Oct
1
Fri
October Staff Picks Wines
Oct 1 – Oct 29 all-day

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.

 

 

 

October Staff Picks

Chevalier Alexis Lichine Sauvignon Blanc, France (Andres)

This 100% Sauvignon Blanc from the Languedoc region of Southern France shows pleasing apricot, citrus, and apple fruit notes and mineral tones, making it a lively pairing with seafood, raw oysters or smoked salmon. Dry yet expressive and flavorful, it provides great value for the price!

$10.00

Mills Club $9.00

Case $8.00

 

Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand (Andrew)

Nautilus recently celebrated their 30th vintage production of this wine. Enjoy a glass of this bright, fruit-forward Sauvignon Blanc featuring ripe grapefruit, guava and lime from Marlborough with fish tacos or grilled shrimp.

$19.99

Mills Club: $17.99

Case Price: $15.99

 

La Craie 2019 Pouilly Fumè, Loire Valley, France (Jen & Jerry)

Pouilly Fumè is an appellation in the Loire Valley of France that enjoys a cool continental climate, ideal for growing Sauvignon Blanc grapes.  Made without the use of oak, this dry white wine is fermented in stainless steel, then aged on the lees for five months for richness. Fresh and vibrant with good acidity and mineral undertones, this will easily pair with seafood or shellfish. Rated 90pts Wine Enthusiast.

$19.99

Mills Club: $17.99

Case Price: $15.99                                                    

 

Rustenberg 2020 Chardonnay, Stellenbosch, South Africa (Aron)

Rustenberg farm is situated in the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountains in Stellenbosch, where the estate has grown grapes dating back to 1682.  The Barlow Family currently owns and operates the estate, with the aim to work with nature to produce wines of character that are true to the terroir.  This beautiful barrel-fermented and aged Chardonnay is a great example of their work, featuring toasty almond, marzipan and citrus notes. Enjoy with chicken or pork dishes, or creamy pasta.

$21.99

Mills Club $19.79

Case $17.59

 

Clos Guirouilh Jurancon Sec (Pat)

Clos Guirouilh (pronounced Kloh Gee-rooy) has an unbroken winemaking tradition dating back to the 16th Century. Located in Southwest France on the leeward side of the Pyrenees Mountains, they benefit from the Foehn; a warm, dry, steady wind out of the south. The vines are planted on steep slopes, to clay-calcareous soils with yellow sandstone.  Harvest takes place over months, sometimes into December in ideal vintages. Fermentation takes place with indigenous yeasts, and 25% of the wine is allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation. The wines rest in the cellar until Jean Guirouilh deems them ready for release, without regard to normal convention or modern timelines. A blend of Gros Manseng and Courbu grapes, this is a dry white exuding acacia and white flowers on the nose, while complex and layered flavors of citrus, apple and stone fruit delight the palate. Refreshing acidity and a waxy texture make this a wonderful pairing with dried ham, seafood, and cheeses, especially goat cheese.

$24.99

Mills Club: $22.49

Case Price: $19.99    

 

Macrostie Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California (Tim)

We enjoyed trying this new Pinot Noir which deftly balances strawberry and tart cherry fruit notes with earthy minerality and savory tones. The grapes are sourced from a variety of Macrostie Vineyards and also partner vineyards through the Sonoma Coast. Winemaker Heidi Bridenhagan is a rising star on the winemaking scene…she aims for crispness, complexity and character in the wines, completing as many as 130 fermentations each vintage to preserve the character of each unique site – a monumental task. Pair this elegant Pinot Noir with seafood or roasted poultry. Rated 91pts Jeb Dunnuck.

$31.99

Mills Club: $28.79

Case Price: $25.59

 

Rubus 2019 Pinot Noir, Veneto, Italy (Andrew)

This super value Pinot Noir is crafted from grapes grown on the Lessini Hills in Colli Berici of the Veneto, which benefits from calcareous soils of volcanic origin. Delightful notes of cherry and blackberry precede a touch of spice on the round, satisfying finish. Enjoy this simple light red with light appetizers and cheeses, or light seafood preparations.

