The Grapevine Gazette

January 4 – 31, 2017

It’s been an interesting past few months as we segue from 2016 into a New Year. The election is over, although the emotional discourse continues. Holiday decorations are back in their boxes, which have mysteriously grown in numbers since the prior year – and we now turn our attention to the winter wonderland before us, be it on a tropical sandy beach or a ski slope tucked away in a pristine mountain valley. Let’s forget about the chaotic world around us and enjoy…until the next holiday hits. This is a new beginning and hope springs eternal, as do great wines that will stimulate your palates and offer great savings to boot. We at Bristol Farms wish you all a fantastic New Year. Here’s to all of us and our families for better times to come and cheers to 2017. And as always, enjoy and January 2017 drink outside the sled.

Domaine Chandon Brut Blanc de Noirs

Regular $19.99 Gazette Special $16.99

As we put our best foot forward in hope for a new year, perhaps if we keep celebrating, we can remain in good spirits throughout the year! To remain in my celebrating mode, I will be putting aside more of Chandon’s Blanc de Noirs, a delectable and delicious blend of Pinot Noir driven bubbles. This is a lively dry sparkler with strawberry and raspberry notes driven by currants and tart cherry. The earthy note you will taste is that of chalk, keeping its body dry leading into its ‘dosage’ of lovely, long lasting vanilla crème. Let’s keep our New Year going!

William Buford Wine Specialist Hollywood

Allimant Laugner Crémant d’ Alsace Rosé

Regular $19.99 Gazette Special $17.99

Alsace is well known for making amazing dry Riesling and Gewurztraminer, but apparently that’s not all they do well. This Brut Rosé is a prime example of what the region can produce when the winemakers step out of their normal comfort zone. Made from 100% Pinot Noir, this palate-pleasing wine is dry, crisp, and refreshing, and showcases rose petal and strawberry aromas and flavors. Made using the “method traditionale”, this sparkling wine has all the charm of champagne but carries a smaller price tag. Enjoy this fun wine with a plethora of food, or just pop one open for any occasion. Highly recommended.

Michael Pagh Wine Specialist Rolling Hills

Firestone Central Coast Riesling

Regular $9.99 Gazette Special $8.99

This is a bright fresh wine that is perfect for the winter months and the comfort foods that accompany them. Flowery orange blossom and jasmine combine with citrus and honeyed notes in this semi-sweet but not cloying Riesling that has 15% Gewurztraminer added for complexity. A great aperitif to be sipped, it also pairs nicely with fresh creamy cheeses, hearty pork roasts, hams, scalloped potatoes, or wild mushroom ragouts.

Judi Woods Wine Specialist Rolling Hills

Le Galantin Bandol Rosé

Regular $19.99 Gazette Special $17.99

Provence has eight major wine regions with AOC designations, and my personal favorite is Bandol. Planted by the Greeks in 600 BCE, Bandol vineyards lie on south-facing slopes on rustic stone terraces called “restanques” where they are protected from cold northerly winds, but bathed in warm Mediterranean breezes. This is the only French wine region where Mourvèdre dominates. The wine is a beautiful medium salmon-pink color, brimming with white peach and ‘wet stone’ minerality. Bright acidity and beautiful balance follow. Le Galantin Bandol Rosé is an excellent accompaniment to bouillabaisse and other fish and shellfish dishes.

Rob Hill Wine Specialist Westchester

Pieropan Soave Classico

Regular $19.99 Gazette Special $17.99

A far cry from the early days of my career when the cheap jug wine of choice was Bolla Soave, no disrespect to Bolla, which was at the time a little fruity and devoid of much character, but Soave has come a long way. And one that I truly enjoy, and that I know is woefully under-appreciated, is Pieropan Soave. This is definitely not the light flaccid wine of yesteryear, but actually a structured, complex, and zesty offering that really wets the whistle. It is packed w ith white peach, pear, citrus, crushed rock and a floral note in the racy fresh, zesty finish. I would encourage Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio drinkers alike to give this one a fly, its brisk and cleansing nature goes a great distance to cut through rich dishes, and is perfect as an aperitif.

