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4 Boozy Gifts to Show You Care

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It’s the holidays, and on top of everything else, we stress about finding just the right gifts. Of course you want to give your loved ones something you know they’re really going to use. Holidays aren’t just about ornaments, or the ornamental. That’s when you get someone a bottle of booze, and not just any bottle of any tipple – one that will surprise and delight. Our staff selected the following unique beverages to gift, and if it’s special to us, it will be special for your loved ones. 

This is the 41st annual Christmas Ale bottling from San Francisco’s oldest brewery, Anchor Brewing Co. It’s only sold from early November to mid-January, and the recipe is unique every year, as is the tree on the label. The tree for the 2015 bottling is the Deodar Cedar, better known as the California Christmas Tree. This ale is meant to age, so the good folks at Anchor also bottled this beer in a 1.5L-sized bottle. While it’s tasty now, I’ve tasted through several older vintages of this beer and it just gets more complex the older its get. A great gift for your beer-geek friends.

Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge
Languedoc, France 2012 | $49.99BiRite-HOLIDAY-2015-Grocery-019
The Guibert family of Mas de Daumas Gassac has stood at the forefront of the quality revolution in the Languedoc region of Southern France. Once known only for its bulk wine production, this region now is now a hotspot for young producers, all of whom have Aimé Guibert to thank for their inspiration. Guibert championed biodynamic farming and started planting the appropriate varietals with respect to the region’s terroir, enabling the best possible expression for each grape. Now under the supervision of Aimé’s eldest son, Samuel, the winery Mas de Daumas Gassac continues to make world class wines from the Languedoc. Made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon, this classic red from the famed Mas de Daumas Gassac shows what exquisite farming and amazing terroir can contribute to producing world class wine.  With aromas of herbs and blackberry along with a rich, supple texture, it’s no surprise critics refer to this wine as the “Lafite of the Languedoc”.
L0051Occidental Road Gravenstein Apple Brandy | $49.99
Proprietor Ann Hatch asked St. George Spirits in Alameda to produce this stunning apple brandy made from her Gravenstein apples in Sonoma. Gravenstein apples are a local heirloom variety that was planted in Sonoma in the early 1800s. It’s now being threatened, as more orchards are being ripped up in favor of more profitable wine vineyards. Aged for 5 years in barrels, this brandy has notes of baked apples, caramel, and vanilla spices. This is a wonderful gift for any Calvados fan, plus you will be drinking to save our local Gravenstein apples from disappearing!

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Signatory Vintage Imperial Scotch 1995 | $74.99
This special Scotch bottling is from the Imperial Distillery, located in Carron, Speyside. There have only ever been two official bottlings of Imperial, a 15-year-old from Allied and this 18-year-old bottling from Signatory. Unfortunately, the distillery was demolished in 2013, so this will be the only time we can taste this rare Scotch from a historic distillery. Exclusive to Bi-Rite, this rare Scotch has notes of fruit and licorice with hints of ginger, biscuits, and orange zest. A treat for any Scotch lover, and a stunner of a whiskey that will end any holiday meal in style!  Extremely limited!
Visit our Markets to shop these gifts and more!  Or, order from our online Holiday Market for in-store pick-up.

Jon Fancey

Bi-Rite & Essex Street Cheese Invest in the Future

Bi-Rite Catering Cheese Platter featuring Essex Street Cheeses

Bi-Rite Catering Cheese Platter featuring Essex Street Cheeses

Many of our guest’s taste buds are familiar with Essex Street Cheese Company’s selection of imported cheeses. Two of the most popular cheeses in our Markets are Marcel Petite Essex Comte and L’Amuse Signature Gouda.  These beautiful wheels are masterfully matured for incomparable flavors in Europe, then hand-selected for our Markets by the fine folks at Essex Street. Essex Comte and L’Amuse Signature Gouda are truly the best of their bunch.