$10.00

Mills Club: $9.00

Case Price: $8.00

 

Scopone 2015 Brunello di Montalcino, Italy (Aron)

It’s not easy to find affordable Brunello these days, so we quickly snapped up cases of this version by Scopone, a small winery located not far from the town of Montalcino in Tuscany. Made from 100% Sangiovese aged for 2 years in a combination of French and Hungarian oak, this lovely dry red is bold with black fruit notes, underbrush, and vanilla. Brunello is excellent served with cheese such as a Tuscan Pecorino, or beef, game or mushrooms. Consider decanting for an hour before enjoying. Rated 94pts James Suckling.

$39.99

Mills Club: $35.99

Case Price: $31.99

 

Terra d’Oro Zinfandel, Amador County, California (Tim)

Terra d’Oro, or “Land of Gold” is the name of the first post-Prohibition winery established in Amador County, situated ideally in the Sierra Foothills of California. Showing aromas of autumn spice such as clove, cinnamon and anise and dark fruit flavors, this wine is aged in a combination of French and American oak (24% new) for 18 months. Try this juicy, bold expression of Zinfandel with stewed meats or BBQ chicken.

$15.99

Mills Club: $14.39

Case Price: $12.79                                                    

 

Eshcol 2019 Red Wine by Trefethen, Napa, California (Pat)

Eshcol was the original name of the estate where Trefethen stands now, with grapes first planted in the 1800s. This wine is a nod to the history of the land. We’ve always been fans of Trefethen’s Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, so were eager to try this Bordeaux-styled blend. Comprised of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with smaller parts Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc, this shows bright blackberry and dried cherry fruit notes with moderate tannins and balanced acidity. Enjoy with grilled chicken or a prosciutto and arugula-topped pizza.

$24.99

Mills Club: $22.49

Case Price: $19.99

 

Concha Y Toro Casillero del Diable 2019 Carmenere, Chile (Jen & Jerry)

A new addition to our $10 value racks, this red wine made from the Chilean Carmeñere grape shows hints of cocoa and toast with black plum and spice flavors, ideal to pair with grilled burgers and vegetables, or with fun weeknight tacos.

$10.00

Mills Club: $9.00

Case Price: $8.00

 

Chappellet 2019 Mountain Cuvee, Napa, California (Andres)

This Bordeaux blend by Napa great Chappellet shows complex layers of black cherry, boysenberry, and dark cocoa. The creamy, rich texture is pleasing and would nicely accompany lamb or stewed beef dishes as the weather cools.

$49.99

Mills Club: $44.49

Case Price: $39.99

 

 

Nov
5
Fri
November Staff Picks Wines
Nov 5 – Dec 3 all-day

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.

 

 

 

November Staff Picks

Champagne Trouillard Brut Extra Selection, France (Andres)

Major name brand Champagne shortages have forced us to search for new Champagne houses, like Trouillard, who uses roughly equal parts Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay from Marne Valley, Aube and Montagne de Reims to create this super value Champagne.  This is full-bodied with fine bubbles, showing white fruits and toasted hazelnuts and almonds. Crisp, delicate, creamy and elegant, this will compliment a wide variety of appetizers at your next celebration! Cheers!

$34.99

Mills Club $31.49

Case $27.99

 

Villa Maria 2020 “Earth Garden” Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand (Pat)

Recent container ship delays have caused shortages of many of our favorite New Zealand wines, sending us scurrying for replacements.  Pat Darr was sent this wine to sample and review for his weekly wine column, and he liked it very much! This exuberant 100% Sauvignon Blanc shows lime and grapefruit notes with tones of lemongrass and passionfruit.  Zesty acidity makes this an ideal pairing with salads, roasted vegetables, or passed party appetizers like shrimp cocktail. The “Earth Garden” name is a nod to the winery’s sustainability efforts, from intentional plantings in the vineyard that attract beneficial insects, repel harmful pests, and encourage water conservation, to eschewing the use of synthetic chemicals with the goal of eliminating 100% of them by 2030.  ORGANIC and VEGAN