Geoff Nicoll Director Beer, Wine & Spirits

Antonio Sanguineti Vermentino

Regular $14.99 Gazette Special $12.99

A truly great wine slows life down, just a bit- and allows us to enjoy it more. Antonio is known for racing European cars and listening to operas, truly a man passionate for life and wine as he zooms down the Autostrada. Vermentino is a classic Tuscan white wine that is zesty, clean and very aromatic. Dry and crisp this is a staple on the Italian coast and truly an excellent wine to compliment any meal. Salads, shell fish and lighter style pasta dishes would be a great pairing choice.

Bruce Davis Wine Specialist Palm Desert

Yalumba South Australia Viognier

Regular $11.99 Gazette Special $9.99

Located in the Russian River Valley near Sebastopol, California, Oliveto works with small growers, many of them multi-generation farmers, who are dedicated to sustainable practices. The grapes are sourced from distinctive vineyard sites throughout the scenic and productive Russian River Valley. The nose is reminiscent of green apples, citrus, and fragrant stone fruit, while the palate is creamy yet bright with flavors of Asian pear, lemon custard and baking spices. The finish is crisp, long and refreshing, making this a wonderful food wine for all your holiday fare, or simply to share with your family and friends.

Gabriella Tardos Wine Specialist Westwood

Cuvee Hortense Entre-Deux-Mers

Regular $12.99 Gazette Special $8.99

Cheval Quancard is a family owned collection of Bordeaux estates sprinkled throughout the region. They produce a wide variety of wines from numerous appellations due to their vast property holdings. Their Bordeaux Blanc from the Entre-Deux-Mers (between two tides) signifies the Gironde and Dordogne rivers that are its boundaries. It is a classically styled and rather and delicious marriage of traditional white Bordeaux grapes, Sauvignon, Semillon and Muscadelle. This streamlined yet supple gem has a racy profile delivering stone fruits, tropical flavors, citrus, a creamy texture and subtle notes of wood from 6 months barrel aging. Cuvee Hortense satisfies both ends of the spectrum with the bright Sauvignon fruit profile coupled with a little depth and texture from the Semillon and oak influence. Pair with game fish, poultry dishes, cream sauces, and dry aged cheeses.

Geoff Nicoll Director Beer, Wine & Spirits

Osseus Wines Santa Ynez Sauvignon Blanc

Regular $18.99 Gazette Special $14.99

Perhaps best known for his work at Zaca Mesa where he currently acts as a winemaker, Eric Mohseni is responsible for a number of highly regarded and well-heeled wines during his tenure. Of course, what would an accomplished winemaker do in his spare time? Well, probably make wine. Osseus is Eric’s personal label, where he makes small lot artisanal wines and lets the fruit speak for itself. Less intervention is great when you don’t have to have a textbook, cookie-cutter wine that tastes the same every year. Eric is a local success story, he was a buyer locally in Long Beach, attended Cal State Long Beach and graduated with a degree in oenology, which he has applied both here and abroad. His penchant for Sauvignon Blanc (which was affirmed during a stint in New Zealand) inspired his Osseus Sauv Blanc. Crisp, tropical, citrusy fruit, lively melon, hints of herbs, this is the textbook Cali Sauv Blanc that many of us have come to love.

Geoff Nicoll Director Beer, Wine & Spirits

Acacia Carneros Chardonnay

Regular $17.99 Gazette Special $14.99

Lush and harmonious, the Carneros Chardonnay intertwines ripe White Lady peach, Jonathan apple and citrus zest aromas with warm honeycomb and oak spice nuances. The wine expands across the palate in rich, silky layers of spiced baked apples and pear, with hints of minerality appearing mid-palate. The flavors, perfecting an exquisite balance of lemony acidity and creamy complexity, then culminate in a lingering finish graced by hazelnut and oak spice from barrel fermentation and aging. This wine pairs perfectly with seafood, poultry, white meats and dishes with cream sauces.

Jose Cortes Wine Specialist South Pasadena

MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Regular $22.99 Gazette Special $18.99

An award winning Chardonnay from Sonoma County, MacRostie Chard pairs well with lobster or halibut in a cream sauce. The delicate floral aroma is followed by citrus and peach fruit notes. Its pale straw color hides the distant hint of spice from candied orange peel. The 2014 vintage received 90 points from The Wine Spectator with these notes “presents a delicious core of vibrant grapefruit and lemon-laced tangerine and white peach notes”.

