September 22, 2017 Martine's Wines

In his highly-anticipated book, Champagne: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region, Peter Liem profiles the famous region and its wines by examining the varied terroirs that make these sparkling wines among the most iconic the world over. Liem, co-founder of La Fête du Champagne and creator of ChampagneGuide.net, showcases the people and the places that create these stunning wines.  In the book, Liem turns his attention to yet another Champagne estate we represent, Gonet-Médeville. Below is an excerpt from this upcoming book, which will be released on October 10, 2017. Xavier Gonet comes from a long-established…

September 6, 2017 Martine's Wines

In his highly-anticipated book, Champagne: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region, Peter Liem profiles the famous region and its wines by examining the varied terroirs that make these sparkling wines among the most iconic the world over. Liem, co-founder of La Fête du Champagne and creator of ChampagneGuide.net, showcases the people and the places that create these stunning wines.  In the section of his book that focuses on the Côte de Blancs, Liem zeroes in on Cramant and one of Champagne’s most highly-regarded estates, Diebolt-Vallois. Below is an excerpt from this upcoming book, which will be…

March 28, 2017 Martine's Wines

The streets of downtown Chicago served as a beautiful backdrop as we sat down with representatives of 15 of our producers from France at our Grand Tasting 2017 event yesterday. Sharing insights and stories (and even a song!), these incredible people conveyed both passion and purpose in their answers to compelling questions that provide a glimpse into the lives of those who produce these gorgeous wines. Over the coming months, we will be sharing segments from these interviews in a special series in which we pull back the curtain and give our producers a chance to tell their tales in their own…

September 10, 2015 Lindsay

Last week, we had our New York City Summer Portfolio Tasting at a new venue on the edge of the Flower District called Wine Disciples. Martine’s Wines only has a couple annual tasting events for the New York and New Jersey trade, and this one was extra special — because it was my first! Tuesday morning I traveled by bicycle and a quick ferry ride over the East River into Manhattan to calm my nerves. Would anyone come on this first day of September? Would I be able to answer questions and speak knowledgeably about our wines?  It’s akin to opening night…

January 16, 2015 Kate

We are delighted to share the exciting news that A Year in Champagne will be released in select theaters and on iTunes on March 6th, 2015. Following A Year in Burgundy, this latest film follows Martine Saunier to the infamous region of Champagne and features the personable producers and superb cuvees imported by Martine’s Wines: Stephane Coquilette, Saint-Chamant, Gonet-Medeville and Diebolt-Vallois.   Click the link below to watch the trailer for the film! A Year in Champagne Official Trailer   If you don’t want to wait until March, we don’t blame you. Samuel Goldwyn Films will be holding special screenings…

September 28, 2012 Martine

The Most Dreary Growing Season in Champagne and Burgundy Results in an Outstanding Vintage 2012 After All! Last March, I spent 10 days in Burgundy, enduring summer temperatures over 80F, as I was equipped for cold weather. Incredible and worrisome for producers. Champagne Stéphane Coquillette, Chardonnay harvest April 1st (for my second movie “A Year in Champagne”) we filmed Stéphane Coquillette demonstrating pruning in his vineyard under a blazing sun and a deep blue sky.  At that point, the vineyards of Burgundy were 6 weeks ahead, versus 4 in 2011! From April 1st to mid-August, both…

October 1, 2010 Martine

When I arrived in Burgundy at the end of August, no one was very cheerful. After a very cold winter, some of the vines had died, a frost had formed during flowering which greatly reduced the future crop, and a lot of millerandage occurred. Millerandage clusters at Domaine Perrot-Minot Then, after a scorching heat-wave from the end of June to mid-July, the weather turned rather cool and wet. Vineyards were stricken with mildew and odium. Everyone was hoping for a great month of September to ripen the grapes. There is a saying:  “September makes the wine…”…