Welcome to Master Wines

Tortoise Creek

Tortoise Creek is a very fine range of varietal wines from California, with an emphasis on sustainable farming.

Tiamo Organic

Tiamo is a line of excellent moderately priced Italian wines made from organic grapes.

Mont Gravet

Mont Gravet comes from vineyards located in the Gascony region, near the city of Toulouse in the South West of France.

Le Charmel

Le Charmel is a line of exceptional “wine discoveries” from different regions of France. 

Exem Bordeaux

Exem provides the consumer with an uncomplicated and “non-threatening” avenue to discover the joys of fine Bordeaux.

Kin & Cascadia

Kin & Cascadia is the story of two families working together making great wines in the Pacific Northwest.

Master Wines is a family wine company owned and operated by Mel, Charlie and Janie Master in partnership with Winesellers Ltd., a national importing company based in Chicago. Their highly successful brands include Tortoise Creek from California, Le Charmel, Exem and Mont Gravet from France, Tiamo from Italy, and Kin and Cascadia from Washington and Oregon.

Costieres De Nimes and Le Charmel “vin du Vallée du Rhone”

by Melvyn Master Our wonderful Rhone Wine Le Charmel comes from the wine region of Costieres de Nimes which is the wine country north of the old Roman town of Nimes in the Southern Rhone Valley.  This part of the Rhone is usually predominantly planted with the...

Pinot Noir – Difficult Grape, Great Wine

by Phillip Holland & Melvyn Master Most of us - whether our pocketbook allowed it or not - have gone down the rabbit hole of Pinot Noir at some point in our wine appreciation journey.  While your first Pinot Noir may have been a simple, light, and fruity number...

French Edition of an American Tradition

While it is true that the Southern United States isn’t known for their wine regions, it is also true that the rural South and the French countryside have quite a bit in common: generous sunshine, agricultural communities, comfort food, and an appreciation for an...


It's challenging to write “just a few words” about probably the most important wine region in the world! Many books have been written on this great wine and so - how to précis this into a few sentences? Well, just a few basics then! The history of Bordeaux wine spans...

Sustainable Farming

Our Tortoise Creek Chardonnay (read Janie's Grapevine post about Chardonnay and Asparagus), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Zinfandel are from a certified sustainably farmed vineyard . But what does that mean? Sustainable farming is similar to organic farming but...

Asparagus & Chardonnay

Asparagus is such a true herald of spring.  The spears of this fairy fern brave the last of the winter onslaught to bring us dreams of renewal.  We love them hot, we love them cold.  We dunk green stems in warm butter with a squeeze of lemon or in wickedly rich...

Spring Awakening

Artichokes used to be my favorite appetizer in Provence when we lived there. They were served in every restaurant quite simply with lovely thick mustardy vinaigrette.

Wine of the Month, February 2016 – Organic Tiamo Chianti D.O.C.G.

Chianti and Tuscany Chianti is amongst the greatest red wines in the world and is predominately made with the Sangiovese grape. Much like in neighboring France, wines in Italy are named according to their region of origin.  As such, you will rarely see Sangiovese...

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