Dorothy Sagebiel Wine Specialist Westchester

Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc “Les Setilles”

Regular $29.99 Gazette Special $24.99

This entry level white wine from one of the top producers in Burgundy is a great way to get acquainted with French Chardonnay. The Leflaive family has been making wine in the Cote de Beaune since 1717. Olivier, and his brother Patrick, continue the family tradition as growers and “negociants” (wine buyers and sellers). The Les Setilles (family garden) is the Leflaive’s house wine, a perennial favorite. Sourced from multiple vineyards in the villages of Puligny Montrachet and Meursault, the winemaker’s expert blending techniques create a consistent wine, year after year, with a clear varietal character. The Tasting Panel calls this one a “hidden gem… totally charming”. Wine Spectator says, “An opulent, mouth filling white, offering apple and lemon cake flavors and accents of honey and flowers… Drink now”. If you love white wine and want to venture out of the domestic brands, this wine is a great starting point. Drink it on its own or pair with crisp green salads or chicken pot pie.

Nancie Hemminger Wine Specialist Manhattan Beach

Forman Napa Valley Chardonnay

Regular $46.99 Gazette Special $41.99

Forman Winery is founded on a philosophy of winemaking which follows a more traditional approach as opposed to a technological one. Ric began his career in the late 1960’s at Sterling Vineyard and then at Newton. During his tenure at Newton he took a trip to Bordeaux and his viewpoint on winemaking was forever changed. Ric returned to Napa and started to use techniques that he learned in France and were essentially unheard of in California. Many of these practices are now taken for granted in fine wine production in California. Grapes are gently handled from harvest through fermentation. Deep caves have been constructed which maintain a cool, dark and humid environment in which to vinify the wine in new French Burgundy barrels. The wines literally age in the soils from which they grew. The superb 201 4 Chardonnay offers lots of minerality along with notions of white peaches, spring flowers, orange blossoms and poached pears. With loads of fruit, great acid and finesse, and only a hint of oak in the flavor profile.

95 Points Vinous 2014

Michael Cristillo Certified Specialist of Wine; Corporate Wine & Spirits Buyer

Quinta Vallado Tinto Douro

Regular $22.99 Gazette Special $14.99

Portugal is famous for its blockbuster dessert wines known as Porto, but there are a great many others that are completely overlooked. Vinho Verde is a summertime favorite, and some of their reds have some serious pedigree. The key grapes are the same, Tinto Roriz, Touriga Fanca and Touriga Nacional etc, but the wines are fermented dry and the indigenous grapes show their table wine qualities equally as impressively. The Vallado Tinto Douro is a savory red, with supple cherry, mixed berry fruit, black olive and sage undertones, some roasted meats and a dash of pepper in the lively, lingering, plush finish. This wine deserves a well-marbled cut of beef, or a marinated lamb chop.

2013 Vintage received 88 Points by both Wine Spectator and RobertParker.com.

Geoff Nicoll Director Beer, Wine & Spirits

Ron Rubin Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Regular $19.99 Gazette Special $16.99

Bright nose of cherry and plum lead the way to hints of cocoa layered with spice aromas. The bouquet is rounded out with toasty vanilla oak and the berry flavors offer a balanced and elegant finish. This very approachable wine offers soft tannins, luscious fruit with a gentle oak mid-palate and earthy lingering finish. This mellow Pinot Noir pairs beautifully with fig and goat cheese
crostini, roasted duck and rotisserie chicken. Double Gold Medal winner, elected best California Pinot in 2015 and San Francisco International Wine Competition Gold Medal winner.

Rob Hill Wine Specialist Westchester

Rochioli Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Regular $79.99 Gazette Special $69.99

The Rochioli family has been growing grapes on its 136-acre ranch since the 1930’s. In 1984, Tom Rochioli created the first wines to be produced under the Rochioli name. This super-classic Russian River Pinot Noir has all the perfectly balanced notes with the right fruit intensity. Red cherry, plum, strawberry and spices are characterized in this amazing Pinot. It is full-bodied and absolutely delicious by its own or paired with Gouda cheese or with a blue cheese.

