November Staff Picks Wine Tasting

November 2, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mills Fine Wine & Spirits
87 Main Street
MD 21401

Join us for our popular monthly “Staff Picks” series, where we choose 12 of our current favorite wines to share, 6 tasted on Saturday and 6 on Sunday, 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.


Presqu’ile 2018 Chardonnay Santa Barbara County, California (Pat)

This elegant Chardonnay is perfect for entertaining, ideally balanced (aged 10 months in neutral French oak) and therefore appealing to a wide variety of palates. Made by Presqu’ile (pronounced press-KEEL), a small, family-run estate, they are certified sustainably farmed, and are located in the heart of Santa Barbara County’s Santa Maria Valley.

Regular Price: $24.99

Mills Club Price: $22.49
Case Price: $19.99


Heinrich Hartl III 2016 Rotgipfler, Thermenregion, Austria (Jen & Jerry)

Heinrich Hartl, a star in Austria’s winemaking cast, has been instrumental in bringing back the indigenous varietal Rotgipfler. Rot (rot=red in German) is the color of the young shoots, and the tips and veins of the leaves of the vine. Soil with high limestone content makes Hartl’s Pinot Noir and Rotgipfler exquisite and interesting. Plums, melon, and spring blossom grace the nose while the palate exhibits mouth-watering acidity and notes ranging from green apple to pineapple. Enjoy this complex white wine with salmon with oven roasted vegetables, five-spice roasted chicken, or turkey.

Regular Price: $19.99

Mills Club Price: $17.99
Case Price: $15.99


Cavallotto 2018 Pinner, Langhe, Italy (Tim)

The fourth generation of the Cavallotto family is currently working the estate, perched on top of the famed Bricco Boschis cru of Barolo. Officially, this is a white Pinot Noir (100% Pinot Nero fermented with out the skins), although note the pale pink color. Strawberry and raspberry fruit notes pervade and a distinct, pleasing minerality mark this unusual wine with brilliant purity of fruit. Try with clams in olive oil, scallops, or homemade pizza. ORGANIC

Regular Price: $26.99

Mills Club Price: $24.29
Case Price: $21.59


Villa Chiopris 2017 Refosco, Friuli, Italy (Pat)

Owner and winemaker Dorino Livon purchased his first vineyards in the hills of Collio back in 1964, and slowly but surely built his estate.  Refosco is the grape in this affordable, light to medium bodied red with lots of dark cherry and cranberry notes and a touch or earthy moss. Serve with a generous charcuterie platter.

Regular Price: $10.00

Mills Club Price: $9.00
Case Price: $8.00


Quarisa 2016 Johnny Q Shiraz, South Australia (Tim)

Generous, plump ripe fruit notes dazzle in this full-bodied red with well-integrated vanilla oak.  A long, smooth finish keeps you reaching for another sip. Enjoy with braised beef dishes, spareribs or pulled beef bbq sandwiches.

Regular Price: $13.99

Mills Club Price: $12.59
Case Price: $11.19


Domaine de Tourelles 2013 Marquis des Beys, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon(Pat)

The Domaine des Tourelles estate was founded in 1868 by Frenchman Francois-Eugene Brun but political turmoil ceased all wine production for many years. This wine, crafted from 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Syrah aged in French oak for 18 months exudes black and red fruit notes accented with cedar, a powerful full-bodied red that will compliment braised lamb, Moroccan sausages, or eggplant stew.

Regular Price: $26.99

Mills Club Price: $24.29
Case Price: $21.59



Clavelin Cremant du Jura Brut Comte (Andres)

Tucked between Burgundy and Switzerland, the Jura region of France produces excellent sparkling wines. This version is made in the Champagne method, fermented in bottle and hand-riddled. Made from Chardonnay grapes planted to largely limestone soil, this shows lime zest, apple and wheat, with a fine mousse and a minerally saline note. Rated 90pts Robert Parker. ORGANIC

Regular Price: $21.99

Mills Club Price: $19.79
Case Price: $17.59


Will’m 2016 Gewurztraminer, Alsace, France (Geoff)

A wine you would think was designed to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, this medium sweet, peppery-ginger spice Gewurztraminer is heady with pear and blossom aromas, with fruit on the palate balanced by bright lemon citrus notes. Enjoy with turkey and an extra helping of cranberry sauce, or spicy Thai meatballs!

Regular $17.99

Mills Club Price: $16.19
Case Price: $14.39


Marques de Riscal 2015 “Proximo” Rioja, Spain (Aron)

Established in 1858, Marques de Riscal is one of Rioja’s oldest wineries. Made from 100% Tempranillo, this medium-bodied red shows aromas of red cherries and strawberries while the palate displays ripe fruit with a touch of toasty oak on the finish.

Regular Price $10.00

Mills Club $9.00

Case Price $8.00


Chateau La Mothe du Barry 2017 Bordeaux Superieur, France (Andrew)

A chilly evening calls for a wine like this Bordeaux from Joel Duffau, a 100% Merlot that’s deeply concentrated, offering up classic Bordeaux flavors of graphite, cassis and cocoa, soft tannins and a rich, persistent finish. This would nice compliment a plate of pasta with marinara sauce, roasted beef or lamb. ORGANIC

Regular Price: $13.99

Mills Club Price: $12.59
Case Price: $11.19


Andrew Rich 2015 Pinot Noir, Eola Amity Hills, Oregon (Geoff)

Andrew Rich began his winemaking career at California’s Bonny Doon, where he developed a keen interest in Rhone varietals.  After moving to Oregon in 1995 he realized his true calling in deftly creating Pinot Noir that are richly elegant but never overblown. This splurge-worthy example combines grapes from volcanic soil sites, contributing mineral spiced red fruits, along with grapes from marine sedimentary soils, providing superb structure. Aging takes place in 25% new French oak. Black cherry fruit, leather, and bright acid wow the palate in this supple, luscious Pinot Noir. Try with roasted poultry or hearty fish dishes.

Regular Price: $39.99

Mills Club Price: $35.99
Case Price: $31.99


Three Saints 2016 Happy Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Barbara, California  (Natasha)

Opulent dark fruit, bramble and cocoa aromas combine with flavors of fresh ripe berries, cassis and savory dried herbs in this bold, toasty cab from Santa Barbara. Enjoy with the hearty, warming roasts or stews of fall!

Regular Price: $24.99

Mills Club Price: $22.49
Case Price: $19.99



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