A popular favorite in the Northwest, Lemberger is a rustic, grapey, Zin-wannabe that offers pleasingly soft, fruity flavors well-suited to summer. This contains 24% Merlot, which adds weight to the fruit. Its soft tannins and light chocolate flavors make this a great go-to wine for the backyard barbecue. Best Buy. —P.G.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.