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Let’s Celebrate Galentine’s Day!

posted on February 8th, 2019 by Leslie Thomas

Galentine's Day - an unofficial holiday that in our opinion, is equally as fun and lighthearted as its predecessor. Created by the fictional television character, Leslie Knope of NBC's sitcom, Parks and Recreation, Galentine's Day is all about "ladies celebrating ladies."And for our favorite food blogger, Corey, aka, Miss Foodie Problems, it's all about gathering together with her favorite girlfriends and sharing cocktails, delicious treats, and a good time. For Miss Foodie Problems' official Galentine's Day post, where she plays ode to the holiday and also to amazing local spirits sold at Bristol Farms, click here! You can also check out Miss Foodie Problems' beautiful and mouth-watering Instagram page here. Galentine's Day Cocktails Many of us at Bristol Farms can get down with Leslie Knope and Corey's notion on the day, which "technically" falls on Febrruary 13th...though we think a Saturday or Sunday are just better suited for this all-to-fun ladies celebrating ladies… Read More

Celebrate the Super Blood Wolf Moon with BF…

posted on January 17th, 2019 by Leslie Thomas

There is absolutely no reason for increased concern about the coming 'super blood wolf moon' on the evening of January 20 and early morning of January 21. In layman’s terms, we're going to have a total lunar eclipse. The sun, earth and moon will be in a straight line for a short time, while the moon is also near perigee, the point in the orbit of the moon at which it is nearest to the earth. Very basic science but also very exciting to behold, since it is a rare occurrence. As much as you’d like to reach out and touch this celestial experience, the best we can do is offer its earthen cousins The Wolftrap Red, a blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Viognier; And Wolftrap White, encompassing Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Grenache Blanc. Who says you can’t see the moon and drink it too… Keep Calm and Celebrate with The Wolftrap for only $9.99 - 750 ml Read More

6 Winter Whisk(e)ys to Wet Your Whistle

posted on January 3rd, 2019 by Dani Fogel

Winter is here to stay for a while, and let’s face it; sometimes a cozy sweater just doesn’t cut it. If you’re looking for ways to warm up from the inside out, look no further than these beautifully smoky and smooth whiskeys (and whisky) to wet your whistle and sip on alongside some friends, all from the comfort of home. But first, a brief lesson... what exactly is the difference between whiskey and whisky? It mostly comes down to where the liquor was made. Whisky without the “e” is considered a Scotch whisky, though it’s sometimes distilled in Canada or Japan. Irish and American whiskeys on the other hand, are usually spelled with the “e.” Now that we’ve covered that tidbit of knowledge, let’s get into some of our favorite varieties. The Macallan, 12 year Single Malt Scotch Whisky This highly esteemed single malt Scotch whisky is revered all over the world. It’s delightfully smooth, with notes of dried fruit and sherry and a balance of woodsmoke… Read More

Winter Citrus Margarita

posted on January 1st, 2019 by Lauren Murphy

When you think of margaritas you might be reminded of summer. But with all the winter citrus slowly making their way into stores, it's a perfect excuse to make a fresh hand squeezed margarita. Feel free to adapt the recipe below and make it your own. The beauty of winter citrus is that they are all unique in flavor and are great to mix and match! Ingredients to make 4 mason jars: 3 limes 1 Cara Cara Pink Navel 1.5 Pink Grapefruits 1 Tangelo 1 Clementine 6 oz Tequila Sparkling water (optional to cut juice) Ice Salt for rim (optional) Instructions: Squeeze the juice from desired citrus into bowl Strain out pulp and seeds In a small pitcher mix citrus juice and tequila Add sparkling water to taste (If salting rim) Rub lime wedge along rim of glass and then dip glass in rimming salt Fill mason jars or margarita glasses with refreshing beverage Garnish with a bright slice of citrus Read More

Wine Wednesday: Folkway Proprietary Red Revelator

posted on December 19th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Dark fruit and sweet-savory spice are central themes in this generous, soft-edged Bordeaux-esque blend. In the nose, on the palate and through a plush, lingering finish, its rich notes of dark berries, black cherry, black and red currant and black fig seem steeped in layers of mocha, toffee, cedar, clove, mace, leather and black tea. Juicy fruit and polished tannins combine to keep the opulence dinner-friendly, so it is ready to enjoy. A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc, 14% Merlot and 2% Petite Verdot. Promo valid from December 19 Sale price is $14.99! Suggested Retail is $24.99 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

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

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