OF THE WEEK
Many winemakers prefer to have their grapes picked by hand as a skilled
harvester can be a bit selective in choosing the fruit they send to the winery.
Improvements in technology, we're told, have made mechanical harvesting a
viable, cost-effective alternative.
Winemakers who use one or the other will lobby for their choice in picking, of
These days there's a shortage of skilled pickers, not solely for the wine
industry, so growers are resorting to mechanical harvesting for their vineyards.
We read an article quoting a winemaker in Burgundy who de-cries the notion of
mechanical harvesting saying "We sell wine. We sell
dreams." He stated he was embarrassed to have tourists seeing some
vineyards being mechanically-harvested.
There are those who have made wine from their own vineyards and tasted the
resulting wines to compare hand-picked versus machine-picked batches. Some
report the mechanically-harvested wine to be superior.
There are some regions, particularly mountainous sites, where machine picking is
simply not an option.
Other regions, such as Champagne in France, mandate the grapes must be
For us the bottom line is the ultimate quality of the wine. Grapes from
poorly-farmed vineyards are not going to make a grand bottle of wine no matter
how the fruit is picked.
attended a trade tasting featuring more than a hundred samples of
We applaud the notion of making "natural" wines, but were sad to
encounter so many wines which were dirty or swampy tasting.
Our expectation when tasting Beaujolais, for example, is to find a wine teeming
with strawberry and other red fruit elements.
Instead we found wines with descriptors such as "sweaty saddle,"
horsy, leathery, funky, etc.
The price tags on many of these wines are inflated because, we're told, the
increased costs of organically-farmed grapes and because the wines are produced
in small quantities. Apparently the scarcity of largely undrinkable wines
allows for higher prices (making them doubly unattractive).
There were dozens of buyers attending this event and I'm sure many of those
wines will soon be on wine lists around the Bay Area.
Many of the wines have a good "story" to be told, but we find these to
be irrelevant if the wine smells and tastes bad.
Following the tasting we perused the internet to see what kind of
"buzz" there was associated with some of the worst wines we tasted.
Sure enough, we found glowing reviews by critics who are seemingly blinded by
the charm of the winemaker or the beauty of the landscape. Apparently the
quality of the wine in the bottle takes a back seat to all the romance and hype.
Sorry, but we are looking for wine that brings joy once the bottle is
opened. All the singing and dancing go for naught if the wine (literally)
stinks or tastes foul.
We were told by an advocate of these poor bottlings that we simply don't have
the same "lens" that they do, which explains our lack of appreciation
for these ugly ducklings.
Yes...perhaps she is correct.
Our "lens" is clean and polished and those are elements we appreciate
once poured into a glass.
We should point out we recently tasted a nice Gamay from France's Loire
Valley. No sulfites. "Natural," if you will.
And, lo and behold, fruity, strawberryish and delicious.
With our simple little newsletter
hitting mailboxes around town, it was a busy week.
Stop by and we can show you some of our latest discoveries.
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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 Owners Detest...
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.
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Monday through Saturday in The Tasting Room. We also
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tasting results, so you might check that out while you're viewing this site.
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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.