$19.99

Mills Club: $17.99

Case Price: $15.99

 

Luciano Landi Verdicchio dei Castilli di Jesi Classico, Marche, Italy (Jen & Jerry)

This tasty white Italian wine made from the Verdicchio grape shows lemon, green apple, lime and toast characteristics, excellent to pair with seafood ranging from fried fish preparations to sauteed delicate fish with a squeeze of lemon and capers. In Marche, locals enjoy this wine with a wild mussel called “moscioli” or a hearty fish stew. The region of Marche is famous for being the birthplace of Rafael and the Renaissance, splendid opera performances, and a landscape that includes both rugged mountains and a beautiful coastline.

$11.99

Mills Club: $10.79

Case Price: $9.59                                                      

 

Ovum 2019 “Old Love”, Willamette Valley, Oregon (Tim)

Couple John and Ksenija House established Ovum in 2011 with the aim of producing only white wines from Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Muscat.  This is primarily Riesling made using native fermentations and 8-9 months lees contact in neutral oak, cement egg, Austrian cask, and amphora in a method that was inspired by 1800s Austrian winemaking.  The goal at Ovum is of course to make wines reflective of their terroir, with minimum intervention from the winemaker.  This is a dry and texturally rich Riesling, showing notes of peach, blood orange, lemon, saline and minerally stone.  There really couldn’t be a more versatile wine to pair at your Thanksgiving table; this will pair equally well with the roasted bird, sweet yams and cranberry sauce.

$23.99

Mills Club Price: $21.59

Case: $19.19

 

 

Domaine Maurice Martin “Les Gentilhommes” 2020 Macon Pèronne, Burgundy, France (Aron)

The village of Pèronne is in the heart of the Maconais region of Burgundy, with 40 year old vines planted to the high limestone content soils of Mount Epin by brothers Richard and Stèphane Martin. This Chardonnay underwent malolactic fermentation, and spent 9 months in oak. With citrus aromas and ripe melon and apple fruit notes it unfolds on the palate with layers of floral, honey, mineral and toast, and is at once fresh yet ample and full-bodied on the palate. This wine would be excellent with roast turkey or chicken, soft cheeses, or as an aperitif.   ORGANIC

$24.99

Mills Club $22.49

Case $19.99

 

Pelle 2019 “La Croix Au Garde” Sancerre, Loire Valley, France (Andrew)

Winemaker Paul Henry Pellè represents the fourth generation of the family in wine, having studied under Burgundy greats Benjamin Leroux and Olivier Lamy.  We’ve long enjoyed Pelle’s Menetou-Salon, a wine made in the lesser-known appellation neighboring Sancerre, and were just recently introduced to this wine. With four tiny hectares planted to pebbly clay and limestone soils this 100% Sauvignon Blanc expresses citrus and floral notes with an underpinning of minerality. Enjoy with seafood or spicy Thai dishes.

$29.99

Mills Club: $26.99

Case Price: $23.99    

 

Alaine de la Treille 2020 Pinot Noir, France (Tim)

Most of the grapes for this wine are sourced from throughout the Loire Valley, thus the  Vin de France label. This simple, light-bodied red sees no oak, making for a fresh expression of Pinot Noir that shows pretty black cherry and floral notes. This can be served with seafood or turkey, and at this price would be a great choice for a wine served at a party or family gathering. Unbelievable value!

$11.99

Mills Club: $10.79

Case Price: $9.59

 

Manoir du Carra 2019 Beaujolais Village, Beaujolais, France (Andrew)

You may recognize this label as we frequently order Manoir du Carra’s Beaujolais Nouveau, and normally stock their Julienas Cru. This red is their village Beaujolais, a 100% Gamay that spends 4 months in large oak botti and is bottled unfiltered.  Showing strawberries on the nose, this medium-bodied red has crisp tannins and lively red cherry fruit notes, excellent to pair with coq au vin or a cheese and charcuterie platter.

