January 17, 2017 Martine's Wines

When we find others who share our exacting standards, passion and philosophy about wine, we know we have found someone worthy of a special relationship. From his home in Tuscany, Ernest Ifkovitz of PortoVino has built a unique portfolio of wines, primarily from small, family-owned, Italian alpine wineries. Coming from complex high-altitude geologies, the wines have higher acidity and clean, ripe flavors. Under a motto of “groovy Italian wines,” Ifkovitz’s imports are consistently outstanding, true to their roots and easy to drink. Martine’s Wines has partnered with PortoVino, exclusively distributing its portfolio in Illinois. This partnership took root in early…

January 17, 2017 Martine's Wines

Calling its creations “weeknight wines” belies the pedigree, power and panache behind Poggio Anima. A joint venture between Montalcino superstar Riccardo Campinoti of Le Ragnaie and Ronnie Sanders of Vine Street Imports, Poggio Anima takes a simple idea and turns it into something quite special: They source the best vineyards from existing relationships and produce single-varietal wines that beautifully express their unique regions and grapes. Poggia Anima translates to “Hill of Soul,” and the winemakers embrace the soul of their wines, creating them with no manipulation, water, sugar, or the like. These are pure, authentic expressions of the fruit and…

January 17, 2017 Martine's Wines

The combination of a high elevation and a young, dynamic winemaker makes Le Ragnaie a true breath of fresh air in historic Montalcino. Riccardo and Jennifer Campinoti purchased the property, a mix of old vines and younger plantings, in 2000. The estate spreads across 42 acres, 12 of which surround the cellars of Le Ragnaie. These vines are the highest of any in Montalcino, in an area that became famous for bird-catchers; the traditional bird-catcher’s net is featured on the label. The estate takes its name from the fact that this net looked rather like a spider’s web, or ragna,…