November Staff Picks Wine Tasting

November 3, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mills Fine Wine & Spirits
87 Main St
Annapolis, MD 21401

Sample six of our current favorite wines, or “staff picks” at Mills, all selected to represent good value for the price and to pair well with seasonably available dishes. Save 10% if you choose to purchase any of the wines, or put together a mixed or matched case for 20% off. This is a complimentary tasting!

November 2018 Staff Picks


Steininger “Young” Sparkling Rosè, Kamptal, Austria (Andrew)

A blend of 60% Zweigelt, 20% Pinot Noir, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon are directly pressed after short skin contact. This Charmat method sparkling wine is dry, crisp and refreshing with notes of red currant, blackberry and strawberry fruit. A perfect aperitif or pairing with a wide variety of appetizers! Certified sustainably farmed and vegan.

Regular Price: $15.99

Mills Club Price: $14.39

Case Price $12.79


Highway 12 2017 Chardonnay, California (Jess)

Named for the legendary road that winds through Sonoma and Carneros, this winery was started by Michael Sebastiani and Paul Giusto, both 3rd generation California winemakers. They source grapes from vineyards located in Sonoma and Carneros, and produce this lovely, dry Chardonnay with balanced levels of vanilla and oak. This will pair well with poultry dishes, pasta with creamy sauces, or butternut squash.

Regular Price: $13.99

Mills Club Price: $12.59

Case Price $11.19


Keuka Springs 2016 Gewürztraminer, Finger Lakes, New York (Pat)

Winemaker August Diemel has officially joined the line of successful winemaking alums of Annapolis’ own St. John’s College (joining the likes of winemakers at Turley, Marcassin, Calder, Henry of Pelham, Kongsgaard, and Goldeneye just to name a few). This dazzling bottling is an off-dry Gewürztraminer, ripe with rose and jasmine aromatics and flavor notes of grapefruit, melon and ginger.  Gewurztraminer is a grape of German origin, “gewürz” translating “herb” or “spice” in German, referring to its typically spicy character.  This is an excellent choice for your Thanksgiving table or to pair with sushi or spicy Thai dishes! Rated 90pts Wine Enthusiast.

Regular Price: $18.99

Mills Club Price: $17.09
Case Price: $15.19


Mommessin 2016 Saint-Amour “Les Grandes Mises”, France (Jen & Jerry)

Saint-Amour is the smallest and northernmost of the 10 cru of Beaujolais, and also considered the most romantic.  Jean Marie Mommessin established the winery in 1865 in an old outbuilding of the Cluny monks of South Burgundy. This wine features attractive notes of blackberries and violets, with tender, refined tannins.  The long finish of concentrated raspberry and blackberry notes are balanced by underlying minerality and musky herb. Enjoy with roasted chicken, preferably with people you love! Rated 92pts James Suckling.

Regular Price: $24.99

Mills Club Price: $22.49

Case Price: $19.99


Simple Life 2016 Pinot Noir, California (Tim)

This wine has classic pinot noir aromas and flavors of cherries, forest floor and cloves.  Balanced acidity and soft velvety tannins make this an excellent food wine, excellent with poultry, beef tenderloin, or pizza. Rated 89pts Wine Enthusiast “Best Buy” designee.

Regular Price: $13.99

Mills Club Price: $12.59
Case Price: $11.19


Cloisonne 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, California (Andres)

We very much enjoyed trying this bold Cabernet Sauvignon (85%) with 14% Petite Verdot and 1% Malbec blended in. Super affordable for a Napa appellation Cab, it spends 18 months in French oak. Plum, cassis, cedar and cigar box are some of the more prominent flavor notes, a long finish features delightful baking spice. Pair with grilled or roasted meats, chili or stew.

Regular Price: $25.99

Mills Club Price: $23.39
Case Price: $20.79



Seehof 2017 Trocken Riesling, Germany (Jen & Jerry)

“Trocken” translates to “dry” in German. The Seehof estate is run by Florian Faust, the 5thgeneration of his family farming the trademark Rheinhessen limestone soils.  The soil lends a saline minerality to this Riesling, buttressed by terrific purity of fruit. Enjoy this excellent value with spicy shrimp tacos, pork tenderloin, or seafood.

Regular Price: $19.99

Mills Club Price: $17.99
Case Price: $15.99


Teliani Valley 2017 Kisi-Mtsvane White Blend, Republic of Georgia (Tim)

This newly arrived wine from the Republic of Georgia (widely regarded to be one of the oldest winemaking cultures) utilizes two indigenous Georgian grapes Kisi and Mtsvane. This dry white wine features beautiful rose petal aromatics and grapefruit pith on the palate. Zesty and refreshing, it would make a wonderful aperitif .

Regular Price: $12.99

Mills Club Price: $11.69
Case Price: $10.39


Natte Valleij 2016 Cinsault, South Africa (Jess)

This wine is one of our very favorite Thanksgiving recommendations. Cinsault is one of the parent grapes to South Africa’s main varietal Pinotage, but it’s rarely used anymore.  Some wineries such as Natte Valleij are trying to bring the grape back to prominence. The wine is matured for 12 months in a combination of concrete egg and used oak. Strawberry, cherry and plum fruits, earth and spice are accompanied by nice structure; it’s neither too light nor too weighty.

Regular Price: $19.99

Mills Club Price: $17.99
Case Price: $15.99


Domaine le Pinte 2014 Poulsard, Jura, France (Geoffrey)

The grape Poulsard is farmed organically and biodynamically by winemaker Bruno Ciofi in Jura, in the east of France between Switzerland and Burgundy. Winemaking in Jura is one of the oldest in France although it represents a tiny portion of wine production (1%). This fresh, light bodied red has sappy red cherry notes and a delicate leafiness.

Regular $29.99

Mills Club Price: $26.99
Case Price: $23.99


Chateau Francs Bories 2015 St. Emilion, France (Pat)

This delicious Bordeaux from the excellent 2015 vintage is comprised mostly of Merlot with smaller inclusions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.  Enjoy with roasted or grilled meats or game dishes, or with a plate of aged cheeses.

Regular Price: $17.99

Mills Club Price: $16.19

Case Price: $14.39


Alvear Oloroso Asuncion, Spain (Aron)

Enjoy this beautiful sherry made from 100% Pedro Ximinez grapes aged for more than 10 years in oak barrels with bountiful notes of raisins, praline and salted caramel, a silky and soft texture with a full rich finish, that stands on the boundary between sweet and dry. Rated 92pts Wine Spectator. Enjoy this with dark chocolate or perhaps better with a plate of aged cheeses, blue cheeses, cured meats and nuts.

Regular Price: $25.99/500ml bottle

Mills Club Price: $23.39
Case Price: $20.79



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