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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
There's always work to be done in the cellar and here we see a fellow hosing out a tank that has just been racked.
The wine in that stainless steel container had been stored there to allow the sediment to settle to the bottom and then they pumped it to another tank where it will be filtered and bottled.

This snapshot had been taken at a grower's cooperative winery in Italy's Alto Adige.

They have lots of hoses to hook up to tanks in order to move their wines around the winery, from a fermentation tank to wood vats and back to a stainless steel tank in preparation for cleaning up the wine and getting it ready to put into bottles.



Following fermentation this winery uses gravity to move the wine from ground-level to wood cooperage underground, one level below.

Underground cellars have an advantage in being rather cool and not requiring the expense of climate controls such as air conditioning.


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We were mentioned in a recent Wall Street Journal article on wine marketing and pricing.

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Then we'd like to mention the tremendous inflation we're seeing with wine pricing.
Some of the remarkable price increases we're seeing seriously outstrip the costs of wine production.
One sales rep told us of a wine selling for $60 a bottle jumping to a $90 price the following vintage.
And if you've monitored some of the sales of various wineries to larger 'players', we can tell you the first thing new ownership seems to do is increase pricing.
One winery had been selling its Cabernet for roughly $80/bottle.  The new owner is asking $110, with the least expensive bottle in their portfolio now being a $75/bottle Sauvignon Blanc.
Ouch!

We had a terrific Napa red blend selling for $60/bottle...the new vintage is $75.

Will consumers still purchase these wines at the same rate as before the price hikes?
Economists would predict a slow-down in sales and so would we.

And maybe there is some resistance?
One prominent Napa winery which increased its Cabernet pricing from $60 to $80 was trying to entice its wholesale customers with case pricing (the cost of a 12 bottle box) on a simple three-bottle purchase!
That means we could buy just three bottles for the same price-per-bottle as in buying a quantity of cases.
Maybe that aggressive pricing is a small sign of desperation?


Consumers are comfortable in a particular price "neighborhood".

Good luck to these optimistic vintners!

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Napa Valley wine prices jumped by $17 per bottle this past year!
And if you want to visit wineries in Napa, the fees for a tasting jumped some 35%!!!
The average tasting fee, according to their report, is now $81/per person at a Napa Valley winery.
Tastings in Sonoma are roughly $38 while Paso Robles wineries average $28.

So-called "Reserve" visits in Napa jumped from $99 to $128 this past year.

The average bottle price in Napa is now $108 while a Sonoma bottle typically goes for $57.

In our little wine shop we have numerous good bottles for well less than these silly prices.

Stop by and we can show you some sensibly-priced wines from Napa, Sonoma and everywhere else in the world.




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We have been in a group of wine-tasters since February of 1974.
We meet once a month and conduct a blind-tasting in hopes of making a discovery, or two.
To celebrate 50 years of tastings, with a handful of original members, we met at the Basque Cultural Center and enjoyed a meal featuring numerous special, well-aged bottles of wines from the era when we started.

I decanted more than half a dozen old reds and was delighted that all but one was in good condition.

I've posted more photos and a few words about the wines on this page:
CLICK HERE



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We hope you are drinking well this winter.
If you are not, please come see us.
We can fix that!



GERALD & THE CREW AT WEIMAX

 

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RANTINGS & RAVINGS
Newly Updated with a recent posting
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Our Tasting Room is open...Monday through Saturday from mid-day until 6pm.
CLICK HERE TO HAVE A LOOK.
That's Norbert, by the way!


Cascina Val del Prete's 2019 Roero with the Vigna di Lino designation is an excellent example of young Nebbiolo.
It's remarkably enjoyable in its youth and it gives young Barolo and Barbaresco wines a run for the money.
$44.99.


