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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.


New Closeout Deals In Our Wine Department | The Hills Market Worthington

If you shop with us regularly, you know we love to find a good closeout bargain.  Here are the newest great buys we have to offer.
Il Palagio 'Casino delle Vie' 2009  $19.99 (WAS $34.99)
This is from the Tuscan estate owned by Sting (the pop star) and his wife.  This deep, rich, and concentrated red is comprised of native varietals Sangiovese, Canaiolo, and Colorino.  The nose boasts aromas of sweet cherries, crushed flowers, and licorice, with supple tannins and a smooth texture on the palate.  Find this one on our value wall.
Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc 'Aconcagua Costa' 2012  $8.99 (WAS $17.99)
This single vineyard offering from the sustainably farmed Errazuriz estate in Chile is still drinking remarkably fresh.  Aromas of grapefruit and passionfruit are followed by flavors of lime, minerality, and herbs, finishing with great acidity.  This should drink well through 2017.  Neil Martin of The Wine Advocate gave this wine 90 points! 
Dona Paolo Malbec 'Los Cardos' 2013  $8.99 (WAS $18.99)
A gorgeous Malbec from Dona Paolo in Lujan de Coyo, part of Argentina's famed Mendoza wine region.  The influence of oak here is subtle, if any, to preserve the varietal characteristics.  Sweet, spicy, and intense aromas, with hints of red fruits and Herbes des Provence, are followed by a soft, velvety, fresh, and well balanced palate.


Unique Wine Gifts for your Valentine | The Hills Market Worthington 



Is your love a wine lover?  We've got plenty of great gifts in our wine department, sure to please any palate (and budget).  Here are three new and unique bottles to try.

Humberto Canale Malbec Rosé 2014 Patagonia, Argentina  $13.99
If your Valentine loves Rosé, surprise them with the very first of the 2014 Rosés to arrive to our store.  This is a rich and dry style made from 100% Malbec grown in the Rio Negro Valley in Patagonia, one the most southerly wine regions in the world.  With concentrated notes of fresh fruit and medium to full bodied structure, this wine will pair beautifully with date night pizza and a movie.
Hexamer Spätburgunder Weissherbst 2013  Nahe, Germany  $21.99
Buying for a Pinot Noir lover?  Look no further than this unique 'white Pinot Noir' from the Nahe region of Germany.  This wine is made by pressing the juice from the grapes and immediately removing the skins so that there is no color or texture saturation.  The result is a white wine that has delightful citrus and stone fruit notes with a terrific balance of sweetness to zippy acidity.  This is truly the most interesting wine we've tasted in months, and would make a great match for lobster.
Rockwell Cabernet Sauvignon 2010  Napa Valley, California  $49.99 (was $99.99)
Treat the Cabernet lover on your list with this amazing 2nd label bottling from a well known winery that we can't name, but it rhymes with 'caliente'.  If you 'get it', you will understand why this is a terrific value!  Using Oakville fruit, this is a plush and rich style that is drinking great right now and will match beautifully with that fancy steak you'll be serving for dinner.