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

Winery of the Month -
Qupe

June 1 - July 5, 2016

Robert Neil "Bob" Lindquist was born in the Midwest and moved to Southern California with his family in 1964 when Bob was 11 years old. All fledging winemakers have their own tune to tell about why they became winemakers, and Bob's is no different - The sixties music scene quickly became his passion as bands like the Beatles, Beach Boys, Byrds, Rolling Stones and the Kinks were electrifying the airwaves. The Kinks, specifically, became that plot device in Bob's choice to pursue a career in winemaking (here's your homework - look up the lyrics for "Well Respected Man"). Focusing on fruit grown in the Central Coast appellation, Qupe produces Rhone varietals and, of course, Chardonnay. A majority of Qupe's wines are made from grapes grown on the Bien Nacido Vineyard, where the Syrah and Chardonnay are planted and grown to Bob's specifications. In 2005, Bob and his wife Louise purchased an 80 acre vineyard site in the Edna Valley and planted 40 acres of Rhone and Spanish varietals. This vineyard is farmed using rigorous biodynamic methods and was Demeter Certified Biodynamic in 2009. On a final note, Bob is such a die-hard Dodgers fan (and a die-hard optimist) that he created 2 new bottlings to coincide with this baseball season. No strike outs here, only extra bases, a home run and a grand slam.

Dodger Syrah

Reg $28.99 Special $23.99

Vintner Bob Lindquist takes two things seriously: wine and baseball. This Santa Barbara County Syrah is sourced from grapes primarily from the Bien Nacido and Sawyer Lindquist Vineyards. It is enhanced with Syrah from some of their other top Central Coast vineyards, including Ibarra-Young and French Camp. There is a small addition of Grenache from Sawyer Lindquist to lift the aromatics. Aged for 27 months in French Oak barrels, this red bleeds Dodgers blue. Bases are loaded - a Grand Slam!

Chardonnay Y Block

Reg $19.99 Special $16.99

Great balance with bright acidity is the trademark of this wine. It is barrel fermented in 25% new Fran├žois Freres Burgundy barrels which frame the crisp aromatics and flavors of lemon blossoms, apple, Asian pear and a savory, buttered toast nuance. There is a delicious touch of tropical fruit on the finish to balance out the mouthwatering elements. This one gets you to 1st base.

Syrah Central Coast

Reg $18.99 Special $16.99

Santa Barbara is the coolest climate in California, often too cool for most red varietals to ripen properly. Qupe wines are perfectly suited to this microclimate, and flourish in Lindquist's expert hands. This medium-bodied and fruit-forward Syrah boasts classic flavors of intense red and black fruit, smoke, a touch of black pepper and a spicy finish. Most impressive with your favorite cuts of meat and ideally suited to all barbeques! This wine merits a home run!

Marsanne

Reg $19.99 Special $16.99

The Rhone varietal Marsanne is grown at the Ibarra-Young and Purisima Mountain Vineyards. It is fermented in neutral barrels and blended with a good dose of Roussanne from Bien Nacido Vineyard that is fermented in one year old barrels. This wine exhibits flinty, mineral flavors with peach, citrus and hazelnuts followed by a honeyed finish. Your double turns into a triple!

Dodger Chardonnay

Reg $28.99 Special $23.99

This solid hitting white is based on Qupe's Y Block Chardonnay and enhanced with a dollop of Bien Nacido Roussanne and Bien Nacido Block Eleven Chardonnay, giving it more structure and complexity. Fermented and aged for 15 months in Francois Freres French oak barrels, this is a crisp, full bodied white that's just right. This is easily a double.