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Martine's Wines sold

Robert Lauriston Jan 1, 2013 11:30 AM


Did she have a retail outlet on 24th Street near Sanchez in SF years ago? I remember that place being called Martine's, it was run by a French woman, the wines were all French, and most them I never saw anywhere else.

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    collioure RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 1, 2013 12:52 PM

    Oh, really.

    I used to list some of her wines. She had excellent taste. She represented Lalou Bize-Leroy's exquisite wines in the USA.

    Come to think of it, if you didn't have exellent taste, you had no business representing Lalou Bize-Leroy's exquisite wines. <g>

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      Bill Hunt RE: collioure Jan 6, 2013 08:11 PM

      And also Dirk Nieeport.

      We spent a lovely week with her, and Dirk, at Blackberry Farm - enjoyable at all levels.

      I wish her well.


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      zin1953 RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 1, 2013 04:03 PM

      HOLY $#|+

      That is . . . well, words fail me.

      Martine was always a "force" in the trade, to put it mildly. With the benefit of hindsight, it's not surprising -- everyone retires sometime -- but it's a bit like waking up one morning and finding out FDR has died and for the first time in your life, Roosevelt isn't the President . . . OK, not a perfect analogy, how about waking up to find out Kermit Lynch retired?

      Anyway, she was always (relatively) nice to me. I wish Martine all the best, and will keep my fingers crossed that the employees and the wineries like the transition.

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        Bill Hunt RE: zin1953 Jan 6, 2013 08:12 PM

        Or find out that Kermit the Frog was just eaten by an alligator...


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          zin1953 RE: Bill Hunt Jan 6, 2013 08:30 PM

          As opposed to Kermit Lynch, I trust . . .

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            Bill Hunt RE: zin1953 Jan 7, 2013 08:36 PM



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        RicRios RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 1, 2013 07:41 PM

        Wasn't Martine's the (sole) importer of DRC?

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          sedimental RE: RicRios Jan 1, 2013 08:14 PM

          No. I still have a lot of very aged DRC. My oldest is LT 1965 was imported from Frederick Wildman and sons. Most of the DRC that i have (from the 60s and 70s) came from them or from Consolidated Distilled products(Chicago).

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            zin1953 RE: RicRios Jan 2, 2013 07:33 AM

            No. She was the sole importer of Maison Leroy, the wines from Mme. Lalou Bize-Leroy, at one time a co-owner of DRC.

          2. Robert Lauriston RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 2, 2013 10:38 AM

            Nobody remembers that shop on 24th St.?

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              zin1953 RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 2, 2013 03:02 PM

              Not me. I've only known Martine as the owner of Martine's Wines -- bought a lot of wine from her in the 1980s.

            2. ibstatguy RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 4, 2013 04:24 PM

              I was very surprised when I 1st learned of this news but upon reflection decided that she probably wanted to and was certainly entitled to slow down and enjoy the fruits of her years of work. I've had many of her wines and always trusted one if her name was on it.

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