Under the Table Wines
We love picking interesting, exciting wines every month for our Under the Table members. If you want more information about the wines or ideas of what foods to pair with them, the details below are here to help.
Red: Famiglia Bianchi Red Blend, Argentina
Founded in 1928, Bodegas Valentin Bianchi is a fourth-generation, family-owned winery that is certified organic. They strike a balance between respecting tradition and enjoying experimentation. This red leans towards the experimental side; it's a blend of Malbec, Argentina's flagship grape, and Nebbiolo, arguably the most important grape in Piedmont, Italy. These two grapes complement each other beautifully in this hearty red. Persistent tannins are nicely balanced by mouthwatering acidity on the finish. There are notes of blackberry, pomegranate, and plums that help make the wine approachable and just the right amount of bold. The bright acidity in this wine balances richer meat dishes, such as roasted rack of lamb. If you feel like grilling, get some flank steak and pop this cork. Or go meatless with a warm mushroom and butternut squash farro salad. Retail: $15.99
White: Tercos Torrontés, Argentina
The father of owners Pedro and Patricio Santos is renowned in Argentina because he was the first person to export Malbec to the U.S. It seems that Pedro and Patricio have learned a lot from their famous father because the Tercos line makes true-to-varietal, lovely Argentine wine. Torrontés is an aromatic white grape that's rarely seen outside of Argentina. This refreshing white is dry but fruity with notes of tropical fruit, citrus, and apple. The floral and fruit notes in this wine pair beautifully with green curry. Choose lighter fare to go with this delicate wine -- a simple roast chicken or poached fish. Retail: $13.99
Red: 2012 Chateau Haut-Bourcier Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux, France
From the lesser known area of Blaye (east of the Medoc within Bordeaux), Chateau Haut-Bourcier is committed to sustainability both in farming and winemaking. We wanted to showcase a Bordeaux that's from a smaller producer that you likely haven't seen before. We've been on a Merlot kick lately, and this Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon blend makes us so happy. The wine is incredibly smooth on the palate with notes of bell pepper, red cherry, and a hint of vanilla. It shows the beauty of Merlot's fruit and the structure that even a touch of Cab lends when blending wines. February means stews and braises, right? This wine complements those rich, hearty flavors: pot roast, chicken pot pie, or roasted pork. It would be just as lovely with a hunk of your favorite blue cheese. Retail: $14.99
White: 2015 Cave de Lugny Les Charmes Macon-Lugny, France
In Burgundy, Chardonnay is the primary white grape, ranging from zesty Chablis to lush Meursault. Macon, in southern Burgundy, tends to produce ripe and friendly Chardonnay. As one of the biggest names in Macon, Cave de Lugny produces approachable Chardonnay that shows off the beauty of this area. One of their single vineyard wines, Les Charmes is their flagship wine. There are significant citrus and green fruit (think pear and apple) notes. Just when you think the wine is going to zing you, a creaminess kicks in that rounds it all out. This wine is such a delight for wine drinkers across the board, from CA Chard lovers to those who've sworn off Chardonnay altogether. Pair this wine with a creamy seafood pasta, roasted chicken, or aged cheddar. Retail: $15.99
Founded in the late 1700s, Villa Wolf came under the control of renowned winemaker Ernst Loosen in the 1990s. Ernst has since passed on the winemaking at Villa Wolf to a young husband and wife team who focus on showing the clean, pure expressions of wines from the Pfalz region of Germany. Across the board, their wines are lovely examples of their respective varietals, and they're quite affordable.
Red: 2015 Villa Wolf Pinot Noir
This Pinot Noir is a remarkable value because of its complexity. It has notes of black fruit — notably blackberry and black cherry — with a hint of menthol and earth. It’s an elegant wine that’s a harbinger of the greatness we can expect from German Pinots in coming vintages. This wine, this weather — time to start roasting. Pair the black fruit flavors in the wine with a blackberry mustard sauce for roasted pork loin or duck. Play up the earthiness with pasta in a creamy mushroom sauce. Use the versatility of the wine to make roasted chicken and beets extra special. Retail: $15.99
White: 2016 Villa Wolf Pinot Gris
Of the 100s of wines we taste, we rarely see Pinot Gris from Germany, which is one of the reasons we're so excited about this wine. It has notes of green orchard fruit -- think juicy green pears and Granny Smith apples. The fruit is balanced by good acidity and a light hint of minerals. The roundness of this white makes it a great match for roasted pork with pears or a whole roasted fish. The fruitiness complements rich cheeses, such as brie baked in puff pastry or a pungent bleu. Retail: $10.99