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,…

October 25, 2017 Martine's Wines

Our team had the opportunity to visit Thibault Morey twice this last year at his family’s Domaine Morey-Coffinet in Chassagne-Montrachet. Thibault tasted us through his 2015s, which mark the first vintage completed by the domaine under biodynamic certification. He also took us for a tour of several of his family’s vineyard sites and spoke to us about the blessings he and his fellow winemakers enjoy in Burgundy.

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)…

September 12, 2017 Martine's Wines

As the 2015s from our Burgundy producers continue to roll in, we take a look inside Domaine Launay-Horiot with vigneron Xavier Horiot. A former fighter pilot for the French government, Horiot returned to his family home in Pommard to continue the winemaking tradition of his grandfather, Raymond Launay. His stunning first vintage of 2014s were released last year, and the 2015s have already won widespread acclaim and will be arriving stateside this fall.  

August 29, 2017 Martine's Wines

In this final segment of our interview with Romain Taupenot, the vigneron outlines key moments in his winemaking process, while also reflecting on his journey through wine and the future of his family’s domaine. The 2015s from Domaine Taupenot-Merme have arrived and are now available exclusively from Martine’s Wines. What are the toughest decisions you make as a winemaker? Above all else, winemaking is a thoughtful and meticulous enterprise at each stage, from the vine to the bottle. Winemakers can be similar to some chefs who cook with the finest ingredients, complete all the steps of preparation, but ultimately ruin…

August 10, 2017 Martine's Wines

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…

July 26, 2017 Martine's Wines

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…

May 11, 2017 Martine's Wines

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 Martine's Wines

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 19, 2017 Martine's Wines

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…