Wine of the Month

All selections are 750ml unless otherwise noted. While Bristol Farms takes every effort to ensure adequate supply, all offerings are subject to availability

Argentina - August Wine Region of the Month

July 30 - September 2, 2014

Argentina is the second largest country in South America and the fifth largest producer of wine in the world. The word "Argentina" is derived from the Latin argentum, meaning "silver". The earliest evidence of humans in Argentina dates from 11,000 BC and was found in Patagonia, now a thriving wine growing region. European explorers arrived in 1516 with Spain leading the way, and it was the Spaniards who brought vine cuttings and cultivated the grapes. The most important wine region of the country is Mendoza, which produces more than 60% of the Argentine wine and is the source of an even higher percentage of the total exports. Which brings us to our cadre of wines, all hailing from the esteemed Zuccardi family. The Zuccardi's have been living in Mendoza since the late 19th century and is now the largest family-owned winery in Argentina. The quality of what they produce is ensured in all markets by selling wines made only from the family's own grapes. Despite the recent political, economic and social upheaval, Argentina continues its leadership, with the assistance of such families as the Zuccardi's, in supplying the world with outstanding reds and whites while adhering to a common sense approach to costs, meaning very affordable wines. Ole!

Santa Julia Pinot Grigio

Reg $8.99 Special $7.99

Sourced from the Santa Rosa and Maipu vineyards of Mendoza, this fresh and delicate Pinot Grigio boasts aromas of ripe fruits such as pears, apples, melon, and some tropical notes of pineapples and bananas. Good balance and nice acidity with a long and fresh finish. Match with seafood, salads and other light fare.

Santa Julia Chardonnay Organic

Reg $11.99 Special $8.99

While the entire Zuccardi estate operates under sustainable agricultural practices, half of the vineyards are certified organic. This organically produced Chardonnay hails from the Santa Rosa vineyard and offers up copious aromas of tropical fruits, green apples, pear, bananas and pineapple. Dry and medium bodied, this well balanced, pleasant white finishes with notes of honey and citrus. Great with all shellfish, seafood and poultry dishes.

Santa Julia Tempranillo Organic

Reg $11.99 Special $8.99

The famous grape of Spain has found a home at the foot of the Andes. Black ripe fruit aromas, such as blackberries and raisins abound, with plum and fig jam notes on the palate. Soft sweet tannins balance out the long finish. Will pair marvelously with pasta dishes, grilled meat and veggies, and even red fleshed fish such as salmon, steelhead trout and ahi.

Santa Julia Malbec Organic

Reg $11.99 Special $8.99

Originally a transplant from Bordeaux, this Malbec was born in the Santa Rosa and Maipu vineyards of Mendoza. Concentrated and bright, its complex nose and flavors of ripe fruits, figs, prunes, jam and raisins is tantalizing. Good body and structure, with sweet tannins and well balanced by acidity. A lingering and complex finish. Match with pretty much anything you like to grill, be it your favorite cut of meat, burgers, lamb or pork.

Zuccardi Cabernet Sauvignon "Q"

Reg $22.99 Special $18.99

90 pints Wine Spectator 2011 This is a special selection of grapes clusters (ergo the "Q" which stands for quality), which are de-stemmed and gently crushed. Classic fermentation with indigenous yeast offers up a soft extraction of flavors. Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels with a medium toasted, this red beauty boasts intense aromas and flavors of ripe red and black fruits such as blueberry and cassis. Very intense spicy notes and tannins with great complexity on the finish. Even though a great match with meats and vegetable dishes, there is such good balance here that you could serve as an aperitif prior to the meal.

Brazos Los Andes Red Blend

Reg $19.99 Special $15.99

A blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Bonarda, this "masculine" red hits you with intense red and black fruit aromas with spicy, violet and chocolate nuances. Great structure with soft and mature tannins that are balanced by the bold fruity flavors and a persistent finish. Pair with your favorite cuts of meat or enjoy hedonistically on its own.