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Pinot Noir – Versatile and Noble

posted on April 27th, 2012 by Michael Cristillo

Pinot Noir is a grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera and continues its surge in popularity, edging ever closer to the queen and king of grapes, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. The name is derived from the French words for "pine" and "black" alluding to the grape’s tightly clustered dark purple pine cone–shaped bunches of fruit. Pinot Noir has been described as "the most romantic of wines, with so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, and so powerful a punch that, like falling in love, they make the blood run hot and the soul wax embarrassingly poetic."  Master Sommelier Madeline Triffon went so far as to calling Pinot Noir "sex in a glass."  In the broadest terms, the wine tends to be of light to medium body with an aroma reminiscent of black and/or red cherry, raspberry and to a lesser extent currant and many other fine small red and black berry fruits. To exude its multiple personalities, Pinot Noir is also used in the production of Champagne and is planted in… Read More

Administrative Professionals Day 2012

posted on April 24th, 2012 by Kristin Lares

Don’t forget the flowers!!! Since 1952, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) has honored office workers by sponsoring Administrative Professionals Week. Today, it is one of the largest workplace observances outside of employee birthdays and major holidays. In the year 2000, IAAP announced a name change for Professional Secretaries Week and Professional Secretaries Day. The names were changed to Administrative Professionals Week and Administrative Professionals Day to keep pace with changing job titles and expanding responsibilities of today’s administrative workforce.  The event is celebrated worldwide, bringing together millions of people for community events, educational seminars and individual corporate activities recognizing support staff. Wednesday, April 25th is Office Administrative Day and we will have flowers and plants to say "thank you" to your administrative staff. Come in and get our buy-one-get-one-free 3” orchid for only… Read More

Earth Day 2012

posted on April 20th, 2012 by Carl Smith

April 22 - Earth Day, founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson, was first organized in 1970 to promote ecology and respect for life on the planet. He wrote “The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity…That’s all this is. That’s the whole economy.” This was his reasoning in creating Earth Day. Some people prefer to observe Earth Day around the time of the March Equinox. In 1978, American anthropologist Margaret Mead added her support for the equinox Earth Day, founded by John McConnell. She stated that the selection of the March Equinox for Earth Day made planetary observance of a shared event possible. Earth Day is usually observed with outdoor performances. Typical ways of observing Earth Day include planting trees, picking up roadside trash, conducting various programs for recycling and conservation, using recyclable containers for snacks and lunches. Some people are encouraged to… Read More

Treading Lightly

posted on April 19th, 2012 by Geoff Nicoll

With energy costs skyrocketing, and an increased consciousness of our impact on the environment, there are numerous innovators that are seeking alternatives to the standard glass vessel. As the vast majority of wine consumers are traditionalists, it is not an easy transition away from the norm. Most recently, the Stelvin closure (or screw top) was the test tube for the elitists to poo poo, stating that only natural cork allows the wine to properly evolve, or breathe and mature into a more regal, stately beverage in maturity. And the detractors still exist. But there are a great many world class producers that are investigating the potential. I for one, am happy to utilize the easy, more efficient and certainly more neutral closure that completely decimates the potential for cork taint that ruins a bottle. Next come PET (plastic), and Tetra Pack, along with aluminum and “The Pouch.” Each has its benefits and drawbacks, but each plays a role in alternative packaging by which to… Read More

NEW to our Dairy Department: Clover Organic Dairy Products

posted on April 11th, 2012 by Roger Arechiga

Stop by our Dairy Department today and say "hi" to Clo the cow.  The beloved mascot Ms. “Clo the Cow” is the face of Clover organic dairy products, a new arrival to our dairy case.  Everyone at Clover, from Clo the mascot to the folks milking the cows, work hard to make sure they deliver the freshest product with the highest quality right to your local Bristol Farms.  The mission of Clover  is to deliver great dairy products to our consumers. Clover Organic Dairy products are made using milk & cream that’s sourced locally from a very small selected group of 100% organic family farms in Sonoma and Marin counties, in the North Coast of California.  The local California family farms, or “Clover Producers," are committed to the sustainability of their land, welfare of their cows, and produce the highest quality milk pool in the country.  The milk and cream that’s produced by the “Clover Producers” is sent to the plant the same day the cows are milked and it is… Read More

Bristol Farms Catering presents: Passover

posted on April 4th, 2012 by Melinda Race

Passover is fast approaching, and Bristol Farms Catering has been working really hard to design the perfect Seder for all of our Jewish families and friends. We talked with our customers and with our in-house Jewish food experts, and came up with a variety of fresh spring selections. Whether you are a large group joining together with your Haggadah readings or an intimate family, perhaps of three generations, asking and answering The Four Questions, you will be pleased to have our Catering Department design your dinners. Are you planning the first two traditional nights of Pesach, Friday, April 6 or Saturday, April 7, or later in the week, in order to gather your  entire family? No problem. Our Catering Teams will have your dinner prepared, ready to be picked up, hot or cold, or possibly delivered to your home – with advance reservation. We are offering entrees that will make your Buba proud – like beef brisket, rotisserie chicken, poached salmon, plus an extensive list of side… Read More

Deardorff Family Farms – Locally Grown Strawberries

posted on April 2nd, 2012 by John Savidan

This year for Easter, Bristol Farms has hopped right over to our own beautiful backyard of lovely Oxnard, California. We are partnered with Deardorff Family Farms, a fully sustainable, California grower that has been delivering Southern Californians great tasting, organic, family farmed fruits and vegetables for 75 years!   We are happy to feature their tasty, fresh-picked, ripe strawberries as a delicious springtime treat! Oxnard, California, a sunny growing region along the coastal highway 101 just north of Los Angeles, is one of the strawberry capioals of the USA.  Due to a Mediterranean climate, and 350 cool, breezy, sunny days a year, this part of California’s “Golden Coast” is home to over 8500 acres of strawberries.  Oxnard even hosts an annual Strawberry Festival every June! Adventurous travelers who drive through the Oxnard area in springtime will be treated to the aroma fresh berries ripening all along the various farm roads between the coastal mountains and the… Read More

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