Lemberger is a rustic, oddball grape that has found a home of sorts in Washington, where it more or less stands in for middle-of-the-road Zinfandel. This is a spicy, rustic wine with open, forward, fruity and generous flavors. There's a pleasing gaminess that suggests firing up the grill, and a loose-knit friendliness that promises an easy ride.
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.