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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

The University of California at Davis has been working on breeding some grape varieties which will be resistant to a malady called "Pierce's Disease."
There's an insect called a Glassy Winged Sharpshooter which spreads Pierce's Disease which inhibits the vine from sustaining itself thanks to its restricting water intake.  Essentially the vine, afflicted with Pierce's Disease, dies of thirst.

Dr. Andy Walker has been cross-breeding various varieties in a laborious process.
It's not genetic engineering, by the way.
He's been cross-breeding typical Vitis Vinifera grapes such as Cabernet, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Sylvaner, etc. with native American grape varieties.  Apparently each of these new grape species have a small percentage of Vitis Arizonica.

Winemaker Adam Tolmach of The Ojai Vineyard, sent the photo (above) showing the first picking from their experimental vineyard site near the winery.
They planted five different varieties, each currently coded solely by breeding program index numbers.
The one in the photo is called "09338-016" and it's a white grape that's 97% Vitis Vinifera.   Yet it's 62.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12.5% Carignane, both red varieties.  Chardonnay, a white grape,  accounts for another 12.5%.

Adam told us they are unsure of what the resulting wine will taste like, but wine made at UC Davis from this variety has been described as displaying floral aromas with notes of apples, melon, lychee and pineapple.
Stay tuned!


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

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We tasted quite an array of wines this past week.

Sadly, many of these carried ridiculous price tags...are you interested in paying $150-$160 for a South African Syrah that's perfectly drinkable, but out-classed by numerous Rh˘ne Valley bottlings costing $25 to $110 a bottle?

We tasted a really elegant bottling of Meursault from an importer who has a keen eye for value and that retails for less than $60.
Another importer showed us wines we did not like as well and those would sell for $120 a bottle.

Another rep brought in a couple of French reds retailing for $90...and we inquired what makes those wines cost so much (as we pegged them as being worth $25 to $30).
"They're from a unique terroir," he told us.
Look...most wines could be described as coming from a "unique terroir."
What makes these so costly, we wondered.
They're an auxiliary project of a prominent winemaker and so these prices include what we call a "royalty surcharge."
Wines such as those are marketed to an audience that has the "why pay less" mentality and who believe that if the wine doesn't cost a small fortune, it can't be good.

We hosted some out-of-towners the other night at a favorite San Francisco dining spot that features Dim Sum.
We paired some French white wines from the Savoie region, as one of our guests is a prominent wine writer and has written the reference point book on wines from the Savoie region.

We tasted a series of wines from the Treasury Wine Estates portfolio.
Even the view from The Top of The Mark didn't sufficiently enhance the aromas and flavors of the famous Penfolds wine called "Grange"
That retails for north of $500 a bottle and apparently the wine has its fans.
Of course, various wine writers award it stratospherically high numerical scores which helps justify the price.
In our jaded view, though, these critics seem to factor in the cost of the wines in awarding scores.
We did not taste $500-worth of wine in that bottle, though.

A number of new wines are now displayed in the shop.  Ever heard of the Tressallier grape?  It's a very obscure French white grape and it's wine might be mistaken for a good Chablis.  We also picked up a delightful Malbec from France's Cahors region (only $14.99!).

Stop by 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.

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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....


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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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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.


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Small Print:  One free taste per household...one free taste of a particular wine per person.
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Thanks, Food & Wine!


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WEIMAX WINES & SPIRITS
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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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