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Happy New Year!

What’s New at Mr. Bill’s

It’s 2015 and we are well into our fifth year. Wow! We made it this far, quite successfully thank-you, because of you; our wonderful customers. We continue to grow and you will see more changes in the near future. You think the store is packed now? Well, the selection is going to grow even more.

Starting this January we will change our tasting program to better serve all. The set tastings we have had every Friday and Saturday will change. Instead of set times on those two days we will have tasty beverages open more often. Special beer and wine tastings will be announced on-going. Stay in touch with our emails, Facebook, Twitter, or website to know the latest happenings at Mr. Bill’s.

Look for more exciting announcements coming soon.

I can’t say enough about our staff at the store. Aaron, aka Snug Dawg, has been with us for most of our existence. He is our resident linguist, cartoon character, mixologist, and minister of all that’s serious. Nate, aka Warden, (he teaches 8th grade) is our resident chef and edumacator. Kristen, aka Dr. Winechic, is our resident doc and minster of keeping us all charged up. OK, we all do that to each other. Kristen is also our store manager. Rick is our resident beer geek. Harry is our resident boxologist. Mr. Bill’s wife, Betty, is in charge of trying to keep us in line. Poor girl, she doesn’t have a chance. Mandy, Mr. Bill’s daughter runs the whole show from her command central in Ashville, NC. Adam, Mandy’s husband (and so lucky to be my new son) is our resident musician. All of us play an important part in the crazy antics we can’t seem to live without. Never expect less from us.

Rest assured that anytime you come in the store you can get expert help with beer or wine. Good tunes guaranteed always. Mr. Bill’s shorts; always!

We pledge to continue to offer the best selection of beer and wine at the best prices. The inventory will be ever changing and exciting. We pledge to keep great tunes playing on one of the best sound systems to ever grace a bottle shop. We pledge to be one of the zaniest staffs ever.

Feel free to offer your suggestions to us. Thank you all so much for your continued support. Thanks so much for being such fun, entertaining, and enlightening friends. Because of you, we don’t work at Mr. Bill’s. We just have fun and look forward to your visits.

Friends; party on!
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New! 2014 October Issue of Wine Spectator



In the Oct 31, 2014 Issue:

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Sicily, Italy’s largest and most southerly island, is a place of many distinctions. Its wines, climate and geography, its people and more. Yet these diverse strands weave an alluring tapestry, and help make Sicily one of Italy’s most exciting wine regions today.

FREE Wine Charts:

Sicily: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Sicilian wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Tuscany: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Tuscan wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Loire Valley: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Loire Valley wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

Sicily’s Wine Renaissance – A combination of local culture and modern innovation is transforming the Medi­terranean’s largest island into a winemaking hot spot. From Mount Etna’s elegant reds based on the native Nerello Mascalese grape to crowd-pleasing Chardonnays, diversity and quality abound

FREE: Sicily Alphabetical Listing – More than 330 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

ABCs of Sicilian Terroir

Recommended Sicilian Wines – 80 wines that deliver the flavors of Sicily

Profiles of Leading Producers – Wineries both large and small are defining the taste of Sicily and setting new standards for quality across the island BONUS VIDEO Sicily’s Local Reds: Get the inside scoop on this Italian island’s indigenous varieties as senior editor Alison Napjus tastes wines made from Nero d’Avola and Frappato with Francesca Planeta.


    Tasting Reports

Tuscan Triumphs – Trailblazing super Tuscans and traditional Sangiovese lead the way

FREE: Tuscany Alphabetical Listing – More than 800 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

Challenges in the Loire – Unfavorable weather in 2012 leads to a mixed bag of quality

FREE: Loire Valley Alphabetical Listing – More than 600 wines were reviewed for this report. Afree alphabetical list is available. members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.


Masters of the Mosel – Brothers Thomas and Oliver Haag craft distinctive German Rieslings at their neighboring estates

Loyal to Lirac – Château de Montfaucon’s Rodolphe de Pins sheds light on an unsung corner of the Southern Rhône


Italy’s Green Heart – Long overlooked, Umbria is gaining recognition with characterful reds and whites Letter from Europe: Contributing editor Robert Camuto blogs from his trips through France, Italy and beyond, sharing the fascinating and inspiring stories of the winemakers, grapegrowers, chefs and other personalities who shape wine culture.



Earthquake Rumbles Napa Valley – With harvest just days away, vintners assessed damage and began cleaning up

Finger Lakes Vintners Protest Gas Storage Plan

Peter Michael Named Distinguished Service Award Winner

Wine Ad Battle Back in Court Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.


In Memoriam – Baroness Philippine de Rothschild

Sicilian Chef Pino Cuttaia – Pino Cuttaia cooks his way to the top of Italian gastronomy by sticking to his roots


What to Ask Your Cheesemonger Members can reference our full archives of columns and other articles on cheese.


Kentucky Bourbon Country

    Things We Like

Unique Cuisine in San Francisco

Music for Wine Lovers

A Comprehensive Guide to Italian Grapes


Super Tuscan Flaccianello – The super Tuscan evolves over 26 vintages


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue – Marvin R. Shanken



    Savvy Shopper

Italian Reds, West Coast Whites and Red Burgundy


James Laube – Screaming Eagle and Two-Buck Chuck In his blogs, James Laube shares updates from his recent tastings and visits with winemakers, and discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer – Cynics of site specificity For more of Matt Kramer’s provocative essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)

    A Perfect Match

Mimmo Ferraro’s Veal Scaloppine, Fried Egg and Fresh Truffles with Barbaresco – Chef Mimmo Ferraro, Ferraro’s Restaurant & Wine Bar, Las Vegas Find hundreds more wine-friendly recipes, with suggested wine matches, in our online Recipe Search.

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October is Virginia Wine Month

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We hope to add even more wine tastings with Virginia Wineries to our tasting schedule in October, but you can go ahead and count on these!



Fincastle Vineyard & Winery

Nestled in the Great Valley of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Fincastle Vineyard & Winery produces wines using traditional Bordeaux small scale techniques. From the vines of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Chardonnay come wines pressed gently and aged in oak. After 10 years in the planning, David, Georgia, and their son, Richard opened Botetourt County’s first farm winery in 2003 with a special emphasis on quality and not quantity. According to the Virginia Wine Guide “Fincastle’s 2001 reds are beautifully handcrafted blockbuster wines, dark, lush and intensely flavored.”

Built into the hillside by our farmhouse, the winery is a gravity-fed operation, thus insuring the completely natural handling of the wine. The unique construction of the winery utilizes top-level in-ground primary fermentation storage, below which are three levels of barrel storage, providing for the downward flow of wine during racking.

The vineyard can be seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 100. A simple desire to “do something with the land” has blossomed into a thriving vineyard where once there were only cows and hay.

AmRhein’s Wine Cellars

All 2014 Wines are ESTATE-GROWN!! AmRhein’s Wine Cellars is a multi-award winning winery with a multitude of White and Red grape varietals produced!

CrossKeys Vineyards

CrossKeys Vineyards is a beautiful 125 acre Estate situated in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Here we produce a wide array of award winning, estate, grown, produced, and bottled wines. Surrounded by the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, CrossKeys Vineyards is the perfect setting for a relaxing day trip, romantic dinner, grand wedding, and everything in between.


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