In the Spotlight: Fireside Deli & Wine Shop

Last Updated on Sep 7, 2016 at 12:12pm | Tourism & Recreation

"In The Spotlight" is a regular feature of The Lake-Front magazine and is being reprinted here in its entirety with permission. This article originally appeared in the September 2016 issue.
With a diverse background in sales, retail, and hospitality, Maryellen Miller knows she has ended up right where she is supposed to be: as the owner of one of the area’s most popular wine shops. Many wine aficionados and gourmet food lovers have already discovered Fireside Deli & Wine Shop, located on Glendale Road, just minutes from Deep Creek State Park. If you haven’t yet, you are in for a treat.
What makes Fireside so unique is the type of wine that is offered there. Maryellen likes to “think outside the box” in her store. That’s why she’s always looked for smaller production wines and unknown varietals to feature at the shop. “Wine today is mass produced,” she says. “I look for small wineries, ones that put their name on the bottle and their heart and soul into the wine. Although they are more available today than they were when I first opened the shop, I still get excited when I find a new wine to share with my customers.”
All of the wines she features are less than 200 case productions and are literally “the best of the best.” Because of Maryellen’s dedication to these smaller family-owned vineyards, Fireside now offers one of the finest wine collections in the area and is the area’s largest retailer of hard to find varietals from around the world.
“Although you’ll find unique wines at Fireside, they don’t necessarily come with a high price tag,” says Maryellen. “We have a lot of delicious, high quality wines starting at just $10 a bottle.” Her $100 cases are also very popular. With this promotion, you can choose any twelve of her value priced wines for just $100. “This is a great deal and very popular with my clients. Basically, you are getting delicious wines for about $8 a bottle, many of which retail for as much as $25 each. You can choose your own or let Maryellen customize it to your next gathering. “It’s perfect for entertaining and a great way to try some new wines.”
If you’re overwhelmed by which wine to choose, Maryellen can help. She has an unerring sense of taste and an uncanny memory to remember her client’s favorites. Prefer to taste before you buy? Stop by on Saturday afternoon from noon until 4:00 p.m. for free tastings where Maryellen showcases her latest finds. “I teach people how to savor wine, not guzzle it. Wine is meant to enhance food, it’s meant to enhance life in general. Americans are just beginning to understand what Europeans have known for centuries.”
One of the most unique features about Fireside is that you can sit down and enjoy any bottle of wine you have purchased for just a $15 service fee. Maryellen is also offering wine flights, which feature three different wines paired with cheese so you can enjoy a taste before you purchase.
The newest trend in the wine business is the larger liter bottles, which are not only more cost effective for larger groups and present well, but most importantly, allow less air into the bottle allowing the wine to stay fresh longer. Fireside has a variety of 3 to 5 liter bottles and some up to 12 liters. Maryellen hasn’t forgotten beer lovers; she has a nice selection of micro brews as well.
Maryellen would be the first to tell you that all wine tastes better with the right food. The deli case at Fireside features delicious cheeses from around the world, including Gloucester with chives, Truffle cheeses, and an Irish cheese infused with Guinness Stout. Hungry? Stop by for lunch and one of Maryellen’s delicious Panini (grilled, pressed sandwiches) like the Italian Combo, the Cuban, Reuben, Meatball, Turkey Swiss, Grecian Chicken Breast, Mediterranean, Caprese, and more. She also offers traditional deli sandwiches fresh from the deli case and sides like a Greek or Anti Pasta salad. Enjoy your meal in Fireside’s warm, comfy atmosphere or head outside with a bottle of wine to the dog friendly patio or picnic tables.
At the Fireside Deli, you won’t find “pre-made” anything. Maryellen even makes her own ketchup. Her theme is quality, not quantity, and she uses the freshest possible ingredients at all times. She is always playing with new menu items for her customers to enjoy and is adding more organic choices.
Looking for a unique gift? Maryellen specializes in individualized Gift Baskets and Boxes. No matter what the occasion, your basket can be created here. You can select from one of her many unique baskets and fill it with the items you select to send a message that will be remembered forever or let Maryellen choose for you. Simply give her a price range or theme and the process begins. Your basket can be created with your choice of cheeses, coffees from around the world, with or without wine, gourmet items, and more…limited only by your imagination.
Other Fireside specials include 10% case discounts, or a free wine bag with the purchase of six bottles with a 5% coupon off your next wine purchase. Looking for a favorite wine? Maryellen is happy to special order and offers low markup on case orders for her customers. Maryellen will be teaching a special wine appreciation course at Garrett College in October; you can register at
Fireside is open year round on Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., as well as Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays through Labor Day. Be sure to “Like” them on Facebook to learn about specials and after hour events like her once a month wine pairings. For delicious food and wine, be sure to visit Fireside soon.