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‘Tis the Season for Holiday Wine Blitz (Dec. 7-13)



Now that Thanksgiving is past, the leftovers have been eaten, and you probably opened all the wines that you bought from our Fall Wine Blitz, it’s time to start restocking and save on wine for that holiday party or family gathering you’ll be hosting before the new year. Our Holiday Wine Blitz (December 7-13) is almost here and it’s the last chance of the year to save 20% on any purchase of 12 or more bottles from our entire selection.

Join us at 18 Reasons this Thursday, December 3, for our Blitz Preview Tasting, where you can taste nearly 30 of our featured Blitz wines. It’s a great opportunity to meet the folks behind the wines and talk to our wine staff for recommendations, plus a perfect time to place your pre-order to ensure you get the wines you want before they’re sold out.  There are still a few tickets available for each session, either 6-7pm or 7-8pm.  This is our last Wine Blitz of 2015 and we’re going out with a bang!

As the year comes to a close, the winter holidays are a great time to stock up on Champagne and sparkling, as we’ve added more selections from one of our favorite importers Kermit Lynch. Try these two wonderful selections from this famed, local importer:LasalleFourny

J. Lassalle Champagne “Cachet d’Or” 1er Cru Brut
Regular Price $39.99 Blitz Price $31.99  (save $8!)
A favorite at Bi-Rite, this value-driven Champagne over delivers for the price.  Female owned and operated, this estate is run by three generations of the Lassalle family, Olga, the matriarch, her daughter Chantal, and granddaughter, Angéline. The Cachet d’Or is a blend of all three varietals from the region (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier) and is an astonishingly complex and mineral-driven Champagne.

Veuve Fourny & Fils “Vertus” 1er Cru Brut 
Regular Price $44.99 Blitz Price $35.99 (save $9!)
Champagne Veuve Fourny is a family domaine dating back to 1856. Brothers Charles-Henry and Emmanuel Fourny produce classic grower Champagne, raising pedigreed fruit and adhering to high standards in the vineyards and winemaking. This is a classic Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay) with fine beads, deep aromatics, and fresh mineral notes.


Planning a roast as the centerpiece for your holiday dinner? We have a wide range of full-bodied wines that will make the perfect pairings for prime rib, leg of lamb, or goose. Here are some of our favorites right now:

Castel Noarna “Mercuria” Rosso Noarna
Regular Price $24.99 Blitz Price $19.99 (save $5!)
With a castle and old vineyards located high up in the Dolomites, it doesn’t get any more picturesque than Castel Noarna. Marco Zani has been the winemaker on his family’s estate since 1989, and the Mercuria is his Claret blend (Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot). This is a serious steak wine with savory, earthy notes along with bright black fruit notes.


IrelougeyAmeztia Irouléguy Rouge 
Regular Price $29.99 Blitz Price 23.99 (save $6!)
Irouléguy is located in the Basque region of France; the main grape here is Tannat, and as the name suggest, it’s known for being full-bodied and tannic.  In the hands of lesser growers and winemakers, it certainly can be harsh. Fortunately, winemaker Jean-Louis Costera knows how to tame this wild varietal and his expression of this varietal shows elegance. The wine is still rich and full-bodied, but the texture is supple while the tannins are much more integrated. This is the wine to have with a brisket or a prime rib.

GigondasDomaine de Piaugier Gigondas 
Regular Price $22.99 Blitz Price $18.39 (save $4.60!)
Everybody loves the Kermit Lynch Cotes du Rhone at Bi-Rite, but it’s the holiday season and time to step it up a notch in the Rhone Valley category. This is Gigondas, a region that is known for Grenache and Syrah and is becoming a great value for people looking for a “poor’s man” Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Jean-Marc Autran of Domaine de Piaguier is the fourth generation in his family to make the wines and his Gigondas are some of the best value in the region. Made from old vines (between 20 and 45 years old) with rich dark fruits and peppery spice, this is a phenomenal wine to have with a roasted leg of lamb.


Jessie Rogers

Something for Everyone! Our Interactive Gift Guide

Delight your family, friends, and colleagues with a selection from our favorite hand-picked, artisan-crafted holiday gifts. We are pleased to offer a wide range of special and beautiful gift items for convenient pre-order and pick-up from either Bi-Rite Market location through our trusted online ordering partner, Simply sign up for a free Instacart account, visit our special Bi-Rite Holiday Market, and start shopping!

