PHOTO OF THE WEEK
To seal a barrel you'll
see a "bung" closing the hole on the top of the cooperage.
These used to be made from wood, just like the barrel.
These days, though, it's not uncommon to see a glass or, more likely, food-grade
Apparently these silicone-rubber gizmos "seal" the barrel more
efficiently than wood. They're usually tapered to fit snugly atop the
barrel in hopes of minimizing the wine's contact with oxygen.
The wood staves of a barrel have a bit of porosity and so there is a bit of
evaporation of the contents of the barrel.
Wineries routinely "top up" the barrels on a regular basis to minimize
the surface area on top of the wine inside a barrel.
As the bung can fit snugly, the cellar crew needs a device to dislodge that bung
to be able to replenish the contents of the barrel.
Hence, that hammer you see in our snapshot.
The photo was taken in a cellar in Italy's Alto Adige at a winery specializing
in Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir).
One of the best wines we tasted this week was the new 2018 release from a
favorite Portuguese winery.
After having sampled dozens of wines retailing for $20-$100 a bottle, this
humble little red wine from the Alentejo region displayed far more charm and
character AND at a pleasant price.
We were amused to hear from someone who was not looking to buy a bottle of wine
that she finally enjoyed a Chardonnay while dining out.
We were familiar with the brand...an importer's own label from Italy.
It's a rather weak and simple dry white that is purportedly made of Chardonnay
grapes, though it's rather anonymous in the glass.
We explained that we look for wines that taste like the grape variety displayed
on the label and that wine comes up short.
"But I generally don't like Chardonnay!" she crowed.
Well, there you go.
As long as we're "talking smack," maybe you'd be as amused as we by a
second phone call from a fellow who's interested to buy well north of a hundred
dollar's worth of wine for an event. His concern was with where to park
his car for free, as the meters out front of our shop cost roughly 25-cents for
30 minutes of parking.
We enjoyed taking a lunch break with a friend who owns a winery not too far from
Padova in Italy's Veneto region. He brought his 2013 blend of Merlot and
Cabernet Franc which was showing beautifully. We brought a bottle of the
2004 vintage of the same blend...absolutely outstanding! Sometimes
patience is rewarded.
number of dynamite German selections finally arrived...we love Rieslings with a
bit of a bottle aging and a 2008 Spńtlese "library" release is part
of that shipment.
Stop by the shop...have a taste and let us give you a little "tour."
There's a new
newsletter on the counters...stop by and pick up a copy.
GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE...
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...
"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!
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!
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
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
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We are wine lovers and write this for wine lovers.
We offer a large selection of wines for
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.
Here To Take A Peek of the Tasting Results
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We do not purchase wines on the
basis of favorable reviews by various publications.
Unlike about 98% of Wine Shop sites, we write our own copy based on
personal opinion and first-palate tastings.
This is a
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we are only human....
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and we'll pour you a free taste of
the 2012 Heitz Trailside Vineyard Cabernet from Rutherford.
matured for about three years in French oak and displays a marvelously
exotic woodsy fragrance and flavor.
Joe heitz was a Napa Valley pioneer who made some remarkably grand
Cabernets in the 1960s through the 1990s. His kids carried on the
family tradition and recently sold the winery...
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their noses at Gallo.
We "upgraded" to a new Microsoft program called Expressions...big
While FrontPage was intended for novices, the new program is
intended for "experts" and programmers. Most "experts"
view Microsoft with derision, much like wine drinkers look down
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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
Jon's article by CLICKING HERE.