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The Grapevine Gazette

DEC 1 – Dec 31

This special season allows friends and family to gather for the festivities and enjoy the stories and memories we’ve gathered since our last celebration. And beyond the usual chaos that ensues leading to the grand holiday finale, sometimes you just want a soothing glass of wine while slumping into a comfy chair and allowing yourself to be mesmerized by a warm fire. So even though the suggestions below will make splendid recommendations for your turkey, ham or roasted this and that, don’t forget the immediate gratification of sipping a certain wine (or beer or spirit) for all its hedonistic pleasure. Our fine wine staff wishes you and your family the greatest of holiday salutations and reminds all of us to enjoy and drink outside the sleigh.


Llopart Penedes Brut Rosé Reserve 2014

Regular $22.99 Gazette Special $18.99

For centuries the Llopart Family has cultivated traditional produce of the Mediterranean including grapes, wheat and olives. To this day the land remains harmonious with family now focusing on premium Cava production. It offers a very bright cherry-pink color with well-developed bubbles, constant and small in size. Fruity exuberant aromas dominated by a variety of forest fruits along with delicate tannins. Initially potent flavors with good structure and just the right degree of acidity maintains a perfect balance throughout its prolonged lingering aftertaste. Enjoy with canapés, tapas as well as sushi courses, and for the holiday season.

Jose Cortes Wine Specialist South Pasadena


J Winery Russian River Cuvee 20 Brut MV

Regular $34.99 Gazette Special $29.99

Bristol Farms loves to support female winemakers, and Nicole Hitchcock at J Winery is no exception. The Cuvee 20 is hand-harvested and the juice from each lot is fermented and kept separate until blending. A pleasant yeasty/biscuit aroma from the bottle when the cork is removed fades almost immediately to a nose of wet stone and citrus. On the palate, this Brut is bright and acidic with notes of lemon/lime zest and mild pear. Works well as a sparkling reception wine or try pairing with lemon herb risotto or fresh oysters.

Neal Wasserman Wine Specialist La Jolla


Joseph Perrier Brut Royale Cuvee MV

Regular $39.99 Gazette Special $29.99

When it comes to enjoying a glass of wine, few things deliver the same satisfaction and festive feeling as a crisp chilled glass of bubbles. And the Queen of bubbles, in my humble opinion, is Champagne. Across the globe, sparkling wines are produced and enjoyed including classics like Cava, Prosecco, and our California sparklers, but to me the unrivaled and most ethereal are indeed from the sloping chalky terroir of Champagne. Indigenous Chardonnay and Pinot Noir make quintessential sparkling wine, and although there are many other great sources of these dazzlers, I still have yet to find one as complete. Joseph Perrier has been a favorite of mine for going on 30 years now, and has only become markedly better. The flavors are brisk, high toned and racy, with a citrus and pear fruit core, subtle notes of almond and brioche, and a mousse that really satiates the palate. The principles have remained dedicated to this Grand Marque house and as the baton is passed through the generations, the skill and knowledge of the craft remains in the family. That is tradition.

Geoff Nicoll Director Beer, Wine & Spirits


Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne MV

Regular $ 24.99 Gazette Special $19.99

Louis Roederer has been synonymous with the world’s great Champagnes since 1776. This complete and beautifully-crafted Champagne combines the buoyancy and lively step of youth with lots of well-defined yeast from first aroma to finish. It is polished, quietly complex and quite long on the palate with fine, unending bubbles. Brut Premier is the House’s flagship multi-vintage Champagne and its most popular and best-selling wine. It’s the Champagne that sets the house style for this esteemed producer and is, by all measures, an exceptional multi-vintage Brut.92 points Wine Spectator

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


Vietti Roero Piedmonte Arneis DOCG

Regular $25.99 Gazette Special $21.99

The Vietti Winery is one of the top producers in the Piedmonte. This elegant Arneis is produced in the Roero hills, northwest of Alba and Barolo. This grape was almost lost to obscurity, but is now making a comeback. In the glass, the pale straw color gives way to a floral and citrus nose. On the palate, this wine is crisp with a great balance of acidity and fruit. Dry, with notes of lemongrass, almond, and fig lead to a pleasingly long finish. Enjoy this excellent dry white with simple preparations of poultry or pork, raw oysters, white-fleshed fish, or a nice creamy bleu cheese.

