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.
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.
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.