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Wine Thursday: 2012 Fog Head Red Blend

posted on August 17th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

This Fog Head Red is a lush, jammy, and balanced blend of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petite Verdot. The nose offers up raspberry, cherry, spice, a touch of vanilla and the faint scent of cocoa. The flavors evoke blackberry, black cherry, wild strawberry, creamy vanilla, a nice splash of spice and blueberry. Another nice element of the Fog Head Red is that it shows off its supple but sturdy tannins, giving some needed structure and mouth feel to your palate. The finish is full bodied and will pair deliciously with burgers, steak fajitas or deep dish pizza. 89 Points Tasting Panel, Silver Medal ~ Highly Recommended 2 for $15 this week only! Suggested Retail $14.99 Save $15.00! Read More

Wine Thursdays: 2015 Cellars 33 Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands

posted on August 10th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

For you aficionados of California Chardonnay, there are a hand full of appellations in this great state where this varietal soars in both quality and reputation – the Santa Lucia Highlands is one of those rare locations. Add a couple of more important foot notes: the juice is sourced from a very prestigious, single vineyard that is aptly famous within this appellation (we were asked not to reveal, so we won’t); and that Bristol Farms was offered the chance to possess all 193 cases of this vintage and bottled as our very own Cuvee. And no, that is not a typo on the special pricing – we were given a very special deal and we are going to pass those savings on to our customers. Unless something truly unbelievable comes our way, this is the deal of the year for Chardonnay. As the tasting notes suggest on the back label, this beauty exudes ripe citrus, jasmine and tangerine blossom aromas that meld together with a balance of richness and focus. Tart apple custard flavors, tropical… Read More

2015 Bancroft Cellars Chardonnay, Mendocino County

posted on July 13th, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

A quick swirl of this Chardonnay in your glass opens up the aromas and flavors of baked apples, pie dough, cedar, and toasted yeast with a dry yet fruity mouth-feel. Due to its lineage of hailing from Mendocino, this cool climate white offers a crisp, mineral laden finish that is balanced between its tannins and just a nuance of oak. A wonderful Chard to match with roasted chicken, boiled lobster or your favorite seafood or shellfish dish. And of course, a delightful aperitif while you’re doing the cooking! The name "Mendocino" comes from the family name of Mendoza in honor of the 16th century Spanish explorer Lorenzo Suárez de Mendoza, who explored the Mendocino coast line as the first viceroy of New Spain. The first vineyards in Mendocino were established in the 1850s in the Redwood Valley by returning farmers who failed to find their wealth and prosperity during the California Gold Rush. Now we get to enjoy their “liquid gold”. This wine is also 89 Points, Silver… Read More

This Weekend: Local Craft Beer Tasting in La Jolla!

posted on July 10th, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

Bristol Farms loves Beer, and all things Beer. Beer is good for the soul, and many of the most influential people in history were staunch supporters. After all, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”– Benjamin Franklin We are excited to announce we are hosting an informal Craft Beer tasting at our La Jolla store on Saturday, July 15, from 12-3p.m. Tickets for 15 “tastes” will set you back a whopping $10. (tax included, we’re covering Uncle Sam’s portion). We will be joined by some of San Diego’s finest craft representatives to talk about the wide variety of brews that are on display. That’s dozens of varieties to choose from so you can make enlightened decisions for your next summer barbeque (and you can score points on your rating app for your reviews!) We are constantly updating the cooler with the latest and greatest, its almost impossible to keep up! We will have a wide range of styles and flavors represented, so you can… Read More

A Wine for All Seasons: Maggio Zinfandel Old Vine

posted on July 5th, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

We like to call Zinfandel a “wine for all seasons”. It can pair beautifully with any holiday feast put before it, and yet has the big, robust fruit layers to handle hot weather climes when sweet, supple tannins are desired. The aromas right off the glass are graced with a bouquet of dark berries – blackberry, black cherry and rich juicy plums. Upon first sip, a slight licorice and blackberry compote develops, backed by an unmistakable vanilla oak, balanced acidity and a kick of brown sugar. A fantastic palate from start to finish. Pair with grilled lamb, peppered steak, pizza, burgers, and our own handmade grilled sausages. Maggio is produced at the Oak Ridge Winery, the oldest operating winery in Lodi, California. Built in 1934, it is owned by the Maggio, Reynolds and Dondero families, and produces estate wines under several separate wine labels. The winery itself was once a winemaking cooperative, which the Maggio and Reynolds families purchased in 2002. They had a vision… Read More

