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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.


We're Hiring at The Hills Market Downtown! 

The Hills Market Worthington, a locally owned specialty grocer is looking for an outstanding part time person to join our kitchen team. 

We are open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

You must be available to work any shift and reliable transportation is a must. This position will mostly be night weekend shifts.

The Hills Market offers competitive pay, a team work ethic, and we promote from within whenever possible.

This person does not need to be a prep-chef. Prepared foods experience is a plus but what we really need is a manager that can refill product, clean, lead, and be a customer service ambassador. 

  High School Education or Higher

  Basic Computer Skills Such as Typing and Email

  Basic Accounting Skills

  Able to Lift at least 35 - 50Lbs

  Able to work/stand for long periods of time

  2 – 3 years of Retail Experience or Food Service Experience

Position Specific Responsibilities

Responsible for the supervision and direction of the Back of House team in the absence of the department manager or managers. Team Lead will work in collaboration with the Director of Food Service and the department leads, to determine priorities in scheduling the work to be performed as well as supervising that work is done in the absence of the department leads. 

Team Lead will be responsible for monitoring inventory levels of product available for purchase i.e., “Hills Own” products, Chefs Case, Grab & Go, Bakery & Deli and will be responsible for expediting the restocking of those as needed. Team Lead may perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Food Service, BOH Manager, Store Management  and ownership.

Click here to apply.

Zaca Mesa Syrah | The Hills Market Worthington

Zaca Mesa was founded in the early 1970s by a group of friends who purchased a bit of land in Santa Barbara County and decided to plant vineyards there. Without many other vineyard properties in the area to learn from, several varietals were planted, including Cabernet, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc. After 2 decades of trial and error, the Zaca Mesa team decided that Rhone varietals (Syrah, Viognier, Grenache) grew best on their property. Today, Zaca Mesa only grows these Rhone varietals, specializing in Syrah.  
Right now, we are offering Zaca Mesa's signature Syrah at a terrific sale price. This is 99% Syrah and 1% Viognier sustainably grown in Zaca Mesa's estate vineyards. The grapes are hand harvested and sorted, then placed in small open top bins and left to cold soak for several days. After fermentation, the wine is aged in French oak for 16 months.
Zaca Mesa Syrah 2009 displays rich blackberry, cassis, espresso, mocha, and signature sage spice flavors and aromas. The silky finish lingers from the ripe tannins and smoky oak. This wine is drinking great now and should hold up well for at least another 5 years.  Pair with grilled lamb with rosemary and garlic, or bold cheeses.