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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Here's a nice photo of a vineyard worker in France's Burgundy who is replacing some dead vines with new plants.

Sometimes a vineyard will simply be uprooted entirely and replanted, but that means no grape production for a few years and of course that can be a big loss of revenue for a winery.  Sporadic vine replacement allows them to continue producing wine without a drastic drop in production.

Some might bring in a particular clonal selection while others will propagate from their old vines (and this is called Massal Selection).
You might see the term "Old Vines" on a wine label to indicate, hopefully, the wine was made from a venerable vineyard.  This is not always the case, though...a consumer might expect an Old Vines' bottling to come from 50+ year old vineyards.  We recall tasting two wines from a winery and they told us the young vines were about 6 years old.  We tasted the "old vines" wine and found it to be weak, so we asked "How old are the 'old vines,' 20 years?"
"No, they're 12 years of age." was the response.

So, there is no regulation of this terminology and we hope, when paying a premium price for an Old Vines wine, that this translates to greater intensity and higher quality, but that's not always the case.

You might find the term "Heritage Clone" on a label and this is a nod in the direction of an "Old Vines" bottling, but does not necessarily indicate a higher level of quality or greater complexity in a wine.

We recall a conversation with some vintners who were considering ripping out a vineyard that was a bit more than a hundred years of age.
We treasure old vines, but as these often produce smaller crops, the economics may be challenging to the winery or vineyard owner.
"You can't plant old vines" we told the winemaker.
But I think his business partner was more swayed by the financial side of wine-growing and they did remove those venerable vines.

Of course, when evaluating a wine, our job is to pay attention to the contents of the bottle.
We look for good quality, first and foremost.

But there are many places where the marketing and packaging take precedence over the wine in the glass.

That's why, dear reader, we always suggest finding yourself a good wine merchant.


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We hope you had a pleasant holiday this past week.
We had skipped the usual Thanksgiving festivities in 2020, but we managed to participate in a small gathering with a few friends this year.

It seemed to us as though this was the case in many households...there were no sales of big quantities for giant parties in 2021, but certainly more people were setting the table and having family or close friends for a little wining and dining.


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An especially good French White Burgundy is worthy of calling to your attention.
It's made by a young winemaker, Justin Girardin, from vines in the village of Santenay, an area neighboring the famed Chassagne-Montrachet.
Happily the wine, while of top quality, commands a more modest price than its famous neighbor.
This is just $29.99/bottle and displays appley, stony notes and a hint of oak.



Elena Walch and her two daughters are making some remarkably good wines in the Alto Adige of Italy.
This Lagrein is gorgeous and has the charm of a good Pinot Noir and can also match your Turkey Dinner.
$19.99.  
It's open for tasting, too, by the way.  $2/pour.


The 2019 New Clairvaux Tempranillo is another nice choice...it comes from Tehama County north of Red Bluff!
You'll find lots of red berry fruit and just a hint of oak here...It's a surprisingly delightful wine.


From Italy's Valtellina region in Lombardia we have a stellar white blend which includes Incrocio Manzoni and Nebbiolo that's vinified as a white wine.  The backbone of this are Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
$39.99


As long as we are suggesting Italian white blends, the Alto Adige white called "Stoan" is a grand wine, as well.
Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Pinot Bianco and a drop of Traminer...$35.99




Our blind-tasting last week featured a flight of dry German Rieslings and the two least costly wines fared well.
The bargain of the tasting was this entry-level dry Riesling made by Schloss Vollrads in the Rheingau.
It's called Volratz and we have some bottles in the shop (and more coming during the week) at $21.99!


Who says there's no affordable Burgundy?
Sale-priced at $19.99, this Givry from Danjean-Berthoux is remarkably good.
Your dinner guests will be impressed to see a French Burgundy and surely when they taste this, they'll suspect you paid a small fortune for the wine.


The 2019 Saddleback Zinfandel is a delicious, gentle red from old vineyards in Napa.
And Saddleback has an old winemaker, too: our friend Nils Venge!
$48 at the winery...Sale priced at $39.99.
Berries and spice and everything nice...gentle enough to pair with Roasted Turkey.
OPEN FOR TASTING PRESENTLY




From Italy's Umbria, we brought in a remarkable dry white made of a particular type of Trebbiano which is quite different from the bland versions one encounters in Tuscany and Abruzzo.  It's called Trebbiano Spoletino and this one, made by Giampaolo Tabarrini.
The nose is a bit quiet or shy, but the flavors are exuberantly exotic with notes of mango and papaya.
This goes for $21.99...worthy of accompanying a seafood risotto or crab dishes.