The Viano family continues to cultivate some 60 acres of vineyards in Contra Costa County, making their own wines from estate-grown grapes in the city of Martinez.
An old-time winery with old-time pricing...we brought in a light Chardonnay that features the grape more than a barrel.  And we have a medium-bodied Cabernet.
$11.99


Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet for just $15.99?!!!
The label is in homage to Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Kesey and his Merry Pranksters had a place in La Honda.
It's a medium-bodied red, worth every penny of its price-tag.
But please don't expect a wine as majestic as Santa Cruz Mtns Cabernets such as Ridge Monte Bello
or Mount Eden.


Stephen Ross is somewhat of a benchmark for Edna Valley Chardonnay.
It's from a cool site that's located about 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean.
The 2022 growing season was dry and not especially hot, allowing for a Chardonnay that's below 14% alcohol.
Barrel-fermented with full malolactic fermentation, lees stirring, yada yada, yada...
The main point being this is damned good and it's sale-priced at $27.99.

 


Here's a delicious Brunello with a touch of bottle aging...from the exceptional 2016 vintage, this is sale-priced at $64.99.





Ugo Lequio is a small producer whose wines are well-known to fans of Barbaresco, but they're well below the radar of most wine drinkers.
The fruit comes from the famed Gallina vineyard area and the wine is a good, traditionally-made Nebbiolo.
The 2019 is excellent and it's showing handsomely right now, though a few years of bottle aging will allow it to reach its potential.


The Central Otago region in New Zealand is highly-regarded for its Pinot Noir wines, but we've found this small winery is making a wine which rivals its Marlborough area cousins.
Notes of lime and green apple make for a beautifully aromatic and flavorful Sauvignon Blanc.
Specially priced at $23.99


One of our favorite Chinon wines has returned...Beausejour!
Made entirely of Cabernet Franc.  Classic Chinon.  Light to medium-bodied.
No oak.  A smoother red.
$19.99


Krohn's 1982 Colheita is a Tawny Port which spent more than 30 years in wood before bottling.
It's a delicious bottle, perfect for pairing with cheese or dessert after a meal.
$79.99.

 


This new bottling of Austrian Grüner Veltliner is remarkably good and it's well-priced at $14.99 for a liter bottle.
You'll find some citrusy aromas and a touch of the grapefruit 'spice' to this dry white.

 


Made entirely of Aglianico, "Elio" is a special bottling the Sepe brothers make to honor their father.
It's a barrel-aged Aglianico with dark fruit aromas and a mildly woodsy tone from French oak cooperage.
We've had this for a few months now and people routinely come back asking for more.
$31.99.


From a small domaine in between Reims and Epernay in the town of Chigny-Les-Roses, this is a bone dry Champagne
that's predominantly Pinot Meunier with 25% Pinot Noir and 17% Chardonnay.
$64.99

 


Here's a delightful, classic rendition of the obscure Piemontese wine made of the Ruchè grape.
We've often had a Ruchè wine in the shop and this one captures the classic floral fragrances reminiscent of rose petals.
It's a medium-bodied red, smooth, dry and without oak.
$22.99

 


We are rarely excited by the Sylvaner grape in France's Alsace, but this remarkable bottling from the Schoech winery in Kaysersberg is unusually aromatic and far more flavorful than the normal, somewhat anonymous versions we've tasted.
Dry and beautifully fragrant...Just $19.99!


"Bourgogne Passetoutgrains" is an obscure appellation from France's Burgundy region.
It's a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay.
A few domaines still make this and we found a lovely rendition from the Bitouzet-Prieur winery in Volnay.
This one is said to be 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Gamay.
Just $29.99/bottle.


The 2014 vintage of the old-school Vallana winery in Alto Piemonte arrived this week.
It's a good bottle to explore if you want to try a traditionally-made Nebbiolo from Italy.
$49.99

 


These days most consumers look to France, New Zealand or the West Coast of the US for good Sauvignon Blanc.
We were delighted to discover this German Sauvignon Blanc from the Baden region, some 20 miles from France's Strasbourg,
They're on the western slopes of Germany's Black Forest.
Crisp, snappy and bone dry, this offers some herbal, passionfruit and gooseberry aromatics (which may be too intense for some consumers).
$24.99


This simple Muscadet from France's Loire Valley is a delight.
Dry, of course and made without the use of an oak barrel, at $10.99, this is a lovely little aperitif white or, even better, a partner for seafood.
It has more fruit on the nose than standard bottlings of Muscadet and we find it superior to many far more expensive renditions of the
Melon de Bourgogne grape.

