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L’Attitude in Marquette adds wine cellar/wine tasting room

March 30, 2009
By CHRISTOPHER DIEM Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE - L'Attitude in Marquette added a wine cellar/wine tasting room in February.

The room, which can be used for private functions, events and meetings, holds 1,300 bottles of wine. The room is called 46 Degrees, which is Marquette's latitude. One of the room's walls is half-subterranean, according to co-owner Sam Nagelkirk, so it stays a constant, cool temperature.

"We are very passionate about wine so we just wanted to share that whole wine experience with as many people as possible," Nagelkirk said.

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L’Attitude in Marquette now offers a wide variety of wines from around the world in its new wine tasting room. (Journal photo by Julia Woehrer)

On Fridays and Saturdays the room is available for general seating and the cafe holds wine tastings in it the first Thursday of every month.

Steve Nagelkirk, co-owner of the cafe, said the wine tastings are relaxed and informal.

"It's really nice for someone not to be intimidated to drink wine," he said. "The demand for this is overwhelming. So we're educating people at their own pace, taking the intimidation factor away."

Sam Nagelkirk said people are drawn to the room to look at all the wine.

"It's pretty much floor to ceiling wine. Plus the ambiance in that room at night, with the lighting, it's beautiful," she said.

L'Attitude features different varieties of wine from all over the world.

"Our goal, when we opened the cafe, was to have 50 varieties that scored 90 points or higher on Robert Parker's scale that were available at an affordable price point. We've exceeded that now," she said.

The Robert Parker scale, named after U.S. wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr., rates wines on a scale from 50 to 100 points. Color and appearance, aroma and bouquet, flavor and finish, and overall quality level or potential are measured.

In order to get high quality wines at an affordable price, Sam Nagelkirk said the cafe has to order wines from smaller, out-of-the-way wineries.

"We've got wines from California, Oregon, Washington, Michigan, and then we go to France, Spain, Italy, Argentina, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand," she said.



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