Earlier this year, the Wine Mill caught my attention. As the editor of DW&S, I like their mission-“take the attitude out of wine…make it fun and easy to pick out the wine right for you or any occasion” The enjoyment of craft beverages and local food without the attitude also fits the mission of Team DW&S. It is why our team enjoys producing both the magazine and our fan newsletter.
The Wine Mill was founded by a team effort of David Johnson, Melanie Sabanosh, Debbie Hotinger, and Andi Michaels. They caught our attention, just as our editorial team decided to showcase a wine column in each edition of the print magazine. We are happy that they agreed to contribute to DW&S Magazine, and you will see their first column in the October/November 2019 edition.
Plus, David and Deborah have a combined thirty-five years of experience in the world of wine. They will be the authors of the new column. This new wine column will not only showcase wine from Virginia but also wine from many regions. But note, this column will be for all wine drinkers, even the novice.
To kick off the new DW&S column, I have a few questions for the Wine Mill team.
Kim: For DW&S readers that are nervous about walking into a wine shop, tell us how you change their mind about the experience. What’s it like to walk into the Wine Mill?
WM: Our team is ready to answer questions and help you decide what you need. We have wines from every price point and we hand sell all our wines….meaning, we are knowledgeable about all our products and can help you pair your wine with food or just recommend a delicious wine for you to sip while sitting on your porch or by a fire. Knowledge is our specialty and making our customers feel at ease is what we love to do.
Our shop is set up by taste rather than region. If you like Rose, we will show you “Mt. Rose” which currently has over 20 different Rose’s to choose from. We have tried to make it as simple as possible for customers to find the wines they love. Whether its Chardonnays, heavy reds, bubbles, Sauvignon Blancs, or blends, we will point you in the right direction. We also have what we call the “wine cave” where we display our higher-end and limited edition wines.
Kim: Can you help us pair craft foods with wine in your magazine column?
WM: The Wine Mill stocks hand made chocolates from Vermont and Pennsylvania, Virginia peanuts, 100% Greek olive oils in different favors, balsamic vinegars, pestos, and more. In our new column, we will discuss pairing wine as you entertain family and friends. We will also show you how to build the perfect wine and food gift basket.
Thank you for providing our readers with your Fall Mulled Wine recipe. We will be showcasing the recipe on both the DW&S website and in your October/November column.
Welcome to the DW&S Team, Wine Mill!
If you are looking for a great wine trail while you are in Winchester, VA, check out DW&S article exploring the best of Virginia’s Piedmont.