M is short for Marquette, and seemed like a fitting name as it is likely to get you to say “mmm” when you taste it. This wine is made from the Marquette grape, which was grown here on the Wisconsin Ledge overlooking the Bay of Green Bay. Its name is inspired by the exploring French Jesuit and missionary Pere Marquette who canoed on the Bay of Green Bay just miles from here in the late 1600s on his way to the Gulf of Mexico. Based on this grapes’ history, Winemaker Steve, wanted to produce a wine made from this grape. It is that same type of enterprising and exploratory spirit that leads the way to one of the most promising varieties of Upper Midwest.
Vinifera varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir freeze to death at temperatures of 10 degrees Fahrenheit. But that reality did not prevent the wine pioneers of the last 25 years from developing a variety that can rival and surpass the quality of vinifera while still withstanding the killing potential of subzero temperatures. The result of those grape breeding efforts is Marquette, the cousin of Frontenac and the grandson of Pinot Noir. So when you say “mmm” as you enjoy your next glass of Marquette, toast both the exploratory efforts of Pere Marquette who paddled by these waters nearly 400 years ago and the exploratory efforts of those who have developed a world class wine that thrives here.
This smooth, medium-bodied dry red has earthy undertones, full of flavor but not too heavy. It exhibits cherry & black currant flavors with hints of plum and spice. Pair with steak, roast, ribs, and red sauces.