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Wine Thursday: J Ludlow Jane Santa Ynez Valley Merlot

posted on June 14th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

The “Jane” Merlot, aptly named for owner Jane Jones, shows nice complex grape and fruit aromas with nuances from the French oak barrels. The flavors are rich with grape and jammy notes, nice tannins and acid balance, and a pleasant lingering aftertaste. Enjoy this wine now or age it for several years for added character and complexity. Primarily Merlot with a dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Happy Canyon and Santa Ynez Valley AVAs and aged 22 months in French oak. Suggested Retail $29.99 Sale price is $12.99 Save $17.00! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Promo valid from June 13 Read More

A Father’s Day Feast Fit for a King: Grass‑fed Wagyu, Whiskey, + More!

posted on June 13th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

A Day for Dad The king that is your Dad or the king who is the father to your beautiful children or even the king who is the poppa to your pops. Whoever he is, he deserves the very best dinner on his special day. Because this Father's Day, Dad, Grandpa, and/or hubs should sit back, relax, and let everyone else pamper him with luxuries like a frosty pint of beer, his favorite whiskey served neat, and a dinner that he'll remember for years to come. And that's where we come in. Here's your guide to the ultimate Father's Day feast for the ultimate father. Whiskey/Whisky for Sippin' Did you know Scotch Whisky is spelled without the "e" unlike the sweeter American brown spirit that's Bourbon only if it's distilled in southern parts of Kentucky? (The more you know). Well, we have all of the above to wet Dad's whistle. Here's the great news - Knob Creek 9 year Bourbon is on sale for $24.99 and Laphroaig 10 year Single Malt Whisky is on sale for $44.99 right now! Dad will appreciate… Read More

Wine Thursday: Bluebird California Mountain Cuvee Red Blend

posted on June 7th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Dark, ruby red in color, the wine offers up aromas of strawberry, blueberry and hints of chocolate and cola. A lively, expressive gem that features mouth-watering flavors of red and blackberry fruit and a bold inviting texture, this wine is ready to enjoy now and its medium body and acidity makes it ideal for numerous food pairings. The blend consists of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc that hail from the Alexander, Mendocino and Dry Creek Valleys. Prestigious appellations indeed! The Mountain Cuvee was finished for 18 months in 60% French Oak and 40% American Oak. The winery name Bluebird was coined to reflect the active lifestyle and signifies a long sunny day perfect for playing in the outdoors, we’re down with that! Have a Bluebird day! Suggested Retail $16.99 Sale price is 2 for $15.00! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Promo valid from June 6 All selections are 750ml unless otherwise noted. No rain checks. While Bristol… Read More

Wine Thursday: Sisters Ridge North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc

posted on May 31st, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Most Sauvignon Blancs that hail from New Zealand have Marlborough as a point of origin. This mouth-watering gem comes from the lower region of the south island, North Canterbury, which has a cooler climate, producing brisk acidity and minerality. This aromatic Sauvignon Blanc combines lime citrus, tart apple and cut grass characteristics on the nose. The palate is dry but very fruity; quite full-bodied, and finishes with lime/mandarin notes and grapefruit-like acidity. Pair this Kiwi beauty with shellfish, chicken dishes and anything that uses goat cheese in the recipe. Suggested Retail $14.99 Sale price is 2 for $15.00! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Promo valid from May 30 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 Thursday: Chaman Red Blend 2013

posted on May 24th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

91 points The Wine Advocate This blend of Malbec and Petit Verdot offers aromas of blackberry, coffee, mocha, chocolate, and fig. Sweet and creamy with good lift to the black raspberry, licorice, and violet flavors, this Argentian beauty finishes with suave tannins and very nice length. Try with shredded beef, lamb chops with mint jelly, or grilled salmon with sage and tarragon. The vineyards are located in La Consulta (San Carlos), high elevation sites with alluvial silt loam soil with rocks and limestone in the subsoil, and in Ugarteche, where the vines are deeply rooted in wind-blown alluvial sandy loam soil. The grapes are hand-harvested and aged in 20% new and 80% 2nd use French oak barrels. Suggested Retail $19.99 Sale price is $9.99 Save $10.00! Promo valid from May 23 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 for the Weekend: 2014 Awning Estate Colchagua Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

