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John Herbstritt

It’s Mid-Summer Rosé Season!

As many of you know already, Rosé season is near the top of the list as far as seasons go here at Bi-Rite. We usually celebrate the Rosé Solstice in March with the onset of Moulin de Gassac-mania, and the shelves tend to bloom pinker and pinker as the year progresses. The fall brings a steadily dwindling crop and somewhere around mid-October the sun sets on rosé, and the good citizens of San Francisco turn to other beverages to provide solace during the short days of winter. But right now around mid-July, we are enjoying the fattest and most delicious crop of rosés yet from Southern France, Spain and even our own backyard. In fact, although rosé gets lots of attention at the beginning of the season, I am an even bigger fan of the mid-season releases.

 

Since they have a little more time to age and develop flavors, the mid-summer rosés tend to have more going on. While the spring crop is usually bright, fresh, floral, and quite charming, the extra depth of flavor, texture, and minerality
from some of the later releases make it worthwhile to save at least some of your rosé thirst for the months of July and August. Take a break and visit your old friend Sauvignon Blanc for a week or two; when you get back to rosé country your palate will be primed and ready.

 

Another insider tip for you rosé drinkers out there: for myriad reasons some of your favorite California producers release their rosés earlier and earlier each year, though some of them could definitely benefit from an extra month or two in the bottle. The wise man or woman buys a case of Arnot-Roberts in March and then drinks it in August. Although we don’t have any more A-R right now, we do have six magnums of Matthiasson Rosé at our Divisadero location just in their prime at $49.99 each. A little treat for somebody lucky or intrepid enough to read to the end of this newsletter. Email me if you would like me to set something aside for you: johnh@biritemarket.com.

 

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Domaine La Suffrene Vin de Pays Provencal Rosé | $14.99
After years of selling grapes to the local co-op, Cedric Gravier started making wine on his family estate in 1996. The result has been terroir-driven wines with clean fruit and bright, fresh acidity. His Mourvedre-blend rose recipé is archetypal (that’s a good thing), and Cedric’s decision to bottle means fabulous value.

Muga Rioja Rosé  | $14.99
Muga makes one of the most distinctively delicious rosados in Rioja, indeed in all of Spain. It is a style referred to locally as “clarete,” which is a lighter type of rosé made by combining white wine with some red. It’s tangy and dry with red berry fruit and apricot notes.

Domaine du Pas de L’escalette Ze Rozé | $19.99 750 mL $44.99 magnum
Meet our new favorite French rosé! Made with mostly Cinsault, this rosé is beautifully balanced with tart red fruits, herbs, and a hint of briny minerality. Perfect with goat cheese!

Matthiasson Rosé Magnum | $49.99 Only six left at Divisadero!
SF Chronicle’s Winemaker of the Year, Steve Matthiasson, has done it again! His rosé has bright aromas of grapefruit and white peach with crisp acidity and a dry finish that make a refreshing sipper for a sunny day!  Email johnh@biritemarket.com if you are interested.


Matt R.

Bi-Rite’s Spring Wine Blitz: Drink Pink!

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Spring has sprung! With the warm weather, the abundance of spring produce suddenly available, and the arrival of new fresh goat and sheep milk cheeses, we’ve definitely made the transition into springtime. And what better way to ease your wine drinking into spring than with the latest rosé releases!

Rosé Season, as we call it, is the time of year to celebrate the release of the wide range of rosés available this time of year. And we’ve got plenty of pink on our shelves right now and will throughout the spring and summer as we rotate through exciting and limited release rosés from our favorite producers.

And don’t forget, our Spring Wine Blitz is coming up very soon! From Monday, April 28th through Sunday, May 4th, you can get 20% off mixed cases of wine with free delivery within San Francisco – now at both Markets! So come by and try some of these rosés and start making your Spring Blitz wish list!

Wine12012 Chateau Coupes Roses Fremillant Rosé – $11.99; Blitz Price – $9.59
Chateau Coupes Roses is located in the small one-street village of La Caunette, just upstream from the townof Minerve in the Languedoc. Their vineyards are located on some of Frances more dramatic landscapes, planted on a rocky limestone plateau 1350 feet above sea level. It almost seems as though life shouldn’t exist on these high rocky plateaus surrounded by sheer cliffs, but their vines’ roots dig deep into the limestone to thrive. The rosé is a blend of mostly Mourvedre along with Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah. A beautiful ruby hue, the wine has notes of herbs, spice, and ripe strawberry with a dry and refreshing finish. A heartier rosé that will pair well with heartier spring fare!

Wine22013 Matthiasson Rosé – $24.99; Blitz Price – $19.99
The SF Chronicle’s Winemaker of the Year, Steve Matthiasson has released his latest rosé and it’s stunning! It’s a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Counoise, and Syrah from the Windmill vineyard in the Dunnigan Hills of Yolo County. Steve is all about preserving acidity in his wines and so his rosé is made in a lighter, fresher style. Notes of tart grapefruit and white peach lead to a minerally and mouthwatering palate. Great alongisde fresh pasta with spring veggies and goat cheese!

Wine32013 Copain Tous Ensemble Rosé – $19.99; Blitz Price – $15.99
Winemaker Wells Guthrie crafts some of the most elegant Pinot Noir and Syrah in the Anderson Valley. His Tous Ensemble Rosé is a blend of various vineyard sites in the Anderson Valley and is as elegant as Copain’s other wines. A rounded soft texture and lovely floral and red berry notes make this rosé an easy companion any warm spring or summer evening. No wonder it was on the SF Chronicle’s most recent list of Best 20 Wine Under $20!


Wine42013 Ameztoi Txakoli ‘Rubentis’ Rosé – $21.99; Blitz Price – $17.59
Ok, time to remember your Basque pronunciation skills! This Txakoli (say ‘chok-oh-lee’) rosé is a rare and special wine from Basque country Spain. Usually, Txakoli is made into white wine and is the everyday drink of the Basque people, with its typical tart acidity and light effervescence that pairs so well with the abundant seafood of the region. This rosé is a lovely expression of typical Txakoli, but pink! Tart blood orange and lemon notes lead to a crisp palate with that typical spritzy-ness that is too mouthwatering to only enjoy one glass of.

Wine52013 Birichino Vin Gris  –  $14.99; Blitz Price – $11.99
To us, this is what rosé season is all about! Fresh, light, quaffable, and affordable rosé all in a beautiful package! Made from Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Rolle (Vermentino) from vineyards both in the Sierra Foothills and Gilroy, this rosé gives some Provencal rosés a run for their money! Bone dry, with notes of cranberry, rose petal, and mouthwatering acidity. Drink it now!

Don’t hesitate to call us with any questions or special requests (415.241.9760 for 18th St. or 415.551.7900 for Divis) or email wine@biritemarket.com.

Upcoming Events:

Spring Wine Blitz! – Monday, April 28 through Sunday, May 4 – At Both Bi-Rite Markets!