PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Maintaining the cleanliness and integrity of the various storage containers
in a winery is a large part of the job for the crew working in the cellar.
In fact, they're often called "cellar rats."
Part of the aging process for a wine is to allow it to achieve a point of
balance before it's bottled.
Another facet of a wine's maturation is simply allowing gravity to help clarify
As the wine rests in a stainless steel tank or barrel, a sediment is formed and
it's typically comprised of yeast cells,
tartrates (from tartaric acid precipitating) and grape solids (particulate
matter from the skins, seeds and maybe the stems).
White wines typically spend less time aging prior to bottling, so winemakers may
speed up the clarification process by fining and filtering.
Some Old World reds would spend 3 or 4 (or more) years in a wood vat and most
everything would precipitate out in the tank, allowing the winemaker to bottle
the wine without much intervention such as fining (a clarification process) or
Having spent a few years in a cold cellar meant no "cold
stabilization" process need be conducted as the wine had cold-stabilized
itself being in the frigid cellar.
Many winemakers want to avoid having those glass-like tartrate crystals form in
the bottle when the wine is exposed to a cold cellar or a week in the
refrigerator, so they chill the wine in tank to precipitate this sediment.
Large wineries often sell that sediment to a spice company which packages it as
"Cream of Tartar" where it's sold to chefs and cooks for kitchen
In this week's photo we see some barrels being cleaned and maintained. Hot
water is useful for cleaning the cooperage. The winemaker wants to keep
the barrels in good condition and not allow them to dry out and possibly leak
when they're refilled with wine.
It's a non-stop project.
A number of really cool wines made the cut this past week.
Our friend Bryan Harrington showed us some wonderfully offbeat reds...there's a
dynamite bottling of Negrette, a grape featured in the wines from France's
Fronton region near Toulouse. He has a beautiful blend of Graciano and MourvŔdre
called Bona Fide. And it's a Bona Fide winner.
His new Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are excellent and well-priced, too.
These, by the way, are all vinified within the San Francisco city limits.
Our colleague Ryan is leaving us, sadly.
We are searching for a full-timer, so if you know of a potential candidate,
please send them our way.
Ryan has been a valuable part of the Weimax crew for the past couple of years
and he will be missed.
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We periodically send out discounted offers for wines we like.
The most recent was for a $20 discount on a Cabernet selling for $60 at the
A number of new wines made the cut, in addition to those Harrington selections.
Stop by the shop and we can 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.
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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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"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.