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

Wines for the Feast!

November 4 - December 1, 2015

Typically, when it comes to wines to enjoy with our holiday feasts and Fall/Winter fare, we tend to chase the usual suspects. But Bristol Farms would like to encourage you to step 'outside the box' by suggesting some alternatives that will not only marry well with your feast of choice, but add a "wow" factor from your family and special guests. The wines mentioned below are exemplary for their wonderful flavor profiles and unique ability to add an extra dimension to your hours-in-the-kitchen efforts. So enjoy our recommendations and have a safe and pleasant holiday.

Ghost Pines Zinfandel

Reg $16.99 Special $13.99

This Zinfandel opens with rich, complex aromas of ripe raspberry jam, cracked pepper and toasty oak. On the palate, the wine offers intense, jammy flavors of black cherry, boysenberry, spice and cola framed by lush structure and a long, multi-layered finish. Prior to fermentation, ten percent of the juice was bled off from the tanks to enhance the skin-to-juice ratio and increase color and flavor intensity in the glass. A small dollop of Petite Sirah was added to complement the dark fruit flavors and structure. Following fermentation, the wine underwent oak aging for six months before the final lots were blended, using a selection of French and American Oak. Great wine to serve with hearty cheeses (blue veined), grilled red meat, pizza, meat loaf and, of course, turkey dark meat and stuffing. 90 points The Tasting Panel 2013

Louis Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

Reg $16.99 Special $13.99

The grapes for this wine were primarily selected from renowned vineyards in Sonoma County, specifically Frei Ranch and Stefani vineyards in Dry Creek Valley AVA, as well as the Barrelli Creek Vineyard in the Alexander Valley AVA. French and American oak aging complement the dark fruit character with sweet, layered nuances of mocha and caramel. A touch of Petite Sirah and Merlot enhances the wine's roundness and depth. Pair with your red meat based dishes and certainly dark turkey meat. 88 points Wine Advocate 2012

MacMurray Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Reg $26.99 Special $21.99

Following harvest, the Pinot Noir grapes were cold soaked for at least two days to enhance extraction of the variety's vibrant color and delicate flavors. The free run juice was separated from the press and allowed to settle for a few days prior to malolactic fermentation on light lees in barrel, which promoted a seamless integration of wine and oak. Opens with aromas of lavender and boysenberry that give way to flavors of dark cherry and pomegranate. This luscious wine has a silky mouth feel, framed by subtle hints of oak from barrel aging. Superb match with dark turkey meat, stuffing, ham and mild soft cheeses. 90 points Wine Review Online 2013

Brancaia TRE Rosso Toscano

Reg $19.99 Special $16.99

Named for our three estate vineyards in Tuscany - Brancaia Estate, Poppi Vineyard and Brancaia in Maremma - and three of the region's most celebrated varieties, Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This festive blend nods at both cherries and milk chocolate. The body is pure fruit with maraschino cherry and strawberry in character, balanced with notes of vanilla. Some wood overtones come along on the finish, but it's the intense fruit that continues to sing. Pair with various pasta dishes, roasted and sauteed white meat, white poultry, fried and grilled fish. 91 points James Suckling 2012

Frei Brothers Reserve Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Reg $16.99 Special $13.99

The signature cooling maritime influences of the Russian River Valley serve to balance its warm days with cool, refreshing evenings and fog-cloaked mornings. This unique macroclimate allows for the slow and even maturation of the fruit, developing distinct flavors reflective of this unique Sonoma terroir. This Chardonnay offers great varietal character, with flavors of ripe green apple and delectable baked apple pie, balanced by sweet aromas of toasted oak and butter. The rich, nutty flavors in this Chardonnay lead to a silky finish and a plush mouth feel. Outstanding match with white turkey meat, ham based meals and appetizers. 90 points The Tasting Panel 2013

William Hill Napa Valley Chardonnay

Reg $25.99 Special $21.99

The grapes for this Chardonnay were harvested by hand and gently pressed as whole clusters. Following primary fermentation, the majority of this wine underwent malolactic fermentation and sur lie aging in a combination of new and used American oak barrels. Bright and expressive, this great food wine offers a taste of luxury with its rich palate and silky mouth feel that culminate in a long, lingering finish. Flavors of ripe tropical and stone fruit are complemented by notes of caramel, brown spice and toasted oak for a truly memorable wine. 90 points Wine Enthusiast 2103