Benedictine Monk Dom Pierre Pérignon, credited for the invention of Champagne, was more precisely responsible for the marketing of this discovery. His startling revelation prompted the famous quote, “Come quickly, I am drinking the stars.” What he had realized, was that the natural gasses that were created during the fermentation process actually incorporate into the liquid when trapped behind a sealed closure. A wonderful discovery indeed, but hardly that of the famous devotee of the Order of St. Benedict. The process was already being utilized mid-16th Century as documented by Benedictine Monks, also in a Monastery, but about a century prior to his revelation. And it wasn’t sparkling wine that Dom Pérignon was nurturing; the Champagne he was producing was actually a red table wine. The sparkling white common today likely originated as Blanquette de Limoux, from the Southern French region known as the Languedoc. True Champagne comes from a series of villages located about… Read More
Please join us at our Newport Beach and Beverly Hills locations for a special Bottle Engraving event sponsored by The Dalmore Highland Single Malt Scotch!
Sunday, Dec 11th from 1pm-4pm Newport Beach
Sunday, Dec 18th from 1pm-4pm Beverly Hills
Michael Pinkerton, a Whisky Specialist and Brand Ambassador from The Dalmore, will be at each event to answer all of your questions and help you select the perfect bottle of Whisky for your lucky recipient. Then take your bottle over to be engraved by hand with a personal message of your choice, at no additional cost.
Single Malt Scotch makes a great Holiday gift for co-workers, friends or family and your engraved message on your bottle of The Dalmore will add a beautiful and personal touch to your special gift.
The Dalmore is a highly respected Single Malt Scotch producer, having recently won the prestigious Highland Single Malt of the Year award from Whisky Advocate last year.
In 1839, Alexander Matheson searched… Read More
posted on September 22nd, 2016 by Michael Cristillo
This Columbia Valley Chardonnay is a delicious, food-friendly wine. It has a fresh, soft style with bright apple and sweet citrus fruit character, a subtle spice, and oak nuances. Blended from vineyards throughout Washington’s Columbia Valley, sur lie aging gives this wine an added softness. Bright acidity and minerality on the finish adds an enticing overall balance on the palate.
Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery combines Old World winemaking with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the industry, including "American Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast for 2004 and "2005 Winery of the Year" by Restaurant Wine Read More
Oktoberfest is a Bavarian tradition held in Munich, Germany from late September thru the first weekend of October. It is the largest celebration in the world, in that approximately 6 million people are in attendance, consuming more than 7 million liters of beer. It lasts 16 days (with a few exceptions mandated by calendar) and has been held and enjoyed by its citizens since 1810.
These days, one doesn't have to travel the globe to attend an authentic Oktoberfest celebration. There are many hosted locally where you can enjoy great food and brews with a crowd of jolly folks, but if you prefer a more intimate affair, take our tips below for hosting your own Oktoberfest celebration right in your own backyard.
Beer is definitely the star of the show at any Oktoberfest celebration, but food is a key element in the success of the party. Go beyond pretzels and sauerkraut with these recipes and products found at Bristol Farms.
• Browse our beer cooler for a broad range… Read More
posted on September 15th, 2016 by Michael Cristillo
Let us take a moment to shine the spotlight on this week's special wine buy for our email subscribers, Ron Rubin Green Valley Pinot Noir. A perfect wine for the transition from summer to fall with a bright bouquet of raspberry and cherry blossoms with added notes of cedar, white pepper, and spice. Vanilla and toasty oak round out the nose with a subtle creamy nuance at the close. The mouthfeel offers up raspberry, sweet cherry flavors, and soft oak with touches of blackberry, plum, and cocoa powder. This Pinot Noir is a perfect pairing for this week’s featured ad item, a grilled marbled ribeye steak.
The early history of Green Valley of Russian River Valley includes a bit of Russian History. Russians immigrants arrived in Green Valley of Russian River Valley in 1812 to settle the Sonoma coastline between Bodega Bay and Fort Ross. It wasn’t until 1836 that Yegor Chernykh, a Russian agronomist, developed food supplies for their Alaskan settlements. He established a farm just… Read More
Autumn is just around the corner, a mere two weeks away in fact for you doubters. The evenings are already giving way to cooler temperatures, so it makes sense that we shift gears and start thinking about fall. With the change of seasons, we begin to enjoy the bounty of new crop fruits and vegetables, and a new feeling of contentment. Enough with the scorching weather, and yes, start digging out the sweaters.
