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Wine for the Weekend: The Calling Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

posted on December 13th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

The Calling Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 91 points Wine Spectator 2015 Here is another unbelievable Pinot find that can adorn your table, make a great stocking stuffer, a surprise gift under the tree or a simple indulgence while cooking the holiday feast. Fruit of this vintage was sourced from several locations in the Russian River Valley, each vineyard site contributing critical, unique aspects to the complexity of the resulting wine. Vineyards located in the warmer end of the Russian River Valley contribute ripe fruit elements. Vineyards from the cooler areas lend a strong minerality and structural backbone, and vines at altitude with sandy, well-drained soil add complexity and structure. This Pinot Noir shows aromas of Bing cherry, cranberry and a hint of white pepper. On the palate, lush raspberry and strawberry complement excellent acidity and a lingering finish. Happy Holidays Sale price is $19.99 Save $15.00! Suggested Retail $34.99 Purchase 6 or more bottles and… Read More

Get Into the Holiday Spirit(s): Cocktailing 101

posted on December 11th, 2018 by Dani Fogel

This year, impress your friends and family with a delightfully boozy line up that’s complete with time-honored classics as well as trendy newcomers. The perfect wet bar is filled with sparkling mixers, fruit and olive garnishes, and of course, ice! These featured spirits and cordials serve as an awesome base for some festive cocktails that are guaranteed to get the party started. What you’ll need: highball glasses, cocktail glasses and a cocktail shaker. Bitter is Better At least in your cocktail, it is. Stocking your bar with Bittermen’s Bitters offers a crafted cocktail experience at home. Just a few splashes can add complex flavor and balance to nearly any drink, including an Old Fashioned. In this Gin and Tonic recipe, we suggest using the grapefruit variety, but Bittermen’s also offers plenty of other sweet, savory, and mildly spicy options. Hopped Grapefruit Gin and Tonic For best results, build this cocktail in a highball glass filled with ice… Read More

Wine Wednesday: Tamber Bey Napa Valley Unoaked Chardonnay 2016: 90 points Wine Spectator

posted on November 21st, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

This luscious Chardonnay is aged in 100% stainless steel, hence the term ‘unoaked’. The primary aromas are dominated by banana and pear, and then evolve into apple and white flower notes. In addition to its classic fruitiness, there is a mineral layer and a little bit of yeastiness that adds complexity. The finish is long, with apple and white peach notes. This beauty will match deliciously with your holiday feast! This wine is primarily from the same Dijon Chardonnay Clone that is in the renowned Deux Chevaux Vineyard Chardonnay, and supplemented with the Wente clone. Fermented and aged entirely in Stainless Steel, this new wine brings out and incredible bright and fresh sensation of the fruit. Suggested Retail $39.99 Sale price is $14.99! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Promo valid from November 21 All selections are 750ml unless otherwise noted. No rain checks.While Bristol Farms takes every effort to ensure adequate supply… Read More

Wine Wednesday: Long Neck South Africa Chenin Blanc

posted on October 31st, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

For those who prefer white wine with the approaching Thanksgiving feast, but want a change from Chardonnay, Long Neck Chenin Blanc is a crisp, refreshing, and easy going alternative. If you bring it to your holiday celebration, this will cause some excitement. The nose has a distinct amount of lemon with notes of pear and white peach . The palate starts off bright and light, with fresh apples, lemon, and hints of white peach mingling about. Easy drinking and refreshing, the ending is crisp with great lemon and orange notes. South African wines are winning high praise and recognition for their quality on the international stage. The richly textured soul of their wines is imbued by the natural gifts of the South-western Cape, where nature marries the key elements of soil and climate to provide a rich bounty for the vine. Suggested Retail $9.99 Sale price is 2 for $10.00! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Promo valid from October… Read More

Wine for the Weekend: Torrevieja Malbec Reserva

posted on October 18th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Mendoza has become a hub of Malbec production, so how does a vintner make his rendition stand out? If you’re the winemaker for Torrevieja, you begin with only the finest grapes available, then give them the attention they deserve in the cellar. From the length of the fermentation to the selection of the oak barrels used for aging, no detail is too small when it came to making the Torrevieja Malbec Reserva. This wine’s color and appearance are a dark ruby red with elegant purple shimmers,” the Torrevieja vintner notes. “It has a velvety texture with a clear taste of black raspberry and black cherry.” Our tasting panel enthusiastically concurs. Suggested Retail $19.99 For one week only, sale price is 2 for $15.00! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Promo valid from October 17 - 23 Read More

