March Staff Picks Wine Tasting

March 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!


Tetramythos Retsina, Greece (Andrew)

Most wine lovers recoil with fear at the mention of “Retsina”, but this version is a lovely exception. Retsina has a 2000 year history in Greece, where Greeks used pine resin to prevent oxidation and preserve their wine in their amphora before glass bottles were invented, resulting in an often distasteful piney aroma and flavor in the wine. This organic Retsina shows restraint with the pine resin, instead displaying pear, beeswax and honey fruit and a tangy, dry finish. Try with salads or light seafood preparations.

Regular Price: $10.99

Mills Club Price: $9.89
Case Price: $8.79


Domaine Pellè Menetou-Salon, Loire Valley, France (Geoffrey)

Fans of Sancerre will love this Sauvignon Blanc from neighboring Menetou-Salon, with kimmeridgian dominated soils showing through in the minerally notes. Featuring citrus, bright acidity and a backbone of mineral and saline, this is excellent with a variety of cheeses, shellfish, or seafood. Organically farmed.

Regular Price: $27.99

Mills Club Price: $25.19
Case Price: $22.39


Bujanda 2017 Joven, Spain (Jen & Jerry)

Pick up a bottle of this tasty unoaked weeknight red wine, resplendent with bright notes of red and blue berries and spice, medium-bodied with food-friendly acidity. Great with tacos or pizza!

Regular Price: $10.99

Mills Club Price: $9.89
Case Price: $8.79


Plavac 2016 Peljesac, Croatia (Tim)

Our ongoing search for a new Croatian wine ended here, with an elegant, lovely red made from the Plavac grape from the Peljesac peninsula in Croatia. This medium-bodied, fruit forward red also had a nice earthy quality, with an almost Nebbiolo-esque quality.

Regular Price: $15.99

Mills Club Price: $14.39
Case Price: $12.79


Busca 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma, California (Aron)

Grapes from this Cabernet Sauvignon are sourced from the Petrified Forest Vineyard, at the very edge of Sonoma County literally 20 yards from Napa Valley.  Featuring gorgeous dark cherry and black plum and currant notes, it has great tannin structure (18 months in oak) and will nicely compliment steaks or lamb chops at a relatively affordable price!

Regular Price: $22.99

Mills Club Price: $20.69
Case Price: $18.39


Shumi Zigu, Republic of Georgia (Andres)

Enjoy this Port styled wine from Shumi winery in the Kakheti region in the Republic of Georgia.  “Shumi” means genuine, undiluted wine, while “Zigu” translates to dessert. Made from a large variety of indigenous and foreign grapes, wine brandy and Chacha, this tastes decided like Port with flavors and aromas of almonds, raisins, and wild berries. Try with chocolate!

Regular Price: $29.99

Mills Club Price: $26.99
Case Price: $23.99



Jean Louis Denois Classique Brut, Limoux, France (Pat D.)

Jean-Louis Denois is widely considered to be a rising star in the Languedoc region of France.   Growing up the sixth generation of a Champagne making family, he decided to go his own way, planting his first grapes in 1991.  Even though his vineyards are in the Limoux appellation, his refusal to use the required Mauzac grape means he cannot use Limoux on the label. Instead, this is composed of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah, organically grown and aged on lees for three years on racks. The result? A lovely, toasty, yeasty number that’s more reminiscent of a fine Champagne than a Cremànt of Southern France. Pass the caviar!

Regular Price: $23.99

Mills Club Price: $21.59
Case Price: $19.19


Principe Pallavicini 2017 Frascati Superiore DOCG, Lazio, Italy (Aron)

This Italian white wine is somewhat similar to Sauvignon Blanc, featuring flavor notes of citrus, gooseberry and salinity and crisp clean acidity. The grape composition is 50% Malvasia de Candia, 20% Malvasia del Lazio, 20% Greco and Grechetto and 10% Trebbiano Toscano in the Frascati region near Rome. Try with spaghetti alla carbonara, gnocci, or chicken Caesar salad.

Regular $22.99

Mills Club Price: $20.69
Case Price: $18.39


Por Fin 2014 Reserva Red Blend, Chile (Tim)

Por Fin, or “at last” we have found a lovely inexpensive red blend. Comprised of 48% Syrah, 23% Malbec, 18% Carmenere and 11% Petit Verdot aged 8 months in barrel, this features bright red fruit, spicy complexity and a long pleasing finish. Try with spicy beef chili or a spice rubbed braised beef brisket, or Hungarian goulash.

Regular Price $10.99

Mills Club $9.89

Case Price $8.79


Chateau La Graviere 2015 Les Terrasses Cotes de Bourg Rouge, Bordeaux (Jen & Jerry)

We just received this Bordeaux, made from 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon from Cote de Bourg, an appellation just northwest of the city of Bordeaux, close to where the rivers Dordogne and Garonne rivers meet. It is one of the very oldest wine producing regions, originally planted with an ancestor of Cabernet by Romans in the second century.  This delicious red features ripe, juicy cassis and black fruit notes and present but refined tannins. Try with braised lamb or beef dishes! Rated 90pts Wine Enthusiast and “Best of Year” 2018 Issue.

Regular Price: $18.99

Mills Club Price: $17.09
Case Price: $15.19


Forlorn Hope Queen of the Sierra 2016 Red, Santa Barbara, California (Geoffrey)

A visit from Forlorn Hope winemaker Matthew Rorick revealed several wines we found to be very interesting and well-made, including this blend comprised largely of the Trousseau grape grown at high elevations in the Sierra Foothills.  Limestone and schist soils provide pronounced aromatics, lovely texture and bright acidity. Notes of cherry and plum are very pleasing in this harmonious red that will leave you not at all forlorn. Best at cellar temperature, try with roast chicken, chicken pot pie or pork tacos.

Regular Price: $24.99

Mills Club Price: $22.49
Case Price: $19.99


Borne 2015 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, California (Pat D.)

Anderson Valley enjoys wide diurnal range, with temperature swings of 40-50 degrees in one day not uncommon. This sets to stage for great Pinot Noir making, this version displaying red cherries, peppercorn, cranberry and clove. Aged 11 months in French oak, this Pinot exudes a pleasing silky texture. Try with pork tenderloin or salmon steaks.

Regular Price: $24.99

Mills Club Price: $22.49
Case Price: $19.99


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