PHOTO OF THE WEEK
The University of California at Davis has been working on breeding some
grape varieties which will be resistant to a malady called "Pierce's
There's an insect called a Glassy Winged Sharpshooter which spreads Pierce's
Disease which inhibits the vine from sustaining itself thanks to its restricting
water intake. Essentially the vine, afflicted with Pierce's Disease, dies
Dr. Andy Walker has been cross-breeding various varieties in a laborious
It's not genetic engineering, by the way.
He's been cross-breeding typical Vitis Vinifera grapes such as Cabernet,
Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Sylvaner, etc. with native American grape
varieties. Apparently each of these new grape species have a small
percentage of Vitis Arizonica.
Winemaker Adam Tolmach of The Ojai Vineyard, sent the photo (above) showing
the first picking from their experimental vineyard site near the winery.
They planted five different varieties, each currently coded solely by breeding
program index numbers.
The one in the photo is called "09338-016" and it's a white grape
that's 97% Vitis Vinifera. Yet it's 62.5% Cabernet Sauvignon
and 12.5% Carignane, both red varieties. Chardonnay, a white grape,
accounts for another 12.5%.
Adam told us they are unsure of what the resulting wine will taste like, but
wine made at UC Davis from this variety has been described as displaying floral
aromas with notes of apples, melon, lychee and pineapple.
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We tasted quite an array of wines this past week.
Sadly, many of these carried ridiculous price tags...are you interested in
paying $150-$160 for a South African Syrah that's perfectly drinkable, but
out-classed by numerous Rh˘ne Valley bottlings costing $25 to $110 a bottle?
We tasted a really elegant bottling of Meursault from an importer who has a keen
eye for value and that retails for less than $60.
Another importer showed us wines we did not like as well and those would sell
for $120 a bottle.
Another rep brought in a couple of French reds retailing for $90...and we
inquired what makes those wines cost so much (as we pegged them as being worth
$25 to $30).
"They're from a unique terroir," he told us.
Look...most wines could be described as coming from a "unique
What makes these so costly, we wondered.
They're an auxiliary project of a prominent winemaker and so these prices
include what we call a "royalty surcharge."
Wines such as those are marketed to an audience that has the "why pay
less" mentality and who believe that if the wine doesn't cost a small
fortune, it can't be good.
We hosted some out-of-towners the other night at a favorite San Francisco dining
spot that features Dim Sum.
We paired some French white wines from the Savoie region, as one of our guests
is a prominent wine writer and has written the reference point book on wines
from the Savoie region.
We tasted a series of wines from the Treasury Wine Estates portfolio.
Even the view from The Top of The Mark didn't sufficiently enhance the aromas
and flavors of the famous Penfolds wine called "Grange"
That retails for north of $500 a bottle and apparently the wine has its fans.
Of course, various wine writers award it stratospherically high numerical scores
which helps justify the price.
In our jaded view, though, these critics seem to factor in the cost of the wines
in awarding scores.
We did not taste $500-worth of wine in that bottle, though.
A number of new wines are now displayed in the shop. Ever heard of the
Tressallier grape? It's a very obscure French white grape and it's wine
might be mistaken for a good Chablis. We also picked up a delightful
Malbec from France's Cahors region (only $14.99!).
Stop by and we can give you a little "tour."
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Lots of interesting wines to taste today, as well.
The list has been
updated, so stop by and check it out.
Had a nice mention in the Wall
Street Journal's 2016 story about wine store signage:
The Most recent mention, September of 2017, is this one...Things Wine Shop
Australian Wine Writer Jim McMahon wrote
a nice article published on the web site of the New South Wales Teachers
Did you see the article in the local newspaper, by the way?
It was printed
just before New Year's Eve...
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As professional wine scouts, we navigate the vast ocean of
offerings to find exceptional wines and exceptional values. We look
for good wines which have "soul." Given that so many
consumers are willing to settle for mainstream, mass-produced wines, our
selections often come from off-the-beaten path locales and, we suppose,
are not for everyone. But if you have taste for good wines, stop by
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Some stores offer incentives for the sales staff.
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PEOPLE KNOW THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING AND THE VALUE OF NOTHING
dinosaurs in the wine business. Weimax has been open since 1961
and Gerald has been in the business long enough to remember when young,
upstart wineries such as Caymus and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars opened
their doors and charged all of $3.75 a bottle for Napa Cabernet!
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If you like wines made by the winemaker and not marketing department
geniuses, we have some interesting bottlings for you.
If you're looking for wines which "taste more expensive" than
they cost, we have many discoveries to share with you.
If you're interested in broadening your enological horizons, stop by and
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"UNCLE BOB" GORMAN
Bob was in reasonably good shape in his later years.
In 2012 he had a bout of Bells Palsy in late Spring...
In early November he had a "dizzy spell" but said the hospital tests
were all fine.
Two weeks later he apparently suffered a stroke or seizure and ended up in the
A series of further setbacks ensued and Bob passed away on Thanksgiving Day of
He was a bon vivant, world traveler and gourmand.
He appreciated art and photography, was a mushroom hunter and good cook and genial
Bob wrote a book on California wine in the 1970s, a series of nice essays on
various varietals, with commentary on various wines and various food affinities.
Bob was especially proud that his book had been panned by The Wine Spectator,
while garnering good reviews from Gourmet Magazine's wine guru, Gerald Asher.
Julia Child also had been a fan of Bob's book, apparently.
He is greatly missed by Weimax regulars and his colleagues behind the counter in
Jon Bonne, of the San Francisco Chronicle, wrote a nice article on
"old" wine books.
The March 2014 article featured a photo of a bunch of Jon's favorites, topped by
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