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Wine For Thanksgiving…

posted on November 21st, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Chapoutier Belleruche Cotes-du-Rhone Rose, Blanc and Rouge Rose - This very popular Rose is a fresh, vibrant wine from start to finish. Scents of crushed stone add a sense of complexity to the raspberry and lime zest flavors in this medium-bodied blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. And for those looking for an alternative to red or white wine at the Thanksgiving feast, Rose is the way to go! Blanc – This mouth-watering blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier, Clairette and Bourboulenc boasts aromas of green apple, white blossoms, citrus and exotic fruit. On the palate, gloriously ripe but restrained notes of apricot, peach, and mineral jump from the glass. This deliciously fruity, medium-bodied wine bursts at the seams with personality and character and is very food friendly – match with grilled fish, pork, soft goat cheese, and of course, white turkey meat and gravy! Rouge – Made from Syrah and Grenache, this rousing red exudes aromas and flavors of red fruits… Read More

Wine Thursday: Rutherford Grove Napa Valley Petite Sirah

posted on November 16th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Dark and deep purple in color, this Petite Sirah is a lush, ripe wine, impressive for its sheer power and fruit that offers a balance of spice and vibrant tannins. The flavors are on the wild side, brimming with blackberry and sweet vanilla, plums, bacon and exotic spices. Layered and complex, floral notes and a slightly peppery sensation balance the jammy, fruity characteristics and lends a savory earthiness to the finish. Pair this full-bodied beauty with anything from spicy Cajun, smoky, and grilled meat to dark Turkey meat and whatever stuffing you can toss its way too. If you have any aged Gouda around, it will be sublime with that cheese! Only 322 cases produced. This Petite Sirah was made from Spring Hill Vineyard, located in the St. Helena appellation. The vineyard is on the west side of the Valley floor and benefits from copious direct sunlight during the growing season as well as cool breezes in the afternoon, a perfect situation for Petite Sirah. Suggested Retail… Read More

Wine Thursdays: 2012 Ryan Cochrane Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard

posted on November 9th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

2012 Ryan Cochrane Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard 92 points - Cellar Selection Wine Enthusiast The justly famous Solomon Hills Vineyard is located about seven miles from the ocean just outside the city of Orcutt in Santa Barbara County. The maritime influence combined with the sandy loam soil results in wines with bright fruit, good balance, crisp acidity and what is known as "Santa Maria spice". The lively nose jumps out of the glass, revealing a tightly-knit profile of fresh cherries, strawberries, hazelnuts, spice cake, violet and rose petal. The smooth, silky, light-bodied mouthfeel delivers notes of firm red strawberry, raspberry and cherry mixed with dashes of currant, caramelized orange peel and vanilla. Delicate tannins transition to a sparkle of acidity on the finish. The best suggestion I can give about this wine is this - every pilgrim should have some extra bottles on hand for your Thanksgiving feast as it will pair deliciously with the white and… Read More

Wine Thursday: Eagle Glen Carneros Chardonnay

posted on November 2nd, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

A unique Carneros Chardonnay that is produced on the Napa Valley side, the Eagle Glen Chardonnay boasts floral aromas of violet and honeysuckle with distinct, tropical fruits slowly rising from the glass. Offering a light, buttery golden color, the flavors on the palate echo a nutlike complexity, accented with a naturally rich mouthfeel. Focused acids move across the palate and linger, offsetting a decadent, mineral finish. Its pedigree is substantial as the grapes were hand-picked and carefully selected and then allowed to rest 18 months in 100% French Oak barrels. This Chardonnay is the ideal pairing companion with your Thanksgiving feast, be it beast or fowl! Suggested Retail $17.99 Sale price is $8.99! Save 50%! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Promo valid from November 1 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… Read More

Wine Thursdays: Crescendo Limoncello & Crescendo Arancello (Orange)

posted on October 26th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Limoncello, the powerfully-lemon liqueur native to Italy’s Almalfi coast, when done right, is a ray of sunshine in a bottle. A cello (sounds like chello), in Italian, means liqueur. Crescendo Limoncello, unlike most others, is organic and hand crafted using unbleached natural sugar (bleached white sugar, on the other hand, imparts a chemical aftertaste, flattening the roundness of the lemons and also sharpening the bitterness). Crescendo’s Oregon Tilth-certified organic liqueurs have none of that. The natural sugar imparts a color more like juice than an artificial clear spirit. Produced with only certified organic ingredients, the results are the finest flavors. In the end you have a product with as low a sugar content as possible; a fruit forward citrus flavor that slaps the tongue like only natural flavors can; a premium alcohol base that amplifies the flavor; and of course fresh Pacific Northwest water all the way from Oregon's Snowpack. Pour this mouthwatering elixir over ice… Read More

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

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