Under the Table Wines
We love picking interesting, exciting wines every month for our Under the Table members. If you want more information about this year’s wines or ideas of what foods to pair with them, the details below are here to help.
Red: 2016 Pico Maccario Lavignone Barbera d’Asti, Piedmont, Italy
South of Asti, the Maccario brothers founded their winery thirty years ago. For generations their family had sold the grapes they grew, but the brothers decided to start making wine from their grapes instead. They’ve become specialists in stunning Barbera. Their Lavignone Barbera d’Asti is perennially one of our favorite Piedmontese reds, and this vintage shows you why. With a bold black cherry note and supple mouthfeel, this lighter-bodied red is easy to like while still being interesting and complex. With a wine this friendly, you can serve just about any food, but we highly recommend pairing this wine with roasted chicken with mushrooms or with a variety of Italian cheeses for a fun wine & cheese night. Retail: $16
White: 2016 Castello ColleMassari Melacce Vermentino, Tuscany, Italy
Owned by a brother and sister duo, Castello ColleMassari produced its first vintage in 2000. They built a four-story winery that uses gravity rather than electricity to do most of the work for them. For their Vermentino & Vermentino blends, they use the Melacce label, which gets its name from the Melacce River that flows through one of their properties. This Vermentino is made from certified organic grapes and shows off the exciting characteristics of the varietal. The wine is aromatic and round with notes of herbs, green apple, and lemon. With more heft than many whites, it’s a good white wine for the colder months. Serve with a whole roasted fish or a salty hard cheese, such as Pecorino Toscano. Retail: $15