posted on May 17th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

87 Points - Silver Medal Highly/Recommended The Beverage Tasting Institute Intense aromas on the nose featuring ripe berry notes such as raspberries and blackberries together with spicy aromas from the Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah complements with ripe blueberry notes and finishes with coffee and tobacco notes from the ageing on oak. On the palate Awning is mouth-filling, intense but silky at the same time. Cabernet tannins are present in a harmonic way, complemented with the Syrah intensity. Merlot adds elegance and the Petit Verdot gives length and an elegant refined after taste. This wine is a good match with game, pork, lamb and rich meats, as well as rich, intensely flavored stews and cheeses. Suggested Retail $14.99 Sale price is 2 for $15.00 Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount Promo valid from May 16 All selections are 750ml unless otherwise noted. No rain checks. While Bristol Farms takes every effort to ensure adequate supply, all… Read More

Wine Wednesday: Domaines Ott Château de Selle or Clos Mireille Côtes de Provence Rosé

posted on May 8th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Suggested Retail $54.99 Sale price is $39.99 Save $15.00! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Domaines Ott Château de Selle Côtes de Provence Rosé 92 points Wine Enthusiast 2016. This Rosé combines various grape varieties from the Côtes de Provence appellation, including a majority of Grenache creating the delicate color and vinous character. Cinsault adds softness, Syrah and Mourvèdre bring bright fruit. This pale pink wine with golden tints releases fragrances of citrus fruit and orchard flowers enveloped in spice. On the palate, the immediate effect is elegant and open, developing subtle aromas with a lemony edge before a sweet finish of appealing length. Domaines Ott Clos Mireille Côtes de Provence Rose 91 points Wine & Spirits 2016. Grenache is chosen for its full-bodied texture, Cinsault for its softness and Syrah for its fruity roundness. Its bouquet reveals fresh fruit nuances of mango and melon, punctuated with lemony notes… Read More

Wine Wednesday: Bristol Farms Provence Rosé 2016

posted on April 25th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Sizzling summer days and temperate nights with picnics on the beach and barbecues in the back yard cry out for one type of libation: a chilled Rosé Wine has been made in the Provence region for at least 2,600 years, ever since the ancient Greeks founded the city of Marseille in 600 BC. Now that’s some pedigree! Our Bristol Farms Provencal Rosé offers an assertive, complex and dry flavor palate, involving dried herbs, red berries, grapefruit, tangerine and subtle hints of spice. And above all, it offers a bright, refreshing mouth feel that is perfect with your favorite Mediterranean dishes and, of course, is delectable on its own. Suggested Retail $16.99 Sale price is $9.99! Save $7.00! Promo valid from April 25 - May 29 Read More

Wine Thursday: Leaping Horse Red Blend 2014

posted on April 19th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

87 points 'Best Buy' - Wine Enthusiast The three grapes in Leaping Horse Red Blend come from vineyards in Lodi: the Zinfandel is full, juicy and flavorful. The Merlot is soft and sweet, with a bit of herbs mixed in while the Petite Sirah gives the wine a beautiful dark red color. This medium bodied gem boasts a sweet berry profile, such as black cherries and strawberries, and an herbal note on the juicy, long finish. Leaping Horse Red Blend is ideal for hearty soups, grilled red meats, pasta dishes in marinara sauces, barbequed chicken or simply on its own. A lovely cheese plate to finish or a rich chocolate dessert is always a great option! The Kautz family has been promoting and working with sustainable viticulture for over 35 years. Crop reduction, leaf removal, organic materials and drip irrigation are used throughout the vineyards to improve the quality and intensity of flavors. Cover crops, which attract beneficial insects are also employed. In addition, owl boxes and… Read More

Wine Thursday: Koyle Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

posted on April 12th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Koyle Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon: Deeply colored, with plenty of black fruit character. It shows a great presence of currant and blueberry, with hints of exotic spice and cedar. This Cabernet is a full expression of origin, showing a real grip of acidity and mineral notes. Ripe tannins are solid and velvety, and come together beautifully, with a silky and balanced finish. The grapes come from Koyle’s Los Lingues Estate. After being picked and selected, the vineyards are biodynamically managed, with stringent water management that preserves the expression of the terroir. Then, the grapes are handpicked and then brought to the cellar for sorting, selecting only perfect clusters for this wine. In the tank, cold maceration (for aroma and flavor extraction) takes place over 5 days, followed by fermentation over two weeks. Finally, warm maceration to extract just the most rounded and silky tannins takes place. Then, the wine ages in French oak barrels. After twelve months of… Read More

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