PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Northern Hemisphere wineries are preparing the cellars for the
coming harvest. For some wineries, the harvest is already in progress, as
California has had a moderately warm, stress-free growing season.
Some winemakers prefer to ferment their wines in stainless steel tanks, as these
are easy to keep clean and controlling the fermentation temperature is
Others prefer to ferment their wines in some sort of wood vessel, such as those
selected by French winemaker Michel Rolland.
Concrete tanks and cement vats are also fairly common as fermentation
venues. Concrete tanks with an egg shape are currently fashionable, as are
terracotta amphora-shaped vessels.
All of these won't make a huge difference, though, if the quality of the grapes
Some segments of the wine market are quick to embrace the latest fashion as some
sort of indication of quality. We see customers, for example, who have
been given a bit of information and suddenly they are on the hunt for a wine
from a particular vintage, or a wine sold in a particular style of bottle or
made from grapes cultivated in one kind of viticulture as the leading indicator
of wine quality.
A blue colored bottle means this German wine is of superior quality?
All wines from 2010 are exceptionally good?
All wines made from biodynamically-farmed grapes are outstanding?
Wine isn't quite that simple, though.
You need not be an expert, however...that's why shopping in a good independent
wine store can be advantageous for you. We work diligently to scope out
good wines and we sure taste a lot of sketchy bottles to make our selections.
Unlike so many retail venues which buy wines based on recognizable brand names,
pretty bottles, high numerical scores, a famous winemaker being involved in the
production, etc., we tune out all the noise when tasting and select based on
what is in the glass.
Is it a good quality wine? Is it well-priced? Is it worthy of our
We don't buy into all the singing and dancing employed by some vintners to sell
wine. You can't pour scarcity or fame or points into a wine glass.
The Chinon Rosť we mentioned last week is in stock and has been selling
well. It's only $14.99 per bottle and it's a delight.
There's a good Vacqueyras Blanc in stock presently which is quite good and a
Cotes-du-Rhone Blanc which offers good quality at a modest price. (Both
There's a terrific Sonoma Syrah that's bargain-priced at $19.99 and another
stack of Heitz Napa Valley Grignolino filled up that display.
Stop by and pick up a bottle of something unfamiliar!
"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....
RESERVE DE LA COMTESSE 2012
Today's "Secret Words"
are "MAY ELIANE."
May Eliane de Lenquesaing ran Pichon Lalande for several decades and
made some stellar wines. Today the estate is owned by the Roederer
Champagne company and some vintages are extraordinary.
Gerald ranked the 2012 Reserve de la Comtesse as his first place wine in
a recent blind-tasting of 2012 Bordeaux.
Mention May's name when you stop by and we'll pour you a sip of the
2012 Reserve de la Comtesse.
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!
For: General Information, Comments, Queries, etc.,
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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