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Wine Thursday: Leaping Horse Red Blend 2014

posted on April 19th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

87 points 'Best Buy' - Wine Enthusiast The three grapes in Leaping Horse Red Blend come from vineyards in Lodi: the Zinfandel is full, juicy and flavorful. The Merlot is soft and sweet, with a bit of herbs mixed in while the Petite Sirah gives the wine a beautiful dark red color. This medium bodied gem boasts a sweet berry profile, such as black cherries and strawberries, and an herbal note on the juicy, long finish. Leaping Horse Red Blend is ideal for hearty soups, grilled red meats, pasta dishes in marinara sauces, barbequed chicken or simply on its own. A lovely cheese plate to finish or a rich chocolate dessert is always a great option! The Kautz family has been promoting and working with sustainable viticulture for over 35 years. Crop reduction, leaf removal, organic materials and drip irrigation are used throughout the vineyards to improve the quality and intensity of flavors. Cover crops, which attract beneficial insects are also employed. In addition, owl boxes and… Read More

Wine Thursday: Koyle Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

posted on April 12th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Deeply colored, with plenty of black fruit character, showing a great presence of currant and blueberry, with hints of exotic spice and cedar. This Cabernet is a full expression of origin, showing a real grip of acidity and mineral notes. Ripe tannins are solid and velvety, and come together beautifully, with a silky and balanced finish. The grapes were picked in selected lots, coming from Koyle’s Los Lingues Estate. The vineyards are biodynamically managed, with stringent water management to preserve the expression of the terroir. The grapes are handpicked and brought to the cellar for sorting, selecting only perfect clusters for this wine. In the tank, cold maceration (for aroma and flavor extraction) takes place over 5 days, followed by fermentation over two weeks. Finally, warm maceration to extract just the most rounded and silky tannins takes place. The wine is then aged in French oak barrels for twelve months, with a final blending that allows for the perfect expression of… Read More

Wine Thursday: Alain & Cyril Gautheron Chablis

posted on April 5th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Alain Gautheron is the fifth generation to cultivate vines in Fleys, a village of 160 inhabitants. His winery and home are located directly across from the Premier Cru vineyard, Les Fourneaux. This 100% Chardonnay is comprised of parcels from three vineyards specifically Les Fourneaux, Côte des Prés Girots and Le Morein. High pedigree indeed! The wine stays in contact with the lees for about nine months after which it is fined, filtered and bottled. This Chablis is steely and mineral driven, displaying lots of focus and crisp acidity with floral, cool-climate orchard fruit, and citrus flavors. There is great depth of flavor to the wine combined with ample body and richness, balancing the sharp acidity perfectly. Enjoy this beauty with oysters, shellfish, sushi, and poultry. Sale price is $12.99! Suggested Retail $21.99 Promo valid from April 4 Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Read More

Wine Spotlight: Heliotrope California Pinot Noir

posted on March 29th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Bright, fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of cherry, rhubarb custard, spiced watermelon, and white toffee with an even, vibrant medium-to-full body. A tingling finish with dusty tannins and light oak with a nice hint of plum, red berry fruit and vanilla nut. An excellent food wine with roasted or grilled veggies, poultry, red flesh seafood and mild cheeses. As for the intriguing name, Heliotrope – it is the name of a unique flower that follows the passage of the sun, collecting warmth and energy each day; come sunset, they turn back again, ready for the next sunrise. Pinot Noir grapes also embrace the brilliance of the California sun, developing crisp, ripe fruit characteristics that makes it wonderful with food or simply to quaff on its own. Suggested Retail $12.99 Sale price is 2 for $15.00! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Promo valid from March 28 All selections are 750ml unless otherwise noted. No rain checks. While Bristol Farms… Read More