IMG_7880These well-rounded and distinctive flavor profiles are the legacy of the late Daphne Zepos – one of America’s most beloved cheese advocates.  Daphne was an educator and importer with a palate and spirit that inspired many of today’s top cheese professionals.  She even taught our very own Sam Mogannam how to taste cheese with all five senses, and a deep respect for the work that a truly skilled farmer, cheesemaker, and affineur put into the process of creating stunning cheeses.  Daphne’s appreciation of fine cheese lives on in the Essex Street Cheese selections, and her legacy of education led to the creation of the Daphne Zepos Teaching Award.  The DZTA is an educational fund that grants an award to a cheese professional every year.  The winner is tasked with travelling to Europe to study cheese craft. The winner must then commit themselves to educating other budding cheese professionals upon their return.  Those who’ve been granted the opportunity thus far have studied Basque sheep herding and cheese making traditions, styles of cheese affinage across Europe, and native cheese cultures used in cheese making.

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Marcel Petit Essex Comte

Bi-Rite Market is a proud sponsor of the DZTA! Over the past three years we have provided $15,000 in support of DZTA and Daphen’s quest for continued education and learning.  While we feature Essex Street Cheeses during December and January, we will be donating 25% of the profits from sales of Marcel Petite Essex Street Comte and L’Amuse Signature Gouda directly to the award foundation.  Not only can you grab a wedge of these incredible cheeses while shopping in the Markets, they’re also available in our Instacart Holiday Market and on the amazing Holiday Cheese Platter offered by Bi-Rite Catering.   The next time you’re in the Market, be sure to ask one of our mongers for a taste of their favorite Essex Street cheese.  Happy Holidays!


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Christmas Dinner Was Never So Easy!

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Your Christmas dinner was never so delicious or stress-free!  From our showstopping Prime Rib Decadence Dinner Kit with everything you need to serve a stunning meal, to our chef-cooked, house-made dinner menu with seasonal sides and holiday favorites, all available for easy, online pre-order (for in-store pick-up). Visit our Markets or online Holiday Market for your one-stop holiday meal shop!  Don’t forget our dazzling array of Bi-Rite Creamery house-made desserts, like our stunning Bûche de Noël and world-renowned, seasonal ice creams.  Online pre-order deadline is Wednesday, December 23 at 4pm.

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View our complete Christmas menu here!  Christmas menu items will also be available in Bi-Rite Market stores for purchase, and for pre-order from our online Holiday Market from Friday, December 18, through Thursday, December 31.

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Strapped for time, space, or simply looking for a tasty alternative to cooking? Our dinner kits feature complete, chef-cooked meals for a stress-free Christmas dinner, whether your hosting an intimate party or the whole family. Whether you celebrate with Prime Rib or Turkey, our dinner kits make your holiday meal simple, convenient, and festive.  Each kit features a centerpiece, delicious sides, and of course, desserts from Bi-Rite Creamery & Bakeshop. They’re the perfect way to shower you guests with love and a home-cooked meal, without stressing over the stove all day.Try our Prime Rib Decadence Dinner Kit, featuring:

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  • 5 Dot Prime Rib Roast (3 Ribs, frenched & tied, average 6 lbs., ready to roast)
  • Dungeness Crab & Fennel Bisque (3 pt)
  • Sweet Potato Gratin with Caramelized Onions, Thyme & Nutmeg (2 qt)
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Carrots with Bacon & Maple Syrup (4 pt)
  • Glace de Viande (½ pt)
  • House-Made Truffle Butter (1 – 4oz jar)
  • Bi-Rite Creamery Chocolate Pots de Crème (6 each)

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No holiday meal would be complete without house-made desserts from Bi-Rite Creamery! How about the Bi-Rite Creamery Bûche de Noëla showstopping Tcho chocolate roulade with milk chocolate buttercream and chocolate glaze, decorated with adorable meringue mushrooms, pistachios, and sparkling candied rosemary.  It’s the perfect Christmas treat!  You can also choose from our selection of baked goods including our holiday cookie box, traditional pies, and world-renowned ice cream flavors.  Be sure to try the seasonal Candy Cane and Eggnog ice creams before they’re gone!

