PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Old vine Cabernet Sauvignon in Sonoma's Alexander Valley.
There are numerous clones of Cabernet Sauvignon and some are "loose"
clustered as you'll notice on the lower left of this photo. The grape
tends to be late-ripening so the climate during the growing season and having an
appropriate crop level (if you want to make top quality wine) are important
We tasted a technically well-made Cabernet recently which, based on what we
found in the glass, was worthy of a $30-$60 price tag. Shockingly, it cost
well north of $300 for a single bottle.
This is, as the saying goes, "highway robbery" and the highway would
Of course, France has its share of this sort of thing, so the French "chemin"
of D-2 would also qualify when you see bottles of famous Bordeaux costing a
couple of thousand dollars for a recent vintage.
We have some fancy, high-ticket bottles in the shop. It's nice to drink
one of those from time to time, but those bottles are not typically on the
dinner table of most wine drinkers.
A tourist ambled into the shop and said he'd like a "really good Napa
Cabernet for about fifteen bucks."
We replied "Yes, so do we!"
The good news is there are many places in the wine world producing excellent
wines which do carry $15 price tags.
Now is a great time to explore wines made of unfamiliar grape varieties and
Stop by the shop and we can introduce you to wonderful, soulful bottles which
have sensible price tags.
noted above, it's easy to be swindled by vintners with stupidly-priced Cabernet
wines. But we've been tasting a lot of Pinot Noirs which don't deliver
much in the way of value. One winery showed us some Pinots made from
grapes they have purchased and these, they explained, are their "entry
level" bottlings. These were priced at $35-$60, so you can imagine
the ones coming from grapes they grow themselves will like be more expensive.
Hopefully those wines will be more complex and be worthy of their price tags, as
these initial releases were not.
Another vintner has a couple of labels and their Pinot Noirs go for $60-$75 a
bottle and yet we did not find them to be as good as wines we have in the shop
costing $22-$40 per bottle.
As we've pointed out previously, this is why consumers should seek out a good
You'll save money and get greater value for your dollar.
A new vintage of our favorite Pecorino arrived this week. $15.99 a bottle
for a superb Italian dry white.
There's also a new vintage of a favorite little Côtes du Rhône and that's sale
priced at just $10.99.
A deliciously fruity, dry Dolcetto is on display...just $19.99 per bottle.
"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 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
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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We make every effort to assure the accuracy of availability and pricing, but as
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RESERVE DE LA COMTESSE 2012
Today's "Secret Words"
are "MAY ELIANE."
May Eliane de Lenquesaing ran Pichon Lalande for several decades and
made some stellar wines. Today the estate is owned by the Roederer
Champagne company and some vintages are extraordinary.
Gerald ranked the 2012 Reserve de la Comtesse as his first place wine in
a recent blind-tasting of 2012 Bordeaux.
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"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
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