Whether it’s a bottle of our exclusive, extremely limited Signatory Imperial Scotch, a beautiful and traditionally-made Robert Lambert White or Dark Fruitcake, or Pasticceria Sinatti Panforte Margherita for a sweet stocking stuffer, these wonderful seasonal gifts are sure to please.

Need some help selecting just the right thing for someone special? Stop by to see us, we’re happy to make recommendations!

Happy Holidays!


Give Joy: Our Holiday Toy Drive is Here!

Toy Drive OrnamentThe air is crisp and the holiday cheer is here – our 4th Annual Bi-Rite Holiday Toy Drive is near! From Friday, December 4th, to Friday, December 18th, we will collect everything from Mr. Potato Heads to paintbrush sets to board games to soccer balls for low-income and homeless children and families living in the Mission and in the Western Addition.

We’re proud to continue our long-time support of community-based organizations to create a happier holiday for our neighbors. Donations from Bi-Rite Market Divisadero will go to the Western Addition Beacon Center, which supports local youth every day through arts and cultural programming, academic support, college prep, and sports activities. All toys from Bi-Rite Market and Bi-Rite Creamery on 18thStreet will go to Arriba Juntosa Mission-based community organization fostering self-sufficiency through occupational training and job opportunities for our neediest neighbors, for almost 50 years.


Sam’s love of Legos lives on.

This year, we’ve made new friends to double the impact of our Toy Drive. We’re teaming up with fellow mission-driven business and Valencia corridor staple Paxton Gate and their toy store, Curiosities for Kids. Paxton Gate will collect donations and bring in high-quality, educational and interactive toys, games, and projects for kids in need in the Mission. We will also partner with Children’s Book Project for all book donations. Children’s Book Project supports Bay Area children who have few or no books in their homes and attend schools and childcare facilities where children’s books are desperately needed.

We need your support to ensure that underserved kids in San Francisco have a wonderful holiday. We have four ways for you to #BeASanta and spread joy this holiday season:

  1. Donate in-store! Please give new and unwrapped:
  • Toys (for kids 12 and under)
  • Books (for kids 16 and under)
  • Sports equipment (e.g. balls, bats, gloves, skateboards)
  • Art supplies (unused)

From Friday, December 4th to Friday, December 18th, drop off goodies in the toy barrels at the entrances of:

Bi-Rite Market Divisadero:  9AM to 9PM
Bi-Rite Market 18th:  9AM to 9PM
Bi-Rite Creamery:  11AM to 9PM
Paxton Gate: 11AM to 7PM
PG Curiosities for Kids: 11AM to 8PM

  1. Party at a Parklet! Looking for extra fun? Enjoy a delicious Bi-Rite Creamery Christmas cookie or piping hot Dandelion European drinking chocolate in exchange for a new toy donation at our “Toys & Treats” event on Wednesday, December 16th, from 4:30PM to 6:30PM. Co-hosted by Dandelion Chocolate at their brand-spanking new parklet, we will welcome all generous souls with a free holiday photo booth, Four Barrel coffee and more treats! Paxton Gate will be on site with selected toys for purchase for all those who’d like to give on the spot.


    Last year’s SF MOMA donation was amazing!

  2. Swap Toys for a Treat! Find the Bi-Rite Community Team at Bi-Rite Divisadero on Wednesday, December 9th from 4 to 6PM. Shakirah and Sarah will be tabling outside, collecting toys from our neighbors, and sharing warm beverages and Creamery treats.
  3. #BeASanta with our Instagram Contest! Are you ready to spread some serious holiday cheer? Tag us (@BiRiteSF) in a photo/selfie on Instagram with your toy donation at our Bi-Rite barrel with the hashtags #BeASanta #BiRiteToyDrive. The most liked photo on Instagram by December 18th, 2015 at 12PM will receive a $50 Bi-Rite Market and Creamery gift card! #winning

Last year, we collected over 450 toys via the generous outpouring from our staff, guests, local businesses, and greater community. We want to double that number – help us do it again!

