« Parking Inventory on the Ave. | Main | Playing on the Big Court »

January 08, 2013

Comments

Joe

Gerald Weisl is back in the Friday WSJ talking about Spanish Cavas. Here's the excerpt:

Cavas priced at $10 or less make up about 95% of Cava sales at Weimax Wines & Spirits in Burlingame, Calif., according to proprietor Gerald Weisl, who had an interesting Cava-related encounter recently: A group of students studying in a Wine & Spirits Education Trust program showed up at his store looking for Cavas with "rubbery aromas" for a blind tasting.

Mr. Weisl explained that he didn't stock such Cavas and considered "rubbery" a flaw. He later wrote to the Wine & Spirits Education Trust in London and asked why it instructed students to search for rubbery Cavas. The response came back that WSET students were taught that that was a characteristic aroma of Cava, probably because "most Cava sold in the U.K. is cheap, whereas better-quality Cava is sold in the States."

I'm (the journalist, not me) not sure whether that's true, but a quick look through wine-searcher.com's U.K. listings revealed that the Cavas sold there are quite different from the fairly wide range of Cavas sold in the U.S.

Joe

The country got the benefit of Gerald's wine wisdom again this past weekend in the WSJ:

Gerald Weisl, the proprietor of Weimax Wines & Spirits in Burlingame, Calif., will be urging customers to be adventurous and “explore the world of wine” when choosing gift bottles. He emailed me a long list of wines he would suggest, including Spanish reds such as Rioja; red and white wines from Austria and Bordeaux; and Champagne—except Veuve Clicquot. “It seems they spend more on marketing than they do on winemaking,” he said.

Veuve Clicquot isn’t on JR Battipaglia’s list either. “Veuve Clicquot is so played out,” said Mr. Battipaglia, the manager of Manhattan’s Garnet Wines and Liquors. And besides, there are many lesser known wines that are much better deals, he added. (For the record, Garnet does carry Veuve Clicquot—the non-vintage costs $46.)

------------------

So skip the orange-labelled Veuve and search out some of the better bubblies out there for Christmas and New Year's celebrations. We're on a kir royale kick for the holidays and Weimax is carrying a few different cassis varieties to choose from.

Bruce Dickinson

Thanks for the reminder Joe and Bruce Dickinson does go to Weimax and the Wine Stop when I need something for a grab'n go type of occasion, as it were. I would be remiss if I didn't say that there is another dynamite LumVinary, though not technically in Burlingame, so don't know if it deserves the title officially, but I feel the need to plug because of the story I'm about to tell you.

This place is called Vineyard Gate on Broadway in Millbrae, of all places. It is rare that Bruce Dickinson walks the streets of Millbrae, as the diarrhea architecture of these new condo complexes causes intense revulsion, but Millbrae still has a gem of a downtown if you look past the Towers of Travesty to architecture. I was riding along with one of my chef's assistants to the Millbrae Farmer's market to pick up a few veggies and stumbled upon this shop.

Now folks, I have about 6,700 bottles in my cellar and as many of you already know, I'm working on starting my own label of Pinot Noir, with the land I purchased recently in the Anderson Valley. As part of the recipe for success in any endeavor, when you want to be the top dog and stay there, you put your ego aside and do this (listen up young ones, as this is advice on how to win in life): always sample the competition and be dead honest about it.

So I'm at Vineyard Gate and asked the owner for 5 pinot noirs, many from the Willamette Valley, and all under $40 a bottle, or maybe even $30, I don't know exactly, but were all very cheap. What he carried and recommended, quite frankly, blew my socks off!!! And to boot, these were small boutique makers that didn't produce a lot of cases.

I went back, asked for every Pinot Noir he carried including some new ones due to come in, and me, my horticulturalist, and several of my chef and sommelier friends had a 5 hour Pepsi Challenge, if you will, sampling the Pinot Noirs from this shop, in a blind taste test. These puppies were tasting at the same or better level than Pinots from the Anderson Valley, Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, the Carneros, a couple of Burgandys and other higher end new world Pinot Noirs. It was a big wake up call to everyone and now we are back to the drawing board in bringing out the best of the grapes I'm growing.

I went back a third time, this time asking for european right and left bank Bordeauxs as well as Burgandys at several price points. I featured some of these at one of my legendary and lavish Dickinson parties and all of them were dynamite!!! Between Weimax and Vineyard Gate, I can say with high confidence that Burlingame and its surrounds have all the bases covered when it comes to bringing the best of the world of wine, at any price point, period, right in your own backyard! Yet another reason why we live in such a dynamite town!

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

About the Voice

  • The Burlingame Voice is dedicated to informing and empowering the Burlingame community. Our blog is a public forum for the discussion of issues that relate to Burlingame, California. On it you can read and comment on important city issues.

    Note: Opinions posted on the Burlingame Voice Blog are those of the poster and not necessarily the opinion of the editorial board of the Burlingame Voice. See Terms of Use

Contributing to the Voice

  • If you would like more information on the Burlingame Voice, send an email to editor@burlingamevoice.com with your request or question. We appreciate your interest.

    Authors may login here.

    For help posting to the Voice, see our tutorial.