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,…

November 27, 2017 Martine's Wines

At first glance, fine wine presents almost unlimited opportunities for passionate investors. While drinkers might balk at the $3,000 average price tag attached to a bottle of Pétrus, one of Bordeaux’s greatest reds, that sum is trivial beside the cost of a new Bugatti sports car, Patek Philippe watch, or Joan Miró painting. Compared to other collectibles, fine wine represents a relatively modest investment—one whose returns can be considerable. Thus begins William Kelley’s Robb Report feature “Fine Wine Might Be One of the Safest Investments for Your Money” in which Martine’s Wines president, Gregory Castells, is among those interviewed. Click here to read Kelley’s…

August 11, 2016 Martine's Wines

An article by James Molesworth for Wine Spectator published on August 11, 2016.  The latest installment in the documentary-styled wine movie series is worth a viewing; official trailer debuts here When it comes to portraying wine on film (or TV), success has proven harder to come by than a good botrytized red wine. There’s the bad, like Somm and Mondovino, as well as the boring, such as Uncorked (the Somm-based tv show), along with a host of other “meh” wine-themed flicks and TV flops. But the real successes are few and far between, and often rather small in scale. I was a fan of A Year…

July 13, 2016 Martine's Wines

An article by William Kelley in the July issue of Robb Report. Red or white, rosé or sparkling, these wines bring out the best in the season’s memorable moments. Summer is a time for exploration and adventure, and the experiences will be all the sweeter with the perfect wine on hand to suit the moment. The best summer wines enhance the season’s ambience, perfecting a romantic evening, adding an effervescent note to a celebration, or simply synergizing with seasonal flavors. The wines must be vibrant and refreshing, playful or even frivolous—meant for carefree sipping as much as earnest contemplation. But above all, summer wines must…

January 21, 2016 Martine's Wines

It is our pleasure to invite the wine trade community to join us in San Francisco on Monday, January 25th for our Ken Wright Cellars Tasting at Piperade, 1015 Battery Street, from 11am-3pm. Ken Wright will be in attendance and pouring his 2014 Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs. We will also be pouring some new arrivals to the Martine’s Wines portfolio. Please RSVP to rsvp@mwines.com. We look forward to tasting with you!

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…

June 30, 2015 Martine's Wines

An article by Bruce Sanderson from the June 30, 2015 issue of Wine Spectator. Isolated but undaunted, Lalou Bize-Leroy makes some of Burgundy’s finest wines Disaster loomed in Burgundy’s 1993 vintage. A wet spring led to severe attacks of mildew. To save their grape crops, growers had to spray twice as much fungicide as in a normal year. Marcelle (“Lalou”) Bize-Leroy would have none of that. The owner of Domaine Leroy, with holdings in many of Burgundy’s finest vineyards, she had been committed to biodynamic principles since founding the estate in 1988. She adamantly refused the use of chemicals, even…

May 6, 2015 Martine's Wines

We are excited to have partnered up with Schatzi Wines to invite members of the wine trade to join us later this month in both northern and southern California! On the Martine’s Wines side, Remy Gresser (Alsace), Marie Luce Metaireau (Muscadet) and Ronnie Sanders (Vine Street Imports) will all be present to share their wines at these tastings. Both Martine’s Wines and Schatzi Wines will be featuring a comprehensive line up of our respective portfolios. In San Francisco, we’ll see you on Tuesday, May 26th at St. Vincent, 1270 Valencia Street, from 11am to 3pm. For our Southern California customers,…

April 3, 2015 Martine's Wines

We are pleased to invite the wine trade community to join us in Chicago on Monday, April 6th for our Inaugural Spring Tasting at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, 58 East Oak Street, from 1-3pm. This tasting marks the official introduction of the Martine’s Wines portfolio with direct distribution to the wine and food establishments of Illinois. Please RSVP to rsvp@mwines.com. We look forward to tasting with you!

March 5, 2015 Lauren

About 2 years ago I started thinking about a transition from working as a sommelier and manager in restaurants to the distribution side of the business.  I found myself connecting very much with the reps who I purchased wine from as a buyer, and feeling very attracted to the fluidity with which they moved about the city.  Checking in on everyone’s programs, familiarizing themselves with a small group of wines and speaking knowingly of the people who made those wines, and possibly most alluring: making their own schedule! It took me a long time, (mostly thinking without actually applying for…