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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Moving wine from one tank to some other aging vessel is called
"racking" and here we see a young red being racked from tanks into
Those French oak barrels will then be stacked in another cellar for aging in an
effort to allow the wine to develop and mature.
The type of barrel employed by the winemaker has an impact on the character of
the wine...new barrels impart more wood fragrances and flavors than barrels
which have been used for a few years. There are subtle differences in the
barrel based upon what type of wood it's made from and where those trees were
Then there's the topic of drying the wood...are the staves going to be air dried
or dried mechanically? Add to the mix, how long are those pieces of wood
going to be "seasoned" by sitting outside and drying? This
impacts the resulting character of the oak imparted to a wine.
The cooperage offers various options in building a barrel and one important
feature is the "toast" level...that is, when they are building the
barrel and bending its staves, how charred do you want the inside of those
pieces of wood?
American oak barrels can cost somewhere in the vicinity of $500+ each, while
French oak might be anywhere between $1200-$3000 according to recent statistics
As a result of such expenses, some wineries employ oak "substitutes,"
using staves, chips or ground-up barrels to get wood aromas and flavors in
Some people find the perfume and flavor of oak to be objectionable, while others
take great pleasure in the wood character in a wine.
The intensity of the wood (or lack thereof) has a great impact on the character
of a young wine. It was remarkable to see how the evaluation of wine
quality in Italy, for example, evolved in the early 1980s. Most Italian
wines had no discernable wood, being aged in large vats or cement tanks.
Once some winemakers "discovered" a small oak barrel such as those in
that photo above, we saw some critics rush to praise the wines for having
elements they liked in wines from some places in France. More and more
vintners, then, began buying oak barrels for their wines and after some time,
the same critics who praised these early barrel-aged Italian bottlings decided
that the wines now had too much oak.
Winemakers were challenged, of course, as the goal-posts kept being moved.
We tasted a new vintage of wines from a favorite vintner and suddenly the
character of his wines was radically different...the wines typically had a
mildly woodsy character and now they were "naked." We asked what
caused this change and he said the wine-writers told him they wanted to find
more fruit in the wines and less wood.
"Wait! You've developed a good following for your wines over the past
decade, or so, and now you're changing the style of your wines to accommodate
people who never spend a buck actually buying your wine? I think your
customers, the people who pay the freight, are not going to be happy with this
A few months later the wines arrived here in California and I had not said
anything to my colleagues here in the shop. The wines were brought in and
tasted and Ellen wondered "what the hell happened?" I relayed
this back to the winemaker who thanked me and returned to making the wines in
the style he enjoyed himself and now he uses a bit of new wood.
It's been years since we had Dominque Piron's Morgon in the shop. This is
a "cru" Beaujolais and it comes from the famed Cote de Py site in
Morgon...it's bigger and deeper than most Beaujolais and the wine is sometimes
described as being more "Burgundian" than typical Beaujolais.
$26.99. 2019 vintage.
In tasting some wines this week we took a liking to a
blended red from a small Napa estate in Calistoga. It's made by Meg
& Peter Heitz...they are not related to the family that founded Heitz
Cellar, though. Peter's ancestors came to Napa from France's Alsace region
several generations ago.
It's called "Keep" and Charbono is a focus at the Shypoke and there's
a bit blended in to this Grenache-dominant red and augmented with a touch of
Petite Sirah and a drop of Malbec. Dark in color and with lots of dark fruit notes...
$34.99 a bottle ($40 at the winery).
Etienne Daulny's 2019 Sancerre is a zesty, crisp rendition of Loire Valley
Sauvignon Blanc and a personal favorite.
has her picture on the front page of the New Year's weekend Daily Journal, a local
newspaper here in San Mateo County.
They did a story about holiday sales of wines and liquors, so we were mentioned
(and quoted) in that.
The store is fully stocked...lots of good value bottlings and numerous
"fancy" wines, too.
Stop by and we can give you a little tour...Socially Distant, of course...Don't
forget a face mask!
GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE...
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.
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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.
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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.
Print: One free taste per household...one free taste of a
particular wine per person.
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HEY! We were listed amongst Food & Wine Magazine's 125
"Favorites" in the October 2003 Issue.
Thanks, Food & Wine!
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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.