The Hills Market Blog


We've Got Mardi Gras On Our Minds.

Savor the flavors of New Orleans on Monday, February 11th and Tuesday, February 12th as we feature five Mardi Gras specialties in our Chef's Case. Look for the following:

Etouffee: Generous portions of spicy shrimp meet authentic Dirty Rice.  
Jambalaya: Shrimp, Gerber Chicken and hearty Andouille Sausage come together in this winter warmer.
Chicken Gumbo: Our version of this southern-style stew is rich with Gerber Chicken, fresh okra and plenty of seasoning.
Dirty Rice: Tender pieces of Gerber Chicken are kissed with paprika and cajun seasoning in this southern side dish.
Firecracker Shrimp: Red onions, orange and yellow bell peppers, and plenty of spicy cajun seasoning envelop a mountain of shrimp in this Hills Market classic.



Sip While You Shop.

Sip While You Shop: Saturdays from Noon to 4 pm. 

We make Saturday shopping a splendid occasion with Sip While You Shop, a weekly casual sampling of unique wines and beers. Each Saturday, we select two wines and two beers to be available for purchase by the taste or by the glass. (In the case of beers, by the bottle.) You can enjoy these libations throughout the store as you peruse our expanded Organic Produce, browse our specialty food aisles or check out our extensive selection of artisan Ohio products.  


We Have a Crush on Ohio's Sweet Hearts.

Ohio's Sweet Hearts
Ohio's Sweet Hearts | Friday, February 1st | 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | $25
Taste the best of Ohio's sweets paired with libations from the heartland (and beyond) in this tasting that benefits Mended Little Hearts, a support program for parents of children with heart defects and heart disease. 

We're pairing up 16 of the best desserts our state has to offer with some of our favorite beverages.

Click here to learn more about this popular event. 
Make your reservation by calling 614.846.3220 or

Bring in the New Year with Bubblies!

Consider a few of our favorite sparkling wines to ring in 2013:

Gruet Blanc de Noirs, New Mexico: Don't let the area of origin fool you, this sparkling wine from New Mexico is made using the same grapes and method employed by the great Champagne houses. Lovely and fruity with immediate charm and toasty aromas. This is a great value, too: Was $19.99, Now $15.99. You Save $5! 90 Points Wine Spectator

Chandon Brut Classique, California: Offering elegance at an affordable price, this California beauty made from Chardonnay & Pinot Noir has aromas of crisp green apple and cinnamon, that lead to flavors of tropical fruit & cherries. Was $23.99/Now $17.99. You Save $4! 90 Points Wine Enthusiast

Gaston Chiquet Brut Tradition, Champagne: Pinot Munier based, this classy wine has a fine nutty aroma, with hints of yeasty bread dough and candied berry, a silky texture, and a juicy finish. Was $54.99, Now $49.99. You Save $5! 92 points Wine Spectator

Marc Hebrart Brut Premier Cru Selection, Champagne: A wonderfully fresh and vibrant wine with hints of berries, flowers and spices that come together in an expressive and nuanced style. $57.99 91 points Wine Advocate

Patrick Bottex 'La Cueille' Bugey-Cerdon, France: A super-fun party wine, especially if you like something with a touch of sweetness. This rosé sparkler,made primarily from Gamay has the taste of wild strawberries.  $24.99  90 Points Wine Advocate


The Perfect Hostess Gifts.

Don't show up empty handed this holiday season. Stop by and stock up on two of our favorite things in the whole world: Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Dark Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream and Dietsch Brothers Chocolate Covered Pretzels. You'll be on the guest list for life.

Show Your Ohio Love.

We've got four ways for you to proudly show your Ohio love with Statements Tees. Designed by Dara Schwartz of Darista Cafe and printed in Columbus by Traxler Tees onto American Apparel shirts, these shirts make great gifts for anyone who has some local love. Kelly (pictured above) is one of our favorite Wine OHs in the store. Certainly you know a deserving Wine OH or two. Shirts are $28.99 each.

Our offerings include:

Wine OH (Women's sizes)
Local Love (Unisex and Women's sizes)
MicrOHbrew (Unisex and Women's sizes)
OH Honey (Women's sizes) 



Welcome, Jan!

We're thrilled to introduce our new Wine Director, Jan Wilson. With 27 years in the food and wine industry, Jan is well-equipped to lead our Wine, Beer and Liquor Departments. Want to learn a little more about Jan? Read on!


Q: First up, what's your favorite find inside The Hills Market?
A: Jean-Louis Denois Brut. It's one of the best values in sparkling wine anywhere.
Q: What's your favorite fine dining restaurant in Columbus?
A: Alana's Food and Wine
Q: What's your favorite casual restaurant in Columbus?
A: Chile Verde Cafe
Q: What do you cook at home?
A: Roasted Chicken. It's simple and delicious.
Q: On to wines... What's your favorite varietal?
A: There are too many to mention, but my favorite country of wine origin is Italy, with its great diversity and value.
Q: How do you spend your spare time?
A: During the spring and summer, I grow culinary herbs to sell (trade for dinner) to Alana's Food & Wine.
Q: Do you have a favorite place to travel?
A: Emerald Isle, North Carolina.
Q: What are we likely to find you listening to?
A: The Talking Heads (David Byrne).
Q: Any other passions?
A: My family. I have been married for 9 years to Ben, and have a 7 year old son, Jimmy.

Our Zingerman's Creamery Crush.

If we still had lockers, we'd be hanging this poster inside them.