January Staff Picks Wines

January 2, 2021 – January 31, 2021 all-day
Mills Fine Wine & Spirits
87 Main Street
MD 21401

Check out our monthly “Staff Picks” wines, where we choose 12 of our current favorite wines, 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.






Servin 2019 Chablis “Les Pargues”, France (Tim)

The Servin family has a long history in Chablis, which explains why they own parcels in four Grand Cru and six Premier Cru Vineyards…Their largest parcel is in les Pargues, located near the village of Prèhy which has marl and calcareous clay soils from the Kimmeridgien period. Fermented and matured entirely in stainless steel, this is a fresh and vivacious expression of Chardonnay, showing floral aromas, generous fruit notes, and steely minerality. Enjoy with seafood or shellfish.

Regular Price: $24.99

Mills Club: $22.49

Case $19.99


Skouras 2019 Moschofilero, Greece (Andres)

Featuring high acidity and expressive floral aromatics, some consider Moschofilero to be a summer wine, however, it pairs perfectly with the lighter foods some choose to enjoy in fitness-oriented January! Try with salads and seafood.

Regular Price: $17.99

Mills Club Price: $16.19
Case Price: $14.39


Hartford Court 2018 Chardonnay, California (Andrew)

A classically styled California Chardonnay, this is full-bodied, luscious, rich and creamy, with notes of golden apple, brioche and honeysuckle.  Enjoy with roasted chicken, or creamy pasta or soups. Rated 92pts Wine Spectator, and #44 Top 100 of 2020!

Regular Price: $34.99

Mills Club Price: $31.49
Case Price: $27.99


Chevalier Famaey 2019 Malbec Rosè, France (Jen & Jerry)

This dry Rosè is crafted from Malbec grapes grown in the Cahors region of France.  Featuring strawberry and cherry fruit notes and fresh acidity, this is a great option with weeknight pizzas, salmon, or salad topped with avocado and poached chicken. Super value!

Regular Price: $10.00

Mills Club Price: $9.00

Case Price $8.00


Hacienda Araucano Humo Blanco 2018 Pinot Noir, Rapel Valley, Chile (Andrew)

Try this pale red, light-to-medium-bodied Pinot Noir with dark fruit notes leaning to blueberry and brambleberries and a hint of cloves. Tart, fresh acidity and supple structure make this a fine match for smoked salmon, chicken empanadas, or Pastel de Choclo, a delicious corn casserole with meat stuffing.

Regular Price: $16.99

Mills Club Price: $15.29

Case Price $13.59


Casa Santos Lima 2018 Red Blend, Lisboa, Portugal (Aron)

This is a simple yet delicious red wine using indigenous Portuguese grapes Castelào, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Trincadeira, aged 4 months in oak.  Showing ripe cherry fruit notes plus spice, licorice and vanilla tones, it’s medium-bodied and great to pair with chicken with teriyaki sauce or meatballs with chili dipping sauce. Rated 90pts Wine Enthusiast.

Regular Price: $10.99

Sale Price $8.79


Chateau d’Auvernier 2018 Pinot Noir, Neuchatel, Switzerland (Jen & Jerry)

We loved this new Pinot Noir from Switzerland, from the 400-year old Chateau d’Auvernier estate, light-bodied and silky textured, but filled with bright raspberry, ripe cherry and hazelnut fruit notes and a beam of food-friendly acidity and polished tannins.  Try with a special meal of roasted salmon or lemon and rosemary roasted chicken.

Regular Price: $31.99

Mills Club Price: $28.79
Case Price: $25.59


Sean Thackrey Pleiades Old Vines XXVII Red Blend, California (Tim)

The varietal blend is actually not revealed, but rumored to contain Sangiovese, Grenache, Mourèdre, and Syrah. It’s light on its feet, but robust in red cherry, violet and a touch of citrus fruit notes.  Pair with pork or beef tenderloin with roasted vegetables. Rated 92pts Wine Enthusiast and “Editors’ Choice”.

Regular $31.99

Mills Club Price: $28.79
Case Price: $25.59


Tinazzi 2018 Valpolicella Ripasso Superior, Italy (Tim)

Crafted from fresh Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes in the Veneto region of Italy, this wine undergoes a unique winemaking process. After an initial fermentation, it becomes Valpolicella. After Tinazzi makes their Amarone wine, they have leftover Amarone skins and pomace. They then mix the Valpolicella wine with these Amarone leftovers and referment the wine. This process adds wonderful flavor, body and complexity. Aged for about a year in French and American oak, this medium-bodied red then becomes Valpolicella Ripasso, showing red cherry fruit notes, as well as delicate tones of prune, nutmeg and balsamic. Pair with homemade pasta with ragù, mushroom risotto, or braised short ribs. (If you were wondering, in contrast, Amarone is made only from dried grapes, not fresh grapes, is barrel aged for 2 years, and is typically a bolder wine. Plus, more $$$.)

Regular Price $21.99

Mills Club $19.79

Case Price $17.59


Centonze 2017 Nero d’Avola, Sicily, Italy (Andres)

Giovanni Centonze, a former President of the Association of Sicilian Oenologists, along with his children Nicola and Carla established Centonze in 1998, with the aim to highlight indigenous Sicilian varietals and terroir. Nero d’Avola is a classic Sicilian indigenous varietal, the name roughly translating to “black grape from Avola”, a village in Southern Sicily.  This wine opens up with a little time in the glass, showing dark cherry and currant notes, spice and tannins, which make this a lovely pairing with spicy beef or lamb dishes. ORGANIC

Regular Price: $16.99

Mills Club Price: $15.29
Case Price: $13.59


Cantine San Marzano 2019 “Il Pumo” Primitivo, Italy (Andres)

San Marzano is a small village in the center of the Primitivo di Manduria DOC region, a piece of land situated between the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. In 1962, 19 local winemakers came together to form Cantine San Marzano. This is their robust red wine made from the Primitivo grape, a varietal closely related to California’s Zinfandel. Featuring plum and cherry notes with hints of spice, rosemary and vanilla, this is smooth and balanced, and ready to drink with beef, venison or hard cheeses.

Regular Price: $15.99

Mills Club Price: $14.39
Case Price: $12.79


McPrice Myers “Bull by the Horns” 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California (Pat)

McPrice “Mac” Myers represents the next generation of winemaking in California, where he started making wine in 2002. Long a fan of Paso Robles and Central Coast growing sites that can yield high quality yet affordably priced grapes, he settled upon the current winery site in the rolling hills of Paso Robles in 2014. Cold winter nights and the warming bold dishes that accompany them are well matched by big wines like this “Bull by the Horns” Cabernet Sauvignon.  Ripe cherry, blackberry, mocha, clove, graphite, and tarragon notes show on a long, plush and juicy finish.

Regular Price: $23.99

Mills Club Price: $21.59
Case Price: $19.19


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