The Grapevine Gazette

march 29 – may 2

One of the origins for the name of April comes from the Latin word ‘Aprilis’ and the verb aperire, “to open”, in deference to the season when trees and flowers begin to blossom as Mother Nature comes out of hibernation. And then there is April Fools’ Day, also known as All Fools’ Day with its custom of setting aside a day for the playing of harmless pranks upon one’s neighbor, friends or family. What could be more playful or humorous as Spring warms up both body and spirit. So as a special gift to our customers, we are offering all items below at half price. April Fools! And as always enjoy responsibly, and drink outside the box.

Scharffenberger Anderson Valley Brut NV

Regular $19.99 Gazette Special $16.99

Scharffenberger Brut is made by the traditional Méthode Champenoise process, whereby the wines are individually bottle-fermented before being riddled and disgorged. This full bodied Brut (no pun intended) hails from a 120-acre vineyard in the Anderson Valley, two-thirds of which are planted to Pinot Noir and the remainder Chardonnay – The Pinot produces the red fruit notes of cherry and plum while the Chardonnay adds the tropical expression of litchi nut and mango. The 100% malolactic fermentation adds a vanilla cream character producing a round and full-bodied wine. After approximately two years on the “lees”, there are notes of freshly baked bread and pastry that enhances the more fruit forward style of the wine. 92 points Wine Enthusiast

Michael Cristillo Certified Specialist of Wine; Corporate Wine & Spirits Buyer

Kung Fu Girl Columbia Valley Riesling

Regular $12.99 Gazette Special $10.99

With new sights and smells surrounding us, what better way to celebrate the season than with some delicious springtime wine? Kung Fu Girl Riesling is made by Rock Manager turned Wine Maker, Charles Smith. Mr. Smith has created a successful Riesling that opens up with bountiful notes of white peaches and apricot. A delicious palate of mineral allows this wine to show off its purity, much of this thanks to the 19 year young vines in the Ancient Lakes AVA. This has become a consistent winner noted by Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate! You can pair this refreshing elixir with a plate of Gruyere or Gouda cheeses with candied walnuts and chutney; even a charcuterie board or Sausages pair perfectly, as well. Enjoy this as your ‘budding favorite’ Wine.

William Buford Wine Specialist Hollywood

Ken Forrester Western Cape Petit Chenin Blanc

Regular $ 13.99 Gazette Special $11.99

The history of the estate is long and storied, beginning as a grant in the late 17th century where an old Victorian house was built on a farmstead and vineyard plot. Over the centuries, it was left to decay when Mr. Forrester bought at auction with plans to revitalize and raise a family there. With history in the service industry, he saw great vision and built what is a unique and bustling ecosystem exactly has his mind’s eye imagined. Today, Ken is considered one of the Kings of Chenin Blanc, although he is responsible for a number of deliciously satisfying wines. The Petit Chenin hails from the Western Cape and is sustainably farmed, top to bottom by hand, from vineyard manicuring to hand tilling to manual harvest. While it is far less cost effective, it helps the community thrive. After all, community is vital to the success of the whole. The wine is fresh and brisk with racy citrus, green melon, green almond and delicate minerality in the refined and enticing finish. This wine is just pure and delicious, and is well suited to steamed crab, shellfish or ginger glazed scallops.

Geoff Nicoll Director Beer, Wine & Spirits

Weingut Stadt Kremstal Gruner Veltliner

Regular $ 17.99 Gazette Special $14.99

This Gruner, from one of the oldest producers in Austria, is one of the great value wines of the Kremstal region. A tight nose and very pale yellow color don’t give away much. The flavor is light and tangy with just a slight bit of effervescence from residual sugar, even though this is a dry Gruner. White pepper, mild citrus, and yeasty minerality make this a perfect match for Asian and spicy foods.

Neal Wasserman Wine Specialist La Jolla

Sea Pearl Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Regular $12.99 Gazette Special $9.99

Sea Pearl is named after the most unique and beautiful species of abalone. Sea Pearl wines are made from fruit grown in the south Wairau River valleys of Marlborough. The grapes are harvested only at their optimum ripeness letting the fruit express itself with minimal winery intervention. This Sauvignon Blanc boasts notes of melon, guava, light lemon grass and grapefruit. On the palate the wine showcases flavors of passion fruit, grapefruit with a nice balance of acidity and a medium finish. Pair this wine with Bristol Farms Ahi Tuna Poke or sautéed shrimp cooked in garlic butter sauce.