 



The winner of that Modestly-Priced Pinot Noir tasting is now in stock.  Sale priced at $19.99, a few of the tasters have reserved some bottles.

One of our wine-judging colleagues tells us she's not surprised to see this wine faring well.
It took a Gold Medal in a judging she organizes.
We have seen a wave of customers buying a bottle or two to take for a test-drive and now they've coming back for 6's and 12's!




Domaine Rimbert's "Beaujolais-Styled" Cinsault arrived last week.
$16.99.
He calls it Cousin Oscar.
The "legend" is that Oscar is quite the lady's man.


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Monday through Saturday until 5:45pm.
We're totally enchanted by the raspberryish Tempranillo from the New Clairvaux winery in California's Tehama County.
$2/taste.

Elena Walch made a splendid 2020 vintage Lagrein...Deliciously cherryish and gentle like a Pinot Noir.

We have a terrific dry Riesling from Germany's Von Winning winery in Deidesheim along with a Sonoma Coast Pinot from Anthill Farms.
There's a 2018 Merlot from Peju that's surprisingly good and specially priced.

"TASTES" are roughly a two-ounce pour and priced 10% the retail price of the bottle, so that Gewurz is $3.70/taste and the Cabernet goes for a mere five bucks.  The Barolo is $5.00 for a pour.
And there's a terrific, fruity German wine made of the Scheurebe grape...$2.20 for that.

CLICK HERE to see what wines are offered for tasting presently.


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When you think of Moselle wine, you probably expect it to be German, no?
But here's a delightful French white from the Château de Vaux.
It's about 86 miles northwest of the wine roads of Alsace and 72 miles southwest of the German Mosel village of Bernkastel.
About half the blend is Auxerrois with Pinot Gris, Müller-Thurgau and a drop of Gewurztraminer.
Mildly floral, crisp, dry and light, yet flavorful...$19.99.

The French Moselle region comprised 6000 hectares in the early 1900s, but dwindled down to a mere 2 hectares in 1970!
Today there are some hectares of vineyards and the region is on the rebound thanks, in large part, to this estate in Vaux.



We've routinely been tasting new wines...looking for good value and wines which over-perform for their price.


This classic Spanish Albariño is crisply acidic and snappy...perfect as a cocktail white or pair it
with some seafood.
$19.99

 

 

 


Here's an absolutely delicious Spanish white.  2020 Vintage.
Verdejo from the Rueda region.
Brilliantly citrusy, dry and crisp...
And it's a mere $13.99!

 


We asked the winery rep from Peju if they hired a new winemaker as this 2018 Merlot does not resemble wines we've tasted from Peju over the past decade.  He laughed and explained the second generation of the Peju family is running the place and "dad" is retired.
The resulting wines are pretty darned good and this Merlot is a standout.
$60 at the winery.  We have it for far less.  Stop by and see.
It's also available in the Tasting Room for $3.50/pour.

 

 

 


Our monthly tasting group this past week surveyed 2017 and 2018 Chianti Classico wines.  
The first place wine was $45 and blended with Cabernet Sauvignon (we ranked it 6th out of 8, but these guys love Napa Cabernet and Bordeaux, so it is understandable they preferred that particular wine).
Finishing a mere one point behind the top wine was this 2018 Paneretta.  It is 85% Sangiovese and the rest is Canaiolo and Colorino, typical Tuscan varieties.
We brought some in as we're sale-tagging it for $19.99 and it's a good introduction to Tuscan Sangiovese.

 

 

 


If you missed the Croatian wine from the Toreta winery last year, we just received our second shipment of this year's terrific dry white made on the island of Korcula of the Posip grape.
Last year we had the entry level bottling but this vintage, 2020, we were more impressed by the fancier bottling (20% of the wine is matured in neutral cooperage for a few months to give it a shade more body.
The sales rep told us they have plenty to last well throughout the year and two weeks after getting our first order we asked for more and were told they are almost sold out!
$21.99


The most thrilling wine we tasted this past week was from Antonella Corda, a terrific vintner in Italy's Sardegna region.
It's made of the somewhat obscure Nuragus grape, a variety that's overshadowed to some degree by Vermentino.
But the 2020 vintage from Corda is a stellar, snappy dry white wine, showing some notes of citrus and lime with a stony, minerally note reminiscent of Chablis or Sancerre.
We noticed one web site offers this for $45 a bottle while another is more reasonably priced at $28.
Our price is a mere $19.99.
Don't miss it!


