say are rather technical, more standardized, and somewhat deprived of their racy authenticity. My desire is not to yield to the trappings of crafting easy, technical wines. I look to…

August 7, 2017 Chris Puppione

Cortney Lease, Western Regional Sales Manager for Martine’s Wines, is a regular attendee of the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) in McMinnville, OR. Following this year’s festivities–which concluded just over one week ago–we asked Cortney to reflect on her experiences at this one-of-a-kind event. Enjoy! My voice is hoarse and my feet hurt, not-so-subtle reminders that I have just worked the IPNC. Across four days, I may have slept 14 hours in all, and I know I look like a rangy mouse the cat dragged in. But I’m so happy right now…this is the best kind of tired! Every year…

July 26, 2017 Chris Puppione

This spring, Domaine Taupenot-Merme of Morey-St-Denis joined the Martine’s Wines portfolio. At the helm of this family-run estate is the passionate and affable Romain Taupenot. He was generous enough to interrupt his hustle in preparation of the upcoming harvest to answer some questions in this three-part interview. What is the history of Taupenot-Merme? It is difficult to summarize in a few lines the long and passionate history of our ancestors and authenticate the exact date of the first winemakers in our family. The branches of the family tree are all immersed in the tanks and barrels and can be followed back…

July 17, 2017 Chris Puppione

Benjamin Gras represents the sixth-generation of winemakers at Domaine Santa Duc in Gigondas. In this short interview, Benjamin shares his perspective on farming–namely the implementation of biodynamic agriculture in his family’s vineyards, which have been farmed organically by his father, Yves, for over 30 years.  How long have you been interested in biodynamics? For many years. I have read a lot about biodynamic agriculture, scientific and philosophical books as well as articles. Since I am rather Cartesian, some scientific articles comparing biological and biodynamic agriculture have helped me greatly in my decision. Biodynamics is still struggling against a rather esoteric…

July 10, 2017 Chris Puppione

Wink Lorch is not one to skip her homework in favor of fanciful tales. It is this dedication to truth and discovery that made her first book, Jura Wine, so compelling and a necessity for anyone interested in the wines of that region. It is with this same conviction and desire for fact over fantasy that she now turns her attention to neighboring areas in her upcoming second book, Wines of the French Alps: Savoie, Bugey and beyond. “So, now while writing Wines of the French Alps I’m digging deep into Savoie lore, law and labels… And the story of the history…

May 18, 2017 Chris Puppione

A few weeks ago, we had the good fortune of spending the day in Bandol with Robert De Salvo (owner) and Romain Bournaud (winemaker) of Bastide de la Ciselette. It was hard to imagine there ever being a bad day to be in Bandol, with gorgeous hillsides of vines spilling out under a spotless sky that converges in the distance with the welcoming hush of the Mediterranean Sea. Catch a glimpse of the glory of Bastide de la Ciselette’s estate vineyard, Brulat du Castellet, in our latest drone vineyard tour.

May 11, 2017 Chris Puppione

We came upon a bucolic scene in January when we wound our way up from Nuits-Saint-Georges to the tiny village of Chaux to visit with Julien Cruchandeau. A former DJ turned vigneron, Julien has created quite a stir with the wines he creates in the cellar just below his family home. We joined Julien and his two young children for an afternoon in his Les Cabottes vineyard in the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits. And while the kids scrambled onto the old stone hut that holds watch over the vines, we explored this stunning site with Julien telling us its story along the…

April 28, 2017 Chris Puppione

In January of this year, Martine’s Wines Vice President Kate Laughlin traveled to Burgundy to meet with some of our producers, including our newest addition to the portfolio–Domaine Gouffier. Here, Kate shares “sur le zinc” her account of the team’s visit with Frédéric Gueugneau and Benoît Pagot at the domaine in Fontaines. We arrived to Domaine Gouffier on a misty-cold morning and after a few wrong turns around the commune of Fontaines. For once, I hadn’t done my homework–any homework–and had no idea what I was walking into. I hadn’t googled the domaine, hadn’t asked Greg to give me an overview of…

April 25, 2017 Chris Puppione

It was a chilly January afternoon in Fleurie when we visited with the always entertaining vigneron Marc Delienne. Marc’s story and that of his chateau is an intriguing one, and we invite you to tour the grounds of Domaine Marc Delienne from the air in “Beaujolais From Above.”

April 19, 2017 Chris Puppione

We are back in Burgundy again, which means MW One is taking to the skies and providing new perspectives of the vineyard holdings of our producers. Today, Thibault Morey of Domaine Morey-Coffinet was our guide in Chassagne-Montrachet, as we filmed his prized holdings in Dent de Chien (1er Cru), Blanchots Dessus (1er Cru), and Bâtard-Montrachet (Grand Cru). Later this afternoon, it was ex-fighter pilot turned vigneron Xavier Horiot of Domaine Launay-Horiot who supervised our flights over his Pommard sites: Perrieres Les Perrieres, Les Chaponnieres (1er Cru), and Les Rugiens Bas (1er Cru). In this video, we offer just a glimpse of some of…