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Winter Citrus Margarita

posted on February 22nd, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

When you think of margaritas you might be reminded of summer. But with all the winter citrus fruits at their peak right now, it's a perfect excuse to make a fresh hand squeezed margarita. Feel free to adapt the recipe below and make it your own. The beauty of winter citrus is that they are all unique in flavor and are great to mix and match! Ingredients to make 4 mason jars: 3 limes 1 Cara Cara Pink Navel 1.5 Pink Grapefruits 1 Tangelo 1 Clementine 6 oz Tequila Sparkling water (optional to cut juice) Ice Salt for rim (optional) Instructions: Squeeze the juice from desired citrus into bowl Strain out pulp and seeds In a small pitcher mix citrus juice and tequila Add sparkling water to taste (If salting rim) Rub lime wedge along rim of glass and then dip glass in rimming salt Fill mason jars or margarita glasses with refreshing beverage Garnish with a bright slice of citrus Read More

February Wines: 10 under $10 and 90 Point Club

posted on February 3rd, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

10 Under $10 Just in time to enjoy the approach of Spring, we introduce our new spectacular promotion of 10 under $10 wine buys. These wines are not only chosen for their inexpensive nature, but because of their abundant qualities of aroma, body, palate pleasing attributes and sound finish. They are aggressively priced to fit all budgets. And unlike many buyers who purchase wines based solely on cost, the wine buying team at Bristol Farms samples all product prior to hitting the wine arbor. Here is a brief description of the new wines being offered: Cuvee Hortense Bordeaux Blanc 8.99 This wine offers a wide aromatic palette of grapefruit, apricot, exotic fruits with delicate notes of wood and vanilla. Vibrant and fleshy in mouth, this blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle can be enjoyed with seafood, shellfish, oysters and foie gras. Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc 8.99 Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc is crafted from hand harvested grapes that are picked very early… Read More

Beer & Cheese Tasting Events

posted on January 31st, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

Join us for a beer and cheese pairing event featuring Ballast Point Brewing or Boulevard Brewing. $30 per person, reservations required by calling the cafe. Wednesday, February 1st Newport Beach: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Ballast Point Brewing La Jolla: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Ballast Point Brewing South Pasadena: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Boulevard Brewing Manhattan Beach: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Boulevard Brewing Our Featured Boulevard Brewing Pairings: The Calling IPA paired with Jasper Hill Harbison Cheese Crostini, Grape Apricot Relish and Arugula. Cranberry Orange Radler paired with Mixed Greens, Coconut Gouda, Pears, Dried Cranberries, Carrots, and Basil Balsamic. Dark Truth Stout paired with and 8-year Aged Wisconsin Cheddar Baked Macaroni & Cheese. The Sixth Glass Quad paired with Grass Fed Sliders, Le Brouere Cheese, Sweety Peppers, Fig Jam, Tomatoes And Bristol Farms Lattice Chips. Bourbon Barrel Aged Quad paired with Jasper Hill Bayley Blue, Brownie, Vanilla… Read More

New Year’s Champagne – Drinking The Stars

posted on December 28th, 2016 by Geoff Nicoll

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

The Dalmore Highland Single Malt Scotch Bottle Engraving Events

posted on December 5th, 2016 by Lauren Murphy

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

Wine Spotlight – 2014 Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay

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

Host Your Own Oktoberfest with Bristol Farms

posted on September 19th, 2016 by Geoff Nicoll

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. Drink • Browse our beer cooler for a broad range… Read More

Wine Spotlight – Ron Rubin Green Valley Pinot Noir

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

Fermented Flavors of Fall

posted on September 9th, 2016 by Geoff Nicoll

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

Happy (or Hoppy) IPA Day

posted on August 4th, 2016 by Geoff Nicoll

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

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