Sugarfina X Casamigos Tequila Collection In Stores Tomorrow, July 4th!

posted on July 3rd, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Have you heard the news? Starting tomorrow, we're proud to be one of the few places where you can find Sugarfina x Casamigos Tequila collection! Who would've thought that candy infused with tequila would be so irresistible? But then again, this candy isn't infused with just any tequila. Casamigos Tequila is pretty special - and if you're a tequila drinker who hasn't tried it, you're most definitely missing out. Casamigos Tequila is made with hand-selected 100% Blue Weber agaves. The distilling/aging process is extremely thoughtful, resulting in three tequila varieties that don't need to be masked by salt and lime. They are, simply put, perfect. The Sugarfina X Casamigos Tequila collection highlights the amazing taste of the tequila with the added delight of something sugary and sweet. "Paloma Por Favor" is a juicy, sour grapefruit-flavored Paloma gummy infused with Casamigos Reposado tequila that's rolled in superfine sweet and tart sugar crystals. "Shake Your Margarita"… Read More

This July 4th: Drink Local Craft Brews

posted on June 29th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

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 southlands best selections of… Read More

Big, Bold, & Beautiful Red: Laughinghouse Petite Sirah

posted on June 26th, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

Laughinghouse Petite Sirah If you want the perfect wine for your 4th of July celebrations, this big, bold and bodacious red will do the trick. Petite Sirahs offer some of the best saturated color amongst all red varietals and this one does not disappoint with its opaque, shimmering purple-black robe. The nose has fresh blackberry and black plums, blueberry jam, dark chocolate, black pepper and spice notes. In the mouth, a burst of fresh acidity segues to black currants, blackberries and cherries – then there’s a detour in your mouth with a cornucopia of black cherry, bittersweet chocolate, tobacco, blackberry liqueur, crème de cassis, topped off with powerful minerality. The finish is lip-smacking and crisp, with well integrated tannins and forward acidity. It’s downright delicious! Suggested Retail $19.99 Sale price is $9.99 Save 50%! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Promo valid from June 28 Read More

A Rich & Velvety Full‑Bodied Red: Montgó Tempranillo

posted on June 22nd, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

Tempranillo, depending on where it is cultivated, goes by many names - Tinta del Pais and Cencibel in Spain, Aragonez or Tinta Roriz in Portugal – and has gained fame as a black grape widely grown to make full-bodied red wines in its native Spain. This mouth-watering beauty exudes intense rich aromas of sweet strawberries, mature plums and raisins with hints of tobacco, dark chocolate and minerals. The rich and juicy flavors of fresh ripe berry fruits combined with gentle notes of tasted oak and a refreshing acidity are softened by the velvety tannins on the finish. Ole! The grapes were handpicked at the optimum stage of ripeness. This was followed by gentle de-stemming and crushing along with an element of saignée – literally the bleeding of the grapes that winemakers use to increase intensity in their red wines. Initial temperature controlled fermentation and maceration was followed by the wine being aged in French oak barrels for 6 months. Suggested Retail $14.99 Sale… Read More

Father’s Day Wine Special: 2 for $12 Celler Barcelona Red Blend

posted on June 15th, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

The initial mouth feel is full of rich, sweet blackberries and black raspberries. Robust yet smooth and ripe on the mid-palate, flavors of dark chocolate and fresh berries coat your mouth with a sublime, lengthy finish. The blend is Tempranillo and Grenache. Pair this Spanish beauty with grilled meats, cheeses and pizza. Celler Barcelona was created by long tenured California Winemaker, Russell Smith, in partnership with World Renowned wineries in Spain. His career in wine making began in 1983 settling in Napa Valley where he honed his craft while working with well-known wineries including Joseph Phelps vineyards, Flora Springs and then Becker Vineyards in Texas. He was always captivated by the picturesque vineyards in Spain, so twenty years later he finally returned and decided to pursue his lifelong dream of winemaking along Spain's northeastern coastline where the Mediterranean sun and breezes produce the world's best grapes. Ole! Promo valid from June 14 All… Read More

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