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Wine Thursday: Sisters Ridge North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc

posted on May 31st, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Most Sauvignon Blancs that hail from New Zealand have Marlborough as a point of origin. This mouth-watering gem comes from the lower region of the south island, North Canterbury, which has a cooler climate, producing brisk acidity and minerality. This aromatic Sauvignon Blanc combines lime citrus, tart apple and cut grass characteristics on the nose. The palate is dry but very fruity; quite full-bodied, and finishes with lime/mandarin notes and grapefruit-like acidity. Pair this Kiwi beauty with shellfish, chicken dishes and anything that uses goat cheese in the recipe. 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 30 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 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

Copper River Salmon is Here!

posted on May 21st, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Yes, you've read correctly! We officially have our hands on the extremely limited, beautiful, and decadent, Copper River Salmon! It's an Alaskan salmon that's so special, it's the gold standard for chefs, restaurateurs, and die-hard salmon connoisseurs. Harvested from the pure and pristine waters of Alaska's Copper River, this sustainable fish is pretty special. That's because every year, from May through September, Copper River King, Sockeye, and Coho salmon return to the river to make the very difficult journey up the glacial fed waters to spawn in their birthplace. As a result of this intense task, Copper River salmon are extremely rich in omega-3 fatty acids and also, in their melt-in-your-mouth texture that they're known for. Coveted by anyone who has ever enjoyed it before, this salmon comes with a very, very short season and can also be very hard to find. Right now, we have Copper River King available, also known as Chinook. It is most celebrated for its giant… Read More

Bristol Farms’ Very Own “Big Time” Tri‑Tip + Grilling Tips

posted on May 20th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

All hail the Tri-Tip! Straight-up, we're kind of obsessed with the tender and flavorful cut of beef that was made famous in Santa Maria, CA, Super versatile and easy on the wallet, Tri-tips are the perfect crowd pleaser, which is why we suggest serving it at your Memorial Day party! Okay, so you already know all about Tri-tips. But have you tried Bristol Farms' very own Big Time Marinated Tri-tip? If you have, then you already know  how amazing the addition of our hand-crafted, locally-made marinade is for the beef. A 24-hour marinade that's a little bit smokey, a tad bit peppery, and a teensy bit sweet, it just makes our choice natural tri-tips that much more succulent. But don't take our word for it...try one yourself! Need a cooking tip? Our Meat Director, Rick Stidham suggests wrapping it in foil and placing on your gas grill over medium heat. Turn it every 10 minutes for a total of 40 minutes. Then, unwrap it and get those pretty grill marks by placing it directly on… 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

Copper River Salmon is Coming…Stay Tuned!

posted on May 16th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Keep Checking Back for Updates on when Copper River Salmon is in stores.... We've long awaited this rare and prize-winning salmon and it's almost here! Copper River season officially began and we have already received our first allotment of the delicious, lean, ruby-red salmon with a subtle and mild flavor that you're sure to love. So what's all the hype about? Copper River salmon is very scarce - especially the King variety. This year, the harvest for Copper River King salmon was about a quarter of last year's harvest. With so few caught, we're extremely proud to be a distributor of this rare and decadent fish. The Copper River derives its name from the rich copper deposits found along the riverbank. First used by the Alaska native population, and later by settlers of the Russian Empire and the United States, this massive body of water has 13 major tributaries, is a mile wide and runs at 7 miles per hour. Dropping an average of 12 feet per mile and draining 24,000 square… Read More

A Summer Grilling How To: Build The Ultimate Burger

posted on May 15th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Mmmm, is there really anything as delicious as a hot and juicy cheeseburger stacked high with all the fixings? Especially during the summertime when enjoyed al fresco, a cheeseburger - whether it's made with beef, chicken, turkey, or veggies is just too irresistible to resist! And there's just no need to go out and spend $20 on this kind of deliciousness. Building a gourmet burger at home is actually quite easy... Because with our very own buttery brioche buns, bacon, and choice ground chuck and toppings like caramelized onions, sliced avocado, sharp cheddar cheese, and green leaf lettuce, you can easily make a masterpiece. Here's our How-to for the Ultimate Gourmet Burger It all starts with the meat... If you're using beef - go for 80/20 ground chuck - that means 80% lean, 20% fat. FYI: 1 1/2 lbs makes 4 burgers. 1. Shape meat into 4 uniform 6-ounce patties no more than 3/4 inches thick. Then,  using your thumb, make a slight depression in the middle of each… Read More

Sugarfina + Corona Light Tasting and Candy in Stores Now!

posted on May 14th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Hey all you Sugarfina fans! We officially have the newest Sugarfina candy sets in stores now and this most recent "mash-up" of sugary and sweet calls on the deliciously refreshing (especially with a wedge of lime), summertime favorite, Corona Light. Even better news, we have a Sugarfina tasting scheduled at our Woodland Hills store on May 25th from 11-3pm! Come sample these cool and crisp candy varieties and check out Sugarfina's super cool and photogenic "swag" like their floral decked bicycle in tow! The Sugarfina + The Light Cerveza collection features two candies that can be purchased separately for $7.50 each or together in a lux gift box with a stainless steel bottle opener for $26, which makes the perfect gift for the hostess with the mostess! *** 'But First, Cerveza' gummies are like sunshine in a (beer) bottle. Refreshing and crisp, these Corona-Light flavored bottles are a sweet taste of summer. Bring to your next beach side party and enjoy one sip (or bite)… 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

Bristol Farm’s House Made Guacamole + Salsa for Cinco De Mayo

posted on May 3rd, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Have you ever sampled our very own guacamole, made fresh in our kitchens everyday? If you have, you most likely bought a container of the heavenly stuff right on the spot. It is just that good. With ripe avocados, cilantro, and just a bit of jalapeno, this super chunky guac was made with all you avocado aficionados in mind. Serve it at your Cinco De Mayo party and your friends will thank you! Truthfully, it's so good because we don't skimp on the avocados and because we use only perfectly ripe California avocados. And while our freshly made guacamole is sure to be the star of our Cinco De Mayo Party, we must not forget our fresh made salsas either. For our robust salsas are also gosh darn delicious and another must have at your Cinco celebration. Both our guacamole and salsa varieties are the perfect partners to our very own white corn tortilla chips, available in both salted and unsalted varieties. You can find these light and crisp chips on our chip and snack aisle and the… Read More

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