Category Archives: Wine

Wine Tasting on April 13, 2015

MBWC Homepage2

Wine Tasting

Monday, April 13 (7:30pm)

River & Rail | 2201 Crystal Spring Ave, Roanoke

RSVP: (540) 400-6830

Topic: Aeration

Please join us for our 2nd Wine Tasting, hosted at River & Rail. This is an intimate affair- a great opportunity to ask questions, try new wines and meet other local people in the area! Light food samples provided by Chef Aaron Deal.

Please contact River & Rail to sign-up. Seating is limited, so reserve your seat now! $30 per person.

Like the wines you taste? Pre-order wines from Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar at the event.

Sometimes Wines need to breathe! We will taste wines at different levels of Aeration and discuss how it has affected the flavors, mouthfeel and more.

Learn. Indulge. Enjoy.


Share on FacebookTweet this PostPin Images to Pinterest

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!

Share on FacebookTweet this PostPin Images to Pinterest

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.

Share on FacebookTweet this PostPin Images to Pinterest

New! 2014 October Issue of Wine Spectator



In the Oct 31, 2014 Issue:

Information from


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.

Share on FacebookTweet this PostPin Images to Pinterest