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.


January 2018


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