January 3, 2018 Martine's Wines

“Here, in this foggy, windswept place, our vineyards are located. Climatic changes that occurred after their initial formation have introduced even more complexity to the rock of this region. During the end of the last ice age, the ocean crept further inland and laid marine sediments atop the coarser soils eroded from the peaks. It turns out that the ‘thin flinty soil’ Steinbeck wrote of in East of Eden is made of stronger stuff than he supposed. Composed of schist and gneiss, it is full of granite but laced with marine materials. At Pisoni we work hard to create wine…

August 2, 2017 Martine's Wines

One of the founders of the Santa Lucia Highlands, the Pisoni Family first arrived in the Salinas Valley in 1952 when Jane and Eddie Pisoni began farming these fertile valley floors. It was their son Gary Pisoni who convinced them to plant grape vines on the hillside slopes of their estate in the early 1980s. And thus began the rich histories of Pisoni Estate, Lucia Vineyards and Luli Wines… Jeb Dunnuck continues in his feature on the wines of this pioneering family to say that their “Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are unquestionably some of the best coming out of California today.” Click here to…

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…