Rafael Bretado Wine Specialist Newport Beach

Hanna Winery Russian River Sauvignon Blanc

Regular $17.99 Gazette Special $14.99

This is one delicious, well-balanced wine to enjoy anytime on its own or with seafood. Aromas of fig, apricot, guava, citrus and fresh cut grass make this wine crisp and refreshing. Light bodied and perfectly balanced with just the right amount of acidity. Flavors of mango, peach, passion fruit and pear lead to a smooth finish.

Gabriella Tardos Wine Specialist Westwood

Osseus Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Regular $18.99 Gazette Special $13.99

Eric Mohseni is the founder of Osseus Wine, located in California’s Santa Ynez Valley. Eric, who also happens to have a day job as the head wine maker at Zaca Mesa Vineyards, maintains an artisan-style approach to winemaking, with minimal intervention and a focus on small lot, hand-crafted wines. Eric’s love affair with Sauvignon Blanc began with a trip to New Zealand to work the harvest and certainly inspired his approach to both the cultivation of the vines and the particular style of wine making. Notable grassy aromas are balanced with notes of apple and citrus fruits. Rich and complex flavors of melon, apricot, lime zest, grass and crushed stone abound. Your palate will go nuts when matched with shellfish and any cuisine where Goat and Feta cheese are involved.

Michael Cristillo Certified Specialist of Wine; Corporate Wine & Spirits Buyer

Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez Viognier

Regular $18.99 Gazette Special $15.99

Hand harvesting and stainless steel fermentation is just the beginning of the wine making process. The wine is transferred into 8 year old neutral French oak barrels for six months to give the wine texture and mouth-feel. This is a beautiful aromatic wine that jumps out of the glass with honeysuckle and ripe peaches. The palate has notes of peach pit, ripe apricot, melon, citrus and lingering minerality. Wonderfully dry and rich, its a perfect alternative to Chardonnay. Try our flame roasted whole chickens from our superb deli for a perfect flavor pairing.

Bruce Davis Wine Specialist Palm Desert

Zind-Humbrecht Alsatian Gewurztraminer

Regular $26.99 Gazette Special $23.99

From Alsace, France comes the iconic family producer and a superstar amongst foodies and sommeliers across the globe – it makes one want to pay respect when drinking these wines from proprietors Zenon Humbrecht and Emile Zind. Not only is this wine refreshing and delicate but the acidity on the finish is just right that it begs to be paired with food, but solo is just fine. The mild floral notes lets the food speak while the semi-rich mid palate lets the wine pair with Latin, Asian, and spicy foods, and the bright acidity cleans your palate off just enough to remember the greatness of these families.

Omar Lima Wine Specialist Santa Monica

Groth Napa Valley Chardonnay

Regular $32.99 Gazette Special $28.99

Long, cool fermentation in a mixture of old and new barrels give the wine layers of fruitiness and complexity. Pear cream, tart apple, ripe peach aromas segue to green apple, pineapple, light toasted pear with a hint of toasty oak on the palate. Enjoy with halibut with garlic lemon aioli and spinach sautéed in a sage brown butter sauce.

Melanie Frasher Wine Specialist South Pasadena

Croze Napa Valley Chardonnay Simone Vineyard

Regular $29.99 Gazette Special $23.99

Grapes for this Chardonnay come from the Simone Vineyard, a ten acre parcel in Napa Valley’s Oak Knoll District and one of the few remaining mid-valley Chardonnay vineyards. It is owned and farmed by Jim Simpson, a truly gifted grower of grapes as well as fine vegetables for Napa Valley’s premier restaurants. Thanks to the winery’s sur lie aging, this wine has a really heady scent, with aromas of pineapple, vanilla, apricot, brioche, lemongrass and subtle white spice. The wine spills onto the palate with flavors of Meyer lemon, vanilla and lemon custard. Try this beauty with pasta and cream sauces, roast poultry and semi-soft cheeses.

