Vintner and winemaker Doug Margerum says of his signature blend: “This multi-vineyard, multi-varietal cuvee illustrates the benefits inherent in a blended wine.” And the Grenache, Syrah, Counoise, Mourvedre and Cinsault that makeup M5 comes from 12 of the finest vineyards in Santa Barbara County. Aromatic and luscious with its perfectly ripe flavors of cranberry, raspberry and wild blackberry with nuances of earth, leather, smoke and spice, the juicy acidity keeps it all deliciously balanced. So irresistible on its own I couldn’t stay away from the glass, but it’s meant for the table where it’ll complement everything grilled from lamb chops and steaks to quail. It’s also delicious with rustic bread and cheese, try dry Jack or Parmigiana Reggiano. At the unbelievably low price of $27.50 retail, this is a great buy. Order it online and find local distributors at www.margerumwinecompany.com.