Road Trip Pit Stop: Weimax

As I noted a couple of weeks ago in my post about Beltramo's in Menlo Park, most Bay Area retailers specializing in hard-to-find wines and liquors are located in SF. There's one other wine shop / liquor store on the Peninsula worth a detour: Weimax (1718 Broadway, Burlingame). If anything takes you down to SFO, you're almost there. It's just a five-minute drive from the terminal, a couple of exits down 101.

Like Beltramo's, Weimax has a lot of hard liquor you won't see elsewhere. I first visited the place after a trip to Southwest France, when I was looking for a local source for La Vielle Prune, a delicious oak-aged plum brandy ubiquitous in the Dordogne region, and they were the only store I called that had it.

Weimax has exceptionally wide selections of raki, arrak, ouzo, single malts, liqueurs, and French hard cider, as well as a comprehensive stock of other spirts, wine, and beer. If you're not sure exactly what you want, the knowledgeable, helpful staffcan give good suggestions. There's a tasting room with a rotating selection from the wine inventory.

Unfortunately, Weimax's Web site is largely out of date and hard to navigate. (Apparently the owner's site-managing software broke a while back and he hasn't found a replacement.) If you're looking for something particular, give them a call before making a special trip.

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