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  • Create a free Instacart account at https://www.instacart.com/b-rite-holiday. Or, log into an existing Instacart account, and select the Bi-Rite Holiday Market to begin your Holiday shopping.
  • 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 Holiday Hotline is available at(415) 241-9760; select option 3 for Holiday menu-planning and ordering assistance. Menus can also be ordered in person with Bi-Rite Market staff at either market location, or by phone.

 


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A Winter Sir Prize

SirPrizeThe drought conditions in California make it more and more challenging to cultivate Hass Avocados, especially in Southern California where most of them come from. This year the organic California Hass season ended more quickly than it has in the past decade. Typically, we are bombarded with beautiful, organically-grown avocados for about 10 months out of the year but the quality of the Hass can drop dramatically during the winter months, so a lot of them are imported from Chile and Mexico to fill the gap. In recent years at the Market we’ve been focusing our attention on other seasonal avocados to fill the void before Hass season starts. These seasonal varieties may not have the same high-oil content and rich buttery texture, but they’re unique in their own ways and a pleasure to eat.

The one winter variety that has the produce lovers at Bi-Rite excited this time of year is the Sir Prize Avocado grown by Tenalu in Porterville, CA. The Sir Prize avocado was created during the Open Pollination Breeding Trial by the University of California, and it’s considered the “Grandchild of the Hass.” The Sir Prize is able to grow in colder climates and ripens 2 months before the Hass in California.

CitrusAvoFennelSaladThe Sir Prize is a thin-skinned, pear-shaped avocado that turns black and get very soft when it’s perfectly ripe. They also have the most flesh-to-seed/skin ratio of any commercial avocado. It has a nutty taste, and it’s high-oil so it’s great in guacamole or just sprinkled with a bit of salt and lemon. Avocados are most commonly thrown on a sandwich or whipped up into guacamole, but if you like to eat seasonally, they pair really well with another crop that’s in season– citrus! Try our Fennel, Blood Orange, Avocado Salad recipe from Eat Good Food, that highlights three of our favorite seasonal produce items and pairs them with Dungeness crab. We are staying optimistic for California’s Dungeness Crab Season this year, as crab really takes this salad over the top!  Even without the crab this salad demonstrates how fresh California winter can taste with clean raw fennel, sweet citrus, and wonderfully nutty avocado. Since Blood Orange season has yet to begin, try it with Navel Oranges or Satsuma Mandarins. If you love to eat with the seasons, don’t miss the Sir Prize Avocado! Come by one of the markets and ask for a taste today.


Chili

ONE DAY ONLY: 12/11 Save $3/lb on Prime Rib for Christmas via Instacart

A7oRWNa-WG8ySjqC-4hGwPYuxjCmu_52psFbYbRZbjoNothing tells your guests you love them more than an elegant Prime Rib, the perfect showpiece for your holiday table!  For ONE DAY ONLY on Friday, December 11, save $3/lb on Five Dot Ranch Beef Prime Rib when you pre-order from our online Holiday Market (only $15.99/lb, regularly $18.99/lb), for in-store pick-up.  Order your Prime Rib here!

Five Dot Ranch, located in Susanville, CA,  produces grass-fed beef raised without hormones or antibiotics.  Finished on rice bran and barley, their beef is tender, juicy, and deliciously marbled.  First time cooking Prime Rib?  We’ve got you covered with our simple and delicious recipe.

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Last Chance of the Year for 20% Off Wine!

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ChristmasblingIt’s your last chance to get blitzed with us!  Our final Wine Blitz of the year is happening NOW through this Sunday, December 13th – the perfect time to snag the limited-selection wines you want before the year is done! Gearing up to host family or a holiday party?  Getting ready for a sparkling New Year?  Now is the time to save 20% on 12 or more bottles across our entire selection.  Stop by either Market before the weekend is through, speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members, and save on all of your holiday wine needs.

