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Wine Thursdays: Angel Camp Pinot Noir

posted on October 19th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

This “angelic” Pinot Noir represents an assemblage of the winemaker's select barrels from the 2014 vintage. This beauty opens up with complex aromas of dried cherries, strawberries, black tea leaf and sandalwood. Taught and expressive, this well-structured pinot carries the familiar earthy tones of Anderson Valley, supported by a core of black cherry and plum with layers of wild forest strawberry and boysenberry. The Swan and David Bruce selections add intense "blue" fruits and complexity to the mouth feel, while the Dijon 667 lends structure and soft tannins. The oak tempers the naturally bright acidity creating a balanced quality on the palate. Only 100 cases produced. The 2014 growing season was in many ways a continuation of the previous vintage. Both were marked by a fast start and very dry conditions as California settled firmly into a drought cycle. The early beginnings of this vintage allowed the winemaker to achieve full flavor development sooner. As harvest… Read More

Wine Thursdays: 2016 Chateau Ferry Lacombe Mira Rose

posted on October 12th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

"Best Buy" 88 points Wine Enthusiast Mira Rose, a blend of Grenache and Grenache Blanc, offers a soft pink-rose color, with lychee highlights. The nose is delicate, opening with red berry, lemon and mandarin aromas. It is fresh on the palate, with lively strawberry and raspberry notes. This Rose is ideally served by itself as an aperitif, but is also excellent with white meats, such as chicken or pork, grilled fish and mixed salads, and pairs well with many light meals. It will also match up deliciously with the upcoming Thanksgiving feast where Rose has given a run to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as the wine of choice…assuming there is any left! One interesting side note – Ferry Lacombe uses the relatively little seen Mediterranean PGI - Protected Geographical Indication – to promote and protect names of quality agricultural products. Yes, we think this wine merits that designation. A la Votre! Sale price is 2 for $15.00! Save $14.98! Purchase 6 or more bottles and… Read More

Wine Thursday: Farina Spanish Sons Tempranillo

posted on October 5th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Intense in color, this red wine has aromas of red berries and balanced flavors of bright cherry, vanilla and violet. Spanish Sons features excellent structure and soft tannins that lead to a long, silky finish. This Tempranillo is sourced from family vineyard sites located in and around the historic city of Toro, on the high plateau of Castilla y León, in Northern Spain. Fruit from the famed Toro DO make up the majority of the blend and provide the ripe tannins, excellent structure and rich, dark fruit. The balance of the blend is sourced from Tierra del Vino de Zamora DO, which offers roundness to the tannins and bright red fruit notes. Approximately half of the fruit in Spanish Sons is sourced from historic bush vines in the Farina family vineyard that were planted 50 to 120 years ago. These vines yield complex fruit with soft, luscious tannins and an unmistakable expression of terroir that contribute to the deep, rich color of the wine. Suggested Retail $14.99 Sale price is… Read More

Wine Thursday: Club 90 and 10 under $10 Wine Blow Out Sale

posted on September 28th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Our current summer Club 90 and 10 under $10 wines are making room for our fabulous Fall collection. For one week only, take 25% off your initial bottle purchase and taken an additional 10% off when you buy 6 or more bottles! Stock up for all of your holiday dinners and parties. With excellent bottles like Claude de Val Rose Languedoc priced under $10, and Club 90 varieties like Stolen Identity Pinot Noir 2014 under $20, you can fill the wine cabinet for the rest of the year!   Read More

Autumn Sangria Recipe

posted on September 22nd, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Ah, Autumn. For many, it begins in September but for those of us in Southern California, it doesn't start really feeling like Fall until mid-October. Nevertheless, there's just something warm and fuzzy about that Autumn time feel. Whether it's the smells of pumpkin coming from every coffee shop or the baskets of Gala apples at every market, Fall definitely has a special kind of appeal. But since it's still quite warm in SoCal, we need a way to celebrate the beginning of Fall that won't make us sweat. An Autumn inspired Sangria seems like the most logical way to do just that. Pomegranate Fig Sangria Ingredients: 1 bottle sweet white wine 4 fresh figs, halved 1 apple, cored and sliced 1 cup pomegranate juice 1 ripe orange, sliced 1/2 cup Brandy 1 bottle sparking water Ice Directions: In a large container or pitcher with airtight lid, add the sliced oranges, apple, figs, pomegranate juice, and Brandy. Pour the wine on top. Stir and refrigerate… Read More

