Wine drinkers worldwide are taking note of Northern Michigan’s wine industry, including the editors at, one of the world’s most high-profile wine websites.

Forbes called CEO/Editor James Suckling “one of the world’s most powerful wine critics.” James and his team rate about 10,000 wines a year, offering tasting notes and recommendations.

Contributing Editor Stuart Pigott says this about Northern Michigan wine:

Mari Vineyards’ new cellars are an imposing piece of Italianate architecture of the kind that wouldn’t raise any eyebrows in Napa Valley, California, but it makes a bold statement for the winemaking in the state of Michigan. Mari’s first wine was made in 2006 and the substantial investments made since then by owner Marty Lagina are a sign that the industry is maturing. Developments of this kind persuaded us it was time for an initial report on the region …

The question our blind tastings of Michigan wines sought to answer was how much progress has been made here since the first vinifera vines were planted back in the mid-1970s

So how much progress had been made? Read the full article on

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