Wines made by Andi Knauss have been gracing our shelves for years now; his sparkling wines are a highlight, and we always look forward to his high-toned, light and lively Trollingers. This Rot (red), a blend of Portugieser & Lemberger, is cut from a different, bolder cloth. Cherry and plum liqueur aromas with blueberries and purple florals, the palate is juicy, lush, and deep, with a lengthy presence. Succulent, ripe forest blackberries and bramble, stewed plums, and a hint of dried herbs meld with a dark minerality. Not tannic by any means, it still maintains a structure that can stand up to an array of meatier options. Judging by the weather ahead of us, this is a BBQ wine through-and-through! Cari Bernard.