Michael Cristillo Certified Specialist of Wine; Corporate Wine & Spirits Buyer

Talbott Kali Hart Monterey Pinot Noir

Regular $22.99 Gazette Special $19.99

Talbott Kali Hart Pinot Noir, named for Rob Talbott’s daughter, delivers quite a lot of complexity for such an affordable wine. Intense aromas and flavors of plum, tart cherries, rhubarb, and cranberries combine with hints of Mediterranean herbs. It has nice acidity and a long finish that adds a bit of vanilla and smoky oak to the tasty red fruit flavors. The price is right and will pair beautifully with salmon, roasted poultry, or grilled beef.

Judi Woods Wine Specialist Rolling Hills

Benton Lane Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Regular $25.99 Gazette Special $21.99

Benton Lane is a family owned winery producing Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris from its Certified Sustainable vineyards in the tenderloin of Oregon`s Willamette Valley. This deep ruby colored Pinot Noir has impressive and varietal aromas of Bing cherries, red plums, hibiscus, and wild mushrooms. A hint of white pepper adds further complexity to the lively and seamless finish. This food friendly gem will pair nicely with duck, veal, salmon, filet mignon, and most cheeses from Burgundy, France.

Michael Pagh Wine Specialist Rolling Hills

Chateau de Nervers Brouilly Cru Beaujolais

Regular $21.99 Gazette Special $18.99

Beaujolais lovers will find some interesting wines on our shelves these days. Here’s a good one: The wine from Chateau de Nervers is bottled by Georges Duboeuf, also known as “Mr. Beaujolais.” A team of five winemakers works the property and produces a solid, well-rounded wine. The yields are kept low and a serious wine that can be laid down for 2 or 3 years is the result. The aromas are fruity, like cherries and plums. The red currant flavors come on strong and are balanced on the palate with moderate acidity and firm tannins. This is not just a light, luncheon wine. Pair this Cru Beaujolais with roasted wild game and red meat dishes.

Rob Hill Wine Specialist Westchester

Chateau Recougne Bordeaux Superieur

Regular $16.99 Gazette Special $14.99

This Bordeaux Rouge has enough structure to give shape to its black fruit components. Both ripe and fruity with a complimenting spice brought to the palate, the smoky elements come from the perfect amount of wood aging. This wine would go amazingly well with a nice filet mignon, sautéed asparagus and garlic roasted potatoes. With an amazing 90 pts (2014), this wine is sure to stimulate your pallet.

Kyle Ezidro Wine Specialist & Certified Sommelier Manhattan Beach

Charles Smith Velvet Devil Columbia Valley Merlot

Regular $12.99 Gazette Special $10.99

Despite many movies and band-wagoners badmouthing Merlot in general, there are still a plethora of outstanding offerings available. Take for instance this amazing value from Washington state constructed by mastermind Charles Smith (2014 Winemaker of the Year). The name nails it as this blend of 94% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc is velvety smooth from start to finish and leaves you craving for more. Full of dark cherry and blackberry fruit supported by earthy undertones of cedar, leather and hints of tobacco, this beauty will please even the most discerning palate. A crowd-pleaser and perennial favorite of mine, I recommend grabbing a few as it goes fast. Pair with roasted pork, grilled steaks or hearty aged cheeses.