Excited? Have questions? Email Shakirah, Bi-Rite’s Community Programs Manager!

The 2015 Bi-Rite Holiday Toy Drive is in collaboration with these amazing partners:




Jessie Rogers

Turkey & Thanksgiving Menu Cooking Tips, Recipes & More

We’ve assembled our tried-and-true tips for preparing your Thanksgiving Turkeys and Hams to perfection. Plus, we’ve got a helpful guide to reheating and serving items from our House-Made Thanksgiving Menu.

See the tips below, or click to download and print and have on hand in the kitchen! Also, be sure to try our favorite holiday recipes from Eat Good Food–delicious side dishes that will pair perfectly with your Turkey.

Still need a Thanksgiving Turkey? Stop by either Bi-Rite Market location and we’ll be happy to help! We’re open Wednesday, November 25 until 9pm! All Bi-Rite locations will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

 How to Cook BN Ranch Heritage Turkey

  • Click the image below or click here to download a printable .pdf of this recipe


How to Cook Broad-Breasted Turkey

  • Click the image below or click here to download a printable .pdf of this recipe


How to Cook Holiday Ham

  • Click the image below or click here to download a printable .pdf of this recipe


Follow these simple instructions for reheating items from our House-Made Holiday Menus!

Download a printable .pdf here

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Jessie Rogers

Festive Finishing Touches for Thanksgiving

6BiRite-HOLIDAY-2015-Creamery-Thanksgiving-33-2When Thanksgiving Turkey and Menu plans are wrapped up, it’s time to focus on the little flourishes that make the day even more special. Deck your table with gorgeous flowers, treat guests to an elegant cheese platter, and end your meal with a sweet treat from Bi-Rite Creamery. And if you’re a guest, show your host your gratitude with a truly special gift. It’s all available for pre-order until Tuesday, November 24 at 5pm from our Holiday Market on Instacart for quick, convenient pick-up from either Bi-Rite Market location.

(There’s still time to pre-order Turkeys, complete Dinner Kits, our house-made side dishes and more for pick-up! Just visit our Holiday Market on Instacart!)

Holiday Cheese Plate

Essex1pateGreet your guests with a selection of cheeses to prime their palates. Kick off with Cabot Creamery Artisan Reserve 3-Year Aged Cheddar, a classic crowd-pleaser. We also love the best-in-class Essex Street Cheese Marcel Petit Fort Saint Antoine Comte and L’Amuse Signature Gouda. Pair them with Bi-Rite Market’s House-Made Pate de Campagne and Duck Rillettes, and be sure to include La Maison du Piment Sweet Cherry Confit and Peccati Di Ciacco Truffle Honey on the side for balance.

Farm-Direct Thanksgiving Floral

FullBellyFlowers2We have an incredible Floral Team at the ready to provide you with seasonal and responsibly-grown plants and flowers. You can pre-order a Bi-Rite Market Mixed Bouquet to take along with you to your event. We also carry Dried Kitchen Bouquets from Oak Hill Farm that maintain beautiful color. Best of all are the Custom Thanksgiving Floral Centerpieces that our teams can create for you. Come to either Market and talk to the Florists about your specific needs!

Sweet Treats from Bi-Rite Creamery

Bi-Rite Creamery6BiRite-HOLIDAY-2015-Creamery-Thanksgiving-18 makes incredible pies all year ’round, but their Holiday specialties are not to be missed. We have the classics: Pumpkin Pie, smooth and rich. Apple Pie, with crumb topping and plump apples from Hidden Star Orchards. And Pecan Pie, with the perfect layer of sweet pecan crunch on top. For something a little different, don’t miss the Pumpkin Bundt Cake, made with organic pumpkin and topped with Salted Caramel Glaze and Vincent Family Dried Cranberries. It’s moist, dense, and delicious, and only available for Thanksgiving. And whether it’s pie or cake, a serving of Bi-Rite Creamery ice cream is a must!