Wine Thursdays: Pata Negra Tempranillo

posted on September 21st, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

From the popular Toro Region, this Tempranillo has matured in French oak giving it balance and complexity. Intense aromas of black berries are integrated with toasty wood notes. Powerful with intense ripe fruit flavors and subtle tannins lead to a smooth finish. Aged for 4 months in French oak barrels. The wine region of Toro is a predominantly red-wine appellation in Castilla y León in north-western Spain. The region produces red wine across the spectrum from Joven to Gran Reserva, but all grades must be made from at least 75 percent Tempranillo, which in the Toro region is called Tinta de Toro. The best reds found in this region are robust, concentrated and well-structured. Suggested Retail is $9.99 Sale Price is 2 for $10! Save $9.99 on 2 Read More

Wine Thursday: Calcu Escarlata Colchagua Red Blend

posted on September 7th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Calcu, which means “healing doctor” in the local Mapuche language, was created to emphasize the diversity of Chile’s Colchagua Valley. The fruit is always a combination of the family’s estate fruit, and locally sourced, sustainable grapes from quality Colchagua growers. Escarlata Red Blend offers up a fruity nose with spices and predominating red fruits, as well as notes of blackcurrant and black raspberry. The palate is well balanced with a great freshness and a nice tannic structure. The winemaker has crafted Escarlata to be equally enjoyed with a casual dinner or just to sip on its own. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Carmenere and Malbec. Suggested Retail $14.99 For one week only, sale price is 2 for $15.00 Save $14.98! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Promo valid from September 6 All selections are 750ml unless otherwise noted. No rain checks. While Bristol Farms takes every effort to ensure adequate supply, all… Read More

How To: Select a Scotch Whisky

posted on September 1st, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Scotch  simply cannot be purchased blindly. In fact, Scotch Whisky (no "e") is a love-hate relationship for many, if you are whisky averse, run the other direction. If you are a whisky fan, then this is your lucky day. But how does one properly pick a great bottle? That isn't exactly an easy question to answer...but in short, it can be selected by region, kind of like wine. Depending on the region where it's distilled it'll have a varying profile. Let's start with some Scotch basics: Scotch Whisky is a collection of grain based beverages distilled in Scotland. Most are produced from malted barley, although corn is used in some, which post distillation is aged in oak casks for a desired length of time. The Single Malt Whisky, the ultimate connoisseurs dram, is 100% malted barley, from a single distillery. Age statements range from 8 years to the elusive and incredibly rare 50 yr, which can exceed the price of an automobile. Scotch Whiskies are primarily produced in 4… Read More

Wine Thursday: Hanaiali’i Napa Valley Merlot

posted on August 31st, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

The Labor Day weekend approaches and you want to fire up your grill for this last hoorah for summer. So if you’re putting your best food forward you’ll want a great red in hand. No, this Merlot does not hail from Hawaii but rather Napa Valley - This pure, single vineyard expression of the Valley’s finest fruit embodies the partnership between two historic Napa Valley families, Smith Devereux, and 5-time GRAMMY® nominee, Amy Hānaialiʻi Gilliom. Thus, the name. And since you’re applying bold flavors to the grill you need to have a wine that can match those flavors and, of course, to enjoy on its own while cooking your vittles. This is a bold “Cabernet drinker’s” Merlot, that brims with spicy aromas and rich flavors of plum, black raspberry, black cherry, cocoa and vanilla notes. Made to impress the most experienced oenophile and suit the palate of the casual wine drinker, this complex wine can be enjoyed now or cellared. And if red meat is not the main grilling… Read More

Wine Thursday: La Tordera Valdobbiadene Prosecco Brut

posted on August 24th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Okay, we have a great holiday weekend just around the corner where we can all enjoy the fruits of one’s ‘labor’. So as much as wine and craft beer sounds really tasty and will certainly be flowing, the notion of a chilled, crisp, fruity sparkler is very enticing. We found the perfect elixir, La Tordera Valdobbiadene Prosecco Brut- This fine, fruit laced bubbly offers floral notes of white flowers, pear and lemon drop, with robust flavors of apple, citrus and ripe papaya. Even though the wine is created in a Brut style, there is ample bright fruit. The other unique element to this Italian sparkler is that it is vintage dated, 2014. That is indeed a rare offering and adds to the overall appeal of this gem. The perfect foil for grilled seafood and shellfish, as well as Prosciutto, stuffed mushrooms, creamy sauces and spicy Asian entrees. Prosecco is produced in the hills of Veneto in northeastern Italy, where the winery is located, and boasts the longest history in the… Read More

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