PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Some wines are destined to be bottled very soon after the fermentation is
Here we see in the photo some freshly-bottled RosÚ that was cold-fermented in
stainless steel tanks and the bottled shortly after.
The idea is to capture as much bright, fruity aromas a possible while retaining
the same qualities in terms of flavor.
Some local importers are taking pre-arrival orders for their 2018 vintage RosÚ
wines as they don't want to buy too little or too much from their wineries.
A couple of importers have arrived with samples of the 2018s in an effort to
But here's the thing: they are showing tank samples which have been sent
by Air Freight.
So while you might be tasting a wine which will eventually arrive here, as a
wine merchant, you can't predict what condition the wine will be in once it
You see, the truck ride from the winery in Europe to the port of departure can
impact the wine. Then the container ride on a ship for 4+ weeks to
California will also effect the character of the wine.
Of course, add in that the winemaker may have sent a sample of their best tank
to the importer, but then possibly sends a somewhat different wine once it's
We prefer to taste the wines and make our selections from shipments which have
actually arrived here in California so we are confident the wine we've tasted
and selected is the same wine we have in the shop for our customers.
Two years ago we tasted a remarkably fresh, intensely fruity Rosato from
Italy. This tasting was in the early summer.
It struck us as being unusually fresh and unusually good. For some reason
we inspected the two bottles on the table being shown by the importer. The
bottles had slightly different bottling codes or lot numbers, so we asked the
fellow if the bottle that was opened and being poured was a sample that had been
flown over in January or February.
He was caught off guard by the curious question but, in fact, he was showing a
tank sample that was quite different from the wine that was available for sale
having spent a month "on the water."
It may have been an innocent mistake, but we've chosen to not purchase wines
from that company.
A few sales reps stopped by with bottles of wines to show.
Some reps stopped by empty-handed, assuring themselves of not "planting
seeds" for a placement in the shop.
You can't get a base hit if you don't step into the batter's box with a bat!
What is the chance of two producers of the Tuscan red called Carmignano showing
up at nearly the same time?
Both had good wines,
Carmignano has a long history in Toscana where the wine is based on Sangiovese
with 10 to 20% Cabernet. This blend has been made long before the advent
of the so-called Super Tuscans which came about maybe 40 years ago.
We received more of the Grenache/Syrah/Petite Sirah blend from Miro.
It's a great buy at $19.99.
We included the wine in a blind-tasting of similar blends from the West Coast
and it was the least costly wine in the flight and the wine ran away with a
first place finish!
Lots of interesting wines are open in the Tasting Room,
too, including the stellar Carricante from Sicily's Etna area.
Stop by...we hope to see you soon.
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....
$9 for the Box (12 bottles) , $23 for UPS. $5
handling per box for gift orders.
No Shipments to Utah, Massachusetts or New Jersey, please.
Additional Fine Print:
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
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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and we'll pour you a free taste of
Italo's Barbera from the Castello di Neive winery.
Italo is the spry 80-something year old owner of the Castello di Neive.
good Barbera from the famed Santo Stefano cru in Barbaresco.
Print: One free taste per household...one free taste of a
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"Favorites" in the October 2003 Issue.
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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
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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.