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Wine for the Weekend: Torrevieja Malbec Reserva

posted on October 18th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Mendoza has become a hub of Malbec production, so how does a vintner make his rendition stand out? If you’re the winemaker for Torrevieja, you begin with only the finest grapes available, then give them the attention they deserve in the cellar. From the length of the fermentation to the selection of the oak barrels used for aging, no detail is too small when it came to making the Torrevieja Malbec Reserva. This wine’s color and appearance are a dark ruby red with elegant purple shimmers,” the Torrevieja vintner notes. “It has a velvety texture with a clear taste of black raspberry and black cherry.” Our tasting panel enthusiastically concurs. Suggested Retail $19.99 For one week only, sale price is 2 for $15.00! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Promo valid from October 17 - 23 Read More

Palate for Pumpkin: Our Top 10 Pumpkin Favorites

posted on October 15th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

When it comes to Autumn cooking, pumpkins pretty much rank supreme. With healthy recipe inspiration everywhere we look and also - indulgent pastries, cakes, and cookies galore, it’s no wonder pumpkin-infused everything has become an obsession each Fall. We’re not opposed to it either - in fact, we’re all about the craze. That’s why we’ve compiled our top 5 sweet and savory favorites for your curious pumpkin palate 1. Pumpkin Risotto - Pumpkin spice and everything nice...this cheesy pumpkin risotto boasts all the Autumn flavors we love - nutmeg, sage, pumpkin, and butternut squash, just to name a few. A spin on a delectable Italian classic, this version has us all sorts of excited for Fall, even if it is currently 85 degrees in Southern California. Make a pot of this risotto tonight and top with sweet Italian sausage for a dinner that will have your family singing your praises! Pumpkin + Butternut Squash Risotto Ingredients: 1/2 cup olive oil 2 cups… Read More

Club 90 and 10 Under $10 Wine Blow Out Sale

posted on October 10th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

For one week only, our present summer Club 90 and 10 Under $10 wines are making room for our Fall collection. For one week only, receive 25% off your initial bottle purchase and take an additional 10% off when you buy 6 or more bottles! 10 Wines Under $10 Bristol Farms Red Selection #8 Bristol Farms White Selection #8 Diversion Chardonnay Leaping Horse Cabernet Sauvignon Lindemans Shiraz Bin 50 Rosenblum Stark Raving Cabernet Sauvignon Bluebird cabernet Sauvignon J Ludlow Jane Merlot J Ludlow Jigsaw Sauvignon Blanc Couveys Les Petit Pinot Noir Club 90 *All wines are under $20 Double Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 91 points Wine Enthusiast Tamber Bey Chardonnay Unoaked 2016 90 points Wine Spectator Divum Pinot Noir 2015 91 points Wine Enthusiast Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc 2017 90 points Wine Enthusiast Cht Moulin Pontet Bordeaux Superieur 2015 90 points Wine Enthusiast Llama Malbec Old Vine 2017 91 points James Suckling Argiano Rosso Toscano 2015 94 points… Read More

Sip Like A Sommelier: Wine Tasting with Riedel Glassware

posted on October 9th, 2018 by Roberto Lewis

What if you could enhance the flavors of your favorite wines? What if you could taste delicious high-end wines, pair them with wonderful foods, learn a ton, and go home with a set of crystal wine glasses that are not only attractive but are designed specifically to delight your taste buds? On October 16th, 17th and 18th, Bristol Farms and Riedel will host wine tasting events at our South Pasadena, West Hollywood, and Newport Beach locations, respectively. We are honored to partner with Riedel, a family-run company of glassmakers who share our vision of bringing you the best flavor experiences from every corner of the world.   Riedel: 11 Generations of Crystal Glass Expertise The Riedel family has been in the crystal glass business since the late 17th century. They began as traders, eventually expanding into design and manufacturing. Claus Josef Riedel, representing the 9th generation of the Riedel glassware family business, introduced minimalist long-stemmed… Read More

Butcher’s Bonanza in South Pasadena October 12‑14!

posted on October 8th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Attention Pasadena meat Lovers! You do not want to miss our Butcher's Bonanza event happening this Friday through Sunday at our South Pasadena store. Get the best prices of the year on our Artisan meats free of additives, fillers, or MSG. Our butchers will be on hand to give you cooking tips, suggestions and will cut your selections any way you desire! There will also be free tastings throughout the store! Here are just some of the specials you can expect to see at the butchery: Whole Boneless Ribeyes: $10.99lb. Save $8lb. Whole Boneless New Yorks: $10.99lb. Save $8lb. Beef Loin Tenderloin $14.99. Save $15lb. Tri-Tip: $7.99lb. Save $6lb. Brisket: $6.99lb. Save $3lb. Lamb Rack $19.99lb. Save $10lb. Ground Turkey: $2.99lb. Save $3.00 lb. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts: $4.99 lb. Save $3 lb. Boneless Lamb Leg: $7.99lb. Save $5lb Read More