$12.99

Mills Club: $11.69

Case Price: $10.39

 

Patricia Green Cellars “Dollar Bills Only” 2020 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon (Aron)

Sadly, the calamitous smoke, wind and fire in Willamette Valley surrounding Labor Day Weekend damaged much of Patricia Green Cellars’ 2020 harvest.  What they could salvage, they declassified and put into this bottling of Pinot Noir.  The moniker comes from an iconic Willamette Valley dive bar named Lumpy’s, where a jukebox is labeled “Dollar Bills Only”, a nod to making the best out of a down-on-your-luck situation. Silky textured with notes of rose petal, raspberry and orange peel, this wine offers richness and a long, lingering finish.  This wine is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy Patricia Green at a far lower price point than typical; try pairing with salmon or roast poultry.

$22.99

Mills Club: $20.69

Case Price: $18.39

                                               

Gauthier “Jour de Soif” 2020 Bourgueil, Loire Valley, France (Pat)

The Cabernet Franc grapes from this wine come from an 18 hectare plot in Benais of Bourgueil, an appellation of Loire dominated by clay-limestone soils. The wine is made organically and sees only stainless steel, bottled unfiltered. Named “Jour de Soif” or “Day of Thirst”, this is their quaffable Cabernet Franc that can be drunk young, featuring  aromas of roses and violets, crushed berry and cranberry fruit flavors, light tannins, as well as prominent minerality and earth notes.  Enjoy with roasted turkey or chicken, duck, or lamb.  ORGANIC

$19.99

Mills Club: $17.99

Case Price $15.99

 

Castellare 2019 Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy (Jen & Jerry)

The foods of fall beckon for the wines of Tuscany, like this Sangiovese from the heart of Chianti Classico that spends 7 months in used barriques before bottling.  Expressing aromas of raspberry, violet and rosemary and flavors of juicy black cherry, graphite and eucalyptus, this is medium-bodied with lots of food-friendly acidity.  Enjoy with hearty stews or mushroom risotto.

$28.99

Mills Club: $26.09

Case Price: $23.19

 

Hoopes Vineyard “Hoopla” 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, California (Andres)

The Hoopes family dedicated this wine to their beloved energetic terrier named Dante.  A classically styled California red, this is comprised of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petite Sirah, 4% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, and spent 18 months in used French oak barrels. This is juicy and fruit forward, showing verve and energy just like Dante did, with ripe black cherry and cassis notes complemented by baking spices and clove, finishing long. Enjoy with grilled burgers or steaks!

$21.99

Mills Club: $19.79

Case Price: $17.59

 

 

 

 

Dec
3
Fri
December Staff Picks Wines
Dec 3 – Dec 31 all-day

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.

 

 

 

December Staff Picks

Torre Oria Brut Cava, Spain (Andres)

The holiday season calls for many reasons to toast and celebrate, and why not celebrate with a super affordable Champagne Method made Cava? Crafted from the indigenous Macabeo grape in the Penedes region of Spain, this delightful bubbly gives off notes of berry, white flower and crisp apple alongside subtle yeast and vanilla tones.  Enjoy as an aperitif or with a wide variety of appetizers!

$12.99

Mills Club $11.69

Case $10.39

 

Whale Route 2021 Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa (Pat)

This simple yet tasty Sauvignon Blanc shows pretty bright citrus notes and good acidity. Fresh and zesty yet easy on the palate, this is a wonderful option for light meals like simply prepared fish with lemon and dill or a salad with vinaigrette dressing.

$10.00

Mills Club: $9.00

Case Price: $8.00

 

Villa Bucci Verdicchio Classico Superiore dei Castelli di Jesi, Italy (Jen & Jerry)

This white wine made from the Verdicchio grape in the Marche region of Italy shows intense and layered flavors of juicy peach, citrus, almond, mineral and fresh acidity. Enjoy with rosemary lemon chicken or creamy garlic pasta. Rated 95pts Wine Enthusiast, #2 Top 100 Wines of 2021.

