February Staff Picks Wine Tasting

February 2, 2019 @ 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!


Perrin 2017 Cotes du Rhone Blanc, France (Andrew)

A classic Rhone producer, the Perrin family is responsible for such iconic wines as Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and Miraval Rosè, but a careful look under the hood will reveal their many affordable and tasty wines, like this white blend made from Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier. It features citrus and peach notes with a generous dose of stony minerality. Try with saffron chicken, baked rockfish or bouillabaisse, the classic fish stew of Provence.

Regular Price: $12.99

Mills Club Price: $11.69
Case Price: $10.39


Denis Meunier 2017 Vouvray Sec “Expresion de Silex”, Loire Valley, France (Geoffrey)

Chenin Blanc is the grape in this organically farmed dry white wine from Denis Meunier, who took over 13 hectares of vineyards from his father and uncle in 2012. The fossilized marine base and limestone and flint (thus “silex”) soil is evident in the pronounced minerality of the wine, which also features bright citrus aromatics and lively acidity on the palate. I’ll try this with a roasted chicken or stuffed pork chops.

Regular Price: $24.99

Mills Club Price: $22.49
Case Price: $19.99


Bodegas Morca Godina 2015 Garnacha, Campo de Borja, Spain (Jen & Jerry)

Bodegas Morca is situated in the village of Borja in the Spanish province of Zaragoza (southeast of the more familiar Rioja).  This is not a delicate wine but a bold, full-bodied Garnacha aged 15 months in French oak, rich with berry fruit notes and spice. Soft velvety tannins make it an enjoyable glass on its own but it will also pair wonderfully with roasted pork tenderloin, Swedish meatballs or pasta with spicy sausage and sundried tomatoes.

Regular Price: $25.99

Mills Club Price: $23.39
Case Price: $20.79


Jalits 2016 Eisenberg Blaufrankisch, Austria (Tim)

Mathias Jalits is an up and coming winemaker in the Eisenberg appellation of South Austria. Eisenberg is composed of green slate soils with iron deposits, which explains the powerful wines with a strong undercurrent of minerality. Blaufrankisch is one of Austria’s premier indigenous grapes, and can range from fun and fruity to powerful, complex styles. This version spends a year in used barriques and boasts blackberry and cherry fruits and a firm tannic structure, making it ideal to match with roasted meats, mushrooms and wild game dishes.  Rated 91pts by Wine Enthusiast.

Regular Price: $16.99

Mills Club Price: $15.29
Case Price: $13.59


Bulgariana 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Bulgaria  (Aron)

Enjoy this inexpensive but delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Bulgaria, a country about the size of New York State that was once the 4thlargest producer of wine in the world, 90% of which was supplied to the Soviet Union.  Now, the country is focused on smaller yields and higher quality production.  Thracian Valley, which has roughly 75% of the country’s vineyards, is south of the Balkan Mountains and enjoys a moderate climate from the influence of the Black Sea to the east. This wine offers up black plum, blackberry and a touch of spice. Rated 90pts Wine Enthusiast and “Best Buy” designation. Try with cheeseburgers, meatloaf, or Bulgarian beef stew.

Regular Price: $13.99

Mills Club Price: $12.59
Case Price: $11.19


Trentadue Chocolate Amore Port, Alexander Valley, California (Andres)

What could be more romantic than a wine called amore? Made from Merlot grapes grown on Trentadue’s Geyserville Ranch, netural grape spirits are added to stop fermentation (similar to traditional port wine production), then chocolate extract is added. This rich, chocolate port can be poured over ice cream or enjoyed as a glass of dessert on its own.

Regular Price: $26.99/375ml bottle

Mills Club Price: $24.29
Case Price: $21.59



Fess Parker 2017 SBC Chardonnay, California (Pat D.)

Fess Parker was the famous actor who portrayed Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone during the 1950-1970 timeframe, before walking away from Hollywood to focus on his business career, which ultimately included making estate grown wines from his purchase of 700 acres in Santa Barbara County. Sadly, he passed away in 2010 but the family continues to make great wine! Pick up a bottle of this delicious Chardonnay, which brings flavors of ripe apple, butter, citrus, and light toasty oak from 7 months in French and Hungarian oak aging. We’ll have this with a piping hot bowl of cream of crab soup.  Rated 89pts Wine Enthusiast and “Best Buy” Designee.

Regular Price: $18.99

Mills Club Price: $17.09
Case Price: $15.19


Schloss Vollrads 2016 Kabinett Riesling, Rheingau, Germany (Aron)

Schloss Vollrads enjoys an incredible 800-year history of wine cultivation and a castle on the property that dates back to 1330, making it one of the oldest in Germany! Situated in the Rheingau, Schloss Vollrads focuses entirely on Riesling. Medium sweet, this Riesling exhibits plump yellow peach, apple and tangerine flavors with nice zesty acidity.  I’ll enjoy this wine with sushi, spicy Indian curry take-out, or tuna tacos with spicy sriracha cream. Rated 91pts Wine Enthusiast.

Regular $24.99

Mills Club Price: $22.49
Case Price: $19.99


Fratelli Manzone 2017 Rosato, Langhe, Italy (Jen & Jerry)

Consider this the perfect winter rosè, skillfully crafted from the Nebbiolo grape in the Langhe region of Piedmont. With its lovely cranberry hue, it shows juicy red cherries, marmalade and rose petal aromas and flavors with a border of wild Italian herb; it is at once intense and vivacious, yet refreshing and thirst-quenching. Excellent with roast chicken or pizza topped with pepperoni or roasted vegetables.

Regular Price $19.99

Mills Club $17.99

Case Price $15.99


La Braccesca 2015 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Italy (Tim)

Try this Sangiovese from the vineyards of Montepulciano, which surround the city of Siena in Tuscany.   The Sangiovese grapes age in large oak casks for 12 months, followed by an additional 12 months in bottle. Owned by the famous Antinori family, the 1270 acre La Braccesca estate was once held by the Bracci counts, who gave their name and their coat of arms (the gold armored sword wielding arm pictured on the label) to the estate. Pretty cherry and strawberry fruit notes show a counterpoint to the vanilla and violet nuances. Enjoy with roasted lamb, mushroom risotto, or a Tuscan specialty such as Bistecca all Fiorentina (made in Tuscany from the famed white Chianina cattle). Rated 91pts Wine Enthusiast.

Regular Price: $24.99

Mills Club Price: $22.49
Case Price: $19.99


Pezzi King 2016 Zinfandel, California (Geoffrey)

A cold winter night would benefit from a glass of this opulent, rich, jammy Zinfandel from Dry Creek valley. Featuring notes of fig, blackberries and black currants with a spicy clove finish, this full-bodied red with balanced acidity will nicely stand up to sloppy joes, barbecue ribs, or baked barbeque chicken.

Regular Price: $26.99

Mills Club Price: $24.29
Case Price: $21.59


Cuilleron 2017 Syrah “Les Vignes d’à Còte, Rhone, France (Pat D.)

Many Northern Rhone Syrahs are not ready to drink for years after their release, however this Cuilleron is an exception. Crafted from declassified St.-Joseph fruit, this bold red reveals black fruits, violets, and a touch of umami smokiness. This would be a great pairing for rustic winter dishes such as lamb, veal, duck, or boar.

Regular Price: $22.99

Mills Club Price: $20.69
Case Price: $18.39


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