Fernando Damasco Wine Specialist Santa Monica

Cht Fonreaud Listrac-Medoc

Regular $19.99 Gazette Special $16.99

2014 turned out to be a sleeper vintage, overshadowed by the impending 2015 (at routinely increased prices) and the 2012’s. And adding to the sleeper debate, there are places to look that just over-deliver. Listrac, in the heart of the Haut Medoc, is contiguous to Moulis where the famous and far pricier Poujeaux and Sociando Mallet reside, and shares the same limestone, sand and gravel subsoils. It is a bit further inland from the Gironde, so it is a bit cooler, coupled with its higher elevation, it is slower ripening, but still delivers impressive concentration for the price of admission. Chateau Fonreaud is a real gem; I was actually terribly impressed with this winery’s evolution, seeing it flourish over the last couple dozen years. Its depth and richness is rather impressive, it shows terrific purity and structure at this stage, and I found it quite charming. It is just over 50% Cabernet Sauvignon with the majority of the rest Merlot and a dollop of Petite Verdot. The grapes are hand sorted prior to fermentation, and the finest lots are selected for the Chateaux namesake, with secondary labels produced from the stringent culling of fruit. Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled vats for even and slow extraction, and the wine is gently transferred to Allier French oak barrels, of which 30% are new every year. The wine is a fantastic opportunity to integrate Bordeaux into your routine; it has a richness found in classic California Cabernet, but with the terroir and structure of traditional Haut Medoc. Grab a box of this as it will continue to improve for another decade. 90 Points RobertParker.com.

Geoff Nicoll Director Beer, Wine & Spirits

San Simeon Paso Robles Petite Sirah

Regular $21.99 Gazette Special $18.99

Petite Sirah is the American name for the Durif grape. Durif takes its name from Dr. François Durif, who created the new grape variety when he successfully crossed Syrah with a plant called Peloursin. This red wine has played a major role in the history of California’s wine industry. San Simeon Petite Sirah has aromas of blackberry, ripe plum and black cherry with slight coffee notes. Barrel aging in French and American oak contributes notes of vanilla and spice. The mouthful is jammy and full-bodied. Enjoy San Simeon Petite Sirah with Osso Buco or lamb!

Gabriella Tardos Wine Specialist Westwood

Canalicchio di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino

Regular $29.99 Gazette Special $26.99

Canalicchio di Sopra’s Rosso di Montalcino is one of the very finest Rossos readers will find in this challenging vintage. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries, mint and rose petals meld together in a perfumed, silky Rosso endowed with real class and pedigree. In 2014, the estate did not produce a Riserva and plans to bottle very little Brunello. Much of the second selection of fruit went into this superb Rosso, one of the few wines of the year that truly over delivers.91 Points Antonio Galloni 2014. 

Jose Cortes Wine Specialist South Pasadena

Bodegas Breca Old Vine Garnacha

Regular $16.99 Gazette Special $14.99

The latest in a succession of fantastic vintages and another slam dunk deal. Breca, the flagship of Bodegas Breca,
is an old vine Garnacha (Grenache) that hails from Calatayud, one of Spain’s rising wine regions. The vines are between 60 and 100 years old, and produce small clusters of tremendous depth and concentration. Arid slate and quartz dominant soils cause the vines to struggle and reduce vigor, which makes for smaller yet higher quality yields. The fruit is farmed organically, and hand harvested for quality standards. We have had our eyes (both of them) on these up-and-coming zones for decades, and they continue to impress. Deep and satisfying black and blue fruits, mineral, chocolate, coffee notes, toast and ample spice deliver a truly satisfying foil for game meats, well-seasoned or marinated dishes, even a well-marbled cut of beef. Jorge Ordonez has invested tremendous sweat and financial equity in many of these under-appreciated sites, and his persistence, vision and especially his skills have come to fruition. 89 Points Robert Parker, 2013 vintage.

Geoff Nicoll Director Beer, Wine & Spirits

Bogle Old Vine California Zinfandel

Regular $10.99 Gazette Special $9.99

Head-trimmed, dry farmed vines are prized for their production of small, concentrated clusters of grapes that produce incredibly rich and intense wines. For years, Bogle has sought out these gnarly old vines to create this Old Vine Zinfandel. This vintage from Bogle’s winemakers takes fruit from the Lodi and Clarksburg areas in Central California and creates a wine lively with cranberries and pink peppercorns. Hints of a hillside briar patch in summer waft through the wine as well, while spicy clove heightens at the finish from American and French oak. This versatile wine pairs well with everything from rich and unique dishes, to your favorite barbecue or weeknight take out.

Bruce Davis Wine Specialist Palm Desert

Plungerhead Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

Regular $17.99 Gazette Special $15.99

Upon pouring your first glass, you’ll notice the rich, dark purple color (please don’t spill). Then you’ll catch the aromas of spicy pepper with touches of coconut and vanilla. On the mouth you will taste the flavors of black raspberries, rosemary and cracked pepper. After harvesting, the wine was fermented and left on the skins for an additional 10 days to deepen the complexity. The fruit was sourced from vineyards in the regions of Alexander Valley, Russian River, Sonoma, and Healdsburg. An excellent pizza wine.

