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PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Italy has a remarkable number of grape varieties and this week's photo depicts one called Schiava.

You'll find Schiava predominantly in the Alto Adige and Trentino regions of Northern Italy.  Its most "noble" renditions are those from an area close to Bolzano in the Alto Adige where you'll find wines called "Santa Magdalener."

Wines made of Schiava (Vernatsch in German) typically have been very light in color and with light red fruit notes.
We recall tasting these ages ago and they were rather ordinary at best, probably due to the vines being over-cropped.

If you look at the photo above you will notice the crop level is abundant, but our friends at Trentino's Pojer e Sandri winery use this grape for distillation as they make a couple of wood-aged brandies.  We understand they prefer using a wine of low alcohol and high acidity for such a brandy, hence the large crop will provide the sort of raw material they are looking for.

As for the Santa Magdalener wine, we feature an exceptional rendition from the Waldgries cellar northeast of Bolzano where winemaker Christian Plattner blends a bit of the darker-colored red of the Lagrein grape to make a delightfully drinkable, chillable wine.

$23.99

This rivals Piemonte's Dolcetto, France's Beaujolais and some Spanish Garnacha wines as enjoyable Summer reds.



Marianna Pojer, who sent this week's snapshots, says they expect to harvest their Schiava vineyards between the 20th and 25th of this month.

((Please notice, too, the vegetation on the ground as they farm organically.))



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The 2018 Penfolds BIN 389 is a killer.
It's usually about $70-$75 a bottle, but we've sale-tagged it for a short time and you can pick this up for just $59.99.
People sometimes have described this as "Baby Grange," Penfolds' famous benchmark Aussie red which goes for $600-$800+.
It's available for tasting presently in our tasting room...$6/pour
Showy, dark fruit and lavishly oaked...impressive!

 

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If you've never tasted "serious" French white Burgundy, please treat yourself to a bottle of Charleux "Maranges" Blanc.
It's a fabulous expression of Chardonnay and a classic, complex, toasty, bone dry white.
$29.99


From Sicily we have the 2019 Cerasuolo di Vittoria from the famous Planeta winery.
This is a berryish red blend featuring 60% Nero d'Avola and 40% Frappato which is ideal served at cool cellar temp with a summer barbecue...chicken, pork, lamb or beef pair handsomely with this.
Sale price is $24.99.


Damn, this is a lovely bottle of wine!
It's from a small patch of Zinfandel grown in Oakville (where most Zin has been replaced with Cabernet $auvignon).
Sale price is $26.99.  Gorgeous berry fruit (not jammy or raisiny!) and spice with a nice touch of oak.

 


Sicily continues to makes it mark on the Italian wine landscape and this is a delightfully dry, crisp, minerally white made of the Catarratto grape.  Though it is fermented for a few days on the skins, we don't view this as an "orange wine."  Organically-farmed 55 year-old vines.  It has just the right amount of oak: NONE!
We enjoyed a bottle the other day with Squid Ink Pasta and Clams, Scallops and Prawns...thoroughly delicious.
$21.99...a deal!

 


The Pinot Blanc grape is typically over-looked as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominate the local wine market.
The French, in Alsace, view this variety as a good one and we used to see a barrel-fermented version from Monterey's Chalone Vineyards.
A number of wineries in Oregon dabble with Pinot Blanc and this 2021 bottling from Elk Cove is exceptional.
Lots of apple and pear-like notes with a faint touch of citrus and melon.
It's a non-oaked, dry white.
$25 at the winery...but we offer it for $19.99.




The price of a bottle of Napa Cabernet is in the stratosphere these days.  Some wine marketing folks are out of their minds,
demanding to control the pricing of their extravagant bottles.
One vintner sent out a note saying their wine is to be sold for $175/bottle and they did not want retailers to "discount" it down to $174.99!
This Peirson Meyer Cabernet goes for "only" $99.99 and we find it to be on par with those $175-$300 bottles.
The grapes are from a 15 year old vineyard in Calistoga...lots of blackcurrant fruit and a nice balance of cedary tones from its maturation in French oak.  Very fine!


Washington State's DeLille Cellars specializes in Bordeaux-styled wines.
Their Chaleur Blanc more than replicates top Pessac-Léognan wines and their 2020 vintage goes for just $34.99 (unlike comparable French bottlings which will set you back $100-$200 for the reasonably-priced bottles).
It's available for tasting presently, too.