Giving Thanks to your Host

Bourbon2pan3Don’t show up empty handed! Show your gratitude with a bottle of Signatory Imperial Scotch. This extremely limited 15-year-old Scotch, one of only two bottlings every created in a historic distillery in Speyside, Scotland is exclusive to Bi-Rite. Or bring along our special single barrel bottling of Buffalo Trace Bourbon, hand-selected by our Spirits Buyer; it complements the fresh, hand-made Ship to Shore Hot Buttered Rum Balls (a Bi-Rite staff favorite!) to create a festive and warming drink. Beautifully-wrapped and delicious, Rustichella d’ Abruzzo Panettone in Classic, Cherry and Chocolate, and Fig and Chocolate options is a traditional Italian artisan bread they’ll love; perfect with coffee the morning after Thanksgiving.

We’re here to help you plan your entire Thanksgiving meal, including all the little extras to make your day spectacular. The deadline to pre-order through our Instacart Holiday Market for pickup at the Markets  is 5pm on Tuesday, November 24th. And of course, just call or visit if you need recommendations or advice. Our Thanksgiving Hotline is available at (415) 241-9760; select option 3!

New to Instacart?

Create a new account and save $5 on your first order of $35 or more when you pre-order Thanksgiving Turkey and Menus from the Bi-Rite Holiday Market!
when you check out, after selecting a pick-up date!


Our Favorite Wines, Ciders & Spirits for Thanksgiving

fall-leavesThanksgiving is fast approaching and it’s one of our favorite meals of the year, because with all of the different dishes served it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a variety of libations. At Bi-Rite, we believe in the idiom that variety is the spice of life, that we should celebrate all of the wonderful wines, spirits, and ciders that are available to us now. Here are some of our favorites for your Thanksgiving dinner.

SparklingSparklings are a festive way to start a meal, and we could not think of a better Champagne for the occasion: the Champagne Cordeuil Extra Brut* ($44.99) is made from mostly Pinot Noir with a touch of Chardonnay, and is aged for 7 years on the lees to give it a nice round texture and bready, yeasty aroma. It’s perfect with a soft, triple cream cheese, like Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tam – this dense and buttery cheese is a favorite of our guests and a must for any celebration.

If Champagne is too much on the budget, check out the amazing ciders from Eric Bordelet. We have a couple in the Markets but the Eric Bordelet Granit Poire* ($22.99) is our top choice. Made from pears of 60-foot-tall, 300-year-old trees, the Granit is very dry and complex with tiny bubbles that can stand tall next to fine sparklings.

pinot_nouveauBeaujolais Nouveaus
are made to celebrate the end of harvest for winemakers. Usually simple and boring with bubblegum and banana flavors, it was never thought of as a serious wine to drink with dinner, though it is always associated with Thanksgiving because the release date is always the third Thursday of November. Lucky for us, one of the best Beaujolais producers, Jean Foillard, decided to make a Beaujolais that you can be proud to serve at your holiday table, the Jean Foillard Beaujolais Nouveau 2015 ($21.99). It is made with old vines (40-60 years) from vineyards near the cru Morgon; it is bright and juicy with a hint of cracked black pepper. If you’re looking for a spin on tradition and seeking something domestic (it is an American holiday after all), Samantha Sheehan of Poe Wines makes an excellent Nouveau from her Pinot Noir grapes. The Poe Pinot Nouveau ($19.99) is lovely with fresh strawberry notes and some earthy spice notes.


OccidentalThe French have a tradition of drinking a small amount of brandy or Calvados (apple brandy) between courses to settle the stomach and reawaken the palate, what they call le trou normand. The Occidental Road Apple Brandy* ($49.99), by St. George Spirits, made with Gravenstein apples in Sonoma and aged 5 years in oak barrels, is the perfect choice for your Thanksgiving trou normand.  This apple brandy is rich and deep with caramel and spice notes. Normally only available at restaurants, this unique apple brandy is only available to us for retail.

Whether your celebrations are large or small, stop by our Markets to shop our complete selection of holiday wines, ciders, and spirits to round out your Thanksgiving festivities.  Cheers to a fantastic meal!

WineBlitzLogoLooking for wine for holiday parties, gifts, or family gatherings?  Don’t forget, our Holiday Wine Blitz is December 7-13! Save 20% on purchases of 12 bottles or more, mix and match throughout our entire selection.  Join us at 18 Reasons for a Preview Tasting on Thursday, December 3, from 6-7pm or 7-8pm and place your pre-order!

