Wine Shop

Martin Wine Cellar


To say that the reopening of Martin Wine Cellar’s fl agship store in Uptown last winter was a long time coming would be like saying that a red Bordeaux rewards aging. Founded in 1946 and expanded over time to cover most of a block, Martin’s was a victim of the levee breaches that flooded the city in 2005. Finally “back home,” second-generation owner Cedric Martin describes his wine store, delicatessen, lunch destination and specialty foods outpost as a place to gather. “We entertain people,” he says. Indeed, in response to a question for what to pair with beef Wellington, Martin reaches for a $29.99 bottle of the 2012 Balius Reserve Block Cabernet from Napa and pours a healthy sample. “Enjoy that,” he says. Don’t bother asking him how many bottles his warehouse-size store holds, though; he buys as much as he can sell, without tallying. Su ce it to say that, with selections ranging from Robert Sérol’s Côte Roannaise Vieilles Vignes (a Loire gamay) to a 2011 Grand Cru Riesling Schlossberg from Domaine Weinbach in Alsace, the French section alone could keep a wine geek entertained for the better part of an afternoon.

Wine Shop Info

3827 Baronne St., New Orleans, Louisiana


This review appears in the print edtion of the June 2015 issue.
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