May Staff Picks Wine Tasting

May 6, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mills Fine Wine & Spirits
87 Main St
Annapolis, MD 21401

May Staff Picks

Join us for a tasting of the wines we are currently most excited about! We’ll sample six on Saturday and six on Sunday, and they’ll be on display as you walk in the store all month long!

Tasting Saturday 2pm-6pm

Kvaszinger 2013 Estate Tokaji Furmint, Hungary (Jen)

Furmint was long cultivated to make the Tokaj dessert wine that made the Hungarian wine country famous. Now, a new generation of winemakers is making beautiful dry wine from this same varietal, including Laszlo Kvasinger and his two sons., Gyorgy and Laszlo Jr. Rated 90pts Wine Enthusiast, “This dry Furmint has aromas of caramelized pineapple, citrus blossom, and peach with flavors of apricot, grapefruit and lemon lime. There is pleasant brightness in the crisp finish.” This pairs nicely with raw oysters, sushi, shellfish, or seafood dishes.

Regularly: $23.99

Mills Club: $21.59

Case Price: $19.19


Smoke Tree 2014 Chardonnay, California (Aron)

We loved this new Chardonnay arrival and thought it would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift! This beautifully balanced Chardonnay distplays stone fruit and white flower aromatics, and flavors of citrus and granny smith apple followed by a finish that lingers with acidity and minerality.

Regularly: $19.99

Mills Club: $17.99

Case Price: $15.99


Airfield Estates 2016 Rose, Yakima Valley, Washington (Jerry)

Made entirely of estate grown Sangiovese sourced from a fourth generation family owned farm that was once the site of pilot training in World War II. Dry with loads of aromatic and flavorful strawberry field notes, this will pair wonderfully with salads, pizza, and appetizers.

Regularly: $17.99

Mills Club: $16.19

Case Price: $14.39


Hahn 2015 Pinot Noir, Monterey County, California (Jessica)

Always searching for value Pinot Noir, we were impressed by this inexpensive version by Hahn.   Featuring cherry, star anise, and cinnamon on the nose and cinnamon spice, black plum and cranberry on the palate, this will nicely compliment chicken or seafood.

Regular Price: $14.99

Mills Club: $13.49

Case Price: $11.99


Markowitsch 2015 Carnuntum Cuvee, Austria (Tim)

An incredible value, this elegant Austrian red is a blend of 80% Zweigelt, 10% Blaufrankisch, and 10% Pinot Noir aged in large oak barrels. Markowitsch is famous for his red wines, grown in sand loam/limestone soils ideally situated on slopes sandwiched between the Danube on one side and Lake Neusiedler on the other. This is a luscious, fruit driven wine, with notes of wild cherry and spice, but light enough to enjoy in the summer heat.

Regular Price: $17.99

Mills Club: $16.19

Case Price: $14.39


Hyatt 2012 Merlot, Rattlesnake Hills, Washington (Jerry)

Try this delicious, smooth Merlot that features a black cherry nose, and flavors of blackberry fruit with touches of vanilla and cocoa. This would be an excellent pairing with veal chops, chicken off the grill and also dishes with tomato based sauces.

Regularly: $14.99

Sale Price: $11.99


Sunday 1-4pm


Non-Vintage Simonet Vin Mousseux Blanc de Blancs Brut Sparkling, France (Jessica)

Cave de Wissembourg produces this dry Sparkling wine made entirely of Chardonnay. It’s not Champagne because it’s not from the Champagne region of France, but at this price, who cares? Yeasty with citrus, bread and apple notes, crisp and bubbly and ready to enjoy as an aperitif or with a wide variety of appetizers.

Regularly: $10.00

Mills Club: $9.00

Case Price: $8.00


Raymond Usseglio 2015 “Les Cloux” Blanc, Rhone, France (Jessica)

Equal parts Grenache Blanc, Clairette, and Roussanne grapes from vineyards worked by hand in the same way Stephane Usseglio works his Chateauneuf-du-Pape vineyards. The parcel “Les Claux” is a lieu-dit (named vineyard) that borders Lirac in the commune of Saint Genies de Comolas. This bright white wine has distinct peppery notes, and will be a great pairing with an arugula salad or seafood dishes.

Regularly: $23.99

Mills Club: $21.59

Case Price: $19.19


Wilhelm 2015 “Prendo” Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige, Italy (Tim)

Try this fresh, crisp new Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige, the best region for Pinot Grigio in Italy! Lively with pear, lemon, lime and apple flavors and a smooth, harmonic finish, this wine makes a splendid aperitif but will also work well with salads, pastas, and grilled vegetables.

Regular Price: $12.99

Mills Club $11.69

Case Price $10.39


Manoir du Carra 2014 Julienas “Les Bottieres”, Beaujolais, France(Jessica)

Made from 100% Gamay from 50 year old vines planted in granite and schist soils, this Cru Beaujolais is aged in large oak foudre before being bottled unfiltered. Displaying spicy red currant and blackberry aromas, this is well balanced and has soft tannins and a long finish. Try with cheeses, chicken or pork dishes.

Regular Price: $18.99

Mills Club: $17.09

Case Price: $15.19


Gen del Alma 2014 “Gene” Tinto de Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina (Pat D.)

Wow! This is a great value Bordeaux styled blend, comprised of 50% Malbec, 15% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Merlot aged in 3rd use oak barrels. Exploding with rich berry and cherry fruit, dried herbs, forest floor, cocoa and crème de cassis this wine features a velvety midpalate and a minerally, crushed rock driven finish. Pair with grilled burgers, lamb chops, or steak fajitas.

Regular Price: $19.99

Mills Club: $17.99

Case Price: $15.99


Domaine de Durban 2014 Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, France (Andres)

Elevate your dessert course with this Kermit Lynch imported Beaumes de Venise from Southern Rhone. Domaine de Durban stands on the site of a former Roman healing springs station, atop a picturesque plateau in the Vaucluse. Muscat a Petits Grains Blanc is grown in clay and limestone soils and is hand harvested, then fermented in stainless steel. Neutral spirit is added to stop fermentation, and aging occurs in cement and stainless steel before bottling. This Beaume-de-Venise is the most celebrated Muscat in the entire appellation, and the Leydier family deserves all the credit. This would be a super pairing with chocolate, caramel desserts and would also work with fruit based desserts.

Regular Price: $20.99/375ml bottle

Mills Club: $18.89

Case Price: $16.79


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