Here is a sneak peak at some of our favorite featured, limited-quantity wines for this Holiday Wine Blitz that you won’t want to miss!

BermejoBermejo Brut Nature Sparkling Rosado Canary Islands, Spain n/v
Regular Price $44.99 Blitz Price $35.99 (save $5!)

We were stunned speechless when we tasted this exotic sparkling wine from the Canary Islands. Located in Lanzarote, it is the easternmost of the Canaries – a chain of seven islands off the coast of Morocco. Made from a red grape called Listan Negro, this sparkling is elegant but shows power and depth that rivals any Champagne. We have only a handful of this special wine so be sure to give us a call before it’s gone (415.241.9760 for 18 Street, or Divis at 415.551.7900).

PoeChardonnayPoe Chardonnay “Ferrington Vineyard” Anderson Valley, CA 2013
Regular Price $44.99 Blitz Price $35.99 (save $9!)

Our Divisadero Wine Manager, John Herbstritt, professed his love for California Chardonnay after having this wine at the winery, and we couldn’t agree with him more.  Winemaker Samantha Sheehan sourced the grapes from the Ferrington Vineyard in Anderson Valley, which was first planted in the late 1960s.  This Chardonnay is quite expressive with notes of golden apples, yellow flowers, and mineral notes.

EnderleEnderle & Moll “Liaison” Pinot Noir Baden, Germany 2013
Regular Price $34.99 Blitz Price $27.99 (save $7!)
The estate known as Enderle & Moll is really just two guys, a tiny cellar, a basket press, a few hectares of old vines, and a hell of a lot of buzz – their wines are that compelling. Sven Enderle and Florian Moll work with very old vines, farm biodynamically, and use barrels from Dujac in Burgundy.  This all adds up to a stunning Pinot Noir from Germany.

MoulinChateau Moulin de Tricot Margaux Bordeaux, France 2009
Regular Price $49.99 Blitz Price $39.99 (save $10!)

I love Bordeaux but with Parker and Wine Spectator overvaluing their worth for years, all the “growths” producers are priced out of my wallet.  Luckily, there are importers like Neal Rosenthal who seek out amazing small family producers who are not part of the Parker’s elite club. Chateau Moulin de Tricot was founded in the 19th century by the ancestors of the current proprietor, Bruno Rey. This wine is the definition of Margaux: elegant with complex flavors that could age for decades.


Waverley Aufmuth

Our Favorite Recipes for Your Holiday Table

It’s time to gather ’round the table!

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We are proud to offer Five Dot Ranch grass-fed, beautifully marbled Beef Brisket and Beef Prime Ribfor your holiday celebrations, NOW PrimeRibAVAILABLE for Online Pre-Orderfrom our Instacart Holiday Market for easy pick-up at either Bi-Rite Market location.Order yours today!

 

Planning your Prime Rib dinner? For ONE DAY ONLY save $3 per pound on our Five Dot Ranch Beef Prime Rib! Pre-Order your Prime Rib this Friday, December 11, from our Instacart Holiday Market for this special pricing of $15.99/lb (regularly $18.99/lb), for easy, in-store pick-up.

 

 

Tips for Brisket, Prime Rib, and our Favorite Holiday Recipes

Get our favorite seasonal recipes for Holiday side dishes and desserts, plus tips from our Chefs for cooking the perfect Prime Rib or Brisket.

Download recipes, shop them online for delivery,
or ask for a recipe card when you visit Bi-Rite Market!

 

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 Easy Steps for Holiday 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 Holiday Hotline is available at(415) 241-9760; select option 3 for Holiday menu-planning and ordering assistance. Menus can also be ordered in person with Bi-Rite Market staff at either market location, or by phone.

