Our Wine Team’s Top Picks

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Exploring the Bi-Rite wine department is like stepping foot in an intimate wine shop. Featuring bottles from small producers focused on sustainable farming and low-intervention winemaking, our selection is ripe for discovering something new and delicious. Close relationships with prestigious distributors and producers alike, our team is able to secure access to allocations normally available only at San Francisco’s top restaurants. Read on to meet our wine team and learn about which wines they can’t get enough of.

 

Zach

Divisadero Wine Specialist

Zach

Divisadero Wine Specialist

Zach discovered his love of wine while avoiding his pre-med classes in college and taking Cultural Anthropology classes instead. Sixteen years later he’s now traveled the world learning about wine. From Spain to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Japan and the entire Southern Hemisphere, Zach’s tastes tend towards the exotic. What he really loves most are restrained, clean, and honest wines that clearly express the place, time, and person they come from.

Wine Pick

Denis et Laurence Race Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2016 $29.99

Wine Pick

Denis et Laurence Race Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2016 $29.99

“One sip and we bought every case available in the San Francisco area. This 2016 Chablis is totally open right out of the bottle with brightly delineated notes of white peach, nectarine, gardenia, and a touch of lime.”

Desiree

18th Street Wine and Cheese Department Head

Desiree

18th Street Wine and Cheese Department Head

Desiree’s extensive background in hospitality and wine spans more than a decade. Having studied under Dr. Frank Juge at the University of Central Florida, she achieved her Level 1 Court of Masters certification in 2010 while concurrently managing a 3,000 square foot wine store. Her current interests are in the ‘natural wine’ and ‘dry farmed’ movements. She especially enjoys light reds, like Aloxe-Corton from Burgundy.

Wine Pick

Red: Michel Juillot Mercurey 1er Les Champs 2016 $39.99

Wine Pick

Red: Michel Juillot Mercurey 1er Les Champs 2016 $39.99

“A premier-cru Burgundy for under $50?! Usually impossible but Mercurey is not quite as famous as Gevrey-Chambertin or Vosne Romanee, but still an incredible bottle so this is a great deal for Burgundy lovers.”

Giselle

18th Street Wine Specialist

Giselle

18th Street Wine Specialist

Growing up in an Argentine household, Giselle was exposed to the symbiotic relationship between food and wine at an early age. Later while working in some of Orange County’s elegant Italian restaurants, Giselle was further inspired by uniting family and friends at the dinner table alongside extensive Italian wine lists. Her favorite wines are light to medium bodied reds that can be enjoyed with or without food on a sunny day at the park.

Wine Pick

Jolie-Laide Trousseau Gris 2017

Wine Pick

Jolie-Laide Trousseau Gris 2017

“Scott Schultz is making some of the most interesting wines in California right now. This Trousseau Gris is technically a skin-macerated Rosé but it drinks like a mineral white with red fruit aromas. Super interesting and very delicious.”

Darren

Divisadero Wine Specialist

Darren

Divisadero Wine Specialist

Darren spent years as a chef in several of New York City’s Michelin starred restaurants before relocating to San Francisco. After opening several restaurants and refining his palate as a bartender, Darren left the restaurant industry and joined the Bi-Rite family. He loves sharing his knowledge of food and enjoys helping guests discover new wines.

Wine Pick

Valentin Zusslin Sylvaner Alsace, France $29.99

Wine Pick

Valentin Zusslin Sylvaner Alsace, France $29.99

“This is an incredibly structured Sylvaner with crisp acidity, and a lush, slightly waxy texture. The palate shines with notes of roasted pear, rich sherry, and a vibrant finish. It’s a wonderful expression of Sylvaner and not what many would expect, it’s really a wine to be cherished.”

Dejah

18th Street Wine Specialist

Dejah

18th Street Wine Specialist

Dejah has worked in the wine industry for over 20 years, working in all kinds of roles, from manager and sommelier at restaurants, to wine sales for a local wine distributor. She is a certified Level 2 sommelier by the Court of Sommeliers and certified WSET level 2 educator. As a graduate of Johnson & Wales University Culinary Arts program, she also has a keen culinary perspective and enjoys consulting with Bi-Rite guests to find the perfect wine pairing. When she feels like treating herself, you’ll find her enjoying grower Champagne at home.

Wine Pick

Oddero Dolcetto d’Abla $21.99

Wine Pick

Oddero Dolcetto d’Abla $21.99

“I love Barolos made by Oddero but for everyday drinking, I reach for their unsung Dolcetto. Planted in some of their immaculate vineyards, this Dolcetto is hearty yet elegant and food friendly. I love this with steak or pork chops.”

Liz

Divisadero Alcohol and Cheese Department Head

Liz

Divisadero Alcohol and Cheese Department Head

As the department head of both alcohol and cheese at the Divisadero shop, Liz believes most in the augmentation of any and all experiences. From pairing wine for dinner with your in-laws to bottle swigging on your porch, no moment should be left sub-fantastic in her view. She is Somm certified, but mainly lets her astute intuition and genuine love for people guide her recommendations. As for wines, she loves balance and acidity, and red-fruit character. Lighter reds from the Loire and Beaujolais and mineral-laden Champagne make her come alive.

Wine Pick

Batic Rebula Blend

Wine Pick

Batic Rebula Blend

“This blend from Slovenia receives a lot of skin contact to transform its color and texture. It adds that something different to a case. To me it tastes like salty dried peaches and is great with curry dishes or stews with plenty of herbs and spice.”

Trac

Alcohol Buyer

Trac

Alcohol Buyer

Trac’s love of wines started as a cook at Napa Valley’s La Toque restaurant where he would stay after work to help buff wine glasses in exchange for tasting wines with the wine director. Fast forward decades later and he’s found a home at Bi-Rite Market and has been curating the wine set for the past 10 years as Bi-Rite’s alcohol buyer. Trac’s love of wine is really an extension of his love of food, and the belief that a meal isn’t complete without wine on the table. He gravitates toward wines that are a true expression of the grape and region.

Wine Pick

Do Ferreiro Albarino 2017

Wine Pick

Do Ferreiro Albarino 2017

“Similar to Riesling and Chenin Blanc, Albarino is a grape that can be a chameleon in term of flavors and aromatics. It can be mineral and dry or floral and fruity. Gerardo Mendez is the king of Albarino and his wines are serious, mineral-driven style. Salty from the nearby ocean with notes of pear and stone fruit. This is my go-to oyster and shellfish wines.”

Stop by the Markets anytime to meet with the wine team. Whether it’s a bottle to go with dinner tonight, or something unique to take to a special gathering, the wine team can help you find something delicious. Also, don’t forget to take advantage of the Spring Wine Sale (4/29-5/5) to get 25% off when you purchase 12 bottles or more.

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