 


The 2021 Ameztoi "Rubentis" from Spain's Basque Country just landed...it's a blend of Hondarribi Beltza and Hondarribi Zuri.
The wine spends six month on the spent yeast and is delightfully dry, crisp and offers a palate-tickling, faint fizz.
$24.99





From Southwest France's Bergerac region, we brought in a delightful "Bordeaux Blend" featuring Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec.
They claim to keep the use of sulfur to a minimum.
We found the Cabernet Franc dominates the blend despite accounting for but a quarter of the wine.
If you enjoy Loire Valley reds from, say, Chinon, this is worth a try.
$17.99

 


Spain's Priorat makes some bold reds and we appreciate this new vintage of Clos Bartolomé for its elegance and balance.
A blend of Grenache and Carignan...matured in French oak briefly, but not woody.
You'll find dark fruit notes and mild tannins.
$23.99




We visited a tiny, garage winery in Paso Robles in the late 1970s and we remember vividly the Pinot Noir from this fledgling winery called HMR, Hoffman Mountain Ranch.
Stanley Hoffman started the place, vinifying his first commercial vintage, we think, in 1975 (and that's the amazing Pinot Noir we tasted).
The Hoffman property was purchased by the neighbors Don & Elizabeth Steenwyk who began with walnut and almond orchards.
They created the Adelaida brand in 1981.
The 2020 Chardonnay is remarkable, as it tips its cap to Burgundy and northern California wines with its elegance and style.
Mildly toasty thanks to 9 months aging on the spent yeast (with no stirring), this is an outstanding wine!
Sale priced at $39.99


Once & Future is a brand owned by Joel Peterson who was the founding winemaker at a Zinfandel specialist winery called Ravenswood.
We were delighted to taste a Napa Valley Zinfandel he made and surprised to see the grapes are from a favorite vineyard, Green & Red!
It's a big, robust Zinfandel with brambly spice notes...despite its high alcohol, the wine tastes balanced and berryish.
At $49.99 it ain't cheap, but we think its worth that lofty price tag.
Perfect for warm weather grilling season!


Union Sacré is a small winemaking company in California's Central Coast.  The winemaker is French and his partner is American.
They say they're big fans of the wines from France's Alsace.
Giving their Pinot Gris a bit of skin-contact before the fermentation created that lovely pinkish tone to the wine which checks in with a mere 12.1% alcohol...the wine is dry and snappy with some green apple notes and a hint of a citrusy tone.
Sale price for the Pinot Gris is $17.99.
They also have a dark, berryish Syrah from Edna Valley fruit...perhaps this will develop a layer or two of complexity with bottle aging, but presently this is a satisfying red for burgers or ribs.  We would not mistake this for a complex Northern Rhône Syrah but the wine easily merits its $16.99 sale price.

 

 


2021 Rosé of Pinot Noir from the Ancient Peaks folks in southern San Luis Obispo County...
Remarkably good!
Dry, of course.
$16.


Birdhorse is a small winemaking enterprise in Sonoma, the work of two young women.
We tasted a charming, energetic red wine made of the Cinsault grape...sourced from a vineyard in Camino, California in the Sierra Foothills.
Called "Heliotropes," this is a medium-bodied red with fragrances leaning towards pomegranate, cherry and rhubarb.
Best served lightly chilled.
$34.99


The Mondeuse grape in France's Savoie region produces a delightful dry red wine.
We've long enjoyed the wine of the Angelot brothers as they make a dark-hued red wine teeming with berry-like fruit notes.
No oak...it's effusively berryish along the lines of Beaujolais.
And it's well-priced...$14.99.
Best served at cool cellar temp.

 


We've been looking for good, well-priced Chardonnay as one of our favorite sources did not produce a wine with the 2020 vintage due to wildfires.
The 2018 Buehler is a solid choice, though...Russian River Valley fruit.  Lightly oaked and it undergoes a malolactic fermentation, contributing a faintly creamy note to pair with the appley Chardonnay fruit.
Sale priced at $14.99.

 

 


Cochon wines in Sonoma made a stellar Pinot Noir in 2019 from fruit grown in the Dutton Perry vineyard in the Green Valley
area of Sonoma's Russian River Valley.
The fragrance of this is enchanting, offering sweet red berry fruit and a touch of oak.
It's a medium-bodied red and quite drinkable.
The price tag makes this all the more delicious.
Only 200 cases made.  It's available for sampling in our Tasting Room presently.
$29.99

 

 


The 2020 vintage of Monsieur Trousselle's simple "Bourgogne Blanc" is an impressive French white Burgundy and the price is even more impressive: $27.
It's beautifully balanced, mildly smoky/toasty and bone dry.


Canorgue's 2019 Luberon Rouge is exceptional.
It's predominantly Syrah this vintage with about 30% Syrah we've been told.
Whatever it is, it's good.  Dark berry fruit and a hint of spice!
$19.
It's available for sampling this week in our Tasting Room.

