March 2, 2017 Martine's Wines

Guillaume and Helene Baron graduated from viticultural training then worked for some of the most respected winemakers and groundbreaking estates in France before seeking their own piece of land. One of the few great appellations of the world that is still approachable for young vignerons, the Terrasses du Larzac is about 45 minutes northwest of Montpellier in the Languedoc. The rugged, dry, windy lands are home to many legendary producers–Mas de Daumas Gassac and Grange des Pères to name a few. It is here the Barons staked their claim, acquired 25 acres of vineyards and produced their first vintage in…

January 17, 2017 Martine's Wines

While working in the late 1990’s for a co-op in French Catalonia, Roussillon region, Philippe Gayral visited many small family estates, uncovering the best fortified wines and grapes that populate Roussillon in the foothills of the Pyrénées. Perhaps his greatest discovery was the personal reserves most families kept in barrels for themselves–what the French call a “poire pour la soif” or “a pear for thirst”–often marking important years in family history or saved for rainy days or just to see how a particularly fine vintage would age. Over the course of the last 20 years Philippe began buying these very…