PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Wineries that keep wine in wooden barrels, vats or tanks find that there's a
bit of evaporation from those containers, so they need to "top up" the
cooperage to keep oxygen from coming in contact with the wine which can cause
spoilage. You'll often see demijohns, carboys or even small stainless
steel cylinders akin to beer kegs in a winery, filled with wine used to keep the
We took this snapshot at the Piemontese winery of Bartolo Mascarello in the town
of Barolo. The late Bartolo Mascarello was a staunch traditionalist and
often railed against the use of French oak barrels which are much smaller
than those wood tanks you see in the background. He found the oak
fragrances and flavors contributed by new cooperage to be intrusive and it
changed the wine.
At one point in the mid to late 1980s, numerous winemakers played around with
French oak (instead of the traditional Slavonian oak vats) and the wines
frequently received great praise from American wine critics whose palates
developed as they enjoyed French Bordeaux and California Cabernets which were
typically matured in a way that featured oak.
We found that some of those Nebbiolo (the grape of Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero
wines, amongst others) often developed into a wine which shed that wood as the
wines aged in bottle. Frequently one would be hard-pressed to say with
certainty that a wine was matured in those large botte grande of neutral
wood or if the wine had spent time in new French oak barrels once the wine
developed in bottle.
An article in Decanter magazine some years ago, written by an American
journalist, wrote of the horrors of Barolo matured in anything other than
traditional, neutral, large wooden tanks. The fellow then highlighted
wines which were ten years of age and amongst his top favorite picks was a wine
that had been matured entirely in brand new French oak barrels!
As we often say, "It goes to show you..." (or shows to go you).
We tasted quite a few
wines this past week and are delighted to mention some stand-outs.
We have a Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc that is remarkably along the lines of a
top French white Bordeaux from the Pessac-Léognan region. It's dry and
remarkably intense with Sauvignon fragrances and flavors, a bit of a rarity
these days as so many Napa vineyards are pushed for quantity, as winemakers know
the words "Napa Valley" will sell the wine even if it's shallow and
There's a new, unknown, unheralded Sonoma Cabernet in the shop made by an
old-timer. At our $49.99 sale price, we found the wine to be
reasonably-priced and beautifully complex.
A few German Rieslings are back in stock after a brief hiatus...one being a
discovery made by Ellen on her research mission in Germany last summer.
There's a new grower-Champagne from a young fellow whose wine is predominantly
based on the Pinot Meunier grape. You'll find its character remarkably
"vocal" in a manner different from those made of Chardonnay and Pinot
Noir. At $42/bottle it's well worth trying.
A couple of new Pinot Noirs made the cut this week, too. Priced under $25,
we brought in a new label from Monterey County fruit and are pleased to have a
favorite from a southern outpost in Oregon's Willamette Valley back in the
With a number of new discoveries, we'd be delighted to give you a little
"tour," so stop by the shop!
There's a new
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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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the 2015 CASTELLO DI VERDUNO BAROLO
from estate vineyards in the town of Verduno.
Marcella and her family run this lovely winery...
CASTELLO DI VERDUNO BAROLO is not designated as a "cru" or
single vineyard wine, but we understand the grapes are from the Boscatto
vineyard in Verduno.
It gets about 3 weeks of skin contact to extract color and tannin.
The 2015 is one of the showiest vintages we've tasted of this bottling
and it's showing well presently and should develop additionally over the
next decade, or so.
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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.