*These holiday wines, ciders, and spirits are available for convenient pre-order and pick-up from our online Holiday Market and view our complete selection.

Christine Mathias

Turkey Tips & our Fave Holiday Recipes

The Centerpiece of your Thanksgiving Table

It’s just a week Thanksgiving! We are proud to offer the tastiest, freshest Thanksgiving Turkeys, including Heritage and Broad-Breasted Turkeys from BN Ranch, and more. All our Turkeys are NOW AVAILABLE for Online Pre-Order from our Instacart Holiday Market for easy pick-up at either Bi-Rite Market location. Order yours today!


If you’re new to Instacart, you can save $5 on your first order of $35 or more from our special Holiday Market. Just create a new account, and enter the code BIRITETHANKSGIVING at check-out, after you select a pick-up date for your order at either Bi-Rite Market location.


 Our online pre-order deadline

for Turkeys and Thanksgiving Menu Items is

Tuesday, November 24 at 5pm


Turkey Cooking Tips & our Favorite Holiday Recipes

If you love to cook, or need to bring a special dish to a family event, our Chefs have assembled their favorite recipes from Eat Good Food, as well as are Cooking Tips for preparing your Thanksgiving turkey to perfection. Get them all here!

An easy and hearty side like our Roasted Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Caper Butter is a seasonal dish that is comforting and flavorful, and can be made with just a handful of ingredients. The Potato, Parsnip, and Celery Root Soup turns veggies into a creamy, rich dish that vegetarians and omnivores alike will love. And for a sweet treat, try Mom’s Pear Skillet CakeDownload the recipes and shop them online for delivery here, or ask for a copy when you visit Bi-Rite Market!


 Easy Steps for Thanksgiving Pre-Orders

  • All orders from Bi-Rite’s Instacart Holiday Market are for in-store pick-up only, at either Bi-Rite Market location. (If ordering from outside San Francisco, please use Bi-Rite’s 94110 zip code to create an account.)
  • Need help? No problem! A Bi-Rite Thanksgiving Hotline is available at (415) 241-9760; select option 3 for Thanksgiving menu-planning and ordering assistance. Menus can also be ordered in person with Bi-Rite Market staff at either market location, or by phone.


Celebrate with Ciders!

CiderBottlePearAppleWhile cider has been enjoying a renaissance recently here in San Francisco, it is anything but new. As many of you already know, cider has been an American staple, well, since before there was a United States of America. Many attempts were made to grow wine grapes in the New World, but they just wouldn’t take. Ale was dandy, but its low alcohol content meant that it spoiled easily, and the barrier to enter the whiskey-producing market was high. Plus, grain could be used for making bread (essential), whereas apples that were too bitter to eat raw…let’s ferment ’em!

Of course, cider didn’t start here. People have been crushing apples and fermenting the juice for centuries in Europe and each region has developed distinct styles. In Normandy, people used apples and pears as well to make sparkling ciders with varying levels of sweetness. In Northern Spain, producers often age their ciders in barrel over the winter which lends them funkier, dusty notes. InEngland, the characteristic bittersweet and bitter-sharp apples of the land shine in the best examples. Here in the U.S., where we’re not as bound by tradition as many of our European friends, you can see the varied styles that American cider makers produce.  From terroir-driven, rustic Farmhouse style to beer-inspired ciders with addition of hops to for a floral, citrusy bite to flavored ciders with addition of complementary ingredients like ginger or elderflower that bring out the complexity of the apples.

Throughout the months of November and December, we’re celebrating all of the different styles of ciders available today – they can stand tall next to any fine sparkling wine on your holiday table. Here are just some examples of the ciders we have in our Markets right now, but keep checking back frequently as we’re going to rotate more ciders throughout the holiday season.