Already there is talk of the holiday season with all the fabulous flavors and fantastic dishes that coincide. So allow us to pile on, lightly, with the first of the season autumnal beers where of course, Pumpkin, is the main course. If you're hopped out and want something that will help segue to the cooler months and fuller beers, a myriad of great brewers have latched on to this traditional fall cultivar, actually a squash, but who’d want a squash beer? OK, I digress. The beauty is, they come in all sorts of styles, so if you don’t like dark beers, you have choices… Read More
Yes, the first Thursday in August has been officially recognized as National India Pale Ale Day, or IPA Day. It was founded in 2011 as a way to help recognize the International Craft Beer movement and the most captivating and popular trend known as India Pale Ale. There are more IPA entries in the market for sale, as well as competitions than any other in recent history, with many hundreds of new brews showing up every year.
IPA characteristics are unique, and rather polarizing, as their telltale traits are hops, which are the bittering components that are the primary flavoring compounds for beer. One of the only 3 permitted ingredients in the Reinheitsgebot German Purity Law of 1516, hops provided the structure and tartness to offset the sweetness of the malt.
It was widely told, yet now debunked, that hops were used in beer as a preservative for long journeys, but it is established that these beers are destined to be consumed young, as fresh as possible. So, quickly go get some… Read More
Our present warm weather Club 90 and 10 Under $10 Wines are making room for our next sizzling Summer~Fall collection. For one week only, take 25% off your initial bottle purchase, and take an additional 10% off when you buy 6 or more bottles!
10 Under $10
Los Cisnes Red Blend $8.99
A blend of Malbec and Merlot, this beauty offers Intense, bright red with violet tones. Aromas of red fruits like plums and blueberries, vanilla and some soft spicy notes abound. Silky tannins and ripe, it is fresh and balanced with an elegant and fruity finish.
Haraszthy Bearitage Lodi Red $8.99
This wine is blended using Zinfandel, Syrah, and Petite Sirah, all selected from our best barrel selections. Combining these different barrels and grape varieties has produced this delicious wine with complementary characteristics. Medium bodied, smooth and beautifully balanced, it delivers abundant fruit flavors and aromas reminiscent of cherries, plums, and blackberries.
Santa Barbara Crossing Chardonnay… Read More
We're just days away from summer! I can't wait for all the dining al fresco, concerts in the park, and Hollywood Bowl visits planned for the season. With each venture, my family and I always have our snacks and drinks (hello wine!) in tow. If you're going with wine, you've got to have the right glass. And the shatterproof, reusable, recyclable, and BPA-free glasses from Govino are our fav summer pick. They're dishwasher safe too! You can say goodbye to the shattered wine glasses of the past.
Govino glasses are manufactured in the USA and headquartered in the heart of wine country in St. Helena California. These glasses are featured in the Museum of Modern art, and are even a favorite among the many top food and wine events in the country. These glasses are ideal for vineyards, pools, boats, concerts and sports venues, and any outdoor dining area.
In our Housewares Department, you can find Govino available in both 2 packs and 4 packs of wine glasses, cocktail glasses, flutes, and… Read More
The Golden State is known for a great many things, but one that is absolutely exploding in popularity is the artisan culture of Craft Brewing. Originally considered home of the modern independent Brewer, California introduced Anchor Brewing, New Albion, and Sierra Nevada, each building successful businesses out of their passion, creativity, and rehabbing the remains of many unsuccessful ventures.
Fast forward to the 21st century, California’s number continues to impress with more brewery applications submitted annually than many states have in production. With entrepreneurs seeding most every Metropolitan district, they are many, spontaneous, and varied. It takes tremendous business acumen as well as drive and inspiration to keep ahead of the conglomerates, which is what this great state is known for.
We urge you to experience the local flair and their signature flavor profiles, each unique unto itself. Bristol Farms is proud to offer one of the south-land's best selections of… Read More