Chili

American Wagyu: A Bi-Rite Exclusive

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It’s amazing when you get the opportunity to taste something that so completely exceeds your expectations. Last June, Clydene Bultman, owner of Thompson River Ranch, reached out to see if she could arrange to taste me through her American Wagyu program. What I tried was some of the most amazing beef I have ever tasted, I almost felt like it was a disservice calling it beef.  Each cut of Clydene’s Wagyu has an unparalleled level of tenderness that creates a truly sensational flavor experience. After that first meeting, I knew that I had to find a way to bring her American Wagyu beef into Bi-Rite.

shortribsSo what is Wagyu beef? It is the same breed of cattle that creates Japan’s famed Kobe beef, prized all over the world for its amazing marbling, tenderness, and flavor. Clydene has been raising her herd of “High Percentage, Long Fed American Wagyu” for the last ten years; by slowly allowing her animals to gain weight and aiming for a 75%-100% Wagyu genetics, her beef is far superior to most Wagyu available for retail. Thompson River Ranch is a heritage, working cattle ranch set on a 120-year-old homestead in Montana’s picturesque Thompson Valley, where the cattle graze on forest land, forage in the mountains, and are finished on barley. Bi-Rite has chosen to partner up with Thompson River Ranch for this exclusive offer to our guests of the most luxurious and sought-after beef around, from a rancher who is fully committed to raising cattle the responsible way you’ve come to know and expect when you purchase your meat from Bi-Rite.

WagyuPlateThis holiday season we will be accepting weekly pre-orders for a Thompson River Ranch American Wagyu Beef Box (orders must be received by 5pm Sunday for in-store pick-up the following Friday). This is an exciting opportunity to purchase over five pounds of fresh, Wagyu beef, cut-to-order and butchered locally, for an extremely reasonable price of $175. Each box contains a generous, 16-ounce portion of ribeye, a 16-ounce New York strip steak, two, 8-ounce sirloin steaks, 1.5 pounds ground beef and a zabuton (Japanese-style boneless short rib). This box is a fantastic gift for any beef lover, and is also the perfect way to introduce yourself to the wonderful world of American Wagyu. Stop by the meat counter at either Market and place your order today, or email chili@biritemarket.com for more information!

Jessie Rogers

Pre-Order Everything for Hanukkah & Christmas Online!

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Happy Holidays! Our House-Made Hanukkah and Christmas Menus are now available for online pre-order from our Instacart Holiday Market, for easy pick-up at either Bi-Rite Market location. We’re featuring all of our favorites and must-haves, including Five Dot Ranch Beef Prime Rib and Beef Brisket, savory side dishes for Hanukkah & Christmas, beautiful seasonal desserts from Bi-Rite Creamery, and an array of unique, delicious, and beautiful gift items for everyone on your list.

 

Holiday Centerpieces from Five Dot Ranch

Five Dot Ranch, located in Susanville, CA, produces grass-fed beef raised without hormones or antibiotics. Finished on rice bran and barley, their beef is tender, juicy, and delicious.
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Nothing tells your guests you love them more than an elegant Prime Rib,
the perfect showpiece for your holiday table!

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Juicy, tender, and highly marbled, it’s the perfect
centerpiece for your Hanukkah celebrations.

 

Our House-Made Holiday Menus are packed with delicious side dishes that provide the perfect accompaniment to Prime Rib, Brisket, Ham, and Turkey. Bi-Rite Creamery‘s special holiday desserts provide the finishing touch, and also make a great hostess or party gift.

Explore our House-Made Hanukkah Menu Here

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Try items from our Holiday Menus at these Preview Tastings:

Saturday, December 12, 3-6pm at both Bi-Rite Market locations
Sunday, December 13, 3-6pm at both Bi-Rite Market locations

 

Easy Steps for Holiday Pre-Orders

  • All orders from Bi-Rite’s Instacart Holiday Market are for in-store pick-up only, a
    t 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! Call us at (415) 241-9760; select option 3 for menu-planning and ordering assistance. Menus can also be ordered in person with Bi-Rite Market staff at either market location, or by phone.
Don’t forget the Wine! Stock up & Save 20% during our Holiday Wine Blitz Sale!
Read about some of our faves for the holiday season.

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

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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.

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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.