Gabriella Tardos Wine Specialist Westwood

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin

Regular $79.99 Gazette Special $64.99

Domaine Faiveley is one of the largest and most illustrious domaines in Burgundy, and has made its name with red wines made from the Pinot Noir grape. As for the village of Gevrey-Chambertin, it is home to nine Grand Cru vineyards, comfortably more than any other Burgundy village. Founded in 1825 in the village of Nuits-Saint-Georges under Joseph Faiveley, a wine merchant who had a desire for travel. In the beginning of the 19th Century, trade had begun between Burgundy and northern Europe, predominantly along the rivers and canals connecting the two regions. Merchants from Burgundy would travel along these paths to exchange their wines for textiles. Joseph Faiveley was one of these merchants, introducing his Burgundian wine to the world. Today, the house is run by seventh-generation Erwan Faiveley. A classic Gevrey nose displays an abundance of that earthy character that adds depth to the black plum, spice and black currant scents. The exceptionally rich, powerful and imposingly concentrated middle weight adds a sense of lift to the palate-coating finish. The firm tannins makes this rouge particularly well suited to cold winter fare.

90 points Wine Enthusiast 2014

Michael Cristillo Certified Specialist of Wine; Corporate Wine & Spirits Buyer

Tarima Monastrell Jumilla Spain

Regular $9.99 Gazette Special $7.99

Another amazing offering from the Jorge Ordonez group! The grape variety used, Monastrell, also known as Mataro and the more well-known Mourvèdre, is traditionally used as a blending grape in certain areas of France. Single varietal Monastrell has been popping up in many countries with Spain producing some of the more powerful and bold versions. Monastrell wines are a great alternative for all you Cabernet drinkers. The Tarima pours a deep ruby color that with a few swirls will cover your glass with long legs. On the nose this wine has wonderful notes of rosewood, gravel, violets, with fruit notes of blackberry and blueberry. The mouthfeel is full bodied that not only coats your palate, but leaves a long finish with its rich fruit notes and a slight peppery finish.
I recommend this

Rafael Bretado Wine Specialist Newport Beach

Pelissero Dolcetto d’Alba Munfrina

Regular $19.99 Gazette Special $16.99

The Pelissero family have been growers in the heart of Barbaresco for generations but they began producing their own wine in 1960. The Dolcetto vines are planted on slopes of sandy, calcareous and tufa-rich soils where this grape thrives. The Dolcetto Munfrina is one of the finest produced in Italy today. The wine is elegant and velvety, with raspberry, dark cherry, tobacco, and lavender flavors that are complex and balanced. It is full of bright young fruit and a multi-faceted character seldom seen with this grape varietal. This is achieved by controlled temperature fermentation, short (4 or 5 days) maceration, and 6 to 7 months in stainless steel casks plus 1 month in the bottle. It is a friendly partner for a variety of dishes ranging from heartier fowl, stew, game, red-sauced pasta, or pizza

Rob Hill Wine Specialist Westchester

Vina Cobos Mendoza Malbec El Felino

Regular $19.99 Gazette Special $16.99

A must try Malbec from acclaimed traveling wine maker Paul Hobbs. Deep red in color with blue and violet tones, this is an exquisite wine with traditional black fruits, notes of white pepper, and cloves on the finish. Elegant and balanced with hints of chocolate and licorice on the palate. Firm tannins and a lengthy finish are the perfect complement to Prime Rib or Leg of Lamb.

Bruce Davis Wine Specialist Palm Desert

Fontodi Chianti Classico

Regular $36.99 Gazette Special $29.99

Chianti Classico is the heart of the Chianti region in Tuscany where the Sangiovese grapes have been used to make wine for centuries, and the Fontodi Estate has been a part of this history since the 16th century. Their vineyards form a natural south facing amphitheater and the owners, Marco and Giovanni Manetti, practice organic agriculture and other non-interventionist practices. Well known for their award-winning Super-Tuscan, “Flaccianello della Piave,” their Chianti Classico is an excellent expression of the region. Aromas of dried herbs, crushed violets, ripe red fruit and cigar box greet the senses and its first sip will coat your teeth and tongue with grippy tannins. Sip after sip, this savory delight is made for food. What kind of food? Italian of course! Try it with the Tuscan regional favorite, Bistecca all Fiorentina – a dry aged porterhouse steak seasoned with rosemary and salt, rubbed with little olive oil and grilled.