Neal Wasserman Wine Specialist La Jolla


Domaine Pichot Vouvray Le Peu de la Moriette

Regular $16.99 Gazette Special $14.99

From a single vineyard of Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley, Jean-Claude Pichot’s family is one the oldest in Vouvray.
They have succeeded in making an age worthy Vouvray that is fruity and fantastic! Beautifully aromatic and off dry with
flavors of pears, pineapple and honey. The fruit and acidity are perfectly balanced with a crisp and long finish. Pair with
seafood and chicken.

Lenya Wilson Wine Specialist Westwood


Zaca Mesa Santa Barbara County Viognier

Regular $18.99 Gazette Special $15.99

Here it comes, the feasting season! I tend to reach for a Viognier for family dinners, since I have found that Viognier’s
fruit, spiciness, and minerality can stand up to a lot of dishes that the holiday table can offer. Hand crafted and
sustainably grown in Santa Barbara County, Zaca Mesa’s gorgeous version of this wine fits that profile quite nicely.
Starting with perfumed white flower notes on the nose, it goes on to yield honeyed citrus and stone fruit flavors, rounding
out with spice and minerals on the finish. It pairs beautifully with cheese and charcuterie platters, roasted turkey, ham, or
anytime during the year to quaff with friends.

Judi Woods Wine Specialist Rolling Hills


Domaine Lafage Cotes Catalanes Novellum Chardonnay

Regular $13.99 Gazette Special $11.99

Clean and classically styled, Domaine Lafage has assembled a delicious and harmonious Chardonnay that is sure to please all
palates. Novellum is a lively and fresh approach that exudes balance and a degree of richness, but retains the structure and
minerality that prevent it from being overly ripe or flabby. While there is a tremendous following for those types of wines,
I am not the fondest of that genre. I prefer a lively and fresher wine that does more to complement foods than overpower.
No butter bomb here, just lively, sumptuous fresh orchard fruits, delicate citrus, and a hint of creaminess but not more than
that. This deliciously easy drinking wine is at home as an aperitif, with white fleshed fish, roasted fowl, soft ripened cheeses
and even a cream sauce. The Wine Advocate rated it 90 points and gushed, “Tasting like it cost three times the price… You
can’t go wrong at the price and this is a terrific wine to enjoy over the coming year or two.” I couldn’t agree more.

Geoff Nicoll Director Beer, Wine & Spirits


Alain et Cyril Gautheron Chablis

Regular $21.99 Gazette Special $17.99

Alain Gautheron is the fifth generation to cultivate vines in Fleys, a village of 160 inhabitants. His winery and home are
located directly across from the 2 acres of Premier Cru Les Fourneaux vineyard, while the finished wine is comprised
of parcels throughout three vineyards in the commune of Fleys, specifically Les Fourneaux, Côte des Prés Girots and
Le Morein. High pedigree indeed! The wine stays in contact with the lees for about nine months after which they are
fined, filtered and bottled. This Chablis is steely and mineral driven, displaying lots of focus and crisp acidity with floral,
cool-climate orchard fruit, and citrus flavors. There is great depth of flavor to the wine combined with ample body and
richness, balancing the sharp acidity perfectly. Enjoy these wines with oysters, shellfish, sushi, or ham.

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


Elizabeth Rose Oakville Napa Valley Chardonnay

Regular $19.99 Gazette Special $16.99

This unique Chardonnay is produced from grapes grown in Lincoln Creek Vineyard at the center of Oakville. Using no
oak or malolactic fermentation, the pale straw color conceals a nose full of tropical fruit and ripe guava. Bright, acidic and
refreshing with guava, white grapefruit, and mild minerality on the palate. Enjoy this unique Chardonnay paired with
grilled salmon and tropical salsa or oysters with a pineapple mignonette.

Neal Wasserman Wine Specialist La Jolla


Gallo Signature Series Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Regular $29.99 Gazette Special $25.99

A beautiful Chardonnay from Gallo, the Signature Series is right in my wheelhouse. Extra 1/2 star for great value.
This Chardonnay offers supple cream and butter. Delightful aromas and flavors of apple, pear, ripe peach, light citrus,
honeysuckle and sweet vanilla. Barrel-fermented in French and American oak, it is refreshing and done just right. Enjoy
now, with or without food. But it does pair well with nice salads, seafood, creamy cheeses.

Bert Svensson Certified Sommelier; Wine Specialist Newport Beach


Hanzell Estate Sonoma Valley Chardonnay

Regular $69.99 Gazette Special $49.99

The beauty of this winery is not only exemplified by its location atop a mountain in Sonoma, its rich history or its amazing
terroir, but by the fact that year in and year out they consistently create an amazing duo of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
They could rival some of the best Premier Cru Burgundies of France in a blind tasting. Exquisite aromas of Bosc pear,
green mango, lemon zest and jasmine mingle with scents reminiscent of brioche, anise and slate. The taught structure
gives the sense of a lighter weight so a brief period in a decanter or opened bottle would be prudent. The mouthfeel gains
richness and texture, suggesting great things over the next ten or more years for those patient enough to lay some away in
their cellar. So buy two!

