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Wine Thursday: Chaman Red Blend 2013

posted on May 24th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

91 points The Wine Advocate This blend of Malbec and Petit Verdot offers aromas of blackberry, coffee, mocha, chocolate, and fig. Sweet and creamy with good lift to the black raspberry, licorice, and violet flavors, this Argentian beauty finishes with suave tannins and very nice length. Try with shredded beef, lamb chops with mint jelly, or grilled salmon with sage and tarragon. The vineyards are located in La Consulta (San Carlos), high elevation sites with alluvial silt loam soil with rocks and limestone in the subsoil, and in Ugarteche, where the vines are deeply rooted in wind-blown alluvial sandy loam soil. The grapes are hand-harvested and aged in 20% new and 80% 2nd use French oak barrels. Suggested Retail $19.99 Sale price is $9.99 Save $10.00! Promo valid from May 23 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

Wine for the Weekend: 2014 Awning Estate Colchagua Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

posted on May 17th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

87 Points - Silver Medal Highly/Recommended The Beverage Tasting Institute Intense aromas on the nose featuring ripe berry notes such as raspberries and blackberries together with spicy aromas from the Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah complements with ripe blueberry notes and finishes with coffee and tobacco notes from the ageing on oak. On the palate Awning is mouth-filling, intense but silky at the same time. Cabernet tannins are present in a harmonic way, complemented with the Syrah intensity. Merlot adds elegance and the Petit Verdot gives length and an elegant refined after taste. This wine is a good match with game, pork, lamb and rich meats, as well as rich, intensely flavored stews and cheeses. Suggested Retail $14.99 Sale price is 2 for $15.00 Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount Promo valid from May 16 All selections are 750ml unless otherwise noted. No rain checks. While Bristol Farms takes every effort to ensure adequate supply… Read More

Wine Wednesday: Domaines Ott Château de Selle or Clos Mireille Côtes de Provence Rosé

posted on May 8th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Suggested Retail $54.99 Sale price is $39.99 Save $15.00! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Domaines Ott Château de Selle Côtes de Provence Rosé 92 points Wine Enthusiast 2016. This Rosé combines various grape varieties from the Côtes de Provence appellation, including a majority of Grenache creating the delicate color and vinous character. Cinsault adds softness, Syrah and Mourvèdre bring bright fruit. This pale pink wine with golden tints releases fragrances of citrus fruit and orchard flowers enveloped in spice. On the palate, the immediate effect is elegant and open, developing subtle aromas with a lemony edge before a sweet finish of appealing length. Domaines Ott Clos Mireille Côtes de Provence Rose 91 points Wine & Spirits 2016. Grenache is chosen for its full-bodied texture, Cinsault for its softness and Syrah for its fruity roundness. Its bouquet reveals fresh fruit nuances of mango and melon, punctuated with lemony notes… Read More

Wine Wednesday: Bristol Farms Provence Rose 2016

posted on April 25th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Sizzling summer days and temperate nights with picnics on the beach and barbecues in the back yard cry out for one type of libation: a chilled Rose. Wine has been made in the Provence region for at least 2,600 years, ever since the ancient Greeks founded the city of Marseille in 600 BC. Now that’s some pedigree! Our Bristol Farms Provencal Rosé offers an assertive, complex and dry flavor palate, involving dried herbs, red berries, grapefruit, tangerine and subtle hints of spice. And above all, it offers a bright, refreshing mouth feel that is perfect with your favorite Mediterranean dishes and, of course, is delectable on its own. Suggested Retail $16.99 Sale price is $9.99! Save $7.00! Promo valid from April 25 - May 29 Read More

Wine Thursday: Leaping Horse Red Blend 2014

posted on April 19th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

87 points 'Best Buy' - Wine Enthusiast The three grapes in Leaping Horse Red Blend come from vineyards in Lodi: the Zinfandel is full, juicy and flavorful. The Merlot is soft and sweet, with a bit of herbs mixed in while the Petite Sirah gives the wine a beautiful dark red color. This medium bodied gem boasts a sweet berry profile, such as black cherries and strawberries, and an herbal note on the juicy, long finish. Leaping Horse Red Blend is ideal for hearty soups, grilled red meats, pasta dishes in marinara sauces, barbequed chicken or simply on its own. A lovely cheese plate to finish or a rich chocolate dessert is always a great option! The Kautz family has been promoting and working with sustainable viticulture for over 35 years. Crop reduction, leaf removal, organic materials and drip irrigation are used throughout the vineyards to improve the quality and intensity of flavors. Cover crops, which attract beneficial insects are also employed. In addition, owl boxes and… Read More

