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Wines Perfect for Autumn | The Hills Market Worthington

If you are anything like us, you tend to transition the foods you eat and the wines you drink as the weather cools in these late fall months.  Here are a few unique wines to try as you bring on the casseroles and roasts to replace those grilled steaks and burgers.

Alois Lageder Lagrein Rosé 2014, Italy $15.99
Lagrein is a native red wine varietal of South Tyrol (Sudtirol) in Northern Italy.  This bottling is made into a deep, rich, and dry Rosé style.  Pronounce aromas of red berries and violets follow through to the smooth palate with a long lasting and elegant finish.  Try this with roasted chicken.

Huber Zweigelt 2012, Austria $18.99
Zweigelt is the most widely planted red varietal in Austria and is reminiscent of a Cotes du Rhone crossed with a Beaujolais.  This wine is on the lighter side with a soft fruity core and a spicy edge.  Look for notes of raspberry liqueur, dark earth, and peppery spice.  This is one of those reds that can be slightly chilled and goes well with pork roasts and creamy casseroles.

Ironstone Cabernet Franc 2014, California $9.99 (WAS $14.99)
Cabernet Franc is one of the major red wine grapes in the world and is the genetic parent, along with Sauvignon Blanc, of Cabernet Sauvignon.  It is primarily used for blending, but can be made into a single varietal wine.  Up until a few years ago, however, you just didn't hear much about it as it happily was blended into Bordeaux wines or hid behind its regional appellation monikers such as Chinon (Loire Valley).  This bottling is 90% Cabernet Franc and 10% Malbec and displays expressive aromas of bright red berry fruits mixed with a light spice and a hint of fresh herbs that lead to red cherry and raspberry with a vanilla oak undertone.  This great value should be served alongside roasted or braised meats, or even dark chocolate desserts.


Two Great Closeouts for your Labor Day Parties | The Hills Market Worthington

Looking to throw an awesome Labor Day party without breaking the bank?  We are offering closeout pricing on 2 delicious wines, perfect for your end of the summer picnics.
Kato Sauvignon Blanc 2014 $7.99 (WAS $14.99)
This is a super fresh white from New Zealand's Marlborough region, world renowned for Sauvignon Blanc.  This offering is crisp and fruity with notes of guava, stone fruit and citrus.  Great with salads and other light fare, and super easy to knock back on the patio on a hot afternoon.
Montes Malbec 2012 $6.99 (WAS $12.99)
From Chile's Colchagua Valley, this classic style of Malbec has plenty of fruit on the nose and is backed by well-integrated French oak.  Wine Enthusiast magazine gave this wine 88 points, saying 'Ripe aromas of briary blackberry, licorice and baking spices set up a full, chunky mouthfeel.  Big black-fruit flavors are slightly minty and herbal while the finish is earthy and minty, with bright acidity maintaining freshness.' M.S. 11/1/2014
As with all our great closeouts, supplies are limited so be sure to stop in and pick up yours today.  Don't Forget:  10% off all 12 bottle cases, mix and match.


Tonight's Line Up for Beers & Brats | Thursdays | 5:30- 9 p.m | The Hills Market Worthington

Join us for our first Beer and Brats of the season down on our Veranda tonight from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Check out the latest blog post from our Beer Expert, JR on what he has in store for tonight's tasting:

I’m excited. Another season on the veranda is starting tonight. For this first flight tasting I’ve picked 8 Ohio-made beers that are in some way shape or form new to us here at The Hills Market. The first on the list is Jackie-O’s Razz Wheat. It’s not necessarily a new beer, they’ve been making it for a long time, but it is new to the award winning brewery’s year-round line up in cans. You’re going to like this beer.

Jackie-O’s | Razz Wheat  (ABV: 5.0%)

40% white wheat and 60% malted two row create a nice, subtle wheat ale. 420lbs of all natural raspberry puree is added during fermentation giving this beer a unique and playful personality. The rosy haze and sticky head embody a continuum of sour sweetness held together by a wheat back bone. ($2.25/12 oz can | $0.75/3 oz sample)

Next is a product from a relatively new cidery here in the Columbus area. This hopped cider is a refreshing treat on a warm spring day. Don’t believe me? Come and try it.

Mad Moon | Hop Wired  (6.0% ABV)

HopWired bridges the gap between cider and beer. The special hops blend has a citrusy, floral and slightly bitter flavor profile you’ll have to experience to appreciate. ($2.75/12 oz bottle | $0.75/3 oz sample)

Sticking with the fruit theme, the next in tonight’s lineup is a really nice shandy from one of the most underappreciated Ohio breweries. Of course that’s only my opinion.