 

 


The Dauvissat name is famous in the world of Chablis wines as there are perhaps 5 domaines that are associated with that surname.
This one if from the small estate of Agnès and Didier Dauvissat and it's from their best vineyard site, a Premier Cru called Beauroy.
They don't use much wood and the few barrels they do employ are seasoned and don't contribute oak to the wine.
As a result this is a classic Chablis, featuring some citrus and stony notes.
$41.99



The Cheverny appellation has long been a budget-priced alternative to Sancerre.
It's located about 65 miles west of Sancerre and a short drive south of Blois and Chambord, famous châteaux along the Loire river.
Salvard makes delicious, dry, crisp Sauvignon Blanc from their mature vineyards (20+ years of age).
No oak.
They blend in a bit of Chardonnay to give the wine a bit more body and texture than if it was solely Sauvignon.
$19.99 for this just-arrived 2021 vintage.


One of our favorite French reds from the Loire Valley just landed...it's from the Château du Hureau in the Saumur-Champigny appellation.
Beautiful red fruit notes with its textbook smoky element, this is a gentle, medium-bodied red.
$19.99 makes it a bargain!


We have a small selection of Japanese Sake and this IMA bottling caught our attention as it's crisper and slightly more tart than most Sake.
In fact, they say it's an ideal partner for oysters and other delectable seafood.
Indeed!
$39.99


Weimax has maybe a dozen selections from Switzerland and this dry white from the Leyvraz winery is a favorite.
Made from the Chasselas grape, the St. Saphorin appellation in the Vaud area overlooking Lake Geneva.
Some people only enjoy this with a fondue evening, but it's worthy of the dinner table on other occasions, too.
No oak.  Dry...mildly stony.
$29.99.

 


From Italy's Alto Adige comes an exceptional limited bottling of Sauvignon Blanc.
Clones of Sauvignon were imported from France and the wine strikes a balance between Bordeaux and Loire Valley whites, leaning more towards Bordeaux as half of the wine was vinified in barrique and puncheon.
Notes of sage, citrus and herbs...sale priced at $42.99.


Piazzano is made by our friend Rolando Bettarini in Italy's Tuscany region.
The vineyards are about 15 miles west of Florence and about 6 miles south of Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo.
It's a youthful, easy-drinkin' Sangiovese (85%) blended with other local Tuscan varieties.
$14.99!


Finca Martelo is a small vineyard in Spain's Rioja region.
It's a Tempranillo with 5% Mazuelo that's lavishly oaked.
The vineyard is owned by La Rioja Alta, a winery that routinely makes "old school" wines.
We were surprised to learn this was matured entirely in French oak, as it has a woodsy character much like their American Oak-aged reds.
Very showy.  It's available for sampling in our Tasting Room.
$39.99

 

 


The Chenin Blanc grape had been prominent in Napa and Sonoma 40 to 50+ years ago, but as its wines don't command the elevated prices of Cabernet, Zinfandel, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, those vineyards have been uprooted or t-budded to more lucrative grape varieties.
Napa has approximately 44,000 acres of vineyards and just 20 of those are Chenin Blanc.
These days there's a lot of Chenin being grown in the Sacramento Delta area of Clarksburg and the fruit is less costly, though vintners often ask a premium price for a wine we do not view as particularly exceptional.
Winemaker Peter Heitz made something like 140 cases of stellar dry Chenin Blanc.  Whole cluster pressed and the juice was fermented in special Italian amphorae which Heitz says "creates wines of superb aromatics...bottled unfined and unfiltered."
This is a delight!  $29.99.


The Txueka family has been making this Basque white wine for several decades and I think we've carried it since the 1990s.
Theirs is typically 90% Hondarrabi Zuri with 10% of the red grape, Hondarrabi Beltza and the alcohol level is fairly modest with high acidity and maybe even a very faint touch of spritz.
It's a delightful wine as an aperitif and with lighter fare.
We brought a bottle to lunch at the Basque Cultural Center recently and the wine was a perfect prelude to a well-aged red wine from Spain's Rioja region.
$22.99.

 


The Cusumano family makes our current favorite rendition of the Carricante grape in the volcanic soils of Sicily's Mount Etna.
If you enjoy non-oaked, crisp dry whites with a measure of minerality, give this a try.
$33.99


The 2021 vintage of La Marea Albariño made the cut this week (as it had the previous vintage).
It comes from a cool site in California's Monterey County and winemaker Ian Brand does a brilliant job of capturing the melon-like notes of the grape and presenting it front-and-center (no oak, not high in alcohol).
$22.99


Villein is a tiny production of 5 or 6 barrels of a dynamite Sonoma Syrah.
$50.
This captures some of the dark berry fruit, spice and hints of bacony, hickory elements we highly prize in top French Syrahs.