Fernando Damasco Wine Specialist Santa Monica

The Fableist 373 Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

Regular $19.99 Gazette Special $16.99

This has been one of my “go to” wines! When I first tried this wine, I was blown away by how flavorful this wine was; it had the finesse a top shelf wine usually possess, along with some amazing fruit notes. Winemakers Curt Schlachlin and Andrew Jones collaborated to produce this amazing wine from the Central Coast. The wine pours a lovely garnet color. The nose pops off lots of dark fruit notes such as black cherries, vanilla, sandalwood and light herbal notes. As you start to sip this wine, you’ll notice how dense this wine is, with the finish being very smooth and flavorful. The fruit notes showcase its original cherry notes, but with dark plum notes as well. The herbal tones are complemented with both a vanilla and cedar note finish. This is the type of wine you can enjoy on its own as well as pairing with a nice rib roast right out of the oven.

Rafael Bretado Wine Specialist Newport Beach

St Francis Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

Regular $22.99 Gazette Special $18.99

Made from Cabernet grapes that were grown in 3 distinct micro-climates—Mountain, Hillside and Valley floor. Some of the fruit is grown on the Sonoma Estate and the remainder is sourced from growers throughout the regions finest AVAs. Rich and velvety, deep and complex with aromas of plum, blackcurrant. The tannins are well structured. This wine pairs well with hearty pasta dishes, roast pork and most anything off the grill.

Michael Contreras Wine Specialist Beverly Hills

Tuck Beckstoffer 75 California Cabernet Sauvignon

Regular $21.99 Gazette Special $17.99

This exceptionally rich yet balanced Cabernet Sauvignon expresses wonderful dense aromas of ripe burnt early season cherries and scorched earth. The palate showcases classic notes of sweet black cherry, cassis and black raspberry. Tannins are beautifully integrated into this multidimensional, full-bodied yet wonderfully balanced wine. Finish is exceptional and lingering. This wine
can certainly be enjoyed now but will only get better with age.

Michael Cristillo Certified Specialist of Wine; Corporate Wine & Spirits Buyer

Obsidian Ridge Red Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Regular $27.99 Gazette Special $24.99

Obsidian Ridge Vineyard is planted at 2,640 a top the Mayacamas range north of the Napa Valley. This is one of the newest American Viticultural Areas, named Red Hills, Lake County for the distinctive volcanic soils that define this remarkable mountain appellation. The vineyard’s red soils are shot through with obsidian rock this steep, sloping terroir of obsidian gravel is all that a winemaker could hope for. The unrestricted drainage and meager soil fertility produce wines with great tannin structure. This estate Cabernet sings the beauty of a near-perfect vintage after two warm years. Tightly wound and dark on the nose, its aromas of blackberry jam, black licorice and coffee begin to emerge accompanied by hints, of cinnamon end vanilla extract. The palate is soft and the tannins velvety. The wine delivers a full-bodied punch of ripe briary fruit like blueberries and blackberries baked in a buttery cinnamon pie crust. This wine will surely emerge as one of the best in a decade. Enjoy with grilled meats, firm cheeses, and chocolate.

Jose Cortes Wine Specialist South Pasadena

Heitz Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Regular $49.99 Gazette Special $42.99

Heitz Wine Cellars has played a significant role in the history of Napa Valley winemaking since 1961, including introducing the first vineyard-designated wine in Napa Valley. Aromas of fresh-picked blackberry and cassis abound from this lively wine. Rich, intense and well-proportioned, with spicy currant, oak, dried berry and black cherry flavors that are elegant and stylish, focused and persistent. Pair this red gem, with a standing Rib roast and hard cheddar cheeses. Drink now and over the next five years.

Michael Gregory Certified Specialist of Wine & Merchandising

Dom Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Regular $34.99 Gazette Special $29.99

The origin of the name Vieux Lazaret dates back to the 18th century when there existed, in the center of the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a hospice or Lazaret. This offered comfort and shelter for the poor and infirmed provided by the Lazarists, who were a silent order of monks founded in 1625 by St Vincent de Paul. And now we have this great Red for further comfort! The nose is warm and beginning to show an attractive complexity characterized by understated red fruits and spice along with leather and tertiary notes. The palate is composed and lighter weight, again exhibiting a measure of bottle development in an appealing mix of red cherry and spice notes. There is a fine, balanced structure expressing Cinsault and Grenache in particular, with the emphasis on finesse rather than power.

Fernando Damasco Wine Specialist Santa Monica

Prices valid January 4 – January 31, 2017
All wines assort for 10% discount when 6 or more bottles are purchased. All selections are 750 ml unless otherwise noted. No rain checks. While Bristol Farms takes every effort to ensure adequate supply, all offerings are subject to availability.

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