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Wine of the Month

WINEry OF THE MONTH – The Paring

August 30- September 27, 2017

At a recent wine tasting event for our wine staff, we had over a dozen industry representatives set up whereby we could mingle, chat, learn and obviously taste the wines offered. There were some terrific wines and wineries represented, but the one that blew me away was The Paring. Every wine was excellent and perfectly balanced between the fruit elements, tannins, minerality and what I call the “wow” factor. I expected these wines to run about $30-$35 dollars and was shocked when I saw the costs. It’s a rare pleasure when one tries a wine and it not only exceeds their expectations, but offers unbelievable value. And just to show what kind of pedigree exists here, here’s a brief quip about the wine maker, Matt Dees – When he’s not working with The Paring, Matt can be found making the wines for its big sister wineries- Jonata and The Hilt. These are the stellar stars of the Santa Barbara region and often garner 95+ scores for their much higher priced wines. Matt, armed with a degree in Soil Science from the University of Vermont and working vintages at Staglin in Napa and Craggy Range in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, has honed his talent for recognizing great ‘terroir’, cultivating mature grapes and finally creating multi-layered wines that are simply off the charts.

Basically, The Paring wines are Matt’s 2nd label, made from the vineyard blocks that are either too young or don’t fit into the vintage style of the highly acclaimed Jonata and The Hilt wines – a “chip off the old block” you might say. The grapes are sourced primarily from three Santa Barbara regions on the vanguard: Ballard Canyon, Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley. Even though The Paring wines are made for pleasure, they over deliver and strike a balance between volume, quality and texture, both direct results of the beautiful Santa Barbara sun and cool oceanic winds. Bottom line, these wines rock! Enjoy!


The Paring Pinot Noir Rose 
Reg $19.99 WROM Special $16.99

There is a lovely French saying, “Il faut beau jus faire beau Rosé” – It takes beautiful juice to make beautiful Rosé. This salmon colored edition is the result of pinot noir grapes harvested slightly earlier to focus on freshness and vibrancy. Defined by delicate red fruit and laser-like acidity, it is bright, refreshing and intensely quaffable. 100% Pinot Noir from Santa Rita Hills and 43 year old vines. Only 438 cases produced. A match made in heaven when paired with Mediterranean cuisine.

The Paring Sauvignon Blanc
Reg $24.99 WROM Special $19.99

Classic lemon curd and lime zest aromas with notes of white peach and agave nectar. Dense and firm on the palate with a beautiful crisp pear-like texture. Finishes fresh with herbal complexity and hints of ripe green melon. Perfect white for seafood on the grill, shellfish, and cheeses such as Feta and Goat. Only 800 cases produced and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

The Paring Chardonnay Santa Barbara County
Reg $24.99 WROM Special $19.99

This Chardonnay is defined by fruit richness and vibrancy on the palate. Telltale notes of tropical fruit such as pineapple and ripe citrus lead the soft and generous attack. Subtle notes of almond and clove appear as the refreshing acidity brightens the finish and keeps this Chardonnay focused and precise.  There is an equal balance of neutral French oak, new French oak, and stainless tanks with 30% malolactic fermentation. Really small production here, only 250 cases produced.

The Paring Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 
Reg $24.99 WROM Special $19.99

Smokey and herbal with perfumed red fruit on the nose. Black plum, bright cherry and raspberry flavors segue to an elegant palate of dried strawberry that linger on the finish with gentle tannins. A wine to enjoy with roast chicken and fingerling potatoes, Ahi or Salmon on the grill and certainly delicious on its own. Aged in French oak for 11 months and is unfined and unfiltered.

The Paring Proprietary Red
Reg $24.99 WROM Special $19.99

Classic aromas of cedar and cassis. Pure expression of black and red fruit with lovely herbal notes with a plush texture combined with a rigid backbone of tannin. A classy and full bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.  Aged in French oak for 22 months and unfined and unfiltered. Match this beauty up with anything you toss on the grill or BBQ, but it will dazzle with our handmade sausages, be they pork or poultry and our own seasoned meatloaf.

The Paring Syrah Santa Ynez Valley
Reg $24.99 WROM Special $19.99

Classic Syrah aromas of violets, blackberries and cracked black pepper. Perfect balance between dark fruit sweetness and savory earthiness. Plush and soft then structured and powerful, but refined enough to enjoy right now. Aged in French oak, 35% new and 65% neutral, for 22 months. Again, small production here of only 360 cases. Whether you’re cooking a stew, grilling veggies or red meats or digging into some big, robust blue-veined cheese, this legendary red will make your palate sing!


All selections are 750ml unless otherwise noted. While Bristol Farms takes every effort to ensure adequate supply, all offerings are subject to availability

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