 

 


The 2016 vintage of Trimbach's deluxe "Frédéric Emile" Riesling is exceptional and we took in a few more bottles.
Notes of petrol and lime are immediately apparent, along with snappy acidity giving it a dry finish.
$94.99.


The Grosjean family makes a couple of white wines from the Petite Arvine grape, a variety said to be of Swiss origins.
It's a faintly citrusy, stony dry white which is great as a cocktail wine, though it pairs well with light seafood dishes.
$31.99 

 


The current bottling of Bruno Paillard's Extra Brut Champagne is mildly toasty and yeasty with chalky, minerally notes on the palate.
It's well-priced for its quality.
$54.99
(We have a few magnums, too!)

 


Silvia Altare is making terrific wines...just arrived is her 2022 Dolcetto, an effusively berryish red wine that's a delight to enjoy served at cool cellar temp.
$27.99.

 


Showing well in its youth, the 2019 Barbaresco from Castello di Neive offers good quality at a most sensible price.
It's available presently in our Tasting Room if you'd like to have a sip.
$4/taste
Sale priced at $39.99/bottle.


From Spain's Basque country we just got in some bottles of Ameztoi's excellent Txakolina...it's made of the Hondarrabi Zuri grape and is bone dry with just a faint petillance.
$25.99


This dry Sherry from Spain's Jerez region is labeled as a 15 year old wine.
It's remarkably intense and delicious paired with salty starters such as olives stuffed with anchovies...
$25.99 for a 375ml bottle.


Some bottles of the 2019 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet are now in stock...
Sale price is $200.
Yes, that may seem like an exorbitant price, but remember Dunn has 40+ years of history making top Napa Cabernet.
There are many newcomers asking $300-$500+ for brand new labels that have no established track record, merely a celebrity winemaker and a numerical point score from an expert who's capable of rating the wine based more on its price than its actual quality.


The 2021 Fenocchio Barbera d'Alba is a great follow-up to the excellent 2020 bottling.
In fact, it may be even better!
Dark in color and beautifully aromatic with blackberry fruit notes...it's dry and smooth, a perfect partner for pizza, sausages, tomato-sauced pastas, pork, red meats, etc.
$25.99


If you're having a Fondue party, you might consider this terrific dry white from vineyards on Lake Geneva near the town of Evian-Les-Bains.
It's less costly than most Swiss wines made of the Chasselas grape...$16.99.
No oak...dry...

 


We loved the 2010 Viña Tondonia from Lopez Heredia.
The 2011 is a more robust rendition but with similar styling and complexity...classic red from Rioja.
Sale price is $53.99.
Their entry level red called Cubillo is delicious and just $26.99, so you can affordably explore old-school Rioja.




Virna's 2019 "Noi" (we/us) Barolo is sale-priced at $39.99...it's showing well presently and can be cellared for well more than a decade.


We had this as our top choice in a blind-tasting earlier in November...2014 vintage Semillon from Brokenwood.
This is a good choice for the holiday feast.  Sale price is $49.99.
Low alcohol, high acid...toasty and bone dry Australian Semillon from a prestigious winery.


Vintner Matthew Towers is enamored with Pinot Noir and this 2021 bottling from Mendocino is the second we've had in the shop...delicious cherryish fruit and nicely oaked.  It's a tiny production wine...maybe 200 cases.
We have this sale-tagged at $39.99 (it's $48 at the winery).
It's now available presently for sampling in our Tasting Room.

 


Delille Cellars in Washington periodically makes a white wine we find to be delightfully intriguing.
Not every year, though...It's a Sauvignon/Semillon blend and the 2022 is a winner.
The nose is a bit shy presently, but the flavors are expressive and deep!
Sale price is $39.99 ($42 at the winery)...

 
We were fortunate to be able to bring in a scant few bottles of Le Gallais and Egon Müller Rieslings...
$89.99 for the Wiltinger Qba 2020 Riesling and $74.99 for the Scharzhof 2021 Riesling.
Both are babies.



We are smitten by this delicious Tuscan Sangiovese.
The Caparzo owners have two other wineries and blend grapes for this wine from Montalcino, Chianti Classico and the Maremma.
They've added 5% each of Canaiolo, Alicante and Petit Verdot...
It's a brilliant blend.
Young and berryish, this is remarkably good and well-priced.
Don't miss it.
By the way, we sent out an email touting this wine.  One couple stopped by to pick up a case and the next day sent a note saying they made a Ricotta/Fennel Sausage Pasta Sauce which paired beautifully with this wine.
"For us," she wrote, "it's a wine we can enjoy thanks to its versatility and its price."
$15.99.

 


We've long been fans of Colene Clemens wines...this is a special bottling called Margo and it's a 2021 vintage...
We like the classic Pinot fruit and there's ample sweet wood spices as well.
$44.99.




The small domaine of Anne & Marc Matthieu is located about 11 miles northeast of Ribeauville in the small village of Blienschwiller (maybe 300 residents).  We selected an outstanding 2019 Riesling from the Grand Cru site of Frankstein.
This is quite dry and beautifully fragrant with hints of the petrol aromas one finds in mature Riesling.
A few more bottles arrived this week, as the first shipment was well-received.
$34.99


The 2012 Salice Salentino from Cosimo Taurino arrived this week...Negroamaro is the grape, with a small percentage of Malvasia Nera.
Aged in oak and then given substantial bottle aging, here's a 10+ year old red for just $19.99.
Well worth trying...


Xavier Gerard...a newish domaine in France's Rhône Valley.
The 2020 Côte-Rôtie is already showing beautifully and it will continue to develop over the next 10 to 15 years+.
$84.99.
Impressive!


What a lovely rendition of Gamay Noir!
Joy Fantastic is a 2022 vintage from the Santa Rita Hills area of Santa Barbara.
$39.99.



This 2019 Pouilly-Fuissé caught out attention as it rivals far more costly white Burgundies from, say, Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault.  Nicely toasty thanks to a bit of bottle age, so it's "just right."
Famille Paquet.
Sale price is $49.99
Back in stock!



Siro Pacenti's 2018 Brunello is showing well presently, though it can certainly be kept a few years.
Sale price is $59.99.
Give this an hour in a decanter...



The 2012 Henriot Champagne is a winner...beautifully toasty from being 8+ years en tirage (on the spent yeast in the bottle).
It's quite dry and remarkably complex.
We enjoyed a bottle at the Wakuriya restaurant in San Mateo with their amazing prix-fixed menu (and we had a few other bottles for this remarkable feast!).
Sale price is $109.99.


The 2020 vintage of Luciano Sandrone's Barbera d'Alba is a delight as it's full-bodied and displaying lots of dark plum and blackberryish fruit.
$46.99.
It's a versatile red, so pairing it with roasted chicken, tomato-sauced dishes or red meats is ideal.
They lavish as much care on this as they do their $150+ bottles of Barolo.


We were enchanted by a terrific dry white from Greece.
It's from the Mercouri Estate winery and the wine is predominantly made of the Assyrtiko grape.
Beautiful lime and citrus fruit...no oak.
$19.99

 

 

 


The 2018 Izadi Rioja Reserva won a recent blind-tasting and it's just $21.99/bottle.
We're offering it in the Tasting Room presently.
Nicely balanced and ready to drink.


We're usually "allergic" to wines grown in Lodi, but this California Carignan is a pleasant surprise.
$22.99/bottle and it's offered for tasting presently ($2.30/pour) in our Tasting Room.


Many people are fans of the various red wines from the Tuscan coastal region of Bolgheri.
You'll find the famous wines of Sassicaia and Ornellaia there.
But  a bit south is the region of Suvereto and they don't cost quite as much as those iconic Tuscan bottlings.
This one features Sangiovese with 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Malvasia Nera.
It's available in The Tasting Room: $4.50/pour...$44.99/bottle.

 

 


Homefire is a small Zinfandel specialist in Sonoma...their "Berry Farm" red blend features 81% Zinfandel, 14% Cabernet and 5% Grenache...you'll pay $25 at the winery...we have it specially-priced at just $14.99.






The Dehlinger family does not rush its wines to market...they're just releasing an elegant 2020 vintage Chardonnay.
Barrel fermented and this spends about a year on the spent yeast...mildly toasted with a touch of green apple fruit and pineapple spice notes.
$44.99.

 


We've often been delighted with Caggiano's minerally Fiano, a beautifully elegant, crisp, dry white from Italy's Campania region.
The 2022 is now in stock...$27.99.
Nice to see customers return to purchase multiple bottles of this after enjoying their first one.



Don't miss the sale pricing on the Vajra 2018 Barolo "Albe," a blend of several vineyard sites.
Give this an hour of aeration in a decanter...
It's typically $45-$50 but want to introduce Barolo and, specifically Vajra Barolo, to customers so it's currently sale-tagged at just $39.99

 


Presqu'ile 2021 Syrah from Santa Barbara County caught our attention as we like spicy reds...and this displays a lovely pepper spice which can pair handsomely with well-seasoned pork, chicken or red meats.
It's presently sale-tagged at just $29.99.

 

 


The 2022 Sancerre from Alphonse Mellot is stellar!
Bright aromas and crisp acidity make for a classic rendition.
$35.99.


An old friend has returned after maybe a 15 vintage absence!
Isabel was one of the early wineries coming to us from the then-new wine region of Marlborough in New Zealand.
The 2021 vintage of Sauvignon Blanc is delicious...and it's well-priced at $19.99.
We have some bottles of their Pinot Noir...also quite good...$28.99.


It's been ages since we have had a floor-stack of Australian Shiraz.  So many of the modestly-priced bottlings are sweet, aimed at a wine drinker who's just venturing out to red wine.
Zilzie is a newish producer, but comes from a long-time wine-growing family.
And it's just $15.99!

 


The Pedroncelli Family makes a Macon-styled, non-oaked Chardonnay from Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley.
$15.99!


We were enchanted by the 2015 Rioja from the iconic Lopez Heredia winery in Spain...This is their "young" wine that spends about three years in seasoned American oak barrels.
We like the mildly woodsy fragrances and flavors and the juicy, berryish red fruit.
$26.99.

 

 


While Ridge Vineyards is highly regarded for its red wines, they also make a couple of darned good whites.
The Estate Chardonnay comes from the Santa Cruz Mountains and it's one of our favorite California Chardonnays.
$69.99


A few wines from Trediberri arrived recently...this is a good winery in La Morra...
The exuberant 2022 Nebbiolo is $29.99...we also have a terrific Barbera ($25.99) and a couple of Barolo bottlings.


A good, chillable Beaujolais for warm-weather drinking is the newly-arrived bottling from the Gauthier family.
$15.99

 


Chianti Classico producers now have a category of wine called "Gran Selezione."  This is sort of a reserve bottling that is said to be a more prized wine than basic Chianti and Riserva bottlings.
We've thought many of these are simply an attempt to extract more money from consumers and most are not worth the prices being asked.
The Querceto di Castellina 2018 "Gran Selezione" is an exception to this notion.  It's $49.99 for the 2018 but the wine, unlike so many of these premium-priced bottlings is outstanding.


2011 Haart Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Spätlese! 
It's moderately sweet and is a remarkably youthful Mosel Riesling...
Perfect with summer fruits over vanilla ice cream.
We had a bottle with some Dim Sum last week...the chili oil restrained the sweetness nicely.
Sale price is just $39.99!




Ridge makes a fabulous Chardonnay and a few years ago they embarked on vinifying Grenache Blanc.
The 2021 is dry and crisp with a bare hint of wood.
Sale price is $31.99.

 

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The 2022 vintage of Moscato d'Asti from Emilio Vada is a delight...you can damned near taste the fresh Muscat grapes in this wine.
It's low in alcohol, making it a nice patio white in the warm weather, but it's also delicious paired with summer fruits.
$19.99


South Africa's benchmark Chardonnay is back!
The 2021 Hamilton Russell Chardonnay tilts towards Burgundian winemaking.
$46.99


I Favati is a small, family winery in Italy's Campania region...if you're a fan of stony, minerally dry white wines, give this a go!
(We recently enjoyed a bottle of their 2004 Taurasi, a beautifully aged red made of Aglianico...$69.99).
The Greco di Tufo is $25.99.

 


The 2021 has been released and we're delighted with this Syrah/Grenache (etc.) blend.
$38 from the winery...we've got it sale-tagged at $21.99.



The 2022 Elk Cove Pinot Blanc is an outstanding bottle.
$19.99.
Dry, fresh, appley and no oak...It tastes like Spring!



The 2019 Smith-Madrone Cabernet from vineyards atop Spring Mountain in Napa just arrived...
Dark in color and sporting lots of blackcurrant fruit...these fellows routinely make impressive wines.
Sale tagged at $59.99.

 


There are not many wines costing north of $200/bottle that we find to be "good values," but this 2011 Castillo Ygay gets a big 'thumbs up' from us.
We had fallen off the Marques de Murrieta bandwagon some years ago, as they changed their barrel aging program and the wine was not as good, in our view, as what we had come to love going back to the 1960s and 1970s.
It had been getting good reviews as some critics seem to judge some wines by their price tags and not what's in the glass.
The 2011 we opened this two weeks ago was shockingly good and we've bought this in to share with customers who are interested in such a damned good bottle, despite its elevated price.
Compared to many Napa Cabernets and top Bordeaux, this is a deal.
Sale price is $199.99.




Mullineaux's Old Vines white is an interesting blend based on Chenin Blanc.
But it has Clairette, Viognier, Semillon, Grenache Blanc and some Verdelho, too.
$31.99

 





In the world of "skin contact" white wines, often called "orange wines," we've just brought in the 2022 Pinot Gris from the Union Sacré winery in California's Central Coast region.  The "white" grape of Pinot Gris does have some pigment in its skins and leaving those with the juice can produce a pinkish-colored wine.
This is a delight whether you consider it a Rosé, an "orange wine" or simply a white wine...
Sale price is $17.99 as these fellows don't sock it to you as do many artisan vintners pricing their wines based more on scarcity than on quality.







Here's a delightful "declassified" Riesling from the esteemed Wegeler stables.
Nicely aged and showing hints of the petrol fragrances of mature or maturing Riesling...it has a touch of sweetness, but plenty of
acidity to balance.
$29.99.


Winemaker Peter Heitz does a great job with Chenin Blanc...Napa Valley Chenin Blanc at that! 
Dry and offering lots of apple and pear-like fruit.  $29.99.
His Cabernet comes from Calistoga and the 2019 is delicious!
$64.99 for that.

 


From a tiny patch of vines in the French Alps comes this remarkable red made of the Mondeuse grape.
Sometimes Mondeuse is reminiscent of Syrah, but this wine is unique, displaying an almost grapefruit-like aroma and finish.
It's akin to a light Pinot Noir in terms of body.
$24.99

 


A young fellow named Julien Dreveton is cultivating some 40 year old Syrah vineyards for his Domaine des Louis wines...both his grandfathers were named Louis, by the way...
It's a dark-colored wine with black fruit aromas...we expect it will develop handsomely with a few years of bottle aging, but it's terrific right now, especially if you can decant it an hour ahead of dinner.
$34.99




From the top of Spring Mountain in Napa comes this remarkable dry Riesling.
The Smith brothers don't rush this wine, allowing it to develop some petrol fragrances which are the hallmark of aged Riesling.
2018 vintage...$32.99

 


We've enjoyed a few Geek white wines made of the Moschofilero grape, but can't say we'd tasted anything quite like this!
The Troupis winery produces a "wild ferment" dry white giving the juice some skin contact which results in a pinkish-hued wine.
The aromas are intensely fruity and the wine is quite dry and marvelously crisp.
Even better, it's just $19.99.

 


A few bottles of two different Peter Michael Chardonnays arrived recently.
These rarities go for $130/bottle.

 



Had this as one of my top two wines in a blind-tasting of well-priced California Pinot Noirs.
This is a delight and it's specially priced at just $24.99.
Don't miss it.


Back in stock is the outstanding Clos Bartolomé wine from Spain's Priorat region.
It's a blend of Grenache and Carignane and we like its balance and drinkability.
On top of that, it's only $25.99 and compares very favorably to the $50-$100 from this prestigious Spanish wine region, not far from Barcelona.



The dollar usually goes farther in Washington State than in California's Napa Valley.
Kiona Vineyards and Winery mostly sells grapes to neighboring wineries, but they make a smallish quantity for their own label.
Nicely oaked and with classic dark Cabernet fruit...$26.99.



Winemaker Marco Porello, a prominent vintner in the Roero region of Piemonte, produces a well-priced, attractive Barolo from vineyards in Serralunga and Novello.
The sale price of $29.99 makes this a nice value.

 


The new vintage of this remarkable French white just arrived...it's from the Delaille brothers' winery in the Loire Valley.
Cheverny is based on Sauvignon Blanc, but unlike Sancerre, it can have a small percentage of Chardonnay to give the wine a bit of texture on the palate.  You certainly don't detect this on the nose.
$19.99.

 

 


Prisma Sauvignon Blanc comes from Chile's Casablanca area.  It's a blend of two vineyard sites and it's remarkably showy and aromatic.
There's an exotic fragrance, reminiscent of citrus and passion-fruit.
It's only $13.99!





Silvio Jermann was one of the first winemakers in Italy making world-class white wines.
In an era where most Italian whites were rustic or oxidized, this fellow produced polished, flavorful bottles.
The 2022 Pinot Grigio is a far cry from the thin, watery wines were regularly are presented, dressed up as premium Pinot Grigio.
They gave the juice a short bit of skin contact, resulting in a bit more intensity.
Specially priced at $24.99.


The appellation of Bouzeron in France's Burgundy region is found on wines made exclusively from the Aligoté grape,
not Chardonnay.
Dujardin's is fermented in neutral oak and we like its mildly toasty note with some green apple fruit.
Dry, of course.
$27.99

 


From Italy's Alto Adige region we were thrilled to taste a benchmark bottling of the Müller-Thurgau grape from the Tiefenbrunner winery.
It's called Feldmarschall Von Fenner, named after an heroic Austrian warrior who defended what's now the Alto Adige (or Südtirol) in several battles.  This is grown at a high elevation site in somewhat salty soils, which winemaker Christof Tiefenbrunner credits with intensifying the fruit and herb notes.  It's very expensive for Müller-Thurgau, but when you taste this it's not so much the grape but the vineyard.
$74.99

 


From the Domaine Laboureau we found a terrific White Burgundy from the Pernand-Vergelesses appellation, a somewhat overlooked region where consumers don't have to pay for a prestigious name.  The wine rivals far more costly bottlings.
Nicely toasty with a touch of a smoky element...$49.99.




The Falvo family owned Tuscany's Avignonesi winery in Montepulciano some decades ago.
They now run the Masseria Li Veli winery in Puglia and make some surprisingly elegant and charming wines.
The Susumaniello grape is a rarity as there were but 13 hectares in 2006.  Today there are 400 hectares being cultivated in and around Salento.
The Li Veli bottling is medium bodied, showing an array of red fruits with mild tannins.
$25.99...delicious!


A Premier Cru bottling of white Burgundy from the Givry appellation made the cut this past week, with some toasty,
leesy notes on the nose and palate.  Dry, of course.
Good value, too, at just $29.99.





Viore is a new dry white wine from Spain's Rueda region.
It's made of the Verdejo grape and resembles Sauvignon Blanc to some degree.
$18.99

 

 


Schola Sarmenti's Primitivo from Puglia has often "made the cut" here at Weimax.
The new vintage is a delight, being medium-full bodied and berryish...softer/smoother, too.
$17.99

 


The 2020 Nebbiolo from Italy's Valtellina region called Botonero is made by the Mamete Prevostini winery.
It's unusually charming and quite enjoyable despite it being so young.
$18.99 on sale!

 


From France's Jura region in the Alps comes this delicious, dry sparkling wine that will easily be confused with a bottle of good $50 Champagne.
It's made entirely of Chardonnay, biodynamically cultivated and the wine spends about two years maturing on the spent yeast.
Dry, mildly toasty and lightly chalky...$29.99.


La Coeur de la Reine is a beautifully aromatic, fresh, dry Sauvignon Blanc from France's Loire Valley.
You won't believe how good this is...$17.99.


Here's an obscure, fizzy red.  If you're a fan of good Lambrusco from Emilia-Romagna, here's a southern Italian vino frizzante from the coast of Campania.  It's from a region just a few miles south of Pompei in the town of Gragnano and it's made mostly of Piedirosso with Aglianico and a bit of Sciacinoso.  Mildly fizzy and dry, it's a great red to pair with pizza.
$19.99

 

 


We visited this domaine in 2016, having appreciated their various Chablis wines.
Denis and Isabelle Pommier have a new importer in the Bay Area and we're delighted to have them back in the shop.
$35.99 for 750mls and half-bottles are $26.99.
Back in stock and available for tasting presently...damned good, classic, stony Chablis!




We've been fans of this Napa Valley "trophy" and it easily compares to the top "cult Cabernets" found on many restaurant wine lists.
Production is small and the price is high...but less than $300 anyway.

 

 

 

 

 


La Rioja Alta makes traditionally-styled wines of the highest quality, in our view.
California vintners have difficulty challenging these guys for value, as this Tempranillo is matured in some new American oak and then given several years in bottle, released when it's complex and beautifully drinkable.
Sale price is $21.99.

 


 


One of our favorite Champagnes is that of Pierre Moncuit, a small family enterprise in the "Grand Cru" town of Le Mesnil where Chardonnay is king.
Bone dry as they cater to a discriminating connoisseur, not the mass-market palate aimed at by the largest Champagne wineries.
It's entirely Chardonnay, mildly toasty and quite dry, this batch being "Extra Brut."
Sale price is $49.99.

 


The Von Winning team is clearly appreciative of top French Champagne and their Extra Brut, made entirely of Riesling has some Champagne-like toasty notes with the aromatics and flavors of Riesling.
This is an Extra Brut bottling...bone dry.
$29.99!


Smith Woodhouse is a famous producer of Late-Bottled Vintage Port. 
While the expensive Vintage Ports now hit the market for $100+ a bottle upon release, Smith Woodhouse matures this for 4 years in vats and bottles it without filtration as is common for Vintage Ports.
But then they give it ample bottle aging and release it when it's in its early stages of drinkability.
Most Late Bottled Vintage Port is filtered and this robs the wine of a measure of character and its ability to develop with bottle aging.
If you'd like to experience a really good Port this holiday season and don't mind not spending $100-$300/bottle, come grab a bottle of this.
Sale price is $39.99.
It's best to stand the bottle upright to allow the sediment to settle and then decant it.


 


A spendy Etna Bianco, but we felt this wine is actually worthy of its $59.99 price tag.
Primarily Carricante with some Minnella...it's a remarkably soulful, dry white which tips its cap in the direction
of Burgundy (in our view).
It sees a bit of aging in tonneaux, large, seasoned wood barrels.
Special.




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From the December 29th "The Daily Journal" in 2023



A Weimax shopper and parent of a Roosevelt Elementary School student sent us a screenshot of an online
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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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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...
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.
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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.
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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.

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Small 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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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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