Michael Contreras Wine Specialist Beverly Hills

Sequum Napa Valley Zinfandel Kidd Ranch

Regular $32.99 Gazette Special $27.99

Paul Skinner began making wines in 2003. With a PhD in viticulture and soil science, he understands how soil and climate impact grape growing. His Sequum wines, named after a science term describing sequences of layers in soil, offer a hands-on approach to wine making. From spending time with dedicated field workers utilizing his background in viticulture during the grape growing process, Paul oversees all aspects of his wines. The Sequum Zinfandel is a wine of fitness and balance. Aromas of black cherry, raspberry, vanilla and dark violets fill the senses. On the palate this wine exhibits fitness and a medium body with medium tannins and a lingering finish. This is the perfect wine for your BBQ aspirations, specifically dry rubbed baby back ribs and oven roasted Brussels sprouts.

Rafael Bretado Wine Specialist Newport Beach

Neyers Lodi Vista Luna Vineyard Zinfandel

Regular $23.99 Gazette Special $20.99

Winemaker Tadeo Borchardt has produced this lovely, highly drinkable Zinfandel from a tiny AVA in the Sierra Foothills (Lodi Area). Produced from 100% heirloom Zinfandel grapes and aged in used French oak. No fining or filtration adds to the rich purple color. A nose of fresh red fruit does not give away the abundance of ripe red cherry and berry on the palate. Perfectly balanced fruit and tannin gives this bottle a bright, fresh pleasantness. A reasonable amount of alcohol (barely 14%) makes this wine a velvety companion for fruit and cheese, roasted meats, and red sauces.

Neal Wasserman Wine Specialist La Jolla

Tinto Pesquera Ribera del Duero Reserva 2012

Regular $54.99 Gazette Special $39.99

Alejandro Fernández, a living icon of modern Spanish wine and affectionately called the ‘Master of the Tempranillo’, was one of the first in his country to return to biodynamic, low yield viticulture in order to produce red wines capable of extended bottle aging. Reserva red wines are aged for a minimum of 3 years with at least 1 year in oak barrel. Gorgeous cherry and blackcurrant aromas are complemented by licorice, floral notes and smoke. Sweet, expansive and focused on the palate, this Spanish beauty offers wild black cherry and plum flavors with an exotic hint of tobacco. Vanilla and mocha qualities come forward on a long, smoky finish that features velvety tannins and lingering black fruit qualities. Prior vintage ratings of this Reserva have garnered 90+ points.

Michael Cristillo Certified Specialist of Wine; Corporate Wine & Spirits Buyer

Fonseca Bin 27 Vintage Character Porto

Regular $ 19.99 Gazette Special $16.99

Bin 27 is produced primarily from Fonseca’s own Quintas (a country estate or farm) in the Cima Corgo- exceptional fruit that result in a wine of high quality and consistency from year to year. In the winery, the newly developed, robotic ‘’Port Toes’’ technology for treading the grapes allows the winery to maximize all of the fruit by imitating the traditional action of human feet and avoiding damage to the bitter grapes seeds. Fermentation is halted by the addition of grape spirits before all the residual sugar has been fermented, creating a sweet, fortified wine. A ruby-style Porto blended from reserve wines selected for their intense depth of color and fruit character, Bin 27 is aged for four years in neutral wood vats before bottling. This sweet wine shows fresh, rich blackberry and cassis aromas. On the palate, it has a well-knit structure, with a velvety, luscious mouthfeel and smooth tannins. This wine pairs well with strong-flavored hard cheeses such as a good farmhouse cheddar or an aged Gouda would be perfect. It is delicious with desserts made with dark chocolate or berries.

Jose Cortes Wine Specialist South Pasadena

Prices valid March 29-May 2, 2017
All wines assort for 10% discount when 6 or more bottles are purchased. All selections are 750 ml unless otherwise noted. No rain checks. While Bristol Farms takes every effort to ensure adequate supply, all offerings are subject to availability.

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