$24.99

Mills Club: $22.49

Case Price: $19.99                                                    

 

Tattoo Girl 2020 Riesling, Columbia Valley, Washington (Tim)

Enticing vanilla aromas draw you in to this delightful moderately sweet Riesling which shows ripe peach and apple notes. Pair with blue cheese or spicy dishes.

$15.99

Mills Club Price: $14.39

Case: $12.79

 

Championship Bottle “Gravity’s Pull” 2019 Chardonnay, Oregon (Aron)

This wine shows Burgundian qualities, a Chardonnay that is quite dry with citrus, apple and biscuit notes and a savory, mineral finish. The round mouthfeel is tempered by acidity, and will nicely compliment crab or lobster dishes.

$32.99

Mills Club $29.69

Case $26.39

 

Sant’Evasio Barbera d’Asti, Italy (Andrew)

Named for a hilltop 1800s chapel that was destroyed in World War II, Sant’Evasio has become known for their great Barbera. This simple example of their work provides notes of plum, dark cherry and spice, medium-bodied and perfect to pair with pizza or pastas with tomato sauce.

$14.99

Mills Club: $13.49

Case Price: $11.99    

 

Finca Sobreno 2018 Crianza, Toro, Spain (Tim)

The wine appellation of Toro is situated in the region of Castilla y Leon in Northwest Spain, a land of extremes that endures dry, rocky vineyards, scorching summers and freezing cold winters.  The wines are typically powerful, with full body, tannins and high alcohol.  This simple example of Toro red was aged eight months in American oak, made entirely from Tinto de Toro (Tempranillo). Exuding ripe plum, blackberry and toast notes with supple tannins, this can be paired with spicy pork or beef tacos, or pasta with beef ragu.

$14.99

Mills Club: $13.49

Case Price: $11.99

 

Alain Jaume 2019 Lirac Roquedon, Rhone, France (Andrew)

The Jaume family has been producing wine in the Rhone Valley since 1826, their estate located in the community of Orange in the Northern part of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  This delicious red blend comprised of mostly Grenache (60%) with smaller proportions of Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan shows classic Rhone notes of kirsch, blackberry, blackcurrant and garrigue with supporting hints of vanilla and spice. Enjoy with roast chicken or stuffed pork chops.

$19.99

Mills Club: $17.99

Case Price: $15.99

 

Sean Minor 2019 Cabernet Sauvigon, Paso Robles, California (Aron)

In typical outgoing Paso Robles fashion, this Cabernet Sauvignon shows loads of raspberry and blueberry fruit notes with soft touches of cedar, oak and a light tannic grip. This wine would be great with weeknight burgers or tacos.

$15.99

Mills Club: $14.39

Case Price: $12.79

                                               

Clouston &. Co. 2019 Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand (Pat)

Our tasting panel was blown away by this Pinot Noir, which resembled a very good Burgundy in our opinion.  Graceful notes of raspberry, forest floor, and coffee bean intermingle with smooth, velvety tannins. Try with salmon or pepper crusted beef tenderloin.

$29.99

Mills Club: $26.99

Case Price $23.99

 

Brassfield “Eruption” 2017 Red Blend, Lake County, California (Jen & Jerry)

This rich red blend of 55% Malbec, 21% Petite Sirah, 11% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 2% Zinfandel and 1% Grenache explodes with aromas of baking spice, cedar and sage and flavors of raspberry, black cherry and plum. This would pair wonderfully with the rich foods of winter like roasts or stews. “Eruption” is a nod to the volcanic soils prevalent in Lake County. Rated 92pts Wine Enthusiast.

$21.99

Mills Club: $19.79

Case Price: $17.59

 

Chateau La Graula 2017 Bordeaux Supèrieur (Andres)

Warm up with this medium-bodied blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. This pleasing red shows classic Bordeaux notes of blackberry, cassis, and dark cherry and subtle vanilla tones from oak barrel aging. Gentle tannins make this an ideal pairing with lamb or beef dishes.

$14.99

Mills Club: $13.49

Case Price: $11.99

 

 

 

 

Dec
31
Fri
January Staff Picks Wines
Dec 31 2021 – Feb 4 2022 all-day

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.

