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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

Sayonara 10 Under $10 & Club 90

posted on July 28th, 2016 by Michael Cristillo

Our present warm weather Club 90 and 10 Under $10 Wines are making room for our next sizzling Summer~Fall collection. For one week only, take 25% off your initial bottle purchase, and take an additional 10% off when you buy 6 or more bottles! 10 Under $10 Los Cisnes Red Blend $8.99 A blend of Malbec and Merlot, this beauty offers Intense, bright red with violet tones. Aromas of red fruits like plums and blueberries, vanilla and some soft spicy notes abound. Silky tannins and ripe, it is fresh and balanced with an elegant and fruity finish. Haraszthy Bearitage Lodi Red $8.99 This wine is blended using Zinfandel, Syrah, and Petite Sirah, all selected from our best barrel selections. Combining these different barrels and grape varieties has produced this delicious wine with complementary characteristics. Medium bodied, smooth and beautifully balanced, it delivers abundant fruit flavors and aromas reminiscent of cherries, plums, and blackberries. Santa Barbara Crossing Chardonnay… Read More

Govino – Wine on the go!

posted on June 17th, 2016 by Kim Kaczor-Wardlow

We're just days away from summer! I can't wait for all the dining al fresco, concerts in the park, and Hollywood Bowl visits planned for the season. With each venture, my family and I always have our snacks and drinks (hello wine!) in tow. If you're going with wine, you've got to have the right glass. And the shatterproof, reusable, recyclable, and BPA-free glasses from Govino are our fav summer pick. They're dishwasher safe too! You can say goodbye to the shattered wine glasses of the past. Govino glasses are manufactured in the USA and headquartered in the heart of wine country in St. Helena California. These glasses are featured in the Museum of Modern art, and are even a favorite among the many top food and wine events in the country. These glasses are ideal for vineyards, pools, boats, concerts and sports venues, and any outdoor dining area. In our Housewares Department, you can find Govino available in both 2 packs and 4 packs of wine glasses, cocktail glasses, flutes, and… Read More

The Art of Summertime Ales

posted on June 14th, 2016 by Geoff Nicoll

The Golden State is known for a great many things, but one that is absolutely exploding in popularity is the artisan culture of Craft Brewing. Originally considered home of the modern independent Brewer, California introduced Anchor Brewing, New Albion, and Sierra Nevada, each building successful businesses out of their passion, creativity, and rehabbing the remains of many unsuccessful ventures. Fast forward to the 21st century, California’s number continues to impress with more brewery applications submitted annually than many states have in production. With entrepreneurs seeding most every Metropolitan district, they are many, spontaneous, and varied. It takes tremendous business acumen as well as drive and inspiration to keep ahead of the conglomerates, which is what this great state is known for. We urge you to experience the local flair and their signature flavor profiles, each unique unto itself. Bristol Farms is proud to offer one of the south-land's best selections of… Read More

Yes Way Rosé!

posted on June 7th, 2016 by Geoff Nicoll

Nothing tames summertime heat like a chilled glass of rosé. Well many things do, but rosé is one of our absolute favorites. Blush wines were long ago stigmatized by the creation of the off-dry White Zinfandel, which did however draw scores of non-wine drinkers to the fold. But that was an eon ago, and tastes have evolved significantly. The color alone is enticing, the mere sight of these striking jewels screams hurry up and take a sip. While flavors vary by varietal and place, the common theme is refreshing and satiating. Made famous in the Mediterranean, they were originally café wines, sipped by the rich and famous. Travelers returned from holiday with images of white sand beaches, sun-kissed complexions, fresh caught seafood, and, of course, the indigenous charcuterie and carafes of beautiful pink potions. Originally, red wines of ancient times more closely resembled darker rosés of today than the deeper reds we have become familiar with. At the time, they didn’t have the… Read More

Four Roses Bristol Farms Private Selection Single Barrel Bourbon

posted on June 7th, 2016 by Geoff Nicoll

Bourbon Whiskey has grown to become one of the hottest commodities in spirits today. The mysterious dark spirit’s consumption is far outpacing its production, and by large margins. There are many brands that clutter shelves, with many startups and many styles, which makes one weary about investing in an unknown. The art of whiskey is no small matter. There are variables too many to mention, but the base is always corn (51% minimum) often augmented by rye, wheat, and barley, and is always aged in new charred American oak barrels. The house recipe is important, as is the aging regimen, the water, and of course the experience of the distiller. While Bourbon is uniquely American, the process was borrowed from our Scottish friends, whom had something promising of their own happening. Ageing is a crucial element that contributes a large portion of the whiskey's character to the liquid. As barrels rest in the hot humid barrelhouse, the expansion and contraction of wood throughout the… Read More

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