Duckhorn Vineyards + Bristol Farms 5‑Course Dinner

posted on March 28th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Join us for an exclusive winery and 5-course tasting dinner brought to you by Bristol Farms catering and Duckhorn Winery. THURSDAY APRIL 19TH, 6 -8PM | Bristol Farms 1570 Rosecrans Ave, Manhattan Beach $75 PER PERSON* limited seating | reservation required 310.233.4787 ex: 418 | MBCatering@BristolFarms.com The Menu: - STARTER - 2016 DUCKHORN VINEYARDS NAPA VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015 DUCKHORN VINEYARDS NAPA VALLEY CHARDONNAY Steelhead “Loch Etive” crudo and shaved Fennel - SOUP - 2015 GOLDENEYE ANDERSON VALLEY PINOT NOIR Creamy Porcini soup with Stravecchio Parmigiano Reggiano crema - CHEESE - 2014 DUCKHORN VINEYARDS NAPA VALLEY MERLOT International Cheese Plate - MAIN - 2014 DUCKHORN VINEYARDS NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON Filet of Beef, puree of Italian butter beans, Dorati cherry semi dried tomatoes - DESSERT - 2015 PARADUXX PROPRIETARY NAPA VALLEY RED WINE Toasted Marshmallow Caprese, strawberry, basil, balsamic chocolate… Read More

Wine Wednesday: Opera Prima Tempranillo

posted on March 7th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Tempranillo is the premier grape varietal of La Mancha, situated on the Iberian peninsula of Spain. The aromas and flavors offer intense notes of blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and currants with a pleasant floral nuance on the finish. Serve this Spanish gem with grilled seafood, pork, roasted chicken or pasta with vegetables. For you trivia aficionados, La Mancha is the largest vineyard in the world, occupying 50% of Spain's vineyards. Suggested Retail $11.99 Sale price is 2 for $12.00! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Promo valid from March 7 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

Club 90 and 10 under $10 Wine blow out sale

posted on March 1st, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

For one week only, our present Fall/Winter Club 90 and 10 Under $10 Wines are making room for our Spring 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 Cht David Beaulieu Bordeaux Rouge Mithra Cotes du Rhone Rouge Cht Tour St Germain Cotes de Bordeaux Riff Pinot Grigio Lageder Fleur du Cap Chardonnay Qupe Modern Red Blend Stonecap Cabernet Sauvignon Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Red Blend Leyda Pinot Noir Leyda Valley Club 90 ***All wines are under $20 Flegenheimer Reserve Red 2012 91+ points Wine Advocate Vinas Robles Petite Sirah 2013 90 points DECANTER Magazine Graham Nortons Own Sauvignon Blanc 2016 90 points Wine Spectator Landmark Chardonnay Overlook 2015 93 points The Tasting Panel Confidencial Reserva Tinto Red 2013 92 points Wine Enthusiast Secret Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 93 points International Wine Competition Andis Zinfandel Amador County… Read More

Your Awards Show Party Guide

posted on February 26th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

For many of us, this upcoming Sunday means watching the biggest and most esteemed awards show of the season with our friends and loved ones. And whether you’re throwing a huge party or hosting an intimate gathering, we have your guide for all things sparkling, sweet, savory and of course, delicious. We also have some fun little party extras too - like party hats, poppers, and more. Here is Your Awards Show Party Guide: Something Sparkling Because you'll certainly need some bubbly to cheers your friends with when your favorite actress or director wins! And in true old Hollywood style, we're suggesting a classic like Tattinger Champagne Brut. Something Savory Your friends and family will certainly be anticipating some awesome awards...but also, some awesome food at your party. So make it easy on yourself and order from our exclusive awards show catering menu - click here to download this tasty menu that's loaded with crowd pleasers like bacon-wrapped shrimp, chips and… Read More

Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Chardonnay

posted on February 22nd, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

This Columbia Valley Chardonnay is a delicious, food-friendly wine. This is a fresh, soft style with bright apple and sweet citrus fruit character with 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. Promo valid from February 21-27 Regular $10.99 For one week only, sale price is 2 for $15.00 Save $6.98! 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

Wine Thursdays: Kunza Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – 2 for $12!

posted on February 15th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

“Kunza” is the native Chilean word for “our” in a dialect used by the indigenous inhabitants of the Actacama desert, a mystic area in the northern region of Chile. Derived from volcanic and sandy-loam earth, the vineyards are flat and receive an excellent exposure to sunlight in a Mediterranean-style climate. “Our” wine offers up a complex character with ripe black cherries and hints of pepper and tobacco. Perfect balance of oak and fruit, bottled without filtering to maintain its extraordinary fruity qualities. Food Pairing: Steak, roast beef, grilled burgers, strong cheeses and of course, hearty winter stews. Suggested retail is $8.99 For 2 weeks only, our sale price is 2 for $12.00. Save $5.98! Promo valid from February 14 - 27 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

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