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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

The 2019 grape harvest has already begun in Northern California, but most vineyards are still some weeks away from the grapes being ripe and ready to pick.

Yet some vineyards are being harvested for the production of the base wines from which they'll be turned into sparkling wines.  Enologists making bubblies want low alcohol and high acidity for the production of good sparkling wines.

But most vineyards devoted to the production of table wines are in a phase described using the French term Veraison.  This is when the berries start to gain a measure of color, easy to see in red varieties and a bit more subtle in white grapes.
At this stage the vine focuses its energy on ripening the grapes and sugar levels increase while acidity tends to decrease.

Growers monitoring the vine's progress can then decide if they should do some leaf thinning to allow a bit of sun to hit the fruit.  They can assess crop levels and determine whether to do some "green harvesting" to reduce the crop in hopes of better ripening of the remaining fruit.  

We have heard a couple of interesting stories of veraison...growers had planted red varieties in new vineyards.  It typically takes three years to obtain any fruit.  So, in the third year a fellow was concerned when his grapes remained green well into September, a time when they should have deep purple coloring.
He called the nursery to inquire about this curious dynamic and they did some research on the vines they had sold to this fellow.
Oops!
It turns out the Cabernet vines were, in fact, Chardonnay!

Northern California weather has been fairly warm this past week and to this point, growers are happy with the progress of the 2019 crop.
Quantities look good and the potential quality appears to be fine, as well.



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Give us a shout as we're looking for a team member!
gerald@weimax.com

We spent a number of hours at the California Family Winemakers Tasting.  We found but a tiny percentage of the wines we tasted to be of interest, though most were technically well-made.

Our interest is in wines which offer the consumer a measure of "value" for the money and finding well-priced wines is a tricky business as so many of these vintners are might optimistic about the prospects of selling their precious wines.

We were thrilled by a $47 bottle of Napa Zinfandel, finding it well worth its price, but so many other wines, retailing for $20 to $150 were, in our view, over-priced.  Many small brands are often priced, it seems, based upon what someone thinks the market will pay, with a hefty premium for scarcity.  
You can't pour scarcity in a glass.

One vintner was proud to have "made six cases of this amazing wine."
Look: nobody makes 6 cases of wine.
They had wine made for them at a custom-crush winery and their "share" of one lot was 72 bottles.
Having tasted that wine we can say they may have made too much.

California wineries are turning out numerous red and white blends which are vinified from grape varieties found in France's Rh˘ne Valley.  There's a certain sensibility to this, given the similarly warm climate here in California that is found in France.
One major difference, though, is that consumers can buy good quality French wines for $10 to $25, while so many of the California versions are priced at $25 to $75+.


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Lots of new wines are on display in the shop. 
We tasted some unexpectedly good bottles from Croatia, Slovenia and Austria...
There are two selections in liter-sized bottles...a white blend for $16.99 and a juicy, berryish Zweigelt from Austria which is $15.99.
These are both best served chilled and in the warm summer weather, they're ideal picnic or barbecue selections.

A couple of red Burgundies are back in stock, both costing $49.99. 
That's not "cheap," but for good examples of Pommard and Gevrey-Chambertin, these are well-priced.

A sales rep brought in a white Rioja and we were pleasantly surprised (shocked, actually) to taste such a stylish rendition of the Viura grape that's seen a bit of oak.  Those are $16.99 and delicious with peachy fruit notes and some toasty oak.


Stop by, have a sip and we can give you a little tour.


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There's a new newsletter on the counters...stop by and pick up a copy.

 

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GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE...


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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.

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Had a nice mention in the Wall Street Journal's 2016 story about wine store signage:
CLICK HERE

The Most recent mention, September of 2017, is this one...Things Wine Shop Owners Detest...
CLICK HERE

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Australian Wine Writer Jim McMahon wrote a nice article published on the web site of the New South Wales Teachers Federation.
CLICK HERE

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Did you see the article in the local newspaper, by the way?
CLICK HERE.

It was printed just before New Year's Eve...

 

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"Quality first" is our mantra.
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 the shop!  They start at about five bucks and go up from there.
We take the guess-work out of buying wine.
By the way, the four of us here are not "on commission."  Some stores offer incentives for the sales staff.
We work for you!