Wine Thursday: Koyle Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

posted on April 12th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Deeply colored, with plenty of black fruit character, showing a great presence of currant and blueberry, with hints of exotic spice and cedar. This Cabernet is a full expression of origin, showing a real grip of acidity and mineral notes. Ripe tannins are solid and velvety, and come together beautifully, with a silky and balanced finish. The grapes were picked in selected lots, coming from Koyle’s Los Lingues Estate. The vineyards are biodynamically managed, with stringent water management to preserve the expression of the terroir. The grapes are handpicked and brought to the cellar for sorting, selecting only perfect clusters for this wine. In the tank, cold maceration (for aroma and flavor extraction) takes place over 5 days, followed by fermentation over two weeks. Finally, warm maceration to extract just the most rounded and silky tannins takes place. The wine is then aged in French oak barrels for twelve months, with a final blending that allows for the perfect expression of… Read More

Wine Thursday: Alain & Cyril Gautheron Chablis

posted on April 5th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

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 Premier Cru vineyard, Les Fourneaux. This 100% Chardonnay is comprised of parcels from three vineyards 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 it is 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 this beauty with oysters, shellfish, sushi, and poultry. Sale price is $12.99! Suggested Retail $21.99 Promo valid from April 4 Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Read More

Wine Spotlight: Heliotrope California Pinot Noir

posted on March 29th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Bright, fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of cherry, rhubarb custard, spiced watermelon, and white toffee with an even, vibrant medium-to-full body. A tingling finish with dusty tannins and light oak with a nice hint of plum, red berry fruit and vanilla nut. An excellent food wine with roasted or grilled veggies, poultry, red flesh seafood and mild cheeses. As for the intriguing name, Heliotrope – it is the name of a unique flower that follows the passage of the sun, collecting warmth and energy each day; come sunset, they turn back again, ready for the next sunrise. Pinot Noir grapes also embrace the brilliance of the California sun, developing crisp, ripe fruit characteristics that makes it wonderful with food or simply to quaff on its own. Suggested Retail $12.99 Sale price is 2 for $15.00! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Promo valid from March 28 All selections are 750ml unless otherwise noted. No rain checks. While Bristol Farms… Read More

Duckhorn Vineyards + Bristol Farms 5‑Course Dinner

posted on March 28th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Join us for an exclusive winery and 5-course tasting dinner brought to you by Bristol Farms catering and Duckhorn Winery. THURSDAY APRIL 19TH, 6 -8PM | Bristol Farms 1570 Rosecrans Ave, Manhattan Beach $75 PER PERSON* limited seating | reservation required 310.233.4787 ex: 418 | MBCatering@BristolFarms.com The Menu: - STARTER - 2016 DUCKHORN VINEYARDS NAPA VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015 DUCKHORN VINEYARDS NAPA VALLEY CHARDONNAY Steelhead “Loch Etive” crudo and shaved Fennel - SOUP - 2015 GOLDENEYE ANDERSON VALLEY PINOT NOIR Creamy Porcini soup with Stravecchio Parmigiano Reggiano crema - CHEESE - 2014 DUCKHORN VINEYARDS NAPA VALLEY MERLOT International Cheese Plate - MAIN - 2014 DUCKHORN VINEYARDS NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON Filet of Beef, puree of Italian butter beans, Dorati cherry semi dried tomatoes - DESSERT - 2015 PARADUXX PROPRIETARY NAPA VALLEY RED WINE Toasted Marshmallow Caprese, strawberry, basil, balsamic chocolate… Read More

Wine Wednesday: Opera Prima Tempranillo

posted on March 7th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Tempranillo is the premier grape varietal of La Mancha, situated on the Iberian peninsula of Spain. The aromas and flavors offer intense notes of blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and currants with a pleasant floral nuance on the finish. Serve this Spanish gem with grilled seafood, pork, roasted chicken or pasta with vegetables. For you trivia aficionados, La Mancha is the largest vineyard in the world, occupying 50% of Spain's vineyards. Suggested Retail $11.99 Sale price is 2 for $12.00! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Promo valid from March 7 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

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