We were pleasantly surprised by the drinkability and charm of the Tre Monti Sangiovese called Campo di Mezzo.
It's from Emilia-Romagna, just a short drive southeast of Bologna.  No oak.  No Cabernet.  No Merlot.
Just pure, unadulterated Sangiovese.
Sale price is $14.99.



Two weeks ago we splurged on a bottle of the 2007 Terlan Pinot Bianco.  They call it "Rarity," as the wine is matured on the spent yeast for about ten years in stainless steel after its year, or so, in large wooden vats.  The wine retails for close to $200 a bottle and it was very good.
A few days later we opened a few bottles of Italian whites, including this "Terlaner" from the Terlan winery.  It's predominantly Pinot Bianco with a bit of Chardonnay and a drop of Sauvignon Blanc.  It was the best white of that tasting.  The apple and pear fruit of the Pinot Bianco takes center stage...no oak coming through here.
Damned good and it stood up to our Artichoke Risotto, too.
$26.99
OPEN FOR TASTING PRESENTLY




Ercole Barbera comes from Italy's Piemonte region.
It's an economical bottling intended for "by the glass" service in a restaurant where they can charge customers $8-$10 a pour.  It's in a liter sized bottle...just $15.99!  Smooth, medium bodied and easy to drink.
People who've purchased their first bottle are now returning for an encore.




That Cabernet we mentioned winning (by a wide margin) a recent blind-tasting arrived.

It's the 2018 Titus Napa Cabernet.  The winery price is $62, while our sale-price is $49.99.
It's a big, dark, purple-colored wine with black fruits, cassis, berries and some sweet oak notes.
One customer who purchased a bottle on our recommendation last week, called the following day and asked for a case!
Yes, it's that good.
OPEN FOR TASTING PRESENTLY

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A Weimax shopper and parent of a Roosevelt Elementary School student sent us a screenshot of an online
"Teddy Talk" where a student was explaining the importance of supporting community businesses and "shopping local."

 

 



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Ellen had 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.


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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!

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This car is "corked"!!!








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GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE...


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Had a nice mention in the Wall Street Journal's 2016 story about wine store signage:
CLICK HERE

The Most recent mention, September of 2017, is this one...Things Wine Shop Owners Detest...
CLICK HERE

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Australian Wine Writer Jim McMahon wrote a nice article published on the web site of the New South Wales Teachers Federation.
CLICK HERE

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Did you see the article in the local newspaper, by the way?
CLICK HERE.

It was printed just before New Year's Eve...

 

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"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!

 

SOME 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 outlet.
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 visit us...

 


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 tasting 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.
Click Here To Take A Peek of the Tasting Results



Those of legal drinking age are welcome to peruse this site.

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We do not purchase wines on the basis of favorable reviews by various publications.
 
If you're looking for numerical scores of wines, you won't find them here.
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.
We make every effort to assure the accuracy of availability and pricing, but as we are only human....


SHIPPING AVAILABLE ALONG THE WEST COAST. 
$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 order.
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.

WE DELIVER LOCALLY...CHECK THIS PAGE FOR INFO
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FREE TASTE!
MENTION THE WORD (name) "BETTY" and we'll pour you a FREE TASTE Betty O'Shaughnessy's Howell Mountain Cabernet.
It's a very good example of Cabernet from the prestigious Howell Mountain region.

This Cabernet is sale-priced at $99.99, well-priced considering so many Napa vintners think their wine is worth $200-$800 a bottle.

 

Small Print:  One free taste per household...one free taste of a particular wine per person.
You must be 21+ years of age.

 

 

 


HEY!  We were listed amongst Food & Wine Magazine's 125 "Favorites" in the October 2003 Issue.
Thanks, Food & Wine!


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We built this site ourselves using Microsoft's Front Page.  
We "upgraded" to a new Microsoft program called Expressions...big mistake!
While FrontPage was intended for novices, the new program is
intended for "experts" and programmers.  Most "experts" we know
view Microsoft with derision, much like wine drinkers look down
their noses at Gallo.
Now we know why.

We have been informed that Netscape's Navigator doesn't present this format quite exactly as it is intended.  Sorry about that.  We have also noticed it appears differently on our browser than it appears as we've built it!  Go figure...

 


"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 hospital.
A series of further setbacks ensued and Bob passed away on Thanksgiving Day of 2012.

He was a bon vivant, world traveler and gourmand.
He appreciated art and photography, was a mushroom hunter and good cook and genial host.
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 the shop.  

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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 Bob's tome.

Read Jon's article by CLICKING HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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