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Alex Lagina
September 6, 2015 | Awards | Alex Lagina

Mari Vineyards Best in Class Dry Red

Mari Vineyards is pleased to announce that the Praefectus 2012 has won the Best of Class Dry Red wine at the Michigan Wine Competition.

Though there were fewer wines entered than last year, a total of 373 wines from forty-eight Michigan wineries were judged by a team of twenty-five wine experts from around the country, including Master Sommeliers Madeline Triffon, Claudia Tyagi, Kathy Morgan, and Doug Frost, who is both a Master of Wine and a Master Sommelier.

Triffon described this year's collection as "An exciting array, especially the reds. Pinot, Cabernet Franc, Meritage and other blends were very strong." Amanda Danielson, owner and sommelier at Trattoria Stella in Traverse City, echoed Triffon, saying "This year's sweepstakes flights were truly remarkable. It was extremely difficult to narrow down the reds in particular. Go Michigan!"

Food and wine writer Christopher Cook, the competition's superintendent and a judge at several international wine competitions, expressed similar praise for the Best of Class round for the Dry Red wines, calling it "one of the best flights of dry red wines that I have tasted in any competition this year."

The Best of Class award-winners are:

  • Sparkling: MAWBY/L Mawby Tradition
  • Dry White: Boathouse Vineyards 2013 "Dry Dock" Riesling
  • Dry Red: Mari Vineyards 2012 Praefectus
  • Semi-dry White: Boathouse Vineyards 2014 Semi-Sweet Riesling
  • Semi-dry Red: Karma Vista Vineyards 2014 Devil's Head Red
  • Dessert: 45 North Vineyard & Winery 2013 Riesling Ice Wine Fruit: Chateau de Leelanau Cherry Wine Rosé: St. Ambrose Cellars 2014 Vin Gris from Pinot Noir. 

For more information on the Michigan Wine Competition visit:

Praefectus can be purchased on our website and at Traverse City area wine shops and restaurants.  Keep up to date on the construction of our new 31,000 sq foot tasting room and production facility on Old Mission Peninsula on our website.  For more information about the wine and Mari Vineyards project please contact Alex Lagina 231-715-1013 or by email at


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