Hoppin’ Frog | Turbo Shandy  (ABV: 7.0%)

Born from European tradition, our Shandy is a refreshing combination of lemon and light malt flavors. Unlike traditional shandys, Turbo Shandy, revs it up a couple of notches with a high test, full flavored approach as only Hoppin’ Frog can do. ($8.75/22 oz bottle | $1.25/3 oz sample)

The first half of tonight’s flight will really get your attention. I think you’ll love this beer.

The Brew Kettle | Awesome IPL (ABV: 4.7%)

 Light, crisp, refreshing. Brewed with awesome hops, awesome barley, awesome H2O, and awesome yeast. ($2/12 oz can | $0.50/3 oz sample)

The second half starts with one of my favorite new additions from one of my favorite Ohio brewery.

Fat Head’s | Bonehead Red (ABV: 8.2%)

A full bodied Imperial Red Ale brewed with a massive amount of Pacific Northwest hops that are complemented by caramel malts. Dry hopped and hop-backed with Simcoe hops give this beer it’s pungent piney aroma. 2014 World Beer Cup Silver Medal ($3.50/12 oz bottle | $1/3 oz sample)

Since adding them to our lineup a few weeks ago, It’s been a pleasure working with the guys at Granville Brewing. They have three really nice Belgium style beers that we are carrying in bottles. If you like the Belgium style beers you’re really going to like what they are doing.

Granville Brewing | The Betrayer Tripel (ABV: 9.5%)

Featuring incredible depth of malt flavor, rich with notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke, Narwhal is a massive malt-forward monster. ($10.75/22 oz bottle | $1.50/3 oz sample)

Sales of the beers offered by Buckeye Lake Brewing Company have been doing really well since adding them over the winter. If you haven’t tried anything from them you need to and if you haven’t had a really good scotch ale in a while you should definitely give this selection a try.

Buckeye Lake | Strong Scotch Ale (ABV: 10.0%)

This strong scotch ale pours a deep mahogany color. A strong aroma of dark fruit with notes of toffee. The taste is just as wonderful as the aroma. A complex malt flavor of toasted malt, a touch of honey and hints of roast. This sipper is smooth, rich, full bodied and finishes so smooth, its easy to forget how strong it is. ($10.75/22 oz bottle | $1.50/3 oz sample)

Rounding out tonight’s beers is a big bold smoked ale from Seventh Son Brewing Co.. This beer should go great with the brats that we’re serving on the patio tonight.

Seventh Son |  Chester Copperpot  (ABV: 8.7%)

This double-strength old-school German-style ale has been enriched with a blend of smoked malts and a light touch of noble dry hop. Rich, savory malt sweetness is balanced by solid hop bitterness. ($12/22 oz bottle | $1.75/3 oz sample)

Hope to see you tonight at our tasting. The weather looks like it’s going to be great. The beer (and ciders) will be cold. We'll be grilling Hills Own Brats for only $3! See you tonight.


2014 Rosés Now Arriving in our Wine Department | The Hills Market Worthington 

If it seems to you that some of our Rosés are arriving a little later than usual, you are correct.  Dockworker strikes in the South of France have delayed, if not halted, shipments of some French Rosés to the American market. While we would argue that Rosé is a great option year round, there is no question that the majority of Rosé consumed in the US is done so during the Spring and Summer months. Never Fear! I have faith that our French Rosés will eventually get here, but in the meantime, this gives us a chance to explore Rosé from other parts of the world.

Here are three to try:

St. Supery Rosé 2014 Napa Valley, CA  $12.99
This offering from Napa is comprised of 50% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 3%Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc. The harvest was completed at the beginning of October and the wine was bottled in December. A few hours of maceration give this wine it's lovely fuschia color, and the wine is fruity, fresh and aromatic. Given the high content of Merlot and Cabernet in this Rosé, pairing it with a cheeseburger hot off the grill is a no-brainer.


Bodegas Muga Rosado 2014 Rioja, Spain  $14.99
A blend of Grenache, Tempranillo, and Viura, this wine is macerate with the skins for 12 hours then fermented in small wooden vats. The result is a wine that is a beautiful rich salmon color with ripe peach and pineapple aromas on the nose with more peach on the palate leading to a velvety finish. Try this one with some grilled shrimp or fish


Stolpman Vineyard Grenache Rosé 2014 Ballard Canyon, CA  $19.99
100% Grenache was barely soaked at all and the result is a very light salmon colored Rosé. This elegant wine is full of stone fruit and wild strawberry backed by zippy acidity and limestone minerality. The mid palate is round with notes of angel food cake and peaches. This one would be great with light pasta dishes or grilled chicken.





