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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
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
He called the nursery to inquire about this curious dynamic and they did some
research on the vines they had sold to this fellow.
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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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
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
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
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
Stop by, have a sip and we can give you a little tour.
There's a new
newsletter on the counters...stop by and pick up a copy.
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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...
"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.
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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
The Monfalletto Barolo comes from various parcels on the Cordero estate
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Red fruits and a note of tobacco...mildly tannic.
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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.