Bi-Rite Market, the Mission’s foodie-heaven and purveyor of tasty, tasty ice cream, also happens to host a gem of a wine department. Every year, they host a Holiday Wine Blitz, offering 20% off mix-and-match cases of wine and free delivery in SF. In anticipation of my Thanksgiving wine needs, I decided to stop by this past weekend’s Blitz, and–an hour later–walked out with an exciting, yet random, array of wines.
At first, I was a little intimidated by Bi-Rite’s selection. Even though there were a handful of familiar names and labels, there were also some funky blends, and some unknown varietals. Example: anyone drink a Mondeuse recently?.
Thankfully, Trac (Bi-rite’s friendly wine buyer) and his merry band of elves made this a really enjoyable shopping experience. They helped me select a broad range of wines priced from $14-$30. I came away with an eclectic case of wine, and am eagerly waiting to open each and every one of these bottles. (I have to admit — I was giddy when I walked out of the store).
Whether you’re looking for affordable bottles under $20 or willing to spend more for a special bottle, Bi-Rite has something for you. They may not have the space to have the range of wines that K&L or Arlequin carry, but you can tell they’ve put a lot of thought into each and every wine they carry. You’ll have a lot of fun by picking a few bottles of some known entities (Ridge, Unti, Kermit Lynch Selections), and then having the staff recommend some more random finds that may push you in a slightly different direction.
So if you need to stock up on wine for holiday-season dinner parties, stop by Bi-Rite during their next Wine Blitz Weekend, December 10-13. You won’t be disappointed,
BONUS: Bi-Rite will be hosting a tasting on December 3rd from 6pm to 9pm at their community space/art gallery — 18 Reasons. Meet Trac and the rest of the team, and taste some of their favorite wines. You can get more information here.
Here are a few bottles I bought at Bi-Rite, each under $20 when you factor in the discount:
- 2007 Monastero Suore Cistercensi Coenobium (Italian White Blend)
- 2006 Kiralyudvar Tokaji Sec (Hungary)
- 2008 Sottimano Mate (Italian Brachetto (red varietal, usually a dessert wine))
- 2007 Famille Peillot Bugey Mondeuse (French red)