Millstone Cherrykriek | $21.99
Millstone was founded by two brothers, Kyle and Curt Sherrer, in 2012 in the town of Monkton, Maryland.  Their goal is to create ciders that are chemical-free, late-harvest only, barrel-fermented, and aged to express the unique, local flavors of orchard apples grown in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland. The Cherrykriek is made by blending dark cherries with their oak-aged cider. The tart and complex cherry flavor is a perfect complement to funky cheeses or a roast duck.Shacksbury

Riestra Sidra Natural | $10.99
The Riestra family has been making cider since 1906, started by Robustiano Riestra, who passed down the art of cider making through several generations; Raúl Riestra is the current owner and cider maker of this illustrious estate. This is a classic, natural, dry, unfiltered Spanish cider with fruity aromas and the characteristic tart acidity of Spanish apples. This is great with a Jamon Iberico and Manchego.Shacksbury Farmhouse 2014 | $10.99
For David Dolginow and Colin Davis, they believe that no apple should be left behind. Founders of Shoreham, Vermont’s Shacksbury Cider, Dolginow and Davis are on a mission from the apple gods to reincarnate the old, forgotten and “lost apple” orchards of scores past, that once thrived as agricultural delicacies in the Northeast. This Farmhouse cider is made from Jonagold, Spartan, and small amount of English bittersweet apples. Balanced, intriguing, and matched with an aged cheddar, this cider is a stepping stone into the rustic side of cider.WineBlitzLogoStocking up on wine for holiday parties, gifts, or family gatherings?  Don’t forget, our Holiday Wine Blitz is December 7-13! Save 20% on purchases of 12 bottles or more, mix and match throughout our entire selection.  Join us at 18 Reasons for a Preview Tasting on Thursday, December 3, from 6-7pm or 7-8pm and place your pre-order!

Waverley Aufmuth

Fort Point Beer is Here!

Fort Point LogoAt long last, the wait is finally over! Those delicious brews you already know and love from Fort Point Beer Company are now available in 6-pack cans, and we’re thrilled to have them join our line-up! We will be carrying all four of their core beers (see below, $11.99 / 6-pack) at both Bi-Rite Market locations. These tasty brews will be delivered fresh weekly, straight from the source to provide you, our guests, with the freshest local option in San Francisco!

Fort Point Beer Company was founded in 2014 by brothers Tyler and Justin Catalana in the Presidio of San Francisco. The brewery resides in a historic Presidio building that was formerly used as an Army motor pool. Being situated in this iconic landscape reinforces our pride in San Francisco and in the beer they brew. Fort Point creates balanced, thoughtful beers that reference traditional styles but are by no means bound to them – Fort Point beers tell a story, inspire an idea, and are thoroughly enjoyable.

Fort Point ParkPark is generously hopped with Citra hops in every step of the brewing process, resulting in a fantastic grapefruit and passion fruit aroma and flavor. Unique Biere de Garde yeast supplements the fragrant aspects of the beer and provides a slightly tart and dry finish.

Fort Point WestfaliaWestfalia
packs beautiful intense malt and caramel flavors into a smooth and satisfying mahogany red body. Fermented at a cooler temperature like the Altbiers of Germany, Westfalia is a malt purist’s dream. Its plush mouthfeel and mild demeanor make it a great choice alone or with a meal. A favorite of our Beer Buyer, Jon!

Fort Point VillagerVillager IPA
puts hop aroma first with a unique blend of bittering and aroma hops. These unusual suspects create an aroma that’s citrusy and floral with the faintest bit of forest. Its mild bitterness and simple malt bill keep it easy and drinkable.

Fort Point KSAAn idiosyncratic take on the classic Kölsch style, KSA uses a careful balance of American bittering hops and German malts to create a clean and refreshing light ale. Munich and Vienna malts contribute nuanced flavors of baked bread and Saphir & Warrior hops balance things out with a clean finish.


Last Chance to Get Blitzed This Weekend!


Our Fall Wine Blitz is happening NOW!  Save 20% on purchases of 12 bottles or more, mix and match throughout our entire selection, now through this Sunday, November 8.  This is a fantastic opportunity to stock up on holiday wines before Thanksgiving, so be sure to stop by either of the Markets before the Blitz ends!WineBlitzLogoandBottles-01

Out of town or can’t make it to the Markets this weekend?  Don’t worry, our Winter Wine Blitz will run Monday to Sunday, December 7-13.  Join us for a preview tasting on Thursday, December 3, at 18 Reasons – stay tuned next week for links to the preview tasting tickets and more information about our holiday wines and ciders!