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


MacMurray Estate Vineyards Russian River Pinot Noir

Regular $26.99 Gazette Special $21.99

15 different clonal selections are blended together from several vineyards in the Russian River AVA. The wine opens with aromas of lavender and boysenberry, giving way to flavors of dark cherry, pomegranate and vanilla. A luscious wine with a silky mouth feel, framed by subtle hints of oak from barrel aging. Proudly pour this with your holiday Ham or Turkey, you will love it and so will your guests.

Bruce Davis Wine Specialist, Palm Desert


Monte Antico Rosso Toscana IGT

Regular $11.99 Gazette Special $9.99

This Super Tuscan definitely lives up to its name. Ageing for a year in oak and 6 months in the bottle makes this rustic medium bodied wine extremely pleasant. The flavors of black cherries, plums and subtle spice allows this wine to work will all meat dishes. It’s quite delicious and should be on the table this holiday season. Pair with lamb, poultry or beef dishes.

Lenya Wilson Wine Specialist Westwood


Domaine du Bel Air Bourgueil Jour de Soif

Regular $16.99 Gazette Special $13.99

Meaning, “Day of Thirst” this is a food friendly wine made with organic grapes. Aromas of spicy plums, boysenberries, smoke and black raspberries. This Cabernet Franc offers a subtle musk flavor followed by roasted red peppers and silky tannins, leaving a soft finish. A great quaffing wine and any host or hostess will be pleased to receive it for the Holiday gathering.

Dorothy Sagebiel Wine Specialist Westchester


Mas Alta Black Slate Priorat 2014

Regular $21.99 Gazette Special $17.99

Priorat has intrigued me for a while, some of them are striking (strikingly expensive to boot) and age worthy, like a Spanish Chateauneuf-du-Pape. But once in a while a really strong candidate shows up at a very attractive price. Mas Alta is just that, a tasty classic from some of Spain’s most rugged landscape. Priorat is located in Tarragona, south western Catalonia. It has achieved the highest level of demarcation, DOQ, one of two to reach DOCa, the other being the well-known Rioja. The zone is relatively unhospitable for vines, with heavy influence of slate and quartz, two rather unforgiving elements in the soil. But what it produces is small and intense clusters of fantastic fruit. The Mas Alta Black Slate is a pretty seductive and sexy red comprised of Garnacha, Cariñena, and small doses of Cabernet and Merlot. The flavors are of mixed berries, black cherry, hints of creamy oak and just a note of rusticity to remind you of its roots. All in all, this is a fun and tasty alternative to the redundancy of the myriad of California wines. 90 points Wine Advocate

Geoff Nicoll Director Beer, Wine & Spirits


Emilio Moro Malleolus Ribera del Duero

Regular $39.99 Gazette Special $29.99

The Moro family has been making wine for more than 120 years in Ribera del Duero. This wine is a deep purple red with wood, smoke, cherry, mocha and vanilla on the nose. Its tannins are supple and ripe and complement the fat, dark fruit flavors including black plum black cherry with a hint of cassis. The finish is long and gripping. This Spanish beauty will age for several years but is very enjoyable now. The wine is 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and will pair up beautifully with most tapas, pork tenderloin, smoked meats, and aged Spanish cheeses.

Michael Pagh Wine Specialist Rolling Hills


Chateau De Segries Lirac Cuvee Reserve

Regular $23.99 Gazette Special $18.99

For this year’s finish, I will be enjoying this delicious Lirac red wine. Lirac is a village located very close to its famous sibling, Cheateauneuf-du-Pape, and much like that appellation is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mouvedre. Chateau De Segries has big Rhone characteristics, carrying density, intensity, ripe dark fruits such as black currants, black berries and black cherries. It opens up with herbal notes of licorice and bramble. Pair this beauty with loads of tasteful cheeses like Bleu d`Auvergne, Camembert, Sharp Cheddars, Cotswold, and yummy Gruyere!

