March 20, 2018 Martine's Wines

Brice Omont oversees one of the most unique vineyards in the world–Coteau de Cevins in the Savoie. Located halfway between Moutier and Albertville (site of the 1992 Winter Olympics), this hillside site features a multi-soil profile that lends great complexity to the wines of Domaine des Ardoisieres. With a south/southeast exposure and a steepness of slope that approaches 70% in places, this vineyard nestled in the Alps produces truly immaculate wines which speak truly of a place on the fringe. Join us here for a view of this extraordinary vineyard and learn more about the wines of Domaine des Ardoisieres.

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,…

December 5, 2017 Martine's Wines

In our newest video, we invite you to join us on a sky tour of the Savoie, as we introduce Florian & Marie Curtet of Domaine Curtet. Our team visited with this dynamic, young couple in April of this year, and their 2016s have recently landed stateside to much acclaim. Click below and learn about the exciting wines coming from the team that has followed in the footsteps of Jacques Maillet.

July 10, 2017 Martine's Wines

Wink Lorch is not one to skip her homework in favor of fanciful tales. It is this dedication to truth and discovery that made her first book, Jura Wine, so compelling and a necessity for anyone interested in the wines of that region. It is with this same conviction and desire for fact over fantasy that she now turns her attention to neighboring areas in her upcoming second book, Wines of the French Alps: Savoie, Bugey and beyond. “So, now while writing Wines of the French Alps I’m digging deep into Savoie lore, law and labels… And the story of the history…

March 28, 2017 Martine's Wines

The streets of downtown Chicago served as a beautiful backdrop as we sat down with representatives of 15 of our producers from France at our Grand Tasting 2017 event yesterday. Sharing insights and stories (and even a song!), these incredible people conveyed both passion and purpose in their answers to compelling questions that provide a glimpse into the lives of those who produce these gorgeous wines. Over the coming months, we will be sharing segments from these interviews in a special series in which we pull back the curtain and give our producers a chance to tell their tales in their own…

February 25, 2017 Martine's Wines

Damien Carney, the Director of Sales for Direct Markets at Martine’s Wines, shares the story on the newest offering from Domaine des Ardoisieres–the 2015 Cuvée Silice. Two years ago, I became obsessed with tasting a wine that had never been made.  The wine didn’t even exist, the growing season not yet begun, when the idea of it was first presented to me.  It was a notion, a pipe dream, a hope.  Now, what was once a long-shot request is a reality; a taut yet ripe—and insanely quaffable—bottled reality: 2015 Cuvée Silice from Domaine des Ardoisières. Brice Omont is making some…

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…