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Celebrating a Year on Divisadero Street with Special Offers!

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It’s hard to believe, but it’s already been a year since we opened our second Bi-Rite Market on Divisadero Street in the Western Addition, bringing our mission of creating community through food to a whole new neighborhood. It was a big undertaking that took several years to bring to fruition, and all of that work has been worth it! We’ve felt at home in the Mission District since Sam Mogannam‘s family first took over the original Bi-Rite neighborhood grocery 50 years ago, and we’ve continued to grow Bi-Rite into a family of businesses with our Creamery & Bakeshop and our non-profit community space, 18 Reasons, all located on the same block of 18th Street. It has been an honor over the past 12 months to expand that work into another burgeoning, vibrant area of San Francisco. From the day we first cast open our new doors on Divisadero Street, the people and businesses of the Western Addition have made us feel welcome, and we are incredibly grateful.

So, to celebrate our One-Year Anniversary at Bi-Rite Market Divisadero, we’re offering special products and great values in every department of our store from Monday, March 31 through Sunday, April 6. Most of these will be available both at Divisadero AND at our original 18th Street location, so stop on in and enjoy!

  • Pixies2Produce: Just $7.99 for a 4 lb bag of organic, farm-direct Seedless Pixie Tangerines from Jim Churchill, “The Tangerine Man” in Ojai, CA. Sweet, juicy, and easy to peel!
  • Butcher: Grass-Fed New York Strip from Estancia Beef, value priced at only $13.99/lb (regularly $17.99/lb)
  • ChristinaToteBagGrocery: Bi-Rite Canvas Bag for $1 (regularly $4.99). Made from organic repurposed cotton. *ONLY available at Bi-Rite Market on Divisadero
  • Grocery: Bi-Rite Creamery Chocolate Midnight Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, 2-pack for just $5 (regularly $5.99)
  • Cheese: Special Anniversary Cheese! Tarentaise Reserve, made on March 1, 2013, the day that Bi-Rite Market Divisadero opened. Ripened just in time for our 1st Birthday! *ONLY available at Bi-Rite Market on Divisadero
  • Wine: Two incredible values! Celebrate Spring with a sparkler! M. Bonnamy Crémant de Loire Rosé for $11.11/bottle (regularly $14.99)–100% Cabernet Franc Extra Brut. Or try the red Rejadorada Toro for $19.99/bottle (regularly $24.99)
  • birthdaysundaeBi-Rite Creamery Scoop Shop: $5 Birthday Sundae Special!—You choose your ice cream favor, we’ll add whipped cream & sprinkles! *ONLY available at Bi-Rite Market on Divisadero

We look forward to seeing you!


Matt R.

St. Valentine and Grape Vines: An Unusual History‏

st. valentineWhat do St. Valentine and grape vines have in common? The answer may surprise you!

In the 1800s, in the town of Roquemaure in the Rhône Valley, wine business was booming! Roquemaure’s wines had become known throughout France and they were one of the first villages known to label their wines CDR (Côtes du Rhône) to distinguish them as a sign of quality. Yet in 1866, strange things were happening to their precious vineyards. In Roqumaure, and all over Europe, grape vines were mysteriously dying, and no one knew why.

Things were getting desperate and French newspapers and local clergy blamed mankind’s reliance on science rather than God for the sudden vine deaths. In 1868, a Roquemaure dignitary, Maximilian Richard, was sent to Rome to acquire some relics of a patron saint for protection of the vines. He returned with the relics of St. Valentine and housed them in Roquemaure’s church of Saint-Jean-l’Evangeliste. The hopes of the villagers lay in the relics of St. Valentine to help protect the vines and to help the farmers determine why the vines were dying. And then in July of 1868, an accidental pickax blow by a farmer to a grape vine revealed the culprit – tiny yellow aphid-like creatures sucking on the vine’s roots. Phyolloxera!

In time, the French discovered that grafting European vines onto American rootstock, which was resistant to phylloxera, would allow the vines to grow unharmed. And however scientific the ‘cure’, St. Valentine had won a place in the hearts of the people of Roquemaure, where his relics are still housed and celebrated each year with La Fete des Amoureux (The Festival of Lovers).

So help celebrate St. Valentine and his contribution to wine (by way of a comfort to the people of Roquemaure) by enjoying some festive bubbly and cheese!

2011 Champ Divin Cremant du Jura Brut Rose  -  $22.99

wine 1Valerie and Fabrice Closset-Gaziaux have lived a life close to nature. They both grew up with families that kept bees, biodynamic gardens, and vineyards. They’ve both worked together helping farmers and winemakers convert to and farm using biodynamics. In 2009, after travelling the world spreading biodynamic know-how, they decided to settle in the Jura and bought a property with five hectares of vines. Their first bottlings are such a pleasure to drink! This sparkling rose is made in the Champagne method with Trousseau and Pinot Noir grapes. It has aromas of fresh red berries and flavors of tart rhubarb, herbs, and a lush fizz-filled finish. Perfect for your Valentine!