It’s Okay to Lick the Spoon: Our Very Own Southern California Local Raw Honey

posted on October 5th, 2018 by Roberto Lewis

We are pleased to introduce our line of local, raw, unfiltered, and unprocessed cold-packed raw honey, drawn from the abundant flora of Southern California.  Cold packed by hand, our raw honey has a creamy texture that will not only entertain your taste buds but inspire you to include it in recipes as a handy, all-natural source of sweetness. Southern California Orange Blossom Once our Orange Blossom honey finds its way into your cupboard, you're not going to want to let it go. It's distinctive yet versatile, with a citrus-accented flavor and a fresh floral aroma that will grab your attention. Its fruity sweetness is mild enough to make the perfect alternative to your standard table honey. Orange Blossom honey will enhance the flavors of everything it touches.  Stir it into Black teas such as Earl Grey, Ceylon or Congou, or drizzle it over ice cream. Whip a spoonful into a bit of soft butter before spreading it on toast or a warm croissant. You're welcome. Southern… Read More

Wine for the Weekend: 2014 Consilience Chardonnay

posted on October 4th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

2014 Consilience Chardonnay Santa Barbara County Apple, honey, citrus and a touch of oak are aromatically discernible on the nose. Ripe tropical fruit and limestone flavors follow on the palate with the bright lemon notes leading to a wine that exhibits good balance, structure, and length. This wine would do well as an aperitif and pairs nicely with grilled chicken and shellfish. Multiple vineyards created this Best Buy Chardonnay – primarily from the White Hills Vineyard, along with Verna’s, La Presa, Mormann and a dash of Meadow Farms Vineyard. Aged for 10 months in 25% new French oak and 75% neutral oak. Promo valid from October 3 Suggested Retail $19.99 Sale price is $9.99 Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! All selections are 750ml unless otherwise noted. No rain checks. While Bristol Farms takes every effort to ensure adequate supply, all offerings are subject to availability Read More

Local, Organic Apples for Fall

posted on October 4th, 2018 by Roberto Lewis

Who doesn't love an apple? As summer fades and the holiday season approaches, we're busy working with our partners and suppliers to bring you a ton of delicious fall-themed produce, and a variety of apples are now in season. Produce can be tricky.  We're committed to bringing you only the freshest and most flavorful produce, so when we find suppliers who share our values, we stick with them. As a case in point, meet the farmers of Cuyama Orchards. Howard and Jean Albano began planting apples in 1993, establishing an orchard on their property in the Cuyama Valley, an hour north of Santa Barbara. The Albanos found that Cuyama Valley's unique climate, high elevation, and plentiful water supply made it a location exceptionally suited to producing a variety of robust and flavorful apples. After moving into organic apples in 2000, Howard, Jean and their son Byron built Cuyama Orchards into the leading grower and shipper of organic apples on the west coast. In a competitive market, the… Read More

Hello, October: Here’s Our Five Fall Must Haves

posted on October 2nd, 2018 by Roberto Lewis

Summer is over, and Fall has arrived, bringing all sorts of exciting flavors and fun with it. Giant pumpkins perfect for your front door stoop, rich and delightfully sweet pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream and cinnamon, dark, full-bodied beers and spicy sausages, and of course, crisp autumn apples. Pumpkins First things first: Whether you're looking for traditional pumpkins to carve into jack-o'-lanterns or rarer varieties to accent your fall-themed decorations, we've got you covered. We source our pumpkins from Van Groningen & Sons, a family-run farm in Northern California. They've been supplying top-quality produce since 1922, and this year is no different. We have pumpkins in a wide variety of sizes, colors, and prices. No need to travel deep into the country to get your holiday pumpkins, because we'll bring the farm to you. Take a look and be amazed.  Organic Autumn Apples Versatile, healthy and delicious, apples are a key component of a holiday cooking strategy… Read More

Provolone Rediscovered: Don Giovanni Auricchio’s Secret Recipe

posted on October 1st, 2018 by Roberto Lewis

In America, we're most used to eating provolone cheese on sandwiches. In fact, we consume giant amounts of it on sandwiches, pizzas, and party trays. However, the type we're accustomed to eating isn't the provolone treasured by Italians. Once you've tasted "true" provolone, aged in a cave in northern Italy, you'll feel your vocabulary for Italian cheeses expanding. A car is a car, but a Ferrari is a Ferrari. Provolone has been referred to as Italy's national cheese. Auricchio, a family-owned Italian cheese-making firm based in Cremona, leads the nation in provolone production. The Provolone Auricchio debuted in 1877, its signature flavor attributed to its proprietary rennet blend referred to as the "secret of Don Gennaro," after Gennaro Auricchio, the company's founder. Today, Auricchio credits the popularity of its product line to "ancient customs adapted to present day, yet preserved in quiet awareness..." Auricchio's cheese-makers bring their milk from dairy farms located no… Read More

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