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We'd like to think we're more pragmatic than dogmatic when it comes to
"organics" in wine.
We are always searching for well-made, complex, soulful wines to bring into the
shop and if they are farmed in a healthful or allegedly wholesome manner, all
We see in this somewhat Puritanical society, some consumers assuage their
"guilt" about buying demon alcohol with purchasing bottles proclaiming
to be "organic" in some fashion. We see some people who tout
"natural" wines as somehow superior, even when those products are
hugely flawed (and remember, beauty is in the eye, nose and mouth of the
beholder) and appallingly undrinkable.
Some of California's earliest attempted winemaking by so-called
"natural" methods produced products more akin to vinegar (or worse).
And these days we've spoken with many wine producers who eschew marketing their
wines as "organic" because they don't want to be associated with
jumping on this bandwagon and being viewed as producing sketchy quality wines.
To include indications of being organic, certifications by regulatory agencies
must be submitted to the US Federal government to receive approval to use such a
term on the label of a bottle of wine.
Many "organically-farmed" wines from Europe, made by small wineries,
simply are not interested in investing resources to jump through the
We hear from some wineries that their wines are farmed
"sustainably." This is an even more murky definition, isn't it?
Are they trying to sustain the company being able to conduct its business or are
they putting forth the notion that their vineyards are "sort of"
farmed organically? Or what???
Also operating under the guise of being consumer advocates are organizations
wanting to keep people from enjoying a bottle of wine for it contains that demon
alcohol. Prohibition did not work so well, but if they can suggest wine
contains all sorts of chemicals, some added and some naturally-occurring, maybe
people will drink less.
Read the news each week and you'll find stories suggesting all sorts of normal
items are somehow healthful and a day later there's a story suggesting those
same items are harmful to good health.
It's enough to drive one to drink!
We found a few new wines this week in our tasting of dozens of bottles...a new
Sonoma Malbec made the cut, for example.
Stop by and we can show you a few new arrivals, including some delicious and
Had a nice
mention in the Wall Street Journal story about wine store signage: CLICK
There are about 25 to 30 wines available for sampling in our Tasting Room...why
not bring a friend and come taste a few new discoveries?
Did you see the article in the local newspaper, by the way? CLICK
"Quality first" is our mantra. As professional wine scouts, we navigate the vast ocean of
offerings to find exceptional wines and exceptional values. We look
for good wines which have "soul." Given that so many
consumers are willing to settle for mainstream, mass-produced wines, our
selections often come from off-the-beaten path locales and, we suppose,
are not for everyone. But if you have taste for good wines, stop by
the shop! They start at about five bucks and go up from there. We take the guess-work out of buying wine. By the way, the four of us here are not "on commission."
Some stores offer incentives for the sales staff. We work for you!
PEOPLE KNOW THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING AND THE VALUE OF NOTHING We are
dinosaurs in the wine business. Weimax has been open since 1961
and Gerald has been in the business long enough to remember when young,
upstart wineries such as Caymus and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars opened
their doors and charged all of $3.75 a bottle for Napa Cabernet!
If you buy wine because it has a cute label or was given a 90-point
score by someone, we're probably not your wine outlet.
If you think you're really getting a deal buying a second bottle of some
over-priced plonk for a nickel, we're probably not your wine outlet.
If you're impressed by a huge selection featuring hundreds of
factory-made wines of mediocre quality, we're probably not your wine
If you think you're really getting a deal at the grocery store with
inflated prices on their wine to give you a hefty percentage discount,
we're probably not your wine outlet.
On the other hand...
If you like wines made by the winemaker and not marketing department
geniuses, we have some interesting bottlings for you.
If you're looking for wines which "taste more expensive" than
they cost, we have many discoveries to share with you.
If you're interested in broadening your enological horizons, stop by and
have a chat!
If you're a fan of wines "made for adult" palates, please
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. Click
Here To Take A Peek of the Tasting Results
of legal drinking age are welcome to peruse this site.
Taste Before Buying.
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
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....
Today's "Secret Word"
Mention that name when you stop by and we'll pour you a sip of the
2011 Heitz Napa Cabernet.
They blended their single vineyard wines into this bottling, so it's a
really superb, delicious and complex Cabernet.
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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WEIMAX WINES & SPIRITS
Burlingame CA 94010
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"UNCLE BOB" GORMAN 1937-2012
Bob was in reasonably good shape in his later years.
In 2012 he had a bout of Bells Palsy in late Spring...
In early November he had a "dizzy spell" but said the hospital tests
were all fine.
Two weeks later he apparently suffered a stroke or seizure and ended up in the
A series of further setbacks ensued and Bob passed away on Thanksgiving Day of
He was a bon vivant, world traveler and gourmand.
He appreciated art and photography, was a mushroom hunter and good cook and genial
Bob wrote a book on California wine in the 1970s, a series of nice essays on
various varietals, with commentary on various wines and various food affinities.
Bob was especially proud that his book had been panned by The Wine Spectator,
while garnering good reviews from Gourmet Magazine's wine guru, Gerald Asher.
Julia Child also had been a fan of Bob's book, apparently.
He is greatly missed by Weimax regulars and his colleagues behind the counter in
Jon Bonne, of the San Francisco Chronicle, wrote a nice article on
"old" wine books.
The March 2014 article featured a photo of a bunch of Jon's favorites, topped by