 

SOME PEOPLE KNOW THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING AND THE VALUE OF NOTHING
We are 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!

If you buy wine because it has a cute label or was given a 90-point score by someone, we're probably not your wine outlet.
If you think you're really getting a deal buying a second bottle of some over-priced plonk for a nickel, we're probably not your wine outlet.
If you're impressed by a huge selection featuring hundreds of factory-made wines of mediocre quality, we're probably not your wine outlet.
If you think you're really getting a deal at the grocery store with inflated prices on their wine to give you a hefty percentage discount, we're probably not your wine outlet.

On  the other hand...

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 have a chat!
If you're a fan of wines "made for adult" palates, please visit us...

 


This site is a "work in progress."  It is updated regularly.  
We are wine lovers and write this for wine lovers.

We offer a large selection of wines for tasting Monday through Saturday in The Tasting Room.  We also organize formal, blind-tasting comparisons. There is a growing archive of tasting results, so you might check that out while you're viewing this site.
Click Here To Take A Peek of the Tasting Results



Those of legal drinking age are welcome to peruse this site.

We Taste Before Buying.corkscrew.gif (5139 bytes)
We do not purchase wines on the basis of favorable reviews by various publications.
 
If you're looking for numerical scores of wines, you won't find them here.
Unlike about 98% of Wine Shop sites, we write our own copy based on personal opinion and first-palate tastings.
This is a Parker-Free and Wine Spectator-Free Zone.

We hope this site will encourage you to stop by our shop and peruse the incredible selection of wines in store.
We make every effort to assure the accuracy of availability and pricing, but as we are only human....


SHIPPING AVAILABLE ALONG THE WEST COAST. 
$9 for the Box (12 bottles) , $23 for UPS.
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No Shipments to Utah,
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Additional Fine Print:
Non-California residents are responsible for determining whether they may lawfully import alcoholic beverages into their state. We make no representation relative to your right to import wine or spirits into your state. Each state has its own rules about alcoholic beverages. Better check before calling us with an order.
We are not responsible for shipments damaged due to weather.  Next day air or 2nd Day Air shipments are routinely handled with more care, so you may wish to request those services.
We are not responsible for the weather (like, duh!), so shipments to places with extreme temperatures are a risk.  We will not assume that risk.

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FREE TASTE
SAY TODAY'S SECRET WORDS:
"PAOLO CORDERO"
and we'll pour you a free taste of
the 2015 CORDERO DE MONTEZEMOLO BAROLO Monfalletto.

We met the late Paolo Cordero back in the early 1980s...he was a legendary vintner in Piemonte's Barolo area.
His grandsons run the place today and make, as did Paolo, elegant Nebbiolo wines

The Monfalletto Barolo comes from various parcels on the Cordero estate in La Morra.
Matured in large Slavonian oak and French oak...very elegant.
Red fruits and a note of tobacco...mildly tannic.


$49.99/bottle

 

Small Print:  One free taste per household...one free taste of a particular wine per person.
You must be 21+ years of age.

 

 

 


HEY!  We were listed amongst Food & Wine Magazine's 125 "Favorites" in the October 2003 Issue.
Thanks, Food & Wine!


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For:  General Information, Comments, Queries, etc.,
Contact the Chief Cook & Bottle Washer, Web-Mister & Wine Meister.
gerald@weimax.com

WEIMAX WINES & SPIRITS
1178 Broadway
Burlingame CA 94010


We built this site ourselves using Microsoft's Front Page.  
We "upgraded" to a new Microsoft program called Expressions...big mistake!
While FrontPage was intended for novices, the new program is
intended for "experts" and programmers.  Most "experts" we know
view Microsoft with derision, much like wine drinkers look down
their noses at Gallo.
Now we know why.

We have been informed that Netscape's Navigator doesn't present this format quite exactly as it is intended.  Sorry about that.  We have also noticed it appears differently on our browser than it appears as we've built it!  Go figure...

 


"UNCLE BOB" GORMAN
1937-2012

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 hospital.
A series of further setbacks ensued and Bob passed away on Thanksgiving Day of 2012.

He was a bon vivant, world traveler and gourmand.
He appreciated art and photography, was a mushroom hunter and good cook and genial host.
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 the shop.  

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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 Bob's tome.

Read Jon's article by CLICKING HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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