 

 

 

January Staff Picks

Pike Road 2020 Pinot Gris, Oregon (Andres)

One of our favorite Oregon Pinot Gris by Elk Cove is out of stock in distribution; but led us to a great find in Pike Road, Elk Cove’s “sister winery”.  Situated just outside the town of Yamhill in Western Willamette, Pike Road winds through farmland, and the vineyards sit right above this country road at a lower elevation than the Elk Cove Vineyards, resulting in riper fruit and a more exuberant expression of Pinot Gris. Showing luscious layers of green apple, melon and citrus fruit notes, this fresh and inviting white wine makes an excellent aperitif.

$15.99

Mills Club $14.39

Case $12.79

 

Gai’a Moschofilero Monogram, Greece (Pat)

Pronounced “Yay-yah”, the Gai’a name comes from the Greek phrase translating to “Mother Earth”.  In vineyards located in the cooler climate Arcadian plateaus at 1500ft in the Peloponnese of Greece, Moschofilero grapes thrive, developing spicy, floral aromatics and crisp acidity. Enjoy this versatile Greek white wine with seafood, or dishes with Middle Eastern or Asian-inspired flavors.

$14.99

Mills Club: $13.49

Case Price: $11.99

 

Domaine Merlin-Cherrier 2020 Sancerre Blanc, France (Jen & Jerry)

This very special wine won a recent Mills tasting of six different potential new Sancerre and won unanimously! Thierry Merlin is the fourth generation to farm the fourteen hectare estate in the village of Buè, located just outside the walled town of Sancerre. Here, Caillottes (stony, compact chalk-laden soils) contribute amazing floral aromatics. Full-bodied and complex, the palate extends layers of fresh lime and grapefruit notes with mineral and herb undertones. Enjoy this Sauvignon Blanc with seafood dishes or spicy Thai foods. It also nicely accompanies dishes using goat cheese or fennel.

$36.99

Mills Club: $33.29

Case Price: $29.59                                        

 

Ancien 2017 Carneros Chardonnay, California (Tim)

Ken and Teresa Bernards brought with them a wealth of winemaking experience to Ancien, with stints at Domaine Chandon, Truchard Vineyards and Domaine Carneros on their resumes. “Ancien” is a celebration of the tradition of winemaking, and the quest to perfect the art. This Chardonnay comes from two Carneros vineyards, and the wine is fermented in French oak, 1/3 new. Ripe apple and honeydew melon notes are balanced by a creamy palate in this robust and classic expression of California Chardonnay. Enjoy with roasted chicken, butternut squash soup, or pumpkin ravioli topped with a buttery cream sauce!

$39.99

Mills Club Price: $35.99

Case: $31.99

 

Gassan Junmai Ginjo “Mountain Moon”, Shimane Prefecture, Japan (Aron)

Gassan, or the Yoshida Sake Brewing Company, was founded in 1743- current owner Tomonori Yoshida-san has achieved the highest levels of Sake certification in Japan- the equivalent of Master Sommelier in the traditional wine world. He places emphasis on utilizing the highest quality rice and water possible in the production of their sake. January is a wonderful month to experiment with this ancient wine form made from polished rice. This version shows notes of nuts, earthy forest floor and woodsy honeycomb with a satin-smooth texture. Enjoy chilled with a healthy plate of grilled salmon, avocado, and sushi or sashimi.

$15.99/300ml bottle

Mills Club $14.39

Case $12.79

 

Becker Family 2015 Pinot Noir, Pfalz, Germany Andrew)

The Becker vineyards are located along the border dividing France and Germany, with 70% in Alsace and 30% in Germany.  The soils are limestone with clay and loam, and the wine is aged in large, neutral oak casks, decidedly Burgundian in style yet remaining grounded in Pfalz identity! Showing elegant fruit notes with mineral tones and light body, this would be excellent with tuna, salmon or beef tenderloin. The fox that has adorned their labels since 1973 is from Aesop’s fable “The Fox and the Grapes”, as a parallel to the winemaker’s struggle with grapes.

