While Aaron and I are certainly impressed with ourselves on our first vintage of Marquette, the opinions of others are truly what matters, so getting feedback from a wide variety of people is important to us as our goal is to make wine that is appealing to people from all walks of life.
As you read from Part I, first comments on our Marquette were taken at my pre-Christmas fondue and twice baked potato family dinner. My family is made up of all sorts of personalities, opinions, and tastes. We thought this eclectic bunch would be a good sample for our first sampling of this wine.
I don't think we could've started with a more forgiving couple as our very first tasters. My parents, who would likely describe themselves as social wine drinkers who never drank more than a drop of wine until about 12 years ago. They really discovered wine on a trip with some wine drinking friends to Italy. I am constantly rescuing bottles of half empty red wine from their refrigerator. That's a no, no, but they are still learning!
Bob and Mary, what do you think?
Bob: "I've never had anything with such a unique taste."
Hmmm...okay, kind of ambiguous, but I'll take it.
Mary: "Oh, wow! It's very light! I could drink a lot of this."
Be careful, Mom!
Next up, sister Allee, whose New Year's resolution THIS year was to drink more wine. She prefers whites, and more specifically, sweet whites, like Reislings. She is typical of a novice wine drinker who has started with whites, but is slowly working on developing her "red" palette. Allee, what do you think?
Note: Jaxon in background with a Coors Light in hand.
Concensus: The Marquette is good and it appeals to beer drinkers, to gin drinkers, to novice wine drinkers, and to experienced wine drinkers, which is the ultimate goal! As I mentioned earlier, we are pioneers in Marquette winemaking, so we will continually be experimenting and evolving to find the best way to make this wine.