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A Greek philosopher is credited with saying something about the only thing
that's constant is change.
And we certainly see that inside wineries around the world.
Ages ago many conducted fermentations in cement or concrete tanks which may not
have had any sort of simple temperature control system. Some fermented in
fiberglass tanks. Stainless steel became fashionable as it is easy to
clean and with temperature-controlled jackets, a winemaker can manipulate the
temperature of the fermentation which might retain more fruity aromatics in the
Winemakers are always willing to experiment it seems and many are dabbling with
concrete tanks which are egg-shaped.
Some are playing around with terracotta vessels in hopes of creating exceptional
People routinely speak about "the good old days" and so this longing
for nostalgia is understandable.
But would you trade in your electric car for a horse-drawn carriage?
Is the 1950s vintage black & white TV (without a remote control) more
interesting to you than a flat screen, color monitor with a cable TV hook-up
(and remote control)?
We simply want a good bottle of wine (or a bottle of good wine, if you
will). If a winemaker is able to produce this by fermenting in a concrete
"egg," bravo! If the juice is fermented in a
temperature-controlled tank (with a smart-phone device) that's made of stainless
There are many ways to make good wines, but it all gets back to that tired
bromide about wine "being made in the vineyards."
A vintner presented a rather lackluster Chardonnay which had absolutely no
varietal character, nor did it have fragrances and flavors we could identify as
anything more than "white wine." Plonk, at best.
It was not a five-buck bottle, however.
We asked the fellow what Chardonnay wines he admired and it was apparent he had
no knowledge or experience in tasting (or drinking) good Chardonnay.
A young lady from Italy showed her family's wines. She was surprised that
we knew her winery and her elders.
It's always a delight when we meet the "next generation" who will take
over a family cellar and who's interested in producing good quality wines.
A few trade tastings offered a good look at some new producers and new vintages
of known wineries.
We were not as impressed with a $675 bottle of a Spanish red as are the various
Do they factor in the stratospheric price to arrive at their lofty numerical
(We often suspect various critics consider the history of a winery and its track
record in assessing new releases.)
Our little tasting group evaluated a flight of Piemontese Barbera wines.
The most expensive wine ($48) won the blind-tasting, but an $18 bottle finished
in second place. That's always a pleasant surprise when affordable wines
come close to matching the quality of expensive bottles.
Of course, our shop focuses on wines which over-perform in their price category.
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
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
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
of legal drinking age are welcome to peruse this site.
Taste Before Buying.If you're looking for numerical scores of wines, you won't find them
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
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.SHIPPING
ALONG THE WEST COAST.
We make every effort to assure the accuracy of availability and pricing, but as
we are only human....
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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
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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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We Gift Wrap, too.
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...
Print: One free taste per household...one free taste of a
particular wine per person.
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"Favorites" in the October 2003 Issue.
Thanks, Food & Wine!
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ourselves using Microsoft's Front Page.
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
Now we know why.
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intended. Sorry about that. We have also noticed it appears
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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.