The Hills Market Blog
We taste every wine that we carry in our extensive Wine Department. While our wine experts pride themselves in recognizing wines that work with your palate and taste, we do come across some wines that we just can't help but love, ourselves. Here are a few of our Staff Picks.
La Caliera Moscato d’Asti DOCG 2010 (Italy) $12.99: Many consumers have equated Moscato with sappy sweet plonk that ‘real wine drinkers’ wouldn’t touch. Well, let me tell you—there are some serious wines (and sophisticated drinkers) that come out of this region of northwestern Italy. While Moscato wines will likely never be revered like its Barolo and Barbaresco neighbors, many of those same wineries also make a Moscato d’Asti enjoyed by locals and winemakers alike. This bottling exhibits the classic white flower and peach aromas leading into a luxurious, creamy mousse with a clean finish. Bright and lower in alcohol, this is a perfect patio wine!
Prinos White 2010, Crete (Greece) $17.99: The Prinos White is a blend of Chardonnay and Malvasia from the Diamantakis family winery on the island of Crete. Situated in a mountainous valley, the family takes advantage of terraced vineyards, close proximity to Aegean sea breezes, and various microclimates in the area to produce international and indigenous varietals. Prinos White has a perfumed nose with a citrus fruit aroma. The mid-palate is bright, citrus fruit with well integrated acidity.
Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2009, Lujan de Cuyo (Argentina) $23.99: Purple red with deep violet tones, this expressive Malbec has a bouquet of berry fruits, plum jam, and mocha notes. The wine is elegant and powerful on the palate with velvety tannins.
Domaine Camp Galhan ‘Le Malivert’ 2010 (France) $14.99: French whites are known for their low/neutral oak feel and mineral emphasis. While extremely Fraanch, this one also boasts a fruit component that makes it one of the most unique wines I’ve had in a while. Not as aromatic as Viognier, but every bit as interesting. This would pair well with seafood, but stands on its own wonderfully.
Tarot Grenache 2008 (Australia) $9.99: “Inexpensive Australian red” has often been synonymous with “very round” and “jammy” in my experience. Not with this bulletproof beauty. It seems like every review/back of bottle claims that a wine has “blackberry notes…finishing with hints of chocolate and tobacco…” This time it’s actually true! A complete red that’s also a crowd pleaser for only $9.99.
Monte Hiniesta Tinta de Toro 2009 (Spain) $12.99: Dry. Hefty. Serious. Not sharp like some Riojas, not flat like some other Tempranillos…One of those wines that makes me think about getting back into reds.
We know how to make any day special, and we're filled to the brim with sweets and treats to adorn your Easter baskets this Spring. With lovely gifts to please kids of all ages, The Hills Market truly is your basket headquarters.
Come in and try our new Almond Brittle from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, a gourmet chocolate bar or two from Askinosie and a large assortment of bunnies and chocolates (and, of course, chocolate bunnies) from Lindt.
It's been an exciting run for all the Ohio teams in this year's NCAA basketball tournament. Cheer on your favorite team this Saturday while enjoying the following from our Chef's Case:
You asked, and now it's here. We're proud to introduce our brand new Rotisserie Chicken program. We take whole Gerber Amish Country Roasters from Kidron, Ohio and season them with one of three house-made dry rubs before roasting them for 45 minutes in our brand new rotisserie oven. Choose from our House Seasoning (with toasted fennel and cumin), Garlic & Herb (pictured above) and Chipotle BBQ (smoky, sweet and spicy).
Available hot every day from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and cold in our Chef's Case, our rotisserie chickens come in three sizes.
Whole Bird: $9.99
Half Bird: $5.99
Meal (A quarter chicken with two sides): $8.99
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Creating Smiles: The Blooming Hills Floral Shoppe is in the business of creating smiles every day, and they do it well. From last-minute custom orders to helping plan the perfect wedding, this team is highly prepared to make it easier for you to brighten someone's day. And those awesome seasonal and unique gift items in the front of the store? That's all Blooming Hills. They look year round for the perfect selection of colorful accessories to greet you when you walk in our doors.
All About Design: From classic to contemporary, Blooming Hills has you covered. Tell them your style, and they'll produce an arrangment, wreath, bouquet or corsage to complement.
On the Homeless Families Foundation Dowd Education Center: The Homeless Families Foundation is a homeless family service provider in Columbus, Ohio. It provides housing assistance and support services for homeless families and an extensive tutoring and enrichment program for homeless and at-risk school age children.
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Team Members: Cashiers, Baggers, Grocery Stockers, Managers
Chosen Charity: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Service Strengths: Hate to wait in line? Team Baggers with Swagger understands. This is the team that makes sure that your check out experience at The Hills Market goes smoothly and quickly. They carry your groceries — and mulch, and Christmas trees — to the car, no matter the weather. They answer the phones, take your reservations and take care of the ubiquitous "clean up in aisle three." Many members of this team have been at The Hills Market for the better part of a decade, which means that not only do they know you, but they know your family, pets and produce preferences. In short, this team is comprised of the first and last smiling faces you see at The Hills Market.
Above and Beyond: Team Baggers with Swagger handles our special orders and all of our front of house service issues. They're the ones that get that bring in that barbeque sauce you've been looking for and can't find anywhere.
On St. Judes: One of the longtime members of Team Baggers with Swagger is a childhood cancer survivor. In honor of this fellow team member, our front of house staff chose St. Judes Children's Research Hospital.
A Note on our Team Logos: Last week, we were graced for a day by one Zoe Baumgartner-Brown. A creative soul from Columbus Alternative High School, she spent a morning and afternoon in the throes of all the behind-the-scenes work at The Hills Market as part of a shadowing program. It just so happened that Zoe's visit coincided with the details of our Market Madness Service Showdown competition on Facebook. It took only seconds to realize that her skills as an illustrator far surpass any of those in the world of our (one person) in-house marketing department. As we post our Team Profiles, take a moment to celebrate Zoe and her work; she helped to create all eight team logos for Market Madness. We can't wait to see where she lands. Here's hoping it's Central Ohio; we'll all be enriched by her creativity and wit.