$24.99

Mills Club: $22.49

Case Price: $19.99    

 

Ver Sacrum 2019 Monastrell, Valle De Uco, Argentina (Tim)

Ver sacrum is a concept rooted in winemaking history, when the young were sent out with vines to find new villages and plant new vineyards – now, a symbol of new art, tribe and vine.  Ver Sacrum was established in 2012 by Eduardo Soler with the aim of producing wines made from Rhone varietals in Mendoza. This red made from 100% Monastrell (known as Mourvedre in France), is hand-harvested from a vineyard in Los Chacayes of the Uco Valley of Argentina and is fermented in cement eggs.  Sweet black cherry fruit, cocoa, and tobacco show in this pleasing red wine with low tannins and a long, juicy finish.

$19.99

Mills Club: $17.99

Case Price: $15.99

 

Elio Altare 2019 Barbera d’Alba, Italy (Andrew)

Elio Altare famously traveled to Burgundy in 1976 to refine his winemaking techniques, returning to Piedmont to destroy the old oak barriques in his father’s cellar and spurring a “Barolo Revolution”. The new Nebbiolo expressions would be more nuanced and elegant in style.  Elio’s father disinherited him and their relationship was never mended, but he became one of the most well-respected Barolo producers, his 2010 Barolo achieving the New York Times #1 in a study of Barolos and regularly earning high marks from the most discriminating of critics. Elio still runs the estate with his two daughters along with his many other projects including cheesemaking in Castelmagno and making Sparkling wine in the Langa hills.  This Barbera spends five months in used French barriques, and gives off aromas of violets and black cherries, medium-bodied and plush with dark red fruit notes and food friendly acidity. Pair with pasta with marinara sauce, pizza, or meats with good fat like ossobuco, or meatballs.

$24.99

Mills Club: $22.49

Case Price: $19.99

 

L’enchanteur Pomerol de Vray Croix de Gay 2013 Pomerol, France (Aron)

This is the second wine of Vray Croix de Gay, a Pomerol estate located in the vicinity of famed Chateau Petrus, where they grow primarily Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The estate under new ownership since the 2010s has undergone a major overhaul with vineyards replanted and modernization in the cellar. This very affordable example of Pomerol is primarily Merlot and Cabernet Franc, showing pretty cassis and blackberry fruit notes, medium-bodied and ideal to pair with beef or lamb dishes.

$25.99

Mills Club: $23.39

Case Price: $20.79

                                               

Navigator 2018 Red, Napa, California (Pat)

This blend of 80% Petite Sirah and 20% Zinfandel is made by the same producer that crafts our popular Octopoda Cabernet. Full-bodied and fruit-forward, this is the jammy kind of wine that warms the spirit on a cold winter’s night. Enjoy this bold red with notes of cherries, blackberries, vanilla, and toasted oak with Korean Barbequed Short Ribs or Beef Brisket Tacos.

$29.99

Mills Club: $26.99

Case Price $23.99

 

Pulenta “La Flor” 2019 Malbec, Argentina (Jen & Jerry)

Famous winemaker and international wine consulting phenom Paul Hobbs has worked with the Pulenta family in bringing their small production to the World market. This 100% Malbec aged 4-5 months in neutral oak comes from their youngest wines named “La Flor” and shows cherry, strawberry and violet notes with hints of vanilla. Enjoy with a simple steak dinner or cheeseburgers.

$15.99

Mills Club: $13.49

Case Price: $12.79

 

Yalumba Antique Tawny Port, South Australia (Andres)

This non-vintage fortified (fortified by Brandy spirit) wine is assembled from various barrels of Yalumba’s antique Tawnys. Each year, a further share evaporates, resulting in a rich, concentrated wine showing notes of dried rich fruits, figs, cocoa, spice and a divine nutty character.  Pair with Stilton or Cheddar cheeses.

$24.99 / 375ml bottle

Mills Club: $22.49

Case Price: $19.99