Portugal's Douro Valley meets Bordeaux!
This is a dark, robust red which can be paired with Cabernet Cuisine.
Specially Priced at $24.99.

 

 

 


We're big fans of Riesling and you'll find some wonderful examples from the West Coast, Australia, Italy, Austria and, of course, Germany in the shop.
The Karp Schreiber wines come from Germany's Mosel region and this 2018 Brauneberger Juffer is mildly sweet, yet beautifully balanced thanks to amply acidity.
Hard to beat at just $17.99.


Winemaker Nils Venge has usually been recognized for his work with Cabernet and Zinfandel, so we were (pleasantly) surprised to taste this 2019 Napa Valley Chardonnay and find it to be quite good AND well-priced.  Ripe pear-like fruit and nice toasty oak with creamy overtones.
$29.99 on sale!



It's not unusual for Napa and Sonoma winemakers to incorporate some fruit from nearby Lake County into their wines.
The quality of the grapes can be very good and the fruit tends to cost less.
Here's a Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon from perhaps the top site in the Red Hills sub-region of Lake County, a graceful and elegant wine which we've described as "North of Napa Geographically and South of Napa in terms of Price."
$33.99 on sale ($38 at the winery).

 


The 2021 Birichino Malvasia just arrived...intensely fragrant, as always...jasmine, lemongrass, orange blossoms, etc.
While it smells "sweet," the wine is actually dry and pairs remarkably well with Asian-styled dishes.
$15.99.


How about a soulful Greek red to pair with lamb?
Kir-Yianni's "Ramnista" is made of the Xinomavro grape and it produces a sturdy, mildly astringent red wine that some liken to Piemonte's Nebbiolo.
$29.99.


Italy's Barbera can be light or full-bodied.  It can be fruit-driven or lavishly oaked.
Giornata is a California winery whose owners are enchanted by Italy and their Barbera gives good Piemontese wines a run for the money.
It's berryish, not oaky and has the snappy acidity that pairs handsomely with tomato-sauced pastas, sausage pizza or even some seafood dishes.
Sale priced at $22.99.


We tasted the new vintage of the Lambert family's Chinon.
Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley.
Fairly dark in color and nicely berryish, as they leave the skins to macerate with the juice for nearly two weeks.
$19.99


 


Our "old favorite" New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from winemaker Kevin Judd just arrived this week...the 2021 vintage displays more yellow fruit notes than the typical citrusy/grapefruity character.  In that sense, it's a shade less typical of New Zealand than in past vintages. 
No oak...crisp and dry.  $21.99

 

 


We have been offering the 2014 Brunello di Montalcino from Siro Pacenti at a special price.
It's a remarkably good wine (people buy a single bottle to taste and then call back for a 6-pack!).
It's $49.99, a price from the good old days...

 

 


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.

 

 



We've tasted some good bottles from the Courbet estate in France's mountainous Jura region.
They're maybe an hour, by car, from Burgundy, so it should not be surprising this wine shares many elements of expensive wines from its western neighbors.
Their 2018 "Les Rondos" is a small parcel of slightly more than an acre and it's a Chardonnay vinified in small French oak.
You'll find a mildly toasty element and some hazelnut character on the nose.  There is just a tiny note of oxidation along the lines of a fresh Fino Sherry from Spain on the finish.
Burgundian winemakers typically ask serious money for a similar quality wine.
$29.99.





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


 


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.





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.
$31.99
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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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From the local paper at the end of 2021...CLICK HERE to read that story.

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...

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A Coat-de-Bouteille!

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

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Had a nice mention in the Wall Street Journal's 2016 story about wine store signage:
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The Most recent mention, September of 2017, is this one...Things Wine Shop Owners Detest...
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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
ON GIFT DELIVERIES

 

WHERE WE ARE: <click here!> 1178 Broadway, Burlingame, California

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STORE HOURS
Monday 9am-7pm
Tuesday-Saturday   9am-6:00pm

Sunday: Closed

Gift Certificates Available!
We Gift Wrap, too.

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Rantings & Ravings

ODD SIGHTINGS

 

TASTING ROOM IS OPEN TO THOSE ADULTS
WHO HAVE BEEN DOUBLE VAXXED + 2 WEEKS.

FREE TASTE!

MENTION THE NAMES "Julia & Karoline,"
the daughters of winery owner Elena Walch and we'll pour you a sip of their delicious 2020 Lagrein.
.
$19.99/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!


CLICK HERE

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For:  General Information, Comments, Queries, etc.,
Contact the Chief Cook & Bottle Washer, Web-Mister & Wine Meister.
gerald@weimax.com

WEIMAX WINES & SPIRITS
1178 Broadway
Burlingame CA 94010


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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