2013 Machete has arrived! | The Hills Market Worthington 

People often ask about Orin Swift when they are in the store, so with the release of the 2013 Machete California Red we thought this might be a good time to clear up any confusion about changes made to this iconic brand over the last few years.

The history is this: A gentleman named David Phinney started a wine company in 1998 called Orin Swift (not a person), Orin being his father's middle name and Swift being his mother's maiden name.  He started out by making a little wine you may have heard of, The Prisoner.  In the years that followed, Mr. Phinney released other Orin Swift wines: Abstract, Saldo, Palermo, Cuttings, Mercurey Head, Blindfold, Veladora, etc..., some only released in certain vintages. In 2009, some of the Orin Swift brands were sold to a new company called 'The Prisoner Wine Company'. 

So what's the story now? The Prisoner Wine Company now produces 5 wines, under the guidance of winemaker Jen Beloz: The Prisoner, Saldo, Blindfold, Cuttings, and Thorn. No David Phinney, no Orin Swift (not a person).

Mr. Phinney still owns Orin Swift Cellars and produces a bevy of wines, including Abstract, Palermo, Mannequin, Papillon, and, of course, today's featured wine, Machete.

The 2013 Machete is big, dark, and brooding, with aromas of mountain fruits and floral notes. The palate has concentrated berry, black cherry, and mocha flavors with notes of earth and bramble, and finishes soft and lush with supple tannins and a slight minerality. There are 12 different labels for each vintage of Machete, so you never know which wine you might get, which adds a fun twist.

Machete is available right now in our wine department for $49.99/bottle, but supplies are limited.

Since we are talking about David Phinney, it is at least worth a mention that he makes some other great wines in conjunction with growers from around the world. The Locations wines (E, F, I, AR, CA) are definitely worth a try if you like Mr. Phinney's style of winemaking.

Easter Wine to Please your Palate | The Hills Market Wothington


Easter is upon us, which means you'll most likely be attending or hosting a fabulous Sunday meal. Whether you will be enjoying brunch, ham, or lamb, our wine department has the perfect pairing for any meal. Here are a few to try.
For Brunch:
Our favorite brunch libation is a little bubbly, and nothing goes better with Easter brunch than sparkling rose.  Try Gruet Brut Rose (19.99/bottle). This delightful sipper from New Mexico shows bright cherry and raspberry flavors and finishes dry.
For Ham:
Salty ham can be tough to pair sometimes, but serving a semi-sweet Riesling will guarantee success.  Try Selbach Riesling 'Incline' (13.99/bottle). It's rich and expressive palate shows plenty of peach, apricot, and pear, with a plush finish that lingers with accents of ginger and green herbs.
For Lamb:
A beautiful roast or rack of lamb most certainly calls for the fruity, spicy, medium body of a Cotes du Rhone.  Try Chateau Pegau 'Cuvee Maclura' (19.99/bottle). Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsault make up this blend with intense aromas of cassis, blackberry, and spice, followed on the palate by soft, ripe tannins and a lingering finish



New! Hills Own Specialty Pizza | The Hills Market Worthington 

We're thrilled to now offer a Hills Own Specialty Pizza menu at The Hills Market Worthington. Chef Nate and his team have worked through dozens of recipes to find the next best pizzas and we think we've cooked up something good! We're now offering a variety of pizzas from the classic Marghertia to a Pesto Herbed Chicken to a Low-Country BBQ pizza. We've even gone as far as to offering a Hot pizza with Sriracha pizza sauce. It's truly too hot to not try! Check out the menu on our blog consisting of 10 new Hills Own Pizzas and then go ahead, order one tonight! 

Click here to check out our menu.

Zanon Zinfandel 2012 is here | The Hills Market Worthington

We are pleased to announce that local yokel Scott Zanon has released his new vintage of Zinfandel, and we are the first in the city to have it in stock.
The Zinfandel vineyards are located on the hillsides in California's scenic Dry Creek Valley. This region has long been considered a mecca for great Zin, and the 2012 vintage was no exception. Warm weather and mild temperatures brought the grapes to full maturity, and yields and fruit quality were outstanding. After fermentation in stainless steel, the wine was aged in American oak barrels for 11 months.
As with the inaugural vintage, this is classic Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel exudes ripe cherry and raspberry notes with a touch of pepper. A long elegant finish is framed by a kiss of vanilla oak.  The blend is 92% Zinfandel, 6% Petite Sirah, and 2% Merlot.
To help kick off this new vintage release, Scott will be here pouring his 2012 Zanon Zinfandel this Saturday, February 28 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in our wine department! 

Check out their review in The Columbus Dispatch.