January Staff Picks Wine Tasting, Part II

January 5, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 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.


Fouchet 2018 Muscadet Sevre & Maine l’Augellerie, Loire Valley, France (Jen & Jerry)

Thinking of seafood tonight? Consider a bottle of Muscadet, one of the best values from the Loire Valley. Muscadet is made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape and has long been produced as flavorless bulk white wine.  However this nearly bone-dry bottling is bright with citrusy acidity and grounded with a stony minerality, and will work wonderfully with mussels, oysters, scallops or shrimp!

Regular Price: $12.99

Mills Club Price: $11.69
Case Price: $10.39


The Royal 2019 Chenin Blanc, Swartland, South Africa (Andres)

Uncomplicated yet delicious, this every day wine offers up lots of guava, melon and gooseberry fruit notes and fresh, crisp acidity.  This would be a nice pairing with the slimming salads of January; try with mixed greens topped with poached chicken, apples and walnuts dressed with a tangy vinaigrette.

Regular $10.00

Mills Club Price: $9.00
Case Price: $8.00


Buena Vista 2017 Chardonnay, Carneros, California (Aron)

With a history dating back to 1857, this winery has a colorful past, most recently falling under the guidance of Jean-Charles Boisset.  Cold winter evenings would benefit from a glass of this full-bodied, lush and round Chardonnay, rich with apple, pear and baked pineapple notes. Barrel fermentation followed by 12 months aging in French and Hungarian oak make for a toasty, nutty finish which will stand up to hearty roasted chicken, creamy soups, or lobster.

Regular Price $29.99

Mills Club $26.99

Case Price $23.99


Tommasi Poggio al Tufo 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Tuscany, Italy (Pat)

We’ve found Tommasi wines typically represent great value for the money, including this Cabernet Sauvignon, which features brooding blackberry and black currant notes and a pleasing toasted spice. Pair with Beef Braciole, Lasagna Bolognese, or simple spaghetti with meatballs.  Rated 91pts Wine Spectator.

Regular Price: $16.99

Mills Club Price: $15.29
Case Price: $13.59


Des Trois Moulin 2017 Cotes du Bourg, Bordeaux, France (Andrew)

The Cotes du Bourg appellation of Bordeaux surrounds the town of Bourg-sur-Gironde, where Romans planted the first vineyards. Winemaker Alain Faure is the sixth generation of his family to be making wine at this property, where his two daughters work alongside him. Made from 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, this shows pretty cherry and raspberry notes and a round, elegant finish, making it ideal to pair with charcuterie, lamb or braised beef dishes.

Regular Price: $11.99

Mills Club Price: $10.79
Case Price: $9.59


Alain Jaume 2016 La Butte d’Or St Joseph, France (Tim)

This red is made from 100% Syrah planted to granite and marl soils on hillsides facing southeast in the St. Joseph appellation of Northern Rhone.  St-Joseph wines were favored by Louis XII (1498-1515), who owned a vineyard there called Clos de Touron.  St. Joseph and Northern Rhone in general has a continental climate with cold wet winters marked by mistral winds, as opposed to the Mediterranean climate in the better-known Southern Rhone region. The nose on this red shows pepper and jammy red fruits, while the palate is full-bodied and intense with medium tannins and a long finish. Try with hearty comfort foods such as beef stew or leg of lamb.

Regular Price: $29.99

Mills Club Price: $26.99
Case Price: $23.99


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