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March 2015 Issue of Wine Spectator Now Available

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Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain’s life took a turn when he decided to write about the true goings-on inside the restaurant world. His strong attitude and fearlessness was a departure from the norm, and turned him into a celebrity who now tells his story by traveling the globe in search of different cultures and culinary adventures.

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2012 Bordeaux: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all 2012 Bordeaux wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

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

Cover Story

The Cooked and the Raw – In his journey from bistro chef to celebrated food-and-travel pundit, Anthony Bourdain has carved out a unique position in the culinary world. The bad boy of Kitchen Confidential now shares the stage with his gastronomic heroes—and a few of his targets. Through it all he has remained committed to broadening palates and expanding minds, using food to get to the heart of the people, places and cultures he visits

Curriculum Vitae – From his early works of crime fiction to cookbooks of classic French cuisine to TV cooking competitions, Bourdain’s output is as far-ranging as his tastes and travels


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German/Austrian Winemaker Tasting February 26, 2015

Special Winemakers Tasting!

Thursday February 26th


Dear Customers,
 We are privileged to welcome Thomas Hansen from Weingut Hansen-Lauer in Bernkastel-Kues, Germany, and fellow winemaker Martin Hugl from Hugl-Weine located in Ketzelsdorf-Poysdorf, Austria this Thursday for a special tasting featuring some of their delicious wines! You won’t want to miss this. They will be pouring from 4-6:30pm. Hope to see you here.
Mr. Bill
Thomas Hansen is the third in the generation of the Hansen family to produce top quality wines at Weingut Hansen-Lauer in Bernkastel-Kues, overlooking the picturesque Mosel River in Germany.
Weingut Hansen-Lauer, with its perfect blend of soil and climate, produces white wines exclusively of the Riesling grape, carefully crafted by master winemaker Thomas Hansen. His expertise assures exquisite wines for the most discriminating wine lover.
Hansen-Lauer’s two hectares of vines are situated amid the Germany’s finest growing region which produces many of the best and costliest white wines in the world. Bernkastel-Kues, a picturesque village and tourist mecca overlooking the Mosel River, has long been the home of the finest Rieslings in Germany. Home of Germany’s famed Wine Symposium, Bernkastel is a community famed for its celebration of winemaking and good living.
For you Gruner Lovers…
Come meet Martin Hugl!

Martin graduated from the AGRO-HAK Agricultural College and subsequently studied at the University of Applied Sciences for International Business Relations. Since 2007 he has been responsible for quality control in the vineyards and for wine-making and he is the first point of contact for sales.Hugl-Weine is a young, family-run winery, it’s located in the north-east of Austria, in Ketzelsdorf-Poysdorf. The owners, Sylvia and Martin Hugl, make use of the experience of their parents and combine it with their know-how and modern techniques to create high-quality wines. They combined their family estates, Hugl and Wimmer, with the 2013 vintage.

Their main focus is on Grüner Veltliner in all its diversity.  Their goal is to produce easy-drinking wines suitable for every occasion, with fruity, fresh white wines and elegant, classic red wines.

We hope to see you on February 26!

Support the Mill Mountain Zoo with Santa Luz Wines

Help Support The Mill Mountain Zoo, by purchasing Santa Luz Cabernet & Sauvignon Blanc from Chile. We are donating $1 per bottle to one of Roanoke’s favorite attractions.
Mill Mountain Zoo is home to more than 175 animals including mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates – including 7 endangered species! The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is full of fun adventures for the entire family. And the excitement doesn’t stop with the animals! Experience breathtaking views from the Zoo’s amphitheater and take a ride on the popular Zoo Choo Train. Don’t forget to check out the gift shop before you leave. There’s something for everyone at Mill Mountain Zoo! Open daily from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm.
We love our furry and not so furry friends!

Hurry in while supplies last. Limited Time Only.

River and Rail Tasting Re-Scheduled for March 9

Get Your Seats Now for a Exciting and Enlightening Evening of Wine and Delicious Fare!

March 9th, 2015, 7:30pm

$30 per person
RSVP at River and Rail


This evening will offer an educational event centered around decanting and the aeration of wines. We did this type of tasting with Roanoke College and it was an eye opening experience for all who attended.  Hors d’oeuvre‘s will be provided by Chef Aaron Deal and staff, that will accompany and highlight the selected wines.
River and Rail
2201 Crystal Spring Ave SW
Roanoke, VA 24014

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!