It all started when…
Martin Sinkoff began his career in the wine trade in 1978 working for the venerable New York retailer, Morrell and Company, at 307 East 53rd Street, the same building in which, today and on a different floor, he now manages the marketing for Frederick Wildman and Sons’ Fine Wine Division! After working for Morrell and Co., Sinkoff met and was hired, in 1979, by Alexis Lichine, the famous author and importer, to translate parts of Lichine’s Encyclopedia of Wine and to work as Lichine’s assistant at his property in Margaux, France, Chateau Prieure-Lichine. Sinkoff returned to the United States in 1980 and was recruited by Robert Glazer, then president of Glazer’s Distributors, to build a fine wine department for Glazer’s in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Arizona.
Sinkoff moved to Dallas, Texas in the (very hot) summer of 1980 and worked as Fine Wine Director of Glazer’s for ten years. During this time Glazer’s leaped into the forefront of fine wine distributors in Texas (and has today the largest wine market share among all distributors there). Sinkoff is generally credited with developing brands and companies including Beringer, Iron Horse, Chateau and Estates Wines Company, Guigal, Duboeuf, Click Imports and many more for Glazer’s. In 1990, Sinkoff joined the Val d’Orbieu, an innovative cooperative winery in the south of France to create a national importer, Val d’Orbieu Wines and build new brands including Reserve St Martin and La Cuvee Mythique. This company successfully became Martin Sinkoff Wines, Inc. with the addition of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte in 1997 and then was merged in 2001 with Pasternak Wine Imports. Sinkoff joined Pasternak Wine Imports as Marketing Director to help build the portfolio of his former brands alongside the Pasternak brands owned by Domaine Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and to recruit new brands.
In 2005 Sinkoff left Pasternak Wine Imports and was recruited to help William Grant and Sons, the famous Scotch and Gin producer, manage its wine business and in 2007, the job complete for William Grant, Sinkoff opened a consulting concern which represented, among other clients, Wines of Chile. In the summer of 2008, Sinkoff had lunch with Richie Cacciato, president of Frederick Wildman and Sons, and the rest of the story is being written now as Frederick Wildman continues to grow.
Today Sinkoff is Director of Education and Director of National Bordeaux Sales for Frederick Wildman and Sons.
Martin Sinkoff holds a BA from Brown University (1978), an MBA from Southern Methodist University (1985) and was awarded the Ordre du Mérite Agricole (Officier) by the French Government for service to the French wine industry (2004). He lives in Manhattan.