August Staff Picks Wine Tasting

August 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mills Fine Wine & Spirits
87 Main Street
MD 21401

Join us for our popular monthly “Staff Picks” series, where we choose 12 of our current favorite wines to share, 6 tasted on Saturday and 6 on Sunday, specially chosen to pair well with seasonal dishes and that present good value for the price. Save 10% on any purchases, or put together a mixed-or-matched case of 12 bottles for a 20% discount.


Andrew Will 2017 “Cuvee Lucia” Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley, Washington (Aron)

The winery, named for owner/winemaker Chris Camarda’s son Will and nephew Andrew, was established in 1994.  At Mills, we’re big fans of Andrew Will, with their small production of about 4500 cases per year split between Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and this very limited Sauvignon Blanc. This excellent Bordeaux-style white is comprised of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon from the Sheridan Vineyard in Yakima Valley, Washington, and is named for daughter Lucia Camarda. Clean citrus fruit notes of grapefruit and lime keep this wine fresh and bright, and make it an ideal pairing with sea scallops, shrimp, oysters or sushi.

Regular Price: $34.99

Mills Club Price: $31.49
Case Price: $27.99


Lora 2018 Verdejo/Sauvignon Blanc, Spain (Tim)

Lora is the eco friendly project of young, talented Spanish winemaker Miguel Merino Navajas, made in the region of Cuenca in the eastern end of La Mancha, where warm sunny days and cold desert nights make vines struggle for survival. Heady with tropical fruit and floral aromas, this blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Verdejo is dry and savory yet flavorful with bright citrus notes on the palate. This organic wine would make an excellent aperitif or would pair nicely with fish, seafood, or salads with vinegar based dressings.

Regular Price: $11.99

Mills Club Price: $10.79
Case Price: $9.59


Carl Weinberg 2017 Riesling, Mosel-Sur, Germany (Andres)

If biting into a perfect, ripe, fresh peach sounds alluring to you, this semi-dry Riesling might be the perfect selection. Peach and grapefruit notes on the palate mingle with zesty lime acidity creating an impressive structure/acid balance. Enjoy with smoked fish, spicy sushi, or grilled stuffed poblano peppers!

Regular Price: $16.99

Mills Club Price: $15.29
Case Price: $13.59


Commanderie de la Bargemone 2018 Rosè, Provence, France (Geoff)

A perennial favorite Provence rosè at Mills, the 2018 vintage does not disappoint, made from a blend of 40% Grenache, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 5% Rolle. The vines are grown on the grounds of an ancient estate, founded in the Middle Ages by the Knights Templar. The palest of pinks in color, this bone-dry rosè shows wild strawberry, blackberry, melon and cassis notes.  Rated 90pts Robert Parker.

Regular Price: $19.99

Mills Club Price: $17.99
Case Price: $15.99


Berthet-Rayne 2017 Cotes du Rhone, France (Andrew)

Andre Berthet-Rayne is the fourth generation to care for the farm, consisting of 22 hectares in the village of Cairanne with rolling hills of vineyards and olive groves. 50% Grenache, 30% Carignan and 20% Mourvedre figure into the blend for this medium/full-bodied wine loaded with black fruits, black olive, wild flowers and licorice notes.  Certified biodynamic and organic. Enjoy with grilled meats!

Regular Price: $14.99

Mills Club Price: $13.49
Case Price: $11.99


Century Cellars 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California (Tim)

Don’t let the unassuming, unattractive label dissuade you. This bottle holds a delicious, fruit forward, velvety smooth Cabernet Sauvignon with lush plum, black currant and cocoa notes, and obviously it’s a super value to boot. Sourced from Paso Robles, Monterey, Lodi and Central Valley, it spends 6 months in barrel. Try with burgers, beef tacos or meat-lovers pizza.

Regular Price: $10.00

Mills Club Price: $9.00
Case Price: $8.00



Dopff & Irion Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rosè, France (Pat)

This dry sparkling wine from Alsace, France features a pink, almost coppery hue, a nose of strawberry and citrus and a full-flavored palate of red berry fruit. And with Rosè Champagne prices spiraling quite high, the relatively affordable price of this Crèmant is refreshing as well.  Made from 100% Pinot Noir, this would be an excellent aperitif or pairing with grilled chicken or vegetables, chilled pea soup, or ham. Rated 90pts Wine Enthusiast.

Regular Price: $24.99

Mills Club Price: $22.49
Case Price: $19.99


Domaine de la Bretonnière 2016 Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie, Loire Vally, France (Geoff)

Made from 100% Melon de Bourgogne, we enjoyed trying this dry Muscadet recently, a light-bodied white with minerally citrus notes and good acidity and a pleasing creamy finish. Pair with mussels and French fries!

Regular $12.99

Mills Club Price: $11.69
Case Price: $10.39


Prà 2015 Staforte Soave Classico, Veneto, Italy (Jen & Jerry)

This dry white wine is made from 100% Garganega grapes planted in volcanic soil. A creamy textured, beautiful Italian white from benchmark Soave producer Prà, this features dried wildflower, pastry and ripe orchard fruit notes. A touch of lemon and palate cleansing acidity make this a great pairing with grilled chicken or poultry dishes. Rated 92pts and “Editors’ Choice” Wine Enthusiast.

Regular Price $24.99

Mills Club $22.49

Case Price $19.99


Grochau 2017 “Commuter Cuvee” Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon (Pat)

This new Pinot Noir features bright fresh pure Willamette Valley fruit, made from 100% Pinot Noir from multiple vineyards, then aged in used French oak. Cherries, lavender and violet on the nose is followed by a juicy palate of cola, baking spice s and earth. Try with pizza, grilled salmon, or Portobello mushroom.

Regular Price: $21.99

Mills Club Price: $19.79
Case Price: $17.59


Castelmaure “La Buvette” Corbieres, Southern France (Jen & Jerry)

A blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Carignan (non-vintage) planted in schist and limestone soils by the cooperative Castelmaure, this light-bodied wine is the perfect red to serve chilled with a summer picnic. Ebullient with crushed strawberry, cassis, blackberry notes, the smooth tannins are followed by a light touch of spice. This easy-to-drink wine would be a wonderful pairing with charcuterie or a cheese platter.

Regular Price: $11.99

Mills Club Price: $10.79
Case Price: $9.59


Bodega Colomè Autentico 2017 Malbec, Salta, Argentina (Andres)

Colome was established in 1831 by the Spanish Governor of Salta, making it the oldest winery in Argentina- they also own the world’s highest altitude vineyard. More recently, the winery was acquired by California based Hess Family Wine Estates. The vines for this 100% Malbec are over 100 years old, and the wine sees no oak. The nose features blue raspberry, cherry and tobacco, while the palate features black cherries, mocha and restrained tannins with a soft mouthfeel.  This is a more balanced yet very refined Malbec, and would be perfect to pair with grilled steaks!

Regular Price: $29.99

Mills Club Price: $26.99
Case Price: $23.99

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