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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

Poema Cava Brut for Valentine’s Day Bubbles

posted on February 7th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

It's St. Valentine’s Day and one must cater to this romantic moment by sharing a bottle of sparkling wine with a loved one. This Spanish gem offers up vibrant aromas of ripe peaches, pears and a hint of spice. The palate is bright and fresh with citrus and Granny Smith apple flavors that segue to toasted bread notes and a creamy texture. Layers of orange rind and spice persist through an elegant finish. Poema carefully observes the Cava DO’s stringent regulations to craft its top-quality, small-production Cavas, which are made using the same traditional method used in Champagne. The grapes are grown in the limestone hills surrounding Barcelona on vines that are a minimum of 20 years old. A green harvest and careful selection help to ensure that only ripe, pristine grapes are picked. Grapes are harvested manually and pressed in three different wineries close to the vineyards before each lot is fermented separately. With 55% of the must free-run juice, the grapes are fermented in… Read More

Wine Thursday: Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay

posted on February 1st, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

It’s a New Year and we need to celebrate our good tidings to come. What better way than with this Sonoma county icon! The bright aromas of this wine are enticing with notes of ripe apple, creamy lemon pie, warm vanilla and brown spice notes. The soft palate is rich and supple with juicy fruit flavors of fresh nectarine, apple and pineapple. Pleasing notes of toasted hazelnut and subtle brown baking spice add complexity. The wine is well balanced with a great core of fruit and bright acidity. Regular $12.99 Sale price is 2 for $15.00! Save $10.98! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Read More

2015 Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

posted on January 25th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

This is a lush, inviting Cabernet with plenty of complexity and structure with silky tannins. Fresh and expressive, deftly balanced and juicy, with raspberry and cherry flavors supported by hints of cinnamon and pepper. The finish persists with sweet, sturdy tannins. Drink now through 2020. Pair this with your favorite cut of beef, Bristol Farms own meatloaf or hearty winter stews FOR 2 WEEKS ONLY! Sale price is $9.99 Save $5.00! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Promo valid from January 24 – February 6 Read More

Wine Thursday: 2016 Department 66 Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes “Fragile” Rose

posted on January 18th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

A guise of pale rhubarb saturates the glass in a provocative way. Tempting floral aromatics are evident with rose hips and crushed petals that frame a candied, summer berry core. Opening with tenacity, ripe, wild strawberries prevail along with mandarin orange, juicy watermelon, and a pleasing mid-palate of tangy, white peach. These flavors are buttressed with warm stone accents compliments of the volcanic soils the grapes hail from and a snap of mouthwatering acidity. Predominantly a blend of Grenache with a dollop of Syrah and Carignane Fragile Rosé is imported by the Orin Swift company and its founder, Dave Phinney, who is the mind behind The Prisoner. Inspired by the venerable wines of the southern Mediterranean, it is made utilizing traditional methods and using sixty to one-hundred-year-old vines. The domain offers very low yield s due in large part to a particular micro-climate, prevailing mountain winds from the Pyrenees mountain range and the famous black, schist… Read More

Wine Thursday: Hook or Crook Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon

posted on January 11th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

The nose offers a bouquet of toasted cedar, black cherries and hints of orange blossom honey. This full-bodied wine has loads of sweet blackberry and black cherry flavors, with generous hints of vanilla, dark chocolate and oak spice that adds complexity and sweetness There is plenty of acidity that adds backbone and length to the finish. Owned and operated by third generation wine grape growers, Thomas Michael Stokes and Allen Lombardi, there is a family tradition of growing exceptional wine grapes that began with their grandfather, Bill Stokes, Sr.. It was he who established a firm tradition, having planted his first 45 acres of Zinfandel near Lodi in 1954, that has been passed down for generations. Due to the quality and prestige of their fruit, the Stokes family supplies grapes to several of California’s best-known wineries. Suggested Retail $11.99 For two weeks only, sale price is $6.99 Save $5.00! Promo valid from January 10 – 23. All selections are 750ml… Read More

2013 The Highlands Project Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

posted on January 4th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

2013 was a long cool growing season allowing the Pinot Noir to retain its acidity while developing deeply complex flavors. Rich with dense, expressive dark berry, spice, toasty oak with cedar and cinnamon notes. This pure Pinot shows mid-palate intensity and a long full range of deep, persistent flavors. The Tudor family began growing grapes in California early in the 1900′s and continue to operate one of the largest table grape vineyards in the country. In an increasingly mechanized world, there are still a few handcrafted products that stand out. Fine wine is one of them. At Tudor Wines, they select fruit from family-owned vineyards and transform it into wine using traditional techniques. These include small fermentations mixed by hand and aging in French barrels. The resulting wine has a purity of expression that cannot be duplicated on a larger scale. Suggested Retail $19.99 Sale price is $9.99 Save 50%! Promo valid from January 3, 2018 All selections are 750ml… Read More

A New Year’s Eve Spirit: Karlssons Gold Potato Vodka, 94 points Wine Enthusiast

posted on December 28th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

A distinct counterpoint to ultra-distilled vodkas, this Swedish gem is comprised of seven new potato varietals: Solist, Gammel Svensk Röd, Princess, Sankta Thora, Hamlet, Marine and Celine. Each varietal is distilled only once through a continuous, column-still lined with copper. They are then blended without charcoal filtration, which would remove valuable flavor elements. The resulting vodka is full-bodied and rich, with a distinct viscosity and mouth-feel that is unlike other vodkas on the market today. It finishes with black pepper, ginger, and a buttery mouthfeel. Although it is designed to be served neat, on the rocks, in a martini or to send your Bloody Mary over the top, try Karlsson’s Gold with fresh cracked black pepper. And have a safe and wonderful New Year! Suggested Retail $34.99 Sale price is $14.99 Save $20! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Promo valid from December 27, 2017 through February 6, 2018 All selections… Read More

Wine Thursday: Thomas Henry Chardonnay 2016 Sonoma County

posted on December 21st, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

If your Elves are looking for that special Chardonnay to offer for your feast, holiday party or a stocking stuffer, you need to give this beauty a try! Green apple and pear are complemented by tropical fruits with a hint of lemon custard. Richly textured and concentrated with balanced acidity that drives a lingering finish. Although perfect on it’s own, this chardonnay is delicious with shellfish like crab, lobster, and prawns prepared in a buttery, cream sauce. It’s also perfect with a simple roasted chicken, pasta carbonara, or holiday ham dinner. Suggested Retail: $19.99 Sale price is $9.99 Save $10! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Read More

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