June Staff Picks Wines

June 6, 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.


Abellio 2018 Albariño, Rias Baixas, Spain (Tim)

Featuring vibrant, zippy citrus freshness and notes of peach and pear, this white wine from the coastal Rias Baixas region of Spain is lovely served with salads, fresh seafood, or tapas.  This is a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc if you are looking to try something new! Rated 90pts James Suckling.

Regular Price: $13.99

Mills Club: $12.59

Case $11.19


Domaine du Colombier 2018 Chablis, Burgundy, France (Andres)

Enjoy this lean, minerally Chardonnay from Chablis, a region blessed with characteristic Kimmeridgian soil, which provides structure, minerality, and salinity. This Chablis is a relatively affordable version, striking an elegant balance between fruit and stoniness. Enjoy with oysters and other shellfish, cheeses, and seafood.

Regular Price: $19.99

Mills Club Price: $17.99
Case Price: $15.99


Short Street 2018 Chenin Blanc, Swartland, South Africa (Aron)

Short Street was named for its location on the shortest street in Riebeek Valley. Peach and pineapple notes are balanced by acidity, making this Chenin Blanc fresh and dry.  A rich and creamy mouthfeel makes this a wonderful pairing with spicy foods like curry or sushi.

Regular Price: $13.99

Mills Club Price: $12.59
Case Price: $11.19


Shalauri 2018 Rkatsiteli-Mtsvane, Republic of Georgia (Andrew)

Although not certified organic, this wine is quite naturally made, without any industrial yeast or additives and bottled unfined, unfiltered and using minimal sulfites. Made from indigenous grapes Rkatsiteli and Mtsvane Kakhuri, the wine is fermented and aged in kvevris (traditional clay pots) that have been used for centuries in this ancient winemaking culture.  This is an orange wine, a dry wine that takes its color from contact with the grape skins giving it an amber hue.

Regular Price: $19.99

Mills Club Price: $17.99

Case Price $15.99


Paul Direder Paul D. 2019 Rosè, Wagram, Austria (Jen & Jerry)

Try a bottle of this dry but juicy rosè made from the Zweigelt grape.  Exuding freshness and notes of raspberry, pomegranate and wild berry on the nose, the palate senses strawberry and red currant notes with good acidity. This is a great aperitif, but has enough body to stand up to grilled chicken and vegetables.

Regular Price: $12.99/1L bottle

Sale Price: $10.39


Biggio Hamina 2017 Biha Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon (Pat)

Eola-Amity hills enjoys largely volcanic basalt from ancient lava flows with a marine sedimentary soil layer.  The beds are shallow, rocky, and well-drained, making for small, intensely concentrated grapes. The positioning in a break in Coast Mountain Range allows cool ocean winds, allowing late afternoon temperature drops. Todd Biggio of Biggio Hamina likes to make minimal intervention wines…you might find some sediment at the bottom of the bottle and this is by design. He likes to make wines that are still “living”, and therefore eschews the use of filtering, glycols, or temperature controls.  This elegant Pinot Noir features vibrant cherry fruit, cinnamon, herb and a gentle whisper of French oak.  Try with grilled chicken or salmon.

Regular Price: $24.99

Mills Club Price: $22.49
Case Price: $19.99


Mas des Capitelles 2018 Faugeres VV, Languedoc-Roussillon, France (Jen & Jerry)

From the appellation of Faugeres in the Languedoc-Roussillon of Southern France comes this blend of 50% Mourvedre, 25% Carignan and 25% Syrah. Owner Jean Laugè purchased the property in 1999, but his family has been involved in winemaking for 10 generations.  This brooding red features ripe cherry and black currant notes, leather and black olive, and a spicy, peppery finish. Good structure and ripe tannins make this an ideal pairing with grilled lamb chops or beef. Certified ORGANIC.

Regular Price: $19.99

Mills Club Price: $17.99
Case Price: $15.99


Tenuta Toscante 2017 Ghiaia Nera Mascalese, Sicily, Italy (Tim)

Located in the northeast coast of Sicily, Mount Etna is the tallest and most active volcano in Europe.  The volcanic soils here make for great winemaking, including Tasca’s Etna Tascante project.  This alluring red made from the Nerello Mascalese grape is medium-bodied, showing wild cherry and blue flower notes with a minerally undercurrent. Aged in large oak barrels, it is still fresh and energetic. Look to the dishes of Sicily for food inspiration; sardines and other oily fish, or pork served with Mediterranean vegetables like eggplant, capers, and wild mushrooms. Rated 91pts RP.

Regular $21.99

Mills Club Price: $19.79
Case Price: $17.59


Balius 2018 Merlot, Sonoma Coast, California (Andres)

Balius was one of Achilles two immortal horses, a heroic figure of Greek legend.  Made from Sonoma fruit, this is 100% Merlot aged in a combination of stainless steel and French oak for 18 months.  The result is a red with a rich, velvety mouthfeel, showing elegant black cherry and blackberry notes with a hint of spice.   Merlot is still relatively unpopular compared to Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, maligned by the movie “Sideways” in 2004.  What this means is you can generally find some great values in the Merlot aisle! This will pair nicely with grilled steaks or flavorful cheeses such as blue cheese, aged cheddar, or gorgonzola.

Regular Price $15.99

Mills Club $14.39

Case Price $12.79


Maison Brotte Grand Vallon 2018 Syrah, France (Andrew)

We’ve been fans of the Charles Brotte wines for a good while, enjoying their value priced Cotes-du-Rhone and Chateauneuf-du-Pape very much. We recently discovered their super-value Syrah that overperforms for the price. A bolder red with ripe fruit and spice notes, this tasty wine will match well with cheeseburgers, spicy sausages or grilled Portobello, and won’t break the bank while doing it!

Regular Price: $10.00

Mills Club Price: $9.00
Case Price: $8.00


Zuccardi 2018 Series A Malbec, Valle de Uco, Argentina (Aron)

This Malbec favors freshness over heavy oak, with 10 months in French oak allowing the varietal character to show through as well as the terroir of Uco Valley.  Dark berries, spice and hints of herb shine in this pure and supple medium-bodied red, which will be a wonderful pairing with grilled steaks and vegetables.  Rated 91pts RP.

Regular Price: $16.99

Mills Club Price: $15.29
Case Price: $13.59


Requiem 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, Washington (Pat)

This is a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from six sites in Columbia Valley including from Walla Walla, Horse Heavan Hills, and Red Mountain. The parts are vinified separately, then blended to get the best combination of purity of fruit and complexity before aging 20 months in 40% new oak. This bold red expresses generous blackberry and black currant fruit notes and a core of vibrant acidity. Enjoy with grilled or smoked ribs or steaks.

Regular Price: $24.99

Mills Club Price: $22.49
Case Price: $19.99





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