Club 90 and 10 Under $10 Wine Blow Out Sale

posted on October 10th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

For one week only, our present summer Club 90 and 10 Under $10 wines are making room for our Fall collection. For one week only, receive 25% off your initial bottle purchase and take an additional 10% off when you buy 6 or more bottles! 10 Wines Under $10 Bristol Farms Red Selection #8 Bristol Farms White Selection #8 Diversion Chardonnay Leaping Horse Cabernet Sauvignon Lindemans Shiraz Bin 50 Rosenblum Stark Raving Cabernet Sauvignon Bluebird cabernet Sauvignon J Ludlow Jane Merlot J Ludlow Jigsaw Sauvignon Blanc Couveys Les Petit Pinot Noir Club 90 *All wines are under $20 Double Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 91 points Wine Enthusiast Tamber Bey Chardonnay Unoaked 2016 90 points Wine Spectator Divum Pinot Noir 2015 91 points Wine Enthusiast Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc 2017 90 points Wine Enthusiast Cht Moulin Pontet Bordeaux Superieur 2015 90 points Wine Enthusiast Llama Malbec Old Vine 2017 91 points James Suckling Argiano Rosso Toscano 2015 94 points… Read More

Sip Like A Sommelier: Wine Tasting with Riedel Glassware

posted on October 9th, 2018 by Roberto Lewis

What if you could enhance the flavors of your favorite wines? What if you could taste delicious high-end wines, pair them with wonderful foods, learn a ton, and go home with a set of crystal wine glasses that are not only attractive but are designed specifically to delight your taste buds? On October 16th, 17th and 18th, Bristol Farms and Riedel will host wine tasting events at our South Pasadena, West Hollywood, and Newport Beach locations, respectively. We are honored to partner with Riedel, a family-run company of glassmakers who share our vision of bringing you the best flavor experiences from every corner of the world.   Riedel: 11 Generations of Crystal Glass Expertise The Riedel family has been in the crystal glass business since the late 17th century. They began as traders, eventually expanding into design and manufacturing. Claus Josef Riedel, representing the 9th generation of the Riedel glassware family business, introduced minimalist long-stemmed… Read More

Wine for the Weekend: 2014 Consilience Chardonnay

posted on October 4th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

2014 Consilience Chardonnay Santa Barbara County Apple, honey, citrus and a touch of oak are aromatically discernible on the nose. Ripe tropical fruit and limestone flavors follow on the palate with the bright lemon notes leading to a wine that exhibits good balance, structure, and length. This wine would do well as an aperitif and pairs nicely with grilled chicken and shellfish. Multiple vineyards created this Best Buy Chardonnay – primarily from the White Hills Vineyard, along with Verna’s, La Presa, Mormann and a dash of Meadow Farms Vineyard. Aged for 10 months in 25% new French oak and 75% neutral oak. Promo valid from October 3 Suggested Retail $19.99 Sale price is $9.99 Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! All selections are 750ml unless otherwise noted. No rain checks. While Bristol Farms takes every effort to ensure adequate supply, all offerings are subject to availability Read More

Take a Trip Through Taste: Italy Edition

posted on September 25th, 2018 by Roberto Lewis

If you’ve been following along with us as we share a few of our select favorite European cuisines, then chances are you’ve also been anticipating our tasting “arrival” in Italy. Any conversation about Italian culture would feel incomplete without an acknowledgment of its incredible food. The cured and roasted meats like Prosciutto Di Parma and Porchetta, the creamy cheeses like Bufala and Provolone, and the many pastas and wines of Italy are all legendary; and this month we are featuring stellar examples of each. You’ll truly have everything you need to put together a dazzling Italian dinner of your own. Here are just a few of the Italian imports we're excited to share with you. Meat, Cheese, and Pasta Imported from Italy... Parma Di Prosciutto Made in exactly one place on Earth -- the Emilia Romagna region of northern Italy -- Parma di Prosciutto - dry cured, thin-sliced, aged Italian ham - is produced according to a recipe that is nearly two-thousand years old… Read More

Wine for the Weekend: Coppola Votre Santé Chardonnay

posted on September 20th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Coppola Votre Santé Chardonnay Foggy, cool-climate sourcing from Mendocino, Monterey and North Coast vineyards has allowed the Coppola Votre Santé Chardonnay to age longer than most domestic whites. This brings out vibrant fruit character, balanced acidity, and minerality that harkens back to Burgundy. This beauty offers bright aromas and flavors of pear, peach, quince, and honeysuckle. The wine also reveals appealing notes of vanilla and nutmeg from partial oak aging, while the remaining fermentation process in stainless steel adds elegance and balance. Enjoy with everything from poultry and seafood dishes, to savory crêpes to mac ’n cheese. Suggested Retail $19.99 Sale price is $9.99 Save 50%! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Read More

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