July Staff Picks Wines

July 4, 2020 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.



Montinore NV Borealis, Willamette Valley, Oregon (Jen & Jerry)

Try this delicious white blend of grapes that commonly fare well in northern regions: 35% Muller-Thurgau, 29% Gewurztraminer, 24% Riesling and 12% Pinot Gris.  The perfect summer sipping wine, this exudes scents of orange blossom, ripe honeydew, guava and kiwi while the round palate is full with flavors of stone fruits, lemons and pear.  Clean, bright, and refreshing and at 1.6% residual sugar still quite dry. Certified Organic.

Regular Price: $15.99

Mills Club: $14.39

Case $12.79


Domaine des Cassagnoles 2019 Cotes de Gascogne, France (Andres)

A striking example of absolutely delicious yet super affordable wine, this white is comprised of 40% Columbard, 45% Ugni Blanc and 15% Gros Manseng, aged in stainless steel on its lees. This is a dry white, crisp and tart, featuring fresh grapefruit, lemon zest and citrus blossom notes.  This is an excellent aperitif but also can be enjoyed with salads with bright vinaigrette dressing or seafood prepared with a citrus-based sauce.

Regular Price: $10.99

Mills Club Price: $9.59
Case Price: $8.79


Schmitt Sohne Piesporter Michelsberg Kabinett, Germany (Aron)

Piesporter is made near the village of Piesport on the north bank of the Mosel River, an area known for slate soil and steep vineyards with good drainage. This light-to-medium bodied wine features a fruity palate with peach and apple aromas and flavors and crisp acidity. Enjoy this moderately sweet wine well-chilled with a variety of cheeses, sushi, or spicy gazpacho.

Regular Price: $12.99

Mills Club Price: $11.69
Case Price: $10.39


Pierre Prieur 2018 Sancerre, Loire Valley, France (Pat)

This domaine is still operated by the Prieur family after generations of winemaking in Sancerre, with 12 hectares planted to Sauvignon Blanc and 5 to Pinot Noir. The grapes are sourced from three different terroir: Terres Blanches, chalk-clay providing richness and body, Caillotes, pebbly chalk providing fruitiness, and Silex, flint which gives verve and minerality. This 100% Sauvignon Blanc shows fresh citrus fruit notes, vivacious in the mouth with a grounding minerally and just a touch saline finish.  Try with oysters, crab, shrimp, or even heartier grilled fish such as sea bass.

Regular Price: $24.99

Mills Club Price: $22.49

Case Price $19.99


Do Ferreiro 2017 Albariño, Rias Baixas, Spain (Tim)

Founded in 1973, Do Ferreiro is run by Gerardo Mèndez and his son Manuel. They farm 175 plots of Albariño in the best sub-zone of Salnès, a valley that enjoys proximity to the ocean as well as protection by mountain ranges.  Using indigenous yeasts and organic farming methods (they are not certified organic), their wines are clean and ageworthy. This white has great concentration and complexity, showing floral and citrus notes and a saline component. Good acidity makes this a wonderful pairing with grilled pork or chicken dishes. Rated 92+pts Robert Parker.

Regular Price: $29.99

Mills Club Price $26.99

Case Price: $23.99


Palagetto 2019 Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Italy (Andrew)

From the heart of Tuscany just north of Siena comes this lovely white wine made from the Vernaccia grape. Mentioned in poems by Dante as far back as the 13thcentury, this is an ancient varietal that has been enjoyed by Tuscans for centuries. This dry white is fruity and floral, bright, vivacious and crisp with a touch of almond on the finish. Try with pasta with pesto, or grilled fish with lemon and Mediterranean herbs.

Regular Price: $12.99

Mills Club Price: $11.69
Case Price: $10.39


Berthier 2019 L’Instant Rosè of Pinot Noir, Loire Valley, France (Andrew)

Berthier is an excellent Sancerre producer in the Loire Valley run by brothers Clement and Florian Berthier.  This is a wonderfully affordable example of their work, a dry rosè made from Pinot Noir grapes.  Engaging with aromas of raspberry and strawberry, this wine is refreshing and supple, achieving a perfect balance between fruit and mineral.  Enjoy with grilled pizza, seafood or salads.

Regular Price: $14.99

Mills Club Price: $13.49
Case Price: $11.99



Maysara 3 degrees 2017 Pinot Noir, McMinnville, Oregon (Tim)

Try this newly arrived elegant Oregon Pinot Noir from the McMinnville AVA in the Willamette Valley.  Maysara’s unique location in the foothills of Oregon’s coastal range provides wamer days and cooler nights, setting the stage for excellent Pinot Noir making. Complex with notes of fresh earth, herbs and pepper, this is supple with bright, silky smooth tannins. Enjoy with curry dishes, or grilled salmon, pork tenderloin or mushrooms. Rated 91pts James Suckling. Certified Biodynamic.

Regular $22.99

Mills Club Price: $20.69
Case Price: $18.39


Bookwalter NV13 Notebook Red, Columbia Valley, Washington (Andres)

Bookwalter is a favorite Columbia Valley producer, known for their excellent Cabernet Sauvignon. This iteration is actually a red blend made up of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 12% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Mourvedre from multiple different vintages, this batch their 13th of nonvintage Notebook. Featuring warm black cherry fruit and medium tannins, this would be an ideal pairing with grilled skirt steak or smoked ribs.

Regular Price $17.99

Mills Club $16.19

Case Price $14.39


Chateau Birè 2016 Bordeaux Superieur, France (Aron)

Many people think of Bordeaux as a winter wine, but the lighter Bordeaux Superieur can be an excellent choice for summertime dining.  A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from the stellar 2016 Bordeaux harvest, this medium/light red shows dark plum and cassis notes, and would nicely compliment grilled burgers, beef tacos or grilled lamb chops. Serve with a slight chill (pop in refrigerator for 20 minutes before serving).

Regular Price: $10.99

Mills Club Price: $9.59
Case Price: $8.79


Canalicchio di Sopra 2017 Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy (Jen & Jerry)

Canalicchio di Sopra is a celebrated Brunello producer! This is an affordable peek into their winemaking prowess, a Rosso made from their younger vines. Made from 100% Sangiovese and aged 12 months in a combination of Slavonian and French oak, this shows ripe blackberry, forest floor, and a touch of eucalyptus on the nose, while the palate offers juicy black cherry and plum notes with supple tannins.  Serve with grilled sausages or steaks.

Regular Price: $39.99

Mills Club Price: $35.99
Case Price: $31.99


Treana 2018 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, California (Pat)

This bold Cab shows all the classic trademarks of Paso Robles wines: rich, ripe, developed fruit notes and good structure.  The name “Treana” is from the trinity of the sun, soil, and ocean, the building blocks of winemaking for the Hope family, who moved to Paso Robles 40 years ago. Made with 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petite Sirah and 3% Merlot all sourced from local growers, this shows aromas of coffee, leather and dark fruit, while vanilla, black pepper and plum delight the palate. Medium tannins call for food pairings like grilled beef or lamb.

Regular Price: $31.99

Mills Club Price: $28.79
Case Price: $25.29








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