October Staff Picks Wine Tasting

October 5, 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.



St. Hilaire Brut Blanquette de Limoux, France (Pat)

Well before Champagne was being made in the Champagne region of France, the Benedictine monks of the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire in Limoux were making the World’s first sparkling wines. The grape is a local varietal known as Mauzac. Dry and toasty with a delightful creamy texture, this sparkling wine features pretty apple and citrus notes and would serve as an ideal aperitif or party wine!

Regular Price: $14.99

Mills Club Price: $13.49
Case Price: $11.99


Valley of the Moon 2016 Pinot Blanc/Viognier, Sonoma County, California (Jen & Jerry)

Generous aromatics of peach, honey and ginger delight in this juicy wine with ripe peach notes and a bright pineapple finish. No malolactic fermentation and no oak makes for a fresh expression of these two white varietals grown at Valley of the Moon winery in Sonoma Valley. With a long history, Valley of the Moon was the first winery established on the property in 1863. It was renamed Madrone Estates in later years and ultimately was owned by the famed newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst before passing into the hands of current ownership, the Stewart family. Try this wine with grilled chicken and pineapple skewers or sushi.

Regular Price: $15.99

Mills Club Price: $14.39
Case Price: $12.79


Borsao 2018 Rosè, Campo de Borja, Spain (Andrew)

This is a simple, dry, easy-to-drink rosè made from 100% Garnacha. Crisp and lush, this well balanced wine features good acidity with notes of strawberry and tangerine and a touch of spice. Try with salads, appetizers, or fish tacos.

Regular Price: $10.00

Mills Club Price: $9.00
Case Price: $8.00


Fullerton “Three Otters” 2016 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon (Andrew)

Try this enticing Oregon Pinot Noir, aged 1 year in primarily neutral French oak. This pretty Pinot features black cherry and strawberry fruit notes with serious undertones of tea, earth and spice, and would be an ideal pairing with salmon, mushrooms, or filet. The three otters on the label are a nod to the Fullerton family crest, examples of which date back to the 13thcentury in Northern Europe.

Regular Price: $24.99

Mills Club Price: $22.49
Case Price: $19.99


Puro 2018 Malbec, Southwest France (Andres)

Malbec originated in Southern France, initially known as “Cot”. It is a thick-skinned grape and requires more heat and sunlight than Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot to ripen. We loved this new version, which not only features deep, luscious plum and blackberry notes but also earth and saddle leather components and medium tannins. Try with grilled steaks or braised short ribs.

Regular Price: $14.99

Mills Club Price: $13.49
Case Price: $11.99


Hedges CMS 2016 Red Blend, Columbia Valley, Washington State (Pat)

This red blend by Hedges Family Estate has consistently provided great value vintage after vintage. This version, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah which spends 15-18mos in French and American oak, boasts plum, raspberry and cocoa aromas and flavors of berry, vanilla and spice. Try with chili, stews, or meatloaf; the types of warming meals that are perfect for fall!

Regular Price: $15.99

Mills Club Price: $14.39
Case Price: $12.79



Kermit Lynch 2018 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Italy (Aron)

From the rolling green hills of the Le Marche region (just east of Tuscany along the Adriatic coast), this dry white wine made from the Verdicchio grape features citrus and green sage notes, bright acid and a touch of savoriness, making it a great pairing for a warm plate of creamy pasta or burrata. This is another wine that famed importer Kermit Lynch has a hand in helping formulate alongside a European winemaker; in this case with Stefano Antonucci of Azienda Santa Barbara.

Regular Price: $14.99

Mills Club Price: $13.49
Case Price: $11.99


Pierre- Marie Chermette 2018 Beaujolais Blanc, France (Tim)

Almost the entire production of Beaujolais is devoted to the Gamay grape, so this Chardonnay is a real rarity. Round and rich with citrus and apricot aromas and flavors, this is an unoaked, clean expression of Chardonnay. Try with cream of crab soup, or lobster, or simple chicken or seafood meals!

Regular $21.99

Mills Club Price: $19.79
Case Price: $17.59


St-Damien 2016 Cotes-du-Rhone “La Bouveau”, France (Geoffrey)

A single vineyard (lieu dit named “La Bouveau”) red from Gigondas comprised of 80% Syrah, 15% Cinsault and 5% Viognier aged in concrete, this brooding red shows darker berry fruits and peppery herbs in a rich, full-bodied, almost Northern-Rhone style of wine. Excellent with roasted and braised meats. Organic.

Regular Price $18.99

Mills Club $17.09

Case Price $15.19


Henry of Pelham 2018 Classic Baco Noir, Ontario, Canada (Jen & Jerry)

You’ll love this dry, plush, medium-bodied red with blackberry and plum aromas and coffee, cedar and smoke notes. Black cherry flavors dominate the slightly smoke tinged finish.  Baco Noir is a French-American hybrid grape produced primarily in New York and Canada. It’s a cross of Folle Blanche with an unknown New World “Vitis Riparia” family and was developed as a phylloxera-resistant vine that retained French character. Try with roasted chicken or pork! Henry of Pelham is owned and operated by three brothers Matthew, Paul and Daniel Speck; all of whom were educated at St. John’s College of Annapolis.

Regular Price: $14.99

Mills Club Price: $13.49
Case Price: $11.99


Dancing Crow 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County, California (Tim)

This Cabernet Sauvignon has small amounts of Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Tempranillo blended in and spends 8 months in French oak. We loved this Cab, a new arrival from Dancing Crow located in Lake County, a region that has been receiving recent acclaim due to the excellent volcanic soils, mountain climate and moderating influence of Clear Lake, North America’s oldest fresh water lake. This Cab showcases plum and allspice aromas and flavors of dark cherry and cedar, a full-bodied, smooth finish with velvety fine tannins. Try with beef or lamb dishes.

Regular Price: $19.99

Mills Club Price: $17.99
Case Price: $15.99


Susana Balbo Late Harvest Malbec (Geoffrey)

Susana Balbo, a female winemaking pioneer in Argentina, is the name behind this storied winemaking estate. A dessert wine made from Malbec, this shows beautiful notes of dark cocoa, ripe red fruits and accents of cinnamon, clove and anise. Serve this alongside chocolate cake, brownies or fruit pies with exceptional result!

Regular Price: $31.99 (500ml bottle)

Mills Club Price: $28.79
Case Price: $25.59

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