William Buford Wine Specialist Hollywood


Sean Minor Nicole Marie North Coast Proprietary Red

Regular $19.99 Gazette Special $15.99

The Nicole Marie Red Blend is deep ruby in color and displays aromas of ripe dark fruit, brown sugar, molasses and vanilla. On the palate, it is big rich and spicy, offering flavors of dark cherry, plum, cassis and black pepper that integrate with hints of oak spices, coating the palate. The round soft tannins and sweet oak balance lead to a long and lingering finish. The blend is 50% Merlot, 25% Petite Sirah,13% Petite Verdot and12% Zinfandel. Enjoy this delicious gem with a pan roasted pork tenderloin served with garlic and thyme sweet potatoes and buttered green beans.
 

Jose Cortes Wine Specialist South Pasadena


Cht La Bernadotte Haut Medoc 2014

Regular $18.99 Gazette Special $15.99

Somewhat of an underdog year in and year out, La Bernadotte always seems to hit the nail on the head. 2014 was somewhat overshadowed by the precocious wines of 15, but to the savvy shopper, it offers far better value and quite a lot of wine. Bordeaux has continued to escalate its prices, which pushes many of them out of reach of the lion’s share of us. But with a blockbuster vintage comes a lot of hype drawing attention away from solid wines that deserve attention and accolades. And we are happy to sop up the surplus just the same. La Bernadotte was purchased recently by the family that owns the prestigious Roederer portfolio, along with the 2nd Great Growth Pichon Lalande, another striking property. The wines have improved over the last decade, and still show tremendous potential, and are truly undervalued in terms of Bordeaux and its reputation. The wine is showy in its youth, with a rock solid core of cherry, plum, graphite, fleeting sweet herbs and a brisk, firm finish. This will develop nicely over the next decade for those with patience, but does deliver solidly right now.
91 points Antonio Galloni – Vinous.com

Geoff Nicoll Director Beer, Wine & Spirits


Leviathan California Proprietary Red

Regular $49.99 Gazette Special $39.99

Seriously good juice! Drink now or hold and keep drinking through 2022. This is a big and rich juicy Cabernet Sauvignon based blend (Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Merlot – percentage varies by each vintage release) with ripe fruit. Beautiful and I believe this to be not only a great drinking wine but also good value. Long and rich in the finish, it just delivers!

Bert Svensson Certified Sommelier; Wine Specialist Newport Beach


Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Regular $56.99 Gazette Special $49.99

Faust is the epitome of the style that has made Napa Cabernet Sauvignon world renowned: bold and powerful, yet elegant and concentrated. Dense and inky, the core is a beautiful, rich ruby color. The aromas lift out of the glass with blackberry, black cherry, ripe raspberry and a hint of plum. The entry is impressive with a fleshy mouthfeel and notes of cassis, dark chocolate and ripe berries. The layers continue to unfold throughout a long finish.

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


Jonata Todos Santa Ynez Proprietary Red

Regular $49.99 Gazette Special $43.99

Located in Ballard Canyon (Santa Ynez), Jonata has fast become one of the most talked about producers in the wine world. Focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, they craft exceptional wines comprised of both non-traditional varieties and blends. One of my favorites is their entry-level Todos (everything) blend, with a solid core of Syrah (78%) it also contains 15% Sangiovese, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier and 1% each of Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot and Merlot. This is one of the most well-balanced and harmonious wines I’ve experienced in a long time. While full bodied and brooding with deeply concentrated flavors of red and purple fruits and spice, it manages to maintain beautiful elegance and impeccable balance throughout. It has the ability to lay down for another decade, if you can resist. Pair with good company and just about anything gracing your table this holiday season.

Fernando Damasco Wine Specialist Santa Monica


Pio Cesare Barolo

Regular $69.99 Gazette Special $62.99

An awesome drinking big Nebbiolo! Full bodied and classic. Aromas of ripe dark fruit, black cherry and cassis follows by notes of licorice and light spice on the palate. Nicely complex and a beautiful example of what Barolo has to offer. Drink now (please afford some decanting time) or hold for another few years. 95 points James Suckling 2012 & 2013

Bert Svensson Certified Sommelier; Wine Specialist Newport Beach


Braida Piedmonte Brachetto d’Aqui

Regular $24.99 Gazette Special $19.99

Found in Italy’s north western Piedmont region where the topography plays a major part in the quality of production, and only vine grown on soils comprised of calcareous-clay and marl-rich components are considered suitable. With a floral bouquet and scents of rose petal, strawberries and raspberries, don’t be startled by the slight effervescence and sweetness which are both naturally occurring. Chill slightly (yes, even though it’s a red) and enjoy with fruit tarts, chocolates, or amaretto cookies.

Michael Contreras Wine Specialist Beverly Hills


Prices valid December 1- December 31st, 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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