October 18, 2017 Martine's Wines

Our team in Chicago–Jennie Mass, Adam Brunsen, Marc Brice, and Nick DeBias–had a full schedule last week, with Jose Teles from Niepoort, Remi Cognet from Domaine Santa Duc, and our own Martine Saunier visiting. We decided to check in and get a look at five days in the life of our reps–check it out! Monday “5:45 AM Woken up by my black cat Momo. Steps on my face, stomps on papers. Cat is fed. Done! Most important part of the day–coffee prepared by my Dutch hand made coffee machine: The Moccamaster. 6:45 AM Time to go to my Cross-Fit class. I…

February 1, 2017 Martine's Wines

Before returning stateside last week, we were treated to some quality time in Portugal with Dirk Niepoort. The overcast days of Douro were but pleasant window dressing to the many stories and wines that Dirk had to share with us. Take a look:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8o1k-rrUG8

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…

April 7, 2015 temp

Martine’s Wines is excited to announce the awards our wines have received from the 68 expert judges at this year’s TEXSOM International Wine Awards!              Niepoort, Charme Tinto 2010: Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca. The wine is aged for 14 months.   Domaine Bernard Bonin, Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2012: 100% Chardonnay. The resulting wines are aged sur lie in oak barrels for 15 to 18 months with minimal (if any) bâtonnage.   Laporte, Sancerre Le Rochoy 2013: 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Fermented and aged in stainless steel with indigenous yeast, matured for five months on fine lees.   Monthelie…

June 1, 2014 Pete

Our first seminar in the upstairs private dining room at Verbena was a cozy squeeze; we didn’t want to turn away any who came out to taste and discuss a collection of Douro wines with Dirk Niepoort. This was his first visit to the US in a while, and sadly a short one, so we wanted to make the most of Dirk’s time.  The venue was ideal (save for our overbooking!) – lovely staff, a bright and intimate room with a view of the large, open dining area, and a communal feel at the mammoth dining table. And what a…

June 29, 2012 Martine's Wines

An article by Blair Curtis from www.fortheloveofport.com Some writers have dubbed Dirk Niepoort an “iconoclast”. Like most complex and interesting people, Dirk Niepoort cannot accurately be described in a single word. Insomuch as Dirk might show modern tendencies, for instance in his pioneering of Douro dry table wines, he simultaneously fights to maintain the all-but-vanished traditional Port category of Garrafeiras – a category his father Rolf was happy to relinquish, but Dirk has revived chez Niepoort. So it is not a matter of simply placing Dirk Niepoort into the “modernist” camp – he is too much of an individual to allow…

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…