NV Guiborat Fils Extra Brut Tradition Champagne  -  $39.99

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The Fouquet family has a long tradition in Champagne, having farmed their eight hectares in the sub-region of Cramant since 1885. Today, 5th generation Richard Fouquet and his wife Karine run the estate. While they have traditionally sold most of their grapes to other producers, life many in Champagne do, they’ve recently started saving some of their grapes and bottling their own Champagnes. The Extra Brut tradition is about 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier. Although there’s not added dosage (sugar added after disgorgement), a bright floral and honeycomb nose leads to a rich palate full of stone fruit flavors and salty minerality. A great value for a great grower-producer of Champagne!

A Toast for Two: Champagne and Cheese Bundle – $39.99

toast for twoImpress your special someone with the perfect pairing, presented in a pre-made festive package. We’ve done the work for you and have these bundles pre-made and ready to grab at either Market. Each bundle includes one wheel of Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tam cheese, a delicious, local, soft-ripened triple-creme, along with one split bottle (375 mL) of Guy Charlemagne Reserve Brut Champagne. This 100% Chardonnay Grand Gru Champagne is decadent, elegant and a perfect match for the rich and buttery Mt. Tam!

 

Upcoming Tastings:

18th Hour Cafe - Thursdays, 6-9PM – Drop-In – At 18 Reasons. On Thursday, February 13, 18th Hour Cafe celebrates San Francisco Beer Week!

Champagne Tasting with Sacred Thirst Selections – Friday, February 14, 4-6PM – At Bi-Rite Divisadero

21st Amendment Brewing Tasting – Saturday, February 15, 4-6PM – At Bi-Rite Divisadero

Speakeasy Brewery Tasting – Sunday, February 16, 4-6PM – At Bi-Rite Divisadero

Rich Higgins Beer Workshop: Food Pairing Techniques – Saturday, February 15, 3-5:30PM – At 18 Reasons

Tasting Seminar: Wine Basics with Pamela Busch – Saturday, February 22, 1-5PM – At 18 Reasons

Inexpensive and Incredible: How to Spot Great Value Wine – Monday April 21, 7-9PM, At 18 Reasons

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.


Matt R.

December Wine Blitz Picks: Celebratory Sparklers!

WinePostcardWe hope everyone had an enjoyable and delicious Thanksgiving and Hanukkah last week! With the condensed holiday season this year, believe it or not, it’s already time to start planning for Christmas and the New Year! Our final Wine Blitz of the year kicks off next week, Monday, December 9th and runs through Sunday, December, 15th at Bi-Rite on 18th Street. This is your last chance for 2013 to stock up on vino! During Blitz, you’ll get 20% off when you buy 12 or more bottles mix-and-match, and we’re once again offering free wine delivery within San Francisco! Think of all those upcoming gifts and holiday parties–you’ll need some wine!

Join us this Friday, December 6th from 6-8PM at 18 Reasons for our Blitz Preview Tasting. You’ll get to sample 25+ wines we’re excited about for the December Blitz and decide which to add to your Blitz wish list!

Can’t make it to the store during Blitz week? Worried about crowds? Shoot us an email or give us a ring to let us know what you’re looking for. We’re happy to pick out wines for you, apply the 20% discount during Blitz week, and set your wines aside for pick-up or delivery. Easy!

This week, we’re focused on all the Holiday entertaining left to do! We’re sure you have at least one or two holiday parties to attend (or even plan!) this season and need a perfect bottle of bubbly to round out the celebrations! Each of the sparkling wines below are great values for festive and celebratory sparklers. And not only are sparkling wines festive, they pair well with almost any food! Add these to your Blitz wish list today, as many of them are limited!

2011 Raventós i Blanc de Nit Rosé  -  $24.99; Blitz Price  -  $19.99

blancdenitCava, Spain’s national sparkling wine, has a long tradition–a tradition that dates back to the Raventós family in 1497. The Raventós estate has been producing wine since this time and Josep Raventós was the first to produce a sparkling wine in Spain in 1872. Today Pepe Raventós carries on his family’s tradition of winemaking and has worked to craft some of the best sparkling wines in Spain. Focused on standing apart from the multitude of mediocre Cavas produced by cooperatives in Spain, Pepe has studied with some the best winemakers in France, including Didier Dagueuneau and Phillippe Blanc. Since Pepe’s time at the winery in 2001, Raventós has converted fully to biodynamic wine-making and now produces stunning Cavas that are on the wine lists of some of Spain’s best restaurants. Their rose is extremely elegant with scents of fresh strawberry, tart tangerine, and a dry, lively finish!

NV Domaine Dupasquier ‘Perles d’Aimavigne’  -  $22.99; Blitz Price  -  $18.39

NVDupasquierWe’re not shy about loving basically everything from Domaine Dupasquier. Their dedication to preserving the native grapes of the Savoie, the amazing quality of the wines they produce, and the fact that simply drinking their wines is helping to preserve centuries-old winemaking traditions are all reasons Domaine Dupasquier has a special place in our hearts and in our wine glasses. The newest wine we’re stoked to have on our shelves is their sparkling. Made from native grapes Jacquere and Altesse with a bit of Chardonnay, their bubbly is one of our favorites this season. Notes of tart apple and white flowers lead to a crisp palate with a round finish. Perfect with anything from starters to sweets!

NV M. Bonnamy Crémant de Loire Brut  -  $14.99; Blitz Price  -  $11.99

NVBonnamyEasily one of the best values on our sparkling shelf, the Crémant de Loire from M. Bonnamy is a no-brainer. From hand-harvested Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Franc vines grown on limestone soils, this bubbly is a great alternative to pricier Champagnes. A lush and round texture is full of notes of toast, tart green apple, and quince. The perfect wine to get your guests started at the beginning of your holiday party!

 

Upcoming Events:

December Wine Blitz!! – Monday, December 9 – Sunday, December 15

*18th St. Location Only*

 Upcoming Tastings:

December Wine Blitz Preview Tasting – Friday, December 6, 6-8PM, Drop-In

Tasting Seminar: Champagne and Sparkling Wine – Monday, December 9, 7-9PM, Ticketed

18th Hour Cafe - Every Thursday, 6-9PM, Drop-In


Matt R.

Celebrating and Saving the Savoie: Domaine Belluard et Fils

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Imagine if 16 square blocks in San Francisco (roughly 5% of Golden Gate Park) were planted with wine grapes! Now imagine that those 16 blocks were planted with the last remaining vines in the whole world of a particular varietal. Although not located in SF, that’s the case with Gringet, an extremely rare varietal that is only grown in a corner of the Savoie, France.

 

We’re not shy about having a soft spot for the Savoie here at Bi-Rite. This small region of Eastern France tucked into the Alps has a long history and a great food and wine tradition. In particular, the village of Ayse has faced major challenges: The once thriving wine industry in the region was nearly wiped out by a combination of disease and two World Wars. 375 hectares planted in Ayse in the 1760s were reduced to just 19 remaining hectares in 1962.

The Belluard family began farming in Ayse in 1947 with small vineyards of Gringet and some fruit orchards. Today, 5th generation winemakers Dominique and Patrick Belluard run this biodynamically farmed vineyard and own 12 of the last 22 remaining hectares of Gringet planted in the world. They’ve set out to preserve this nearly extinct grape, and now produce stunning wines that truly express the terroir of Savoie and the unique qualities of Gringet. They ferment and age their wines in concrete eggs and clay amphorae and age their sparkling wines themselves in house. (A rarity, as many sparkling wine producers outsource the ‘aging’ process to contracted cellars.) We’re so excited to welcome three of the Belluards’ wines to our shelves this week. As you can imagine, they’re all extremely limited so taste them while you can!
 
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NV Belluard Ayse Brut  -  $24.99
Gringet’s history is also remarkable: It is believed to predate the presence of Romans in the Savoie! Once mistaken for Traminer because it looks similar, Gringet has since been determined to be its own varietal and has a distinct flavor and texture. This sparkling is made in the Champagne method and aged on the lees for 2 years. Again, the Belluards insist in doing this themselves rather than outsourcing – a considerable investment in time and storage space. The wine has a stunning golden hue with aromas of apples, quince, and almonds. It has a light, nutty quality, chalky minerality, lush texture, and a dry finish; it’s very elegant and sophisticated!
 
BrutZero12009 Belluard Mont Blanc Zero  -  $34.99
Named for the iconic highest elevation in the Alps, Mont Blanc, this bottling is from a single low-yielding vineyard parcel. It’s a vintage bottling, unlike the Ayse, and is aged for 4 years on the lees before being disgorged. The term ‘Brut Zero’ refers to the fact that this sparkling receives no dosage (the mix of extra wine after disgorgement that is sometimes used to add some sugar back into the wine). The result is an absolutely bone-dry bubbly with fascinating balance of lush yellow plum, ginger, and tropical flavors alongside austere minerality and a crisp finish.
Only 3 cases available (at 18th location).

LeFeu12011 Belluard Le Feu  -  $44.99
This is the newest vintage of the Belluard’s bottling, Le Feu. The name translates to ‘The Fire’ and refers to the iron rich clay soils of this vineyard which dye the earth a fiery red color. This vineyard is also the Belluard’s best site with a steep south-facing slope and their oldest vines. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and aged in concrete eggs. The nose has aromas of singed herbs, lemon, white flowers, and almonds. The texture is mouth-coating with layered flavors of white peach, dried herb, and a lingering stone-like minerality.
 
Upcoming Tastings and Events at 18 Reasons: