Archive for May, 2017


Sarah Arndt

Bi-Rite Pride

Our community goes beyond the four walls of our stores. This June, we are asking our guests, our staff, and our non-profit partners to come together and show our Bi-Rite pride – in support and celebration of LGBTQQ advocacy and organizing in San Francisco.

How can YOU help?Pride_Produce_horz

Our Bi-Rite Pride campaign runs from Wednesday, May 24 through Pride weekend, Monday, June 26.

Visit either of our markets and make a donation when you are checking out at the register. You can round up your bill or make a donation in the increment of your choosing.

Shop our Bi-Rite Creamery Soft Serve window (find the daily flavor here!), and support the Bi-Rite Pride Campaign!  5% of all soft serve sales will go to our non-profit partners.*

Spread the word with #BiRitePride

WHO am I supporting?

We are working with the following nonprofit partners because they do their work right here in our beloved city, they have a long track record of grassroots organizing and community impact, and our staff helped choose them!

LYRIC is a community resource center that builds a positive and vibrant future for LBGTQQ youth. Their mission is to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career trainings, health promotion, and leadership development with LGBTQQ youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders, and abilities. They envision a diverse society where LGBTQQ youth are embraced for who they are and encouraged to be who they want to be.

The Dyke March brings the dyke communities together to celebrate unity, raise consciousness and be visible. Organized by a volunteer-run coalition, the annual march takes place during the week of Pride celebration (last weekend of June). The rally/cultural event showcases the dyke community’s artists, critical thinkers and political activists. It is one day where dykes can proclaim space, rights, visibility and respect.

TGI Justice Project: Supports transgender, gender variant, and intersex people impacted by incarceration, detention, and policing through the creation of a unified family in the struggle for survival and freedom. TGIJP is led by low income transgender women of color and their families who are in prison, formerly incarcerated, or targeted by the police.  They work in collaboration with others to forge a culture of resistance and resilience to strengthen each other for the fight against human rights abuses, imprisonment, police violence, racism, poverty, and societal pressures. They seek to create a world rooted in self- determination, freedom of expression, and gender justice.

Our contribution:

Our Bi-Rite Pride campaign is part of our Community Mission to make a difference by empowering youth, strengthening community, and creating resilience. Through our collective efforts, we hope to create a healthier, more equitable and thriving community for all. You can read more about our Community Programs and Outreach here. For more information, please reach out to our Community Coordinator, Sarah Arndt: sarah.arndt@biritemarket.com .

 

*5% of sales up to $1,500.00


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Bi-Rite Wine Club: May Release

Terres Dorées Beaujolais Blanc Burgundy, France 2015| $19.99

Terres Dorées is the domaine of Beaujolais icon Jean-Paul Brun, one of the most revered wine growers in the region. In the early 1990’s, Jean-Paul Brun planted several hectares of Chardonnay on limestone soil, which is perfect for the grape in warmer climates. As demand increased, he expanded his holdings and began contracting for grapes with other local vignerons with limestone soils. The climate allows Jean-Paul to produce a rich wine with lots of character, while the soils bring a fresh mineral component.

Fermented in stainless steel tanks that are laid on their side for more lees contact, this wine is rich with a terrific mineral finish. With a fresh and fruity bouquet when young, this wine becomes more honeyed as it matures, but is always lip-smacking and delicious. Pair it with roasted salmon.

 

Point Ormond Sauvignon Blanc Frankland River, Australia 2016 | $16.99

Point Ormond is everything that’s exciting about Australian wine today: delicious, high acid, lower alcohol, versatile, bursting with personality, sometimes quirky, and always affordable. In a nutshell: these tasty wines hugely over-deliver for their price. The wines are an exploration of vineyard sites around Australia, and this Sauvignon Blanc is from Frankland River in Southwest Australia, which is known for its cool climate, perfect for maintaining acidity in white wines. The Sauvignon Blanc is very balanced, with notes of tropical passionfruit and delicate floral, herbal nuances. Try it with a green-veggie focused salad, perfect for late spring.

 

La Capranera Falanghina IGP Paestum Campania, Italy 2016  | $16.99

La Capranera, which means “black goat” in Italian, is named for the indigenous breed of goats – cilentana nera – that graze in the national park near where the grapes for these wines are grown. Once on the verge of becoming extinct, the goats have had a resurgence in population, just as wines from Campania have recently enjoyed increased international visibility.

 

La Capranera’s young vines are sustainably farmed using organic viticulture methods and harvested by hand. This white is made from Falanghina, a varietal indigenous to the Campania region, and it may have been used in ancient times to make Rome’s famous Falernian wine. This versatile white is delicious with fresh cheeses, such as Mozzarella di Bufala, as well as with shellfish and seafood.

Château Sainte-Marie Entre-Deux-Mers Rouge Bordeaux, France 2014 | $19.99

In the green rolling hills of Entre-Deux-Mers, between the Garonne and the Dordogne Rivers in Bordeaux, Stéphane Dupuch has been working his 35-hectare family estate since 1997. When his father, Gilles, took the reins in 1982, the estate was a sideline business to an insurance brokerage.

 

Thanks to his duel vocations, Gilles never fell into the traps of rapid expansion and over-mechanization that beguiled many of their neighbors. While others wonder why the Dupuchs keep a dozen cattle grazing on AOC land instead of planting that land to vines, Château Sainte-Marie takes the path-less-traveled through their advocacy of denser vine plantings, lower yields, and sustainable farming. Although Gilles has recently retired, his legacy lives on through Stéphane, who has made his own commitment to the family terroirs by converting the estate to organic and biodynamic farming. This red is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with rich fruit and silky texture. It’s delicious and perfect with a nice piece of steak.

 

The Pinot Project Pinot Noir California 2016 | $14.99

The Pinot Project began in 2009 with a vision: a wine for the palate, the pocket, and the people. Renowned wine importer Michael Skurnik called on his experiences in the vineyards and cellars of Northern California to craft a silky, fruit-forward, and harmonious Pinot Noir. The Pinot Project Pinot Noir is handcrafted from high-quality Sonoma County, Monterey, and Central Coast vineyards. The diversity in soil and climate from these AVAs contributes to depth in character, balance, and pristine fruit. The grapes are harvested at optimal ripeness and then destemmed in order to express bright fruit flavors and maintain freshness. The wine is fermented in stainless steel, and 20% of the blend is aged for 5 months in French oak. We love this delicious casual wine, which goes with any occasion, from sipping while cooking dinner or at a backyard BBQ with friends.

 

Geyerhof “StockWerk” Zweigelt, Kremstal, Austria 2015| $16.99

Although Kremstal — an appellation in the Danube Valley situated around the old Austrian town of Krems — is best-known for its white wines, it enjoys a slightly warmer climate than in the nearby Wachau, where the valley is narrower. Thanks to these conditions, the Maier family from Geyerhof grows organic Zweigelt in deep, sandy soil on east-facing slopes for their StockWerk project. The name StockWerk, which means work (Werk) on the vine (Stock) in German, reflects the philosophy of the Maier family, a pioneer of organic viticulture in Kremstal. With its light peppery nose, aromas of sour cherry and violet, and a lively and refreshing mouthfeel, the StockWerk Zweigelt pairs beautifully with a wide range of foods. It is particularly tasty with sautéed pork chops with tomatoes, bell peppers, and paprika.