October 10, 2014 Martine's Wines

An article by Elin McCoy from Wine-Seacher.com. Enjoy! On a warm evening last summer at the International Pinot Noir Celebration’s grand dinner in McMinnville, Oregon, importer Martine Saunier, slim and chic in a white tunic, was pouring wines from the stellar portfolio she started building back in 1979. As I sipped a dazzling 1989 Domaine Leroy Clos de la Roche, I thought of how much she has shaped the landscape of French wine in America in the past 35 years. Two months later, over lunch in New York, I finally hear the whole story of how this petite French woman became one…

July 29, 2014 Kate

A wonderfully written article by Eric Asimov in the New York Times Dining & Wine Section today. Here’s an excerpt, featuring one of our favorites: For advice, the Branas often go to a family friend, Jean-Claude Berrouet, who for many years oversaw the winemaking at Château Pétrus, the acclaimed Pomerol estate. Mr. Berrouet, whose father grew cherries in Irouléguy, has consulted with winemakers all over the world. But his desire, he said, was always to return to the land of his heritage. In 1992, he planted four and a half acres of sandstone terraces, primarily with white grapes, and produced…

May 1, 2014 Kate

No one is better at promoting than Martine, and she has long enjoyed a great relationship with the press. Thus it was a pleasure to pull together the top Martine Saunier articles from recent years. Enjoy!                 A Wine Importer Who Turned Bottles Into Stars Lettie Teague taps into what makes Martine, well, Martine. Importer Extraordinaire Nick Lander also gets Martine just right—down to her clenched fists thumping atop the table. Rock Star of the Wine World Jordan McKay compares Martine to Mick Jagger! Pairing Wine with Pleasure Jon Bonné in a classic Q…

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…