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Jan 1, 2013 11:30 AM

Martine's Wines sold

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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  1. 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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    1. re: collioure

      And also Dirk Nieeport.

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

      I wish her well.


    2. 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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      1. re: zin1953

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


        1. re: Bill Hunt

          As opposed to Kermit Lynch, I trust . . .

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

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        1. re: RicRios

          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).

          1. re: RicRios

            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. Nobody remembers that shop on 24th St.?

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              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. 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.