February 6, 2017 Martine's Wines

Pete Monteleone, Director of Purchasing for Martine’s Wines, sat down with host Tim Benton of KSVY radio’s “Guys @ Five Friday” to talk about the basics of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley. Click below and listen in as Pete guides the audience through the history and terroir of these regions by tasting three of Martine’s Wines offerings: 2014 Bernard-Bonin Bourgogne Blanc Initiales B.B. 2014 Domaine Charles Audoin Marsannay Cuvee Marie Ragonneau 2013 Gilles Robin Crozes Hermitage Cuvee Alberic Bouvet With some country music and colorful banter added, this makes for an entertaining segment. Enjoy! http://ksvy.org/showarchive/public/KSVY_2017-02-03__18_01_22.mp3

March 22, 2016 Martine's Wines

Happy Spring from Martine’s Wines! We are pleased to invite the wine trade community to our Spring 2016 tastings this April. San Francisco, Monday, April 11th, 12pm-3pm, Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market Street Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 13th, 11am-3pm, Republique, 624 South La Brea Avenue Chicago, Monday, April 18th, 12pm-3pm, Formento’s, 925 West Randolph Street Hamptons, Thursday, April 28th, 11am-4pm, Baron’s Cove Hotel, Second Floor, 31 West Water Street We will have producers in attendance to pour their wines in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Please send your RSVP to rsvp@mwines.com. We look forward to tasting with you!

October 30, 2014 Martine

At the end of September in California, I picked up the phone and started dialing our producers abroad to see what information I could gather on the progress of their 2014 harvests. Here is my report. With all the disturbing news of heavy rain and cool weather in Bordeaux, I was quite concerned about Chateau les Justices and Respide-Medeville. But according to Julie Gonet-Medeville, they harvested superb quality white grapes between September 10 and 17 this year. Picking of the reds started October 3 at Chateau des Eyrins and Respide-Medeville. It has been a long time since their harvest was in…

October 15, 2008 Martine

Every one talks about the year of the 13 moons greatly affecting the climate: too hot, too wet, too stormy, too cold. In fact, this is a year of uncontrollable weather affecting every region of France. I arrived in Burgundy on September 1st, having calculated the dates of my trip according to the date of blooming season. If you add 90 days, you get almost the correct date of harvest. Mildew affected vineyard in Vosne-Romanée Well, it was all wrong. The summer was wet and cold until September 8th. Every one was depressed. Some even had hale…

October 4, 2007 Martine

Dominique Cornin’s vineyard in Chaintré There is a saying in Burgundy “Septembre fait le vin,” September makes the wine. It applied in 1978 when the entire summer was overcast with cool temperatures, and by the end of August, the grapes looked like little green English peas.  This year, as the growers came back from their short vacation in anticipation of an early harvest, they were depressed, totally undone, almost desperate. The weather had been cool, grey, and rainy with a low of 10° C and a high of 15° C. Jean Thévenet…