Wines of the Alps – Exploring Domaine des Ardoisières and Domaine Curtet

Stretching through seven European countries and topping out at 15,781 feet at their highest point, the first thoughts that spring to mind when most people hear about the Alps are about snow and skiing. However, at lower altitudes, these mountains support an enormous amount of agriculture – in modern parlance, the term “alp” refers to… READ MORE

New Producer from Madiran -Domaine Laougué

Tucked into the foothills of the Pyrenees, Madiran is a hidden gem of a winemaking region that produces red, white, and sweet wines. This area features rolling hills, unspoiled nature, and a unique heritage, and the wines that come from here couldn’t be from anywhere else in France or the world. It is here, lying… READ MORE

Château Fosse-Sèche’s Commitment to Biodiversity

Few wineries impress with such an illustrious history as Château de Fosse-Sèche. First planted to vine by Benedictine monks in the 1200s, the Pire-Keller family established the modern incarnation of the estate in 1998. Situated near the tiny village of Brossay, two brothers, Adrien and Guillaume Pire, tend to the 45-hectare property with the utmost… READ MORE

The Remarkable Geology of the Agly Valley

The Remarkable Geology of the Agly Valley

Reading Time: 3 minutes Located in the larger IGP of the Côtes Catalanes, the Agly Valley is nestled in the foothills of the Corbieres Massif, an ancient mountain range in the pre-Pyrenees. Coming from the west, you descend into the valley on narrow mountain roads flanked on either side by sheer walls of white limestone…. READ MORE

Rediscovering Sauvignon Blanc

Reading time: 4 minutes When scanning wine lists and scouring retail shelves, most people in the industry have their go-to’s, whether it’s high-acid Riesling, cult Beaujolais, or any other sought-after category of the moment. That’s not to say we do not color outside the lines, but I am certainly an acid hound all the way,… READ MORE

New Producer in the Southern Rhône – Domaine du Trapadis

Rasteau is an appellation that is close to Martine’s Wines President Greg Castells’ heart. This ancient winemaking region, long known for its Vins Doux Naturels, has recently begun to be acclaimed for its dry red wines as well, gaining full Cru status in 2010. Castells’ appreciation for these wines goes back to 1996, when, as… READ MORE

New Producer from Saint-Joseph – Thomas Farge

Located on hillside slopes just across the Rhône River from Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and its iconic granite soils are home to a variety of microclimates, all of which give this unsung appellation great diversity. When carefully crafted, these serious, age-worthy wines can go toe-to-toe with any of the more famous Rhône appellations. Saint-Joseph is also an… READ MORE

Champagne Stéphane Coquillette and the Clarity of Brut Zero

With the recent arrival of the Stéphane Coquillette’s Brut Zero Blanc de Noirs Cuvée Les Clés, we decided to take a closer look at the style and how it is evolving in the modern Champagne market. Brut Zero is a wine that is made by not adding any sugar during the dosage process, resulting in… READ MORE

New Producer from California – Sabelli-Frisch

Adam Sabelli-Frisch makes wine from low-impact vineyards, with a focus on rare, forgotten, under-appreciated, or historic grape varieties. In his own words: “I try to make them in an elegant Old World way here in the New World. I tend to go for more restrained oak usage for best expression, but not at all opposed… READ MORE

New East Coast Warehouse and Wholesale License

Martine’s Wines is pleased to announce our operations as a newly licensed wholesaler in New York State. The license reinforces our commitment to this important market and is a significant milestone in the company’s history. This move will allow us